AUSTIN -- As construction crews transform nearly eight acres of valuable downtown Austin space, the heart of the Seaholm redevelopment project hits a milestone. Monday morning, Athenahealth employees moved into the renovated facility.
The project to transform the 113,000 square foot space began 11 years ago.
"It's frustrating it's taken 11 years to get here, but it's been great that the entire neighborhood is continuing to improve," said John Rosato, the managing partner for Seaholm Power LLC.
The power plant has four levels and includes modern furniture, giant white boards for brainstorming, a fully stocked kitchen and even a little disc golf. The medical software company has a staff of more than 70 now and plans to hire hundreds more in coming years.
"It's an industrial building with a lot of history, but there's something new going on in it," said Jack Nye, vice president of operations at Athenahealth.
The redevelopment in downtown includes a towering condominium, space for restaurants, a Trader Joe's, a public library and green space. It also includes a coffee shop in the power plant basement which is open to the public.