When Infusionsoft moved its headquarters from Gilbert to Chandler in January, one question the company had to ask itself is if it wanted to carry over one of the most prominent features from its old location.
Now, that feature — an indoor football field — isn’t just a part of the software company’s building; it’s essentially located in the heart of the facility.
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“It’s a big old piece of field. It’s not a tribute; it’s the real deal,” said senior vice president of corporate development Hal Halladay.
The idea of putting a football field in the office building located in the Continuum Science and Technology Park along the Price Corridor came from the same reason Infusionsoft opted to move to its new facility in the first place: a need to expand its operation. Halladay said the Gilbert campus was next to a sports center containing basketball courts, batting cages, an indoor track and the football field, and Infusionsoft opted to breakdown the wall dividing the two facilities and incorporate the athletic amenities.
Over time, Halladay said the 40-yard-long field became the place to go for company meetings and other functions.
“We just adapted to it, and it became part of our culture,” he said.
That culture, he said, is vital to the company’s success, which made the decision to put a small football field made out of artificial turf in the center of the building rather logical.
There were few reasons Infusionsoft opted to switch locations from Gilbert to Chandler in the beginning of the year, including the proximity to the 202 and the 101 and the ability to tinker with the office space to put in features like the football field that make the office space “very unique.”
“Most importantly, we like that it’s five times the space,” he said.
Halladay said that feature has already come into play — Infusionsoft has hired 70 people since it moved in six months ago — and will continue to do so over the coming years. Currently at 70-percent capacity, he said the company expects to have more than 1,000 employees by 2016.
Infusionsoft’s new location has become a popular destination for companies within the last few months, as Nationstar and OnTrac both announced recently they will relocate to the plaza along the Price Corridor in the coming months. Halladay attributed the popularity to a domino effect of sorts, with companies like Infusionsoft drawing in other similar businesses, who in turn attract other companies, and to the work done by the city.
“I think Chandler is doing a great job to create an attractive, available space for technology companies,” he said.
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