Seaholm offices downtown near completion for big Athenahealth move

Jan 19, 2015
Austin Business Journal

Athenahealth Inc. is preparing to move into its high-profile office space downtown in the renovated Seaholm Power Plant, with an expected Feb. 2 move-in for the health care software company's 70 Austin employees

The Watertown, Massachusetts-based company has been growing its Austin workforce for three years in a North Austin location near The Domain. The Seaholm move will allow it to grow to more than 600 employees in the next 10 years. That job growth requirement was a component of the incentives package the Austin City Council approved last year that helped attract the $7.75 million investment

Jack Nye, Athenahealth's vice president of software and head of the Austin office, said the company will add 50 or 60 local employees this year. The company has already started doing some big deals in Austin ahead of growing its workforce

Nye said he and other employees are excited at the prospect of moving into the converted public utility space, which includes a decommissioned boiler and other equipment left in place to create a unique atmosphere

"The Seaholm move is hugely exciting because it's such an iconic building and the architects and developer worked very hard to keep it looking like Seaholm," he said. "Most developers would've added more floors in to get more tenants in there, but it's an open plan and it's nice that they resisted that urge to add floors."

Nye told ABJ that Athenahealth was attracted to the Austin market because of the availability of software engineers produced by the University of Texas

He said UT's focus on health care software and electronic health records will make it easier for his company to find engineers who are already familiar with the health care landscape

"The excellent group at UT focused on medicine and electronic health records by Leanne Field is good for us when we go looking for engineers," Nye said. "Usually the people we hire don't know anything about health care so those people are more familiar with what we do

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