In a seven-story office, “Where are you?” is a frequent question
Things didn’t look like this in Needham, for sure.
After 18 years in the greater Boston area, industrial software maker PTC – one of the biggest software companies in Massachusetts, with more than $1 billion in revenue and 6,000 employees worldwide – completed a move from Needham to 121 Seaport in Boston’s Seaport District—the same building that’s home to Alexion Pharmaceuticals.
The new HQ is spread across the six floors where employees work, plus one floor to demo PTC’s technologies to customers, which includes a medical lab, a smart manufacturing lab and a maker lab. In the building, PTC is also subleasing two more floors that it will eventually use to expand its workforce. The total adds up to nine floors, or 250,000 square feet.
The setting of the new office is meant to get people to interact, as opposed to the old offices where everybody tended to work in isolation. Plus, technology helps executives keep an eye on what’s going on in this (almost) little city.
“The Internet of Things is part of our business, as well as our furniture,” said John Civello, vice president for corporate real estate at PTC.
At PTC, employees don’t have assigned desks. Instead, they’re assigned to a ‘neighborhood,’ such as the Finance Neighborhood or the IT Neighborhood; each neighborhood occupies one or more ‘quarters’ of each floor. To monitor desk usage, every workstation has a sensor that signals whether a desk is occupied or not; data gathered in this way help execs understand usage patterns of each neighborhood. Like desks, conference rooms are identified by a code that signals their exact location.
Here are a few pics that I took during my tour of the massive, new HQ of PTC:
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