The City of Norfolk has geographically been an important part of the company's growth and continued success. With the help of the City of Norfolk's Economic Development Department and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, IPConfigure selected the Innovation Research Center at Old Dominion University as its headquarters starting in 2009.
In 2018, with the rapid growth of the company, IPConfigure embarked upon a year-long journey searching for a facility in Norfolk that could host the company's expanding tech business while supporting the increasing need for manufacturing and freight handling amenities.
"The nature of IPConfigure's business presented some unique challenges when searching for an office. Our needs are surprisingly contradictory since we hosts software engineers, sales staff and light manufacturing teams at our headquarters. We were excited to find the Bowdens Ferry Road property which will not only allow us to customize the space to fit our needs, but represents a historic contribution," said Christopher S. Uiterwyk, president and CEO of IPConfigure.
Originally home to the Linde Gas Factory and built in 1939, the buildings on the property supported the manufacturing of acetylene gas, which was in high demand and supported the regions maritime role during World War II. Before purchase by Uiterwyk, it was home to Dublin Metals. Now a vacant shell, the space beacons for a new purpose.
Uiterwyk enlisted a team of regional experts to assist in revitalizing the historic buildings and bringing life back to the property. The team will restore the historic brick facade, iconic Linde Gas factory chimney, and many of the original historic details, such as the 1939 windows and doors.
"Much credit goes to the owners of IPConfigure, who have consistently pursued a sensitive renovation and restoration of this important piece of Norfolk's history. The project architect, WPA, has found a way to preserve the distinct character of this building while accommodating a modern and technologically advanced company. This project exemplifies the best of preservation - protecting the cultural and built heritage of Norfolk, while accommodating the dynamic vision of the new owner. CPG is proud to be a part of such an impressive effort," said Paige Pollard, from the Commonwealth Preservation Group.
With an overall investment of over $7M, the development of the Colony campus will create 30,000 square feet of building space. 10,000 square feet of which will be leasable space for four additional tenants. Uiterwyk hopes to rent that space to a retailer, restaurant, fitness center or other lifestyle brands that will contribute to the Colony's campus theme.
To learn more and view renderings, please visit the Colony's www.nfkcolony.com.