Shipshape, a technology company that offers smart home software, has recently relocated to its new space at 2222 Arlington Ave., following a $2 million investment. The new office space was developed with a seven-year lease costing $1.5 million in rent, in addition to $508,048 for the total tenant improvement buildout, approximately $40,000 on phase 1 furniture, appliances, and AV. Shipshape plans to spend more on furnishings for the space and a phase two buildout is also expected.
The new office space, located in Birmingham, Alabama, was designed to serve as the company’s network operation center and house their Home Assistant team. It is inspired by the NASA engineers in Huntsville, and it includes big TVs to display dashboards, maps, and other network health indicators, as well as a seating arrangement similar to that of a mission control room for NASA.
Alexander Linn, CEO and founder of Shipshape, noted that the location originally appealed to him because of its accessibility to downtown, Redmont Park, Mountain Brook, and Five Points neighborhoods and its views over Highway 280. The building was also built with energy efficiency in mind and has already won design awards.
Shipshape’s new office space features an open floor plan with conference rooms, private offices, and collaborative workspaces. The company plans to feature local art, allow entrepreneurs and members of the technology community to use the space as temporary offices, and host events to drive the culture of innovation in the area. Moreover, a ground-floor cafe and coffee shop will be opening soon.
Linn said that the new office space in Birmingham is a testament to their commitment to innovation and efficiency. The company hopes to continue growing and contributing to the local community.