A half-court basketball hoop, video game arcade and golf simulator are just some of the amenities coming soon to a downtown tech office.
AvePoint Inc. is closing in on the completion of its Silicon Valley-inspired Richmond space taking shape in Riverfront Plaza. The New Jersey-based firm chose the city over Atlanta, Philadelphia and Newark, New Jersey, as announced in a press conference with local and state politicians late January.
The software developer, which specializes in Microsoft Cloud services and data mining, has some limits on amenities, though.
“They keep suggesting a nap pod,” Alex Gasper, the company’s pointman in Richmond, said of AvePoint’s Richmond employees. “It may have to be one or the other between the nap pod and a golf simulator.”
AvePoint has 15 employees working in a 3,000-square-foot office on Riverfront Plaza West’s 15th floor. The firm will vacate that space for 12,000 square feet on the tower’s ninth floor, with a move-in date and mass hirings expected in October.
Thomas Lin, an AvePoint vice president, said he expects the company’s Richmond office to reach 100 employees in 12 to 24 months. AvePoint employs more than 2,000 people globally.
AvePoint already is having fun in its temporary office eight floors above. The company holds a yoga session every Tuesday, and has video games and a basketball hoop in a lounge that appeal to its young workforce. The company said the median age at the Richmond office is around 25, and it expects to hire several recent college graduates when it begins staffing increases, including from VCU.
Lin said 30 percent of the new office will be reserved as “fun space,” and the same ratio will apply if AvePoint expands here in the future. AvePoint has the first right of refusal to lease the rest of the 30,000-square-foot floor.
The firm also looked at locations in the West End when scouting Richmond last year. Baskervill is designing AvePoint’s open floor plan space.