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What was once a graffiti-ridden shell of the former Heer’s department store has been transformed into one of two primary offices for a national health care information technology firm.
Some IntrinsiQ LLC employees are moving in today to 17,700 square feet on the first floor of the downtown building anchoring Park Central Square. Spokeswoman Lauren Moyer said the full 90 employees would be in the building by next week.
“We’re extremely excited,” said Kelly Quigg, IntrinsiQ's director of technical software support, who this morning gave Springfield Business Journal a tour of the office space.
She noted the average employees at the Springfield office would be young professionals, though a few actually worked in the Heer’s building when it was still a department store.
At the office, IntrinsiQ will develop medical software, including electronic medical records and a chemotherapy dosing application called IntelliDose. IntrinsiQ is a division of Fortune 16 company AmerisourceBergen Corp. (NYSE: ABC).
The space is roughly double the size of IntrinsiQ’s existing Springfield office at 1701 S. Enterprise Ave., which is consolidating operations in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Colorado into the downtown building. With the consolidation, Springfield and a Frisco, Texas, office become the two main IntrinsiQ sites, Quigg said.
A handful of out-of-state employees chose to move to Springfield, but the majority sought other positions, she said, noting around 20 local new hires joined the team.
Quigg said IntrinsiQ has until the end of the month to move out of the South Enterprise Avenue building owned by Scott Opfer via Wescott Enterprises LLC, according to online filings with the Greene county assessor and Missouri secretary of state.
IntrinsiQ officials announced the company would lease the first floor of the downtown building during an August ribbon-cutting ceremony for Heer’s Luxury Living LLC. At the time, the move-in date was estimated at Nov. 1.
“That Nov. 1 was very aggressive,” Quigg said, noting the move-in date was urgent before a lease extension was granted at the current office.
Morelock-Ross Builders Inc. served as general contractor for IntrinsiQ’s space.
At the downtown office, workers this morning were wrapping up site work, including painting and installing fixtures. The space, which is split by a common hallway shared with upstairs loft tenants, is packed with cubicles, offices, co-working spaces, and meeting and break rooms. Each workspace was earmarked with specific employees’ names.
The Heer’s original ceiling and second-story railings were worked into the design of IntrinsiQ’s office, and on the upper floor, a server room and a few IT employees will be in place.