Wednesday, June 4, 2014

IFM Efector to Relocate HQ in Malvern

by Natalie Kostelnie, Staff writer for the Philadelphia Business Journal
IFM Efector will relocate its headquarters to a new building that will be constructed at the Atwater Corporate Center in Malvern, Pa.
Trammell Crow Co. will construct the $15 million, two-story, 45,000-square-foot structure.
“We’ve been in the United States since 1985 and really excited about the next chapter for our company,” said Roger Varma, chief executive officer for IFM Efector.
IFM Efector, which designs and builds sensors used in a range of industries, currently leases 35,000 square feet at 782 Springdale Drive in Exton, Pa., and is nearing the end of its lease. It used the lease expiration as a trigger to explore its options for new office space and how it will use that space to position itself for the future.
“We’re a technology company and we worry about our brand and image in the market,” Varma said. “As a tech company, we want the right image.”
The company also found that it was increasingly using its space with its customers.
With the new Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange at Route 29, IFM Efector decided to look for new space in the Malvern area and took into consideration the driving distance of its employees. The company also wanted the design of its new offices to be contemporary with an open space concept that allowed more natural light to come in and more room where employees can gather, Varma said. It also features added amenities for employees, such as an exercise facility and cafe.
“We wanted to give employees an environment where they could thrive and have shared spaces that will encourage movement in the building for collaboration,” he said.
Bernardon Haber Holloway Architects designed the structure while Nelson is designed its interior.

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