Thanksgiving is obviously a holiday meant to inspire reflection about the things in life we should be appreciative of. For a company and the individuals who comprise it, one aspect to be thankful for that is often overlooked is the office space the company lives in. This November we’re celebrating the 15 year anniversary of Access calling its current South Salt Lake address home.
The building Access was in over 15 years ago was a small, two story general office space that was previously a birthing center. At the time, there were only about 10 employees total, but the company was gaining serious momentum. In 1996, the “little company that could” finally decided that its building "couldn’t."
Access made the decision to find a new building that matched its big ambition. The company needed a larger space to facilitate employee growth, a bigger warehousing department, and fit its future of becoming an industry leader. This new building was a symbol of growth for the company and of bigger things to come.
Employees that were here for the groundbreaking of the new building, of which six are still with Access, said it was a day that foreshadowed progress for the company. There were no longer any physical obstacles that were holding back Access from expanding.
Sherry Larsen, a 27 year veteran employee of Access says “It's amazing how fast these 15 years have gone by. Initially
we started in a very small office and now we occupy two buildings and are still growing. It's been really fun to watch this evolution over the years."
Since the big move to the current Access building, the number of employees has gone from approximately 10 to over 160. New departments have been created and old ones have expanded, and in late 2010 Access doubled its space by spreading into another building just north of its current location.
Happy Anniversary to the Access building! We can’t wait to see what the next 15 years will bring.
Brandon is a former writer and marketer for Access Development. He's a frequent blogger on customer and employee engagement & loyalty, consumer trends, and branding. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter at @bscarter