Much of the interior was stripped and rebuilt with younger tech tenants in mind, such as open floor plans, exposed ceilings and concrete, and a reimagined lobby. More shared amenities were also added including a kitchen/lounge, large conference room, modern gym, bike storage, showers, and a beautifully renovated outdoor courtyard.
The stunning transformation of an underutilized 1,500 SF courtyard into a wired and whimsical urban oasis makes it perfect for small meetings, quiet lunches, and company events. “We’re extremely excited about the courtyard renovations because it distinctly makes our building stand-out,” said Jeff Simmons, vice president, Highland Resources. “Providing our tenants a unique outdoor collaborative space in downtown Austin is an amenity few other office towers can offer.”
Pharis Design served as the lead on the courtyard renovations with STG Design assisting with architectural services and Corey Carbo with rebranding.
Artwork also plays an important role in the building’s transformation. To help craft a creative and inspiring environment that appeals to existing and future tenants, Highland hired art consultant and owner of Metropolitan Gallery Fine Art Consulting, Mia Abigail Baxter. She assisted with curating new artwork for throughout the building.
So why renovate when it’s a landlord’s market? “Two reasons,” according to Simmons. “It won’t always be a landlord’s market and when a natural decline occurs we’ll be in a much better position to retain and attract a limited tenant pool. And maintaining high-end, quality space also attracts quality tenants who are in it for the long-haul.”
Representing Highland Resources in leasing the available space at 211 Seventh is Bob Wynn, Mark Greiner and Melissa Totten of Cushman & Wakefield. According to Wynn, “The location of 211 Seventh is quickly becoming a hot commodity in terms of walkable amenities and innovative neighbors. That’s why it’s attracting some of the most promising and established tech companies in Austin.”
Aside from BigCommerce, and Silvercar, Sapling Learning / Macmillan, Invodo, and Thousand Eyes are also calling 211 Seventh home as part of a growing innovation zone in the central business district. Directly across the street is Capital Factory, a high-tech incubator, as well as Facebook, RetailMeNot, Dropbox, WP Engine and others nearby.
“BigCommerce chose 211 Seventh for its location in the heart of Austin’s technology and entertainment district, which is perfect for our growing R&D teams to do career-defining work to enable the next generation of entrepreneurship,” stated Steve Donnelly, senior director of people, Big Commerce. “The building’s amenities are a great asset for our employees, and the creative space we’ve built allows our teams to think big about what we can deliver for our merchants,” he declared.
“As Silvercar strives to change the way the world hits the road, it’s crucial that our work environment reflect a culture of relentless innovation” said Kay Stroman, chief administrative officer, Silvercar. “To support our rapid growth, it was important that we found a space our team members could feel comfortable in and enjoy as much as what they do. 211 Seventh’s unique space, new amenities, and great location are a perfect fit for our needs. We’re excited to call it home,” she concluded.
To view more of the exciting changes at 211 Seventh, watch the video.