HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — After more than 20 years at its location at University Place in Huntsville, Alabama, the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville is relocating most of its workforce to another facility.
More than 600 Huntsville Center employees will soon operate at its new location at 475 Quality Circle, situated at the city's Thornton Research Park.
Col. John Hurley, Huntsville Center commander, said the new facility is more fitting for the Center's professional workforce.
Since 1995, Huntsville Center has grown to more than 1,000 employees. Due to the current condition of the building coupled with the need to expand to accommodate its employees and preserve its capability to meet present industry workspace standards, Huntsville Center requested a relocation.
The Center’s University Place location opened for business in 1995 when the Center employed around 600 permanent employees. However, as the needs of the nation grew, so did the Center’s portfolio of missions. Today, Huntsville Center employs has more than 1000 employees supporting the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
Since Huntsville Center’s mission has expanded over the years, the Center has leased offices surrounding the 23-year-old, three-story building at University Place. These offices will not be relocated as part of the initial relocation process that is due to begin in late January.
“Although many employees will remain in the suites for the time being, our ultimate goal is having all our employees under one roof,” Hurley said.
The Center’s new home at Quality Circle was originally built as a state-of-the-art customer support call center for Verizon Wireless. The facility has more than 150,000 square feet of space, 1200 parking spaces and the 25 acre property already meets many of the security requirements a federal agency must have.
The new facility’s open concept design also offers Huntsville Center the opportunity to modernize work space layout and design.
“The health and welfare of our employees is my top priority and the new facility provides a clean, professional workspace for our employees,” Hurley said.