Making room for Adobe

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Today is an exciting day just south of the point of the mountain. The Utah Adobe Technology Campus, an architecture and design masterpiece on Utah’s landscape, is opening its doors after 18 months of construction.

Adobe first came to Utah in 2009 when it acquired Omniture, and since then its Utah employee base has boomed, increasing 56 percent. Now the 280,000 square foot Adobe Utah Campus workplace is ready to accommodate 1,100 employees. Additional phases will be built to accommodate future growth as well.

“The new building is an amazing symbol of the commitment Adobe has made to our community,” said Heidi Walker, chief operating officer of the Salt Lake Chamber. “Utah has crafted a business friendly environment and we’re investing in our future workforce. There are a lot of reasons we’re attractive to high tech businesses like Adobe.”

The construction of Adobe’s Utah Technology Campus was a boom for the local economy. Finishing on time and on budget, the project injected $5 million per month with more than 800 workers involved. Adobe has long-term plans to stay in Utah with a 20-year strategic plan in mind.

One of the big benefits of the Adobe campus stationed in Utah is the high-skilled, high-paying tech jobs available now and in the future. City Home Collective describes Adobe’s addition as “a big, shiny, gold star for Utah that will likely bring us some top-shelf tech talent in the next few years.”

Utah County is becoming quite the technology hub, with IM Flash Technologies, Microsoft, Oracle, Twitter and other companies expanding or starting there, and Adobe opening its doors is further proof of that.

See below for photos of the majestic architecture of the building and its amazing features (and surely amazing staff parties there, too).

Not only is the building racked with all kinds of amenities, such as an employee cafe, a full-sized basketball court, a video gaming room called “The Dungeon,” a rock wall, and a music room, but it was built with energy efficiency in mind, earning LEED Gold certification.

One of the energy saving measures includes using the heat emitted from data room servers to warm the building. And all of the glass that you see in the photos above? It’s 480,000 square feet of energy efficient glass that can reduce heating and cooling requirements. There are also low water consumption thanks to waterless urinals, low-flow faucets as well as drought-tolerant Xeriscaping (minimal irrigation water required) site design.

For those who use public transit, the Adobe Utah Campus is close to bus stops and the new FrontRunner commuter rail from Salt Lake City.

A tech giant builds a beautiful new building that’s environmentally friendly and is counting on a well-educated, tech savvy workforce. Sounds like a perfect match for Utah.

Forbes lists SLC as top city for tech jobs

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Silicon Valley may be the home of most technology-based businesses, but many are finding a second home in Utah.

According to Forbes, Salt Lake City is one of the best cities for tech jobs thanks to the spurt of the technology opportunities over the past decade.

With Adobe, Electronic Arts and Twitter now calling Utah home and more businesses on the way, it’s only natural that tech opportunities would crop up.

Salt Lake City ranks fourth among 51 of the nation’s major cities in regards to tech and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematic-related) job growth.

Over the past 10 years, there has been a 31 percent surge in tech employment in SLC with a growth of 7.6 percent within the past two years alone. STEM employment is also up almost 18 percent in the last decade.

The reason for the “technology boom” in Salt Lake? Aside from the obvious natural beauty and the expansive list of available activities, businesses are attracted to Utah’s lower taxes and more flexible regulatory environment. They also are starting to recognize the state has a well-educated and multilingual workforce. All of this can mean higher profits—and more better paying jobs.

Forbes says the most critical factor is housing prices, stating that about “three-quarters of Salt Lake area households can afford a median-priced house,” whereas fewer residents in Silicon Valley or San Francisco are able to do so.

Salt Lake City comes in behind the metro areas of San Diego, Washington, D.C., and Seattle, which came in first with 12 percent tech job growth in the last two years.

To see the gallery of the top tech cities in the U.S., click here.