CivicPlus broke ground Wednesday afternoon on a new five-story building on the southwest corner of Fourth and Pierre streets.
Though the current building on the property, which had housed Manhattan Appliance and Sleep Source, has not yet been razed, local officials and representatives of the company, including CEO Ward Morgan, were on hand for the ceremonial beginning of the project.
The new $9 million building will include retail and restaurant space on the first floor, with the company’s offices on the second through fourth floors. The fourth floor will feature a “green space” for employee interaction, according to the project’s architects, Bowman, Bowman and Novick.
The building is expected to be complete in early 2014.
CivicPlus, a company that develops and maintains websites and communication systems for city and county governments, currently has 120 employees, but expects to grow to 250 within the next decade.
Currently, the company’s offices are spread among several buildings downtown, but the new building will get all the employees under one roof, for the most part.