ITS Opening BrandNew HQ Soon

May 14, 2002
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KENTWOOD — Yet more evidence of the permanence of the so-called New Economy is nearing readiness for occupancy at 4079 Park East Court in Kentwood.

The 18,000-square-foot building is the new corporate headquarters of ITS, a Grand Rapids-based firm that terms itself a technology integrator.

ITS, which will celebrate the 17th anniversary of its founding this year, specializes in networking through voice, data and wireless systems. ITS is a distributor for Ameritech, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, Marconi Communications, Siemens and Fujitsu. The operation also is a Nextel Diamond Dealer.

ITS’ president and CEO, Robert Sweezie, said in a statement that constructing “the new technology center demonstrates a significant commitment ITS is making in West Michigan.

“This new facility will be home for professionals from our data and voice divisions, providing an environment of cross-collaboration which is essential as data and voice networks converge.”

According to ITS, the new headquarters, being constructed by Rockford Construction Co., is a contemporary structure designed to allow employees to show what they can do both literally and figuratively.

The building will feature 8,000 square feet of common space made airy with windows and open space. Its glowing skylight will catch drivers’ eyes from I-96 and East Paris.

Providing some visual relaxation for employees in the fast-paced technical office will be landscaping featuring trees and ponds.

The firm’s chief financial officer, Leo Filipowicz, said the building will foster free-flowing communication.

“Technicians will be situated in clusters,” he said, “rather than cubicles, so by turning around they will conference with each other.”

He said the design also includes a state-of-the art network operations center with multiple monitors that show real-time network activity, allowing support staff to see problems and alarms when they occur, and likewise to monitor ordinary use minute-to-minute.

“This will increase ITS’ capabilities to revolve their customers’ technical problems quickly,” he said.    

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