After 20 years, Infinite Energy is replacing its original office building with a new state-of-the-art facility.
At 33,740 square feet, the new office will be more than quadruple the size of the old building. It will include a solar-panel-covered roof, a 2,000-square-foot employee café and several collaboration and meeting rooms. Construction is estimated to finish in 2021.
Infinite Energy co-founders Darin Cook and Rich Blaser see the expansion as an investment in the company’s growth.
“We’re lucky to have so much local talent here in Gainesville, and we want people to be able to build their careers here,” Blaser said. “New, modern amenities are part of creating a great working environment.”
Most of the vendors involved in construction are local firms, including Walker Architects, CHW Professional Consultants, Moses Engineering, Wayland Structural Engineering and Charles Perry Partners Inc.
With the extra space afforded by the new building, Infinite Energy will no longer need two of its existing smaller office buildings. Cook and Blaser plan to turn these into incubators for energy start-ups.
“There’s so much innovation happening in our area now, and we want to contribute to that,” Cook said. “Our goal is to make Gainesville the center for energy in Florida.”
Infinite Energy has been recognized several times as one of the best companies to work for in the state and in the nation.