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New InGenesis headquarters rises from the ashes

10231 Kotzebue St.

10231 Kotzebue St.

InGenesis CEO Veronica Edwards has had a busy year.

Along with being one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States, the San Antonio-based staffing firm was forced to relocate its headquarters after a fire broke out in its former office building at 6609 Blanco Road.

“Because of the fire, what would have taken two to three years was a strategy we had to put together in two to three days,” Edwards said of finding InGenesis a new home.

But now, all within about 10 months, Edwards purchased a 3.5-acre site near the San Antonio International Airport, put in an additional $2 million to repurpose the property’s existing facility and moved the company from its temporary space at the University of the Incarnate Word to its new headquarters at 10231 Kotzebue St.

Oh, and InGenesis plans to add 150 employees to its payroll as it continues to expand.

“We looked at several San Antonio properties very quickly, and there’s really not as much as you would think that had enough space for us,” Edwards said of her search for InGenesis’ new home. “We started looking in the 100,000-square-foot range, but parking issues eliminated most of the properties out there. So we started looking for our own property to build.”

However, the cost of building something from the ground up and within a limited timeframe proved to be prohibitive for the homeless company, which has spent most of the year in a 60,000-square-foot space the university offered Edwards after hearing about the fire.

And that’s when the possibility of adaptive reuse came into play.

“We had nowhere to be, and when it came down to building, finding a property and all of the logistics involved in starting a business, we were looking at 18 to 24 months … believe it or not, the facility was an unexpected surprise,” Edwards said of finding the site along Kotzebue Street near the newly opened Wurzbach Parkway and the airport.

 

Click to read entire article: New InGenesis headquarters rises from the ashes  (San Antonio Business Journal, 10-23-15)

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