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Insider Look: BigCommerce Expands Austin HQ with help of S. Watts Group and IA

“BigCommerce Inc. nearly doubled the size of its Northwest Austin headquarters over the summer, and much of that new space is dedicated to training and other companywide functions. Check out all the project photos here!

The business, which sells e-commerce software, added 32,000 square feet to its headquarters in building two at Four Points Centre, taking space vacated earlier this year by SailPoint Technologies Inc., which moved into a new building in the same office park.

BigCommerce now occupies 70,000 square feet, or about 75% of building two.

“We had a lease that was coming up, and we knew we were growing,” said Jason Schultz, director of global real estate and facilities at BigCommerce. “We had an opportunity to expand within our existing location. We went from having the third floor and 5,000 square feet on the second floor to now we have all of the third floor, all of the first floor and about 8,000 square feet on the second floor.”

The renovation of the expanded space was completed in mid-July, according to BigCommerce. IA Interior Architects designed the space. S. Watts Group was the commercial general contractor.

With the HQ expansion, BigCommerce added 150 employee workspaces on the first floor but most of the additional square footage allowed for the construction of more training rooms and collaborative space, Schultz said.

“We still have room to expand,” he said.

Stephanie Long, managing director of IA Interior Architect’s Austin office, said the project was about updating the office space and making it more flexible for employees.

“It was really an exercise in maximizing headcount and function and flexibility within their budget,” she said.

Long said BigCommerce’s in-house graphics team developed or sourced all of the colorful graphics used in the office space.

When asked about the likelihood of BigCommerce taking the remainder of building two if it became available in the near future, Schultz said the company’s “leadership is very conservative on overbuying on the real estate front.” He said the company will pay “close attention to financial results and headcount growth” before opting to lease more space.

“We would rather be a little bit tight for awhile,” Schultz said.”

By   – Staff Writer, Austin Business Journal