Mappedin announced its move from Downtown Kitchener to 13,000 sqft of newly renovated office space in Waterloo. The company, which serves some of the world’s leading REITs and mall owners has experienced dramatic growth since it was founded in 2011, with employee numbers swelling to 56, representing a nearly 50% annual growth in staff numbers over the past year. With more growth on the horizon, it was time for the company to more than double its square footage, says MappedIn Founder and CEO Hongwei Liu. “Our new office space is a perfect fit for where and who we are a business today and who we’ll be in the future,” says Liu. “In selecting our new home, Waterloo was the top pick. It’s close to home for many of our employees, offers conveniences such as free parking, and is nearby to both University of Waterloo and Laurier University, making the location very convenient for co-op students.”
Initially the 410 Albert Street location, formerly occupied by IBM, seemed stale and dated, ill-suited to one of Waterloo Region’s fastest-growing start-ups. However, the team at Whitney was able to help Liu and his team make the space their own, by stripping it back and rebuilding it to reflect MappedIn’s brand and culture. “We knew the space could become what Mappedin needed aesthetically and functionally. We were excited to help build out that vision,” says John Whitney, Broker of Record of Whitney & Company Realty Limited, who helped with the move.
MappedIn’s new 13,000 sqft space includes:
Bright décor with pops of orange and a mapping graffiti made possible by local designer Stephanie Scott
• Moss wall displaying 5x5 foot MappedIn logo
• Plenty of large and small meeting rooms
• Lounge area
• Two kitchens for ease of employee access and a community style lunch room
• Planned rock climbing wall
Whitney also helped MappedIn staff make the transition from DTK to Waterloo by bringing in unique food options including a once a week visit from food trucks and a daily catering service with fresh food options for employees to purchase. “The decision to move is a significant one, and we approached it with great care. We think we’ve created a space for our growing staff population that offers the perfect balance between fun and productivity.” says Hongwei Liu.
Mappedin powers search and discovery indoors. The software platform provides industry leading tools for REITs and retailers to manage their dynamic indoor information and build digital wayfinding experiences into their customer-facing applications.