With more projects in works, new tenants head to Innovation Square

Tony Blair of Malphurs Plastering helps with construction of Parisleaf Design's new office space in Gainesville last Thursday.

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Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:39 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:39 a.m.

Trimark Properties seems to have its hands full of late as more tech pros look to take refuge in Innovation Square, the series of buildings being constructed and renovated between downtown and the University of Florida.

The Loss Prevention Research Council started the recent rash of move-ins, settling into the square's 305 Building on May 1, said Matthew Luedecke, Trimark's director of commercial properties.

U.K.-based Zeeko Technologies and Seventh Compass moved into buildings 424 and 417, respectively, on June 1, followed by Office Environments to 237B on July 1.

"It just has a really nice texture for us as far as what the meaning of Innovation Square is," said Seventh Compass founder Matthew Donovan, who brings the consulting and software technology development company from the Seagle Building. "We wanted to be part of that growing landscape."

Looking ahead, Parisleaf, a creative studio that produces Web, video and other related projects, is set to leave its current location at University Avenue and 34th Street for the square's 107 Building.

"So far, everything's on track, so there's no reason why we wouldn't be moving in Aug. 1," co-founder Chad Paris said.

The business's 10-employee office will have a reclaimed-wood conference table and bamboo desks made by another Innovation Square tenant, Circle Square Studios.

Meanwhile, Trimark last week had its ribbon-cutting for the 55-unit Savion Park apartment complex on Southwest Fifth Avenue, with tenants moving in on Friday, Luedecke said.

Also in the works is the Nimbus co-work building, a two-story, 15,000 square-foot office space planned for Southwest Second Avenue, where the Gainesville Dojo is now. It will be geared toward entrepreneurs and small-business owners who just want to rent a desk or small enclosed workspace, Luedecke said.

Nimbus will be open 24/7, and clients will choose from different membership levels depending on their needs, with walls in offices even being demountable to make them bigger. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the fall.

Luedecke said renovations to another office space, the Smith Building, will be completed by February 2015 and will bring Trimark's Innovation Square spaces to a dozen. But an end-goal number doesn't exist as Trimark looks to buy other properties and expand as demand calls for it, he added.

"Really, to say how many buildings there are to go is going to be almost impossible," Luedecke said, "because it depends on what's needed and how those needs change over time."

Innovation Square is a public-private collaboration between UF, Trimark and other partners dubbed as a "40-acre urban master plan for a modern live/work/play research and innovation community." Notable UF buildings already in place include the Florida Innovation Hub and the Ayers Technology Plaza.

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