Steve Smurthwaite, vice president of facilities, announced Monday that the remaining office workers will all be moved into single building by the middle of next year.
The manufacturing plant will remain where it is.The two fully vacated buildings will be either leased or sold, he
The last few years' cutbacks have left about 40 percent of the office space vacant in random pockets, Smurthwaite
said planning and engineering is under way to move the remaining 1,600 to 1,700 office workers into the Argentina building, the southernmost on campus.Argentina, at nearly 225,000 square feet, accounts for about half the office space in the complex.It is also the newest building and has the best networking and technology infrastructure, Smurthwaite
Closed will be the original building, named Main, which houses the Earl's Place cafeteria and IT offices.Smurthwaite
said some of the things, including the sign, from Earl's Place will be moved to the Argentina building, which already has a full-service cafeteria.
The offices on the second floor of the Mexico building will close, but the manufacturing plant and production offices on the ground floor will remain.The two-story Pacific building, which is all office space, will close.
The office area in the two-story Peru building is already empty, Smurthwaite
said.But the ground floor warehouse and receiving area will remain in use.
"We wouldn't vacate any of the current office space until February or March," Smurthwaite
said."We'll be moving functions and people through the end of the second quarter once we get started.It will take several weeks."Smurthwaite
has not yet contacted a leasing or sales agent, so he
could not speak to which of the two vacated buildings might be leased and which sold.He
said as the buildings are decommissioned, they will probably be "debranded" as well, with Gateway's signature cow spots painted over.