Home Technologies sees benefits in new location

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

BELLEVUE, Wash. - A new location for residential systems integrator Home Technologies equals out to more than just fresh space - it consolidates once separated operations and aims at educating potential clients.

The company is moving its Home Technologies Bellevue - formerly the home of Digitech Home Systems, a company acquired by Home Technologies earlier this year - to a new location that will incorporate the location’s 80 employees in connected offices, instead of the disconnected suites the division currently occupies.

“The new facility is 18,000 square feet and is combined into contiguous space,” said Lee Travis, chairman and chief executive officer of Home Technologies. “It adds more space and has a much more efficient layout.”

Travis cited that at the previous location employees had to walk outside to get to other departments. This problem will be corrected when the company - with the exception of its 10-member administrative and upper management staff that will stay in the company’s headquarters, also in Bellevue - transfers into the new office in the first quarter of this year. The company is leasing the new space, which is visible to 37,000 cars per day, with options to buy in the future.

The location will also include an enhanced showroom, aimed at giving possible clients, including area homebuilders, the opportunity to experience the company’s integration of security, audio, video, lighting controls and other various media applications.

“It will have a residential look and feel to it,” Travis said. “This will be the first facility where possible clients can see all that they can control.”

Scott Moser, director of sales with the company, said the showroom will be the first of its kind in the Northwest.

“Systems integration isn’t very well addressed in terms of visual display,” Moser said. “There are world class integrators that can design fantastic systems, but without the ability to showcase it, homeowners cannot experience it.”

Home Technologies has experienced increased growth over the past year through its acquisitions of Digitech and Premier Technologies, and Moser said he hopes to see continued growth into 2005.

“I’d like to see a growth of 15 percent in 2005 between the net of the companies,” Moser said.

Any internal growth will be accommodated within the new location. The entire building comprises 55,000 square feet and Travis said the company has the option to expand.

“We’re growing through acquisitions and through channels,” Travis said. “There is certainly room for expansion.”