Over three years ago, we made a pretty big move as a company. Leaving behind the tiny house that we had gutted and rebuilt to serve as our office, we moved our small team a few blocks east to what we thought would be a long-term home at 119 King St in Kitchener. The new office had everything – room for our desks, a real kitchen, and a rooftop patio. A year later, we moved half our team to the floor below, and once again doubled our space. Little did we know how big we would grow!
Last week we bid a not-so-tearful farewell to our now cramped space and triumphantly marched as a team to our new office at 8 Queen Street. In a building steeped in local history, Vidyard was now prepared to open the next chapter for both our team, and for the community we live and work in.
Making our way to our new space. (Communitech photo: Anthony Reinhart)
Keys in the door at 8 Queen. (Communitech photo: Anthony Reinhart)
8 Queen Street, or the Goudies Building as it’s known locally, started its life as a department store in 1925 and served as a pillar of Kitchener’s bustling downtown community. When the store closed officially in the 1980s, the city acquired it due to tax arrears, and split it in half. One portion became Kitchener’s landmark children’s museum, and the other sat largely empty, save a small supply company that caters to the Catholic church.
That was until Brick By Brick Developments took over the property, and began the process of modernizing the space while retaining the incredible brick-and-beam architecture and history that makes the Goudies building so unique. Once renovations were completed earlier this month, including the addition of a glass atrium on the 3rd floor, Vidyard made our grand parade, and started unpacking our boxes in our new home.
As Michael Litt often says, “Spaceships don’t come equipped with rear-view mirrors,” and while we loved our office at 119 King Street, the only place to go from here is up. Divided among three floors, the office presents as many challenges as it affords new opportunities, but as we crest the wave of over 150 employees, nobody is looking back at our old office with longing. Having room to stretch out our legs, expand our various teams, and finally have events in our office again without having to move all the furniture out of the way is simply too good of a feeling to pass up.
Interested in checking out our space for yourself? Check out the photos below, scroll through this awesome photo set Communitech took on our move-in day, and join us June 24th for our open house!
Checking out the new 2nd floor. (Communitech photo: Anthony Reinhart)
Getting some sun in the atrium on 3rd. (Communitech photo: Anthony Reinhart)
Catching up in the 2nd floor kitchen. (Communitech photo: Anthony Reinhart