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H-E-B's innovative East Austin tech hub bags award for coolest office space
H-E-B's innovative East Austin office space is making headlines once again.
H-E-B’s Eastside Tech Hub, which opened in June at 2416 E. Sixth St., carted away the top honor in the Austin Business Journal’s second annual Coolest Offices in Austin contest. Indeed.com’s headquarters at North Austin’s Domain development was the runner-up.
Through online voting, Business Journal readers chose the winner, who was announced December 17. The hub is home to H-E-B digital operations and the Austin-based Favor delivery app, which the grocery chain purchased in 2018 .
San Antonio-based H-E-B tapped San Francisco-based IA Interior Architects to help convert the former warehouse in East Austin into an 81,000-square-foot office space for hundreds of H-E-B employees. The space is within walking distance of the grocery chain’s recently renovated store on East Seventh Street.
The two-story, open-office concept features more than 50 meeting rooms equipped with high-end technology and videoconferencing equipment; a coffee bar; lounges with couches and hammocks; an amphitheater; and a wellness center offering a rock-climbing wall, fitness classes, bicycle parking, and showers.
“The workspace celebrates the unique identities of both H-E-B and Favor as well as thoughtfully integrates Texas throughout the interior design with native plants, furniture from Marfa, and artwork from several Texas-based makers and artists,” H-E-B says in a December 17 release.
Throughout the workweek, H-E-B shuttles employees between its Austin tech hub and its San Antonio offices. The company plans to open a tech center at its San Antonio headquarters that will accommodate as many as 1,000 employees.
“The Eastside Tech Hub enables us to have a strong tech presence in both Austin and San Antonio, while fostering a better connection between our teams across the two cities,” Jag Bath, chief digital officer of H-E-B and CEO of Favor, said in a June release.