“We really want to be able to move in in the first quarter and we have some construction in front of us,” he said.
The building is already home to GE Transportation, and the Buckhead location puts it close to other Fortune 500 headquarters and offices.
Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have cited GE Digital and software centers for Honeywell and Anthem as calling cards for a region that's become a burgeoning tech hub. Eighteen companies have announced new or expanded tech centers in Georgia in the past year, totaling 4,500 jobs, state officials said.
Drumgoole said GE Digital has committed to 250 jobs — “we’ll hit that no problem” — and the figure could grow over time.
Drumgoole said the offices will be an open floor plan design, but workers won’t be packed in like sardines like many modern layouts. He said the space will be defined by collaborative areas, quiet rooms and private areas for video conferencing.
“We are really big users of video across the world,” he said. “You can pop into a room and be on video with India and China.’
Having Atlanta Tech Village and its roster of startup tenants and digital talent as a neighbor is a bonus, he said.
“It was definitely a check in the plus column,” Drumgoole said.