Trimble Breaks Ground for New Rockies Colorado Campus


WESTMINSTER, Colo., May 14, 2012?Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced that it held a groundbreaking ceremony today for its new Rockies campus in Westminster, Colorado. The ceremony was attended by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado CIO-Secretary of Technology Kristin Russell, Jefferson County Commissioners Faye Griffin and John Odom, and Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally.

"Trimble has been in Colorado since 2000. This investment demonstrates our continued commitment to the region, which has become a primary corporate location for us. Westminster has proven to be an excellent location for our Trimble Rockies office because of its access to a high-technology workforce, business-friendly environment and diverse and cost-effective life style choices for employees," said Steven W. Berglund, Trimble's president and CEO. "In addition, the building project will provide us with an opportunity to showcase our broad portfolio of office-to-field Connected Site solutions during the planning, construction and operational phases of the new campus."

"We are committed to being the best state in the nation to do business. We want to welcome Trimble and congratulate them on expanding their operations in Colorado," said Hickenlooper. "Trimble demonstrates that our state's high-tech workforce and innovative business climate is where businesses can succeed."

Trimble's New Rockies Campus

Trimble's new Rockies campus will be a 125,000 sq. ft., 4-story building on 15 acres in the Westmoor area of the City of Westminster, located at 10368 Westmoor Drive. It will house existing employees, with space to accommodate up to 570 employees. The expected completion is May 2013.

Trimble initially opened its Colorado location in October of 2000 with 43 employees at the Church Ranch Office Center in the City of Westminster, occupying approximately 29,000 sq. ft. Today, Trimble leases approximately 98,000 sq. ft. in Westminster's Westmoor Technology Park, with more than 400 employees. Employees in the location primarily focus on marketing, testing and applications engineering in the construction, surveying, agriculture and mapping & geographic information system (GIS) markets.

JE Dunn Construction of Denver is the general contractor for the project; OZ Architecture of Boulder designed the building; and Cresa Partners of Denver served as the real estate broker.

Putting Innovation to Work?Trimble Technology to be Used to Construct New Campus

As part of the project, Trimble's broad range of Engineering and Construction (E&C) solutions will be used during construction of the new campus?from survey, site-prep, excavation and estimating to 3D design and Building Information Modeling (BIM), project management and construction layout. Trimble's Connected Site® solutions enable an integrated and seamless workflow to reduce rework and improve productivity on a construction jobsite. The building project is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

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Trimble Breaks Ground and Solidifies Status of the Colorado Geospatial Corridor

Today, Trimble broke ground on a new operations center in Westminster, Colo., with Gov. John Hickenlooper one of many to turn a shovel. The event was presided over by Steven Berglund, president and CEO of the company, who asserted that while the company is headquartered in Silicon Valley, Calif., most of their organic growth would take place in Colorado. The new facility adds a great deal of that expansion capacity with room for 570 people in a picturesque spot close to the mountains and to both Boulder and Denver. With this move, the company helps ensure the continued stature of Colorado as a geospatial hub, building on a long legacy of top-tier companies located here.

Trimble first moved some operations to Colorado in 1999, during the height of the Dot-com frenzy, when it was expensive and difficult to grow in California. That year, an advance team of 40 relocated to Westminster after an analysis of attractive cities within a two-hour flight from San Francisco International Airport concluded, with the Colorado Front Range as the winner. At that time, Trimble was mostly a GPS company, with revenues that year of $270M. The company has grown and diversified greatly since, with revenues of $2B last year and a market cap of roughly $6.3B. The recent announced acquisition of SketchUp from Google, with headquarters within a 30-minute drive in Boulder, makes their Colorado expansion even greater.

Work on the new headquarters facility will incorporate a great deal of Trimble technology throughout the building process, from surveying, to site work, excavation, 3D modeling, project management and construction layout. The site was prepared using Trimble technology for machine-controlled grading, which was done well ahead of schedule, due to the integration of a digital workflow from model right to the grading machines. In fact, the entire process is almost entirely digital, and Berglund took the opportunity to mention to the politicians present that the project might be further streamlined if they could keep the models in a digital format for permitting and building review, rather than having to revert back to paper.