There are still cranes reaching several stories high into the sky on Verona’s western side, but for the first time in 15 years, they’re not building anything new at Epic Systems.
Epic is putting the finishing touches on its fifth campus, “Storybook,” the healthcare software company has no active plans to build for the first time since 2003.
“We’ve finally caught up,” Steve Dickmann, chief administrative officer, told the Press in July. “In the ideal world, if we would build one building a year, or one building every other year, that’s more sane. When you’re trying to build two campuses simultaneously, it taxes everybody’s resources.”
The company has always been playing catch-up since moving to Verona in 2005, but it got even further behind with its space needs in 2012, when a stimulus package from the federal government helped the company expand its workforce. At that point, it had to construct areas to house their employees after they had been hired.
Ideally, Dickmann told the Press, the company has always aimed for each employee to have an enclosed office as a method of stimulating both creativity and productivity. The addition of the company’s fifth multi-building campus has brought Epic closer to that goal.
That group of seven 300-office buildings, Storybook, presents a theme of famed authors and the mythical worlds they created. Those include The Brothers Grimm, in which the “theme stairwell” features Rapunzel’s tower and her three-story long braid; Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, complete with a faux chocolate waterfall, and a Jules Verne-themed building.
The company is still planning for future expansion, Dickmann said, but he said noted that instead of growing their building infrastructure to match their existing space needs, they’ll instead be able to construct new campuses to have ready for new employees.