Fresh Digs: TechCanary

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Owner/Developer: Dan Druml, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling

Architect: Quorum Architects Inc.

Contractor: Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling

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Cost: N/A     

Completed: April 2018

When Reid Holzworth decided to move his company TechCanary, a fast-growing technology firm, from Glendale to downtown Milwaukee, he wanted an office that showed the startup had matured.

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The 11,000-square-foot open concept space at 1322 N. Eighth St., which overlooks the new Milwaukee Bucks arena, has all the bells and whistles of a company that has arrived. It also has a car.

The office, which is leased from Dan Druml, includes Holzworth’s race car, a built-in saltwater aquarium, and “The Chapel,” a loft with six overstuffed bean bag chairs where employees can rest or work.

The TechCanary office is a long way from where Holzworth was in 2013, when he founded the insurance agency automation software company in a one-room office above the Panda Express restaurant at the Bayshore Town Center food court. TechCanary’s last office was above Trader Joe’s at Bayshore.

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“The funny thing is, this took a year to build out and when we first started doing this, we were afraid we wouldn’t have enough people to fill it,” Holzworth said. “Now, we’re going to outgrow it by the end of the year.”

TechCanary currently has 60 employees and could eventually lease another one of Druml’s properties to accommodate continued growth, Holzworth said.

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