Portland-based telecommunications company Integra announced Wednesday that it will move its headquarters and at least 500 employees next year from Portland to the former Hewlett-Packard campus in east Vancouver, providing a boost in jobs and confidence to Clark County.
Integra said it will occupy 85,000 square feet at the former Hewlett-Packard campus at 18110 S.E. 34th St. The company said it will begin building renovation this year with the goal of beginning its operations in Vancouver in June 2014.
Jesse Selnick, the company’s chief financial officer, said the expansive Vancouver site allows the company to bring all employees into a single building, called Building 1, instead of the two buildings it now occupies in Portland’s Lloyd District.
“Our number one objective is that we wanted all area employees to be under one roof,” Selnick told The Columbian. “It affects how we communicate. There’s a cultural benefit for us all to be together.”
The move works for company employees as well, Selnick said. About half of the affected employees already live in Washington, and the company has some early roots in Vancouver from its purchase in 2006 of a company called Electric Lightwave.