Until recently, Viasat employees were spread among four separate offices in College Station and adjacent Bryan, one of them a 20-minute drive from the others. That less-than-ideal scenario ends this month as those 200 employees move into their new corporate campus.
“There were times I’d spend a good portion of my day driving between our different facilities,” said Chief Operations Officer Cody Catalena. “Having everybody under one roof will give us huge efficiency, not to mention more comfortable work surroundings. It’ll give us a sense of community and pride, which probably results in better work output. It’s a major upgrade for us.”
Viasat hosted a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting at the new campus April 10. County commissioners, city leaders, the president and chancellor of Texas A&M and several local politicians were among the invitees.
Viasat Texas employees gather on the stairs of the new campus in College Station.
“This is pretty significant for this area,” Catalena said, adding that few other area companies “have this large of a presence with a real corporate campus feel to it.
“Our employees will be working in the best facility in Bryan/College Station.”
The three-story, 97,000-square-foot building is designed with individual and collaborative workspaces to cater to the needs of both millennials and traditional employees, and spark brainstorming sessions.
Employees here specialize in wireless technology, providing Wi-Fi and voice services to military members stationed at bases around the world. They also support the company’s managed Wi-Fi services business, including its new Community Wi-Fi product in Mexico and Latin America.
College Station is headquarters for Viasat’s Global Business Solutions team, which provides satellite connectivity services to businesses worldwide. About half of the new building’s first floor is designated as a customer support call center.
The design also includes ample opportunities for relaxation. The new campus has a café, fitness center, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts and an outdoor grill area.
The highlight might just be the patio, designed with a big screen so the Viasat crew can easily root for the fightin’ Aggies. The parking lot is rigged for tailgating with power and water hook-ups for RVs.
The College Station site is about 4 miles from Texas A&M’s Kyle Field.