SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Weebly, the company that allows anyone to easily create a beautiful website, is sharing a first look inside their brand new global headquarters in downtown San Francisco. Located at 460 Bryant in the historic South of Market District (SoMa), the historic three-story brick and timber building is a tangible sign of the company’s explosive growth over the past year and follows the opening of their new customer support center in Scottsdale, AZ in 2014.
At 33,000 square feet, the new office is three times the size of Weebly’s previous office in Jackson Square. The company is looking to fill the new loft style space by doubling its staff by the end of the year and eventually filling the entire 47,000 square foot building with an expansion to 450 SF-based employees.
Gutting, renovating, and revamping this historic 1900s building was a labor of love for all involved. The base-building renovation by architect Charles F. Bloszies for developer Sierra Maestra Properties included all new electrical, plumbing, windows, seismic upgrades and of course making the rooftop a safe place for cocktails and cookouts. To complete the interior architecture and design, Weebly’s CEO and co-founder, David Rusenko, brought in Huntsman Architectural Group, Skyline Construction, and Two (A One Workplace venture) to bring his vision to life.
Weebly wanted to give the historic building a new chapter, but recognize its rich history. Once a packaging facility for Gundlach Bundschu Winery, the building was leveled in the 1906 earthquake and a million bottles of wine were destroyed. When construction crews found a bottle of 1902 cabernet deep in the basement, Rusenko and the building’s owner decided to bury it next to a bottle of 2014 Gundlach cabernet to honor the building’s history and toast to its future. Later on, the building served as a liquor warehouse until prohibition kicked in. In a nod to the space’s speakeasy past, there is a secret room inside Weebly accessed only through the founder’s favorite fictional book. Let’s not leave out the grungy 90’s either, where the basement was a hot spot for late night raves. The original graffiti on the walls remains intact in the company gym and has been known to inspire the extra mile on the treadmill.
Weebly’s office aesthetic is a direct reflection of the company’s culture: approachable, creative, fun and welcoming. This is evident in the high ceilings, sit-to-stand desks, music jam room, and video gaming room. A large sculpture by artist Matt Devine anchors the two-story all-hands meeting area, complete with a cocktail bar, full-service cafe, and plenty of games. Just down the hall is a new mother’s nursing room to welcome the littlest Weeblies to the office. The 14 conference rooms and even a quiet Zen room give every employee a place to creatively collaborate or silently focus.
“We’re extremely excited to officially open the doors at 460 Bryant Street. A tremendous amount of planning and design went into building an environment that will take our company into the future as we continue to grow,” said David Rusenko, CEO and co-founder of Weebly. “Ever since founding our company in a dorm room, Weebly has always been our home, and we want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable when they enter the office. The new space is very much a reflection of our origins and our vision for the future.”
Want to check out the new space for yourself? Take a digital tour with high resolution photos at weeblyhq.weebly.com.
Based in San Francisco, Weebly is a global service that lets millions of people easily create a unique website, blog or online store they are proud to share. People can start their own business, sell online, showcase their achievements, and communicate with visitors in a thoughtful and lasting way. Weebly gives everyone the freedom to build a high-quality site that works brilliantly across computers, phones and tablets. Weebly offers a range of pricing options, including free and premium consumer plans, as well as enterprise offerings. Weebly is privately funded by Sequoia Capital, Tencent Holdings, Baseline Ventures, Ron Conway and Y Combinator.