Satcom Direct celebrates grand opening of world headquarters in Viera
Satcom Direct President David Greenhill shakes hands with U.S. Rep Bill Posey during an Oct. 19 grand opening ceremony at Satcom’s new world headquarters in Viera. Photo courtesy of Satcom Direct.
Several community leaders were on hand Oct. 19 as Satcom Direct marked the grand opening of its world headquarters in Viera.
U.S. Rep. Bill Posey was among officials who toured the two-story, 43,000-square-foot facility at 1050 Satcom Lane, built by Satcom Direct in order to consolidate its Satellite Beach headquarters operations into a single, larger, more efficient facility in anticipation of future strong growth.
“Satcom Direct is one of the Space Coast’s great entrepreneurial success stories – a home business that has grown into a global leader in its field,” Posey said during the grand opening. “It’s a great privilege to help inaugurate Satcom Direct’s new world headquarters here in Viera, which will no doubt inspire other businesses to invest in state-of-the-art energy efficient facilities both here in Florida and around our nation.”
Designed by architect Dave Dnagrodsky and built by MH Williams Construction Group, the building resembles an airplane, with a central fuselage section and two angled wings. It has desk and office space for 150 people and can expand to 200.
Jim Jensen, founder and CEO of Satcom Direct, said the new building “embodies our growth as a company, and our evolution from a small business into a global connectivity provider.
“Our business was built in this community and expanding our presence here further illustrates our commitment to Brevard County,” Jensen said.
The building is adjacent to Satcom Direct’s data center solutions provider TerraCom Direct, which also secures all Satcom services. The 25,000-square-foot TerraCom building is designed to withstand a category 5 hurricane.
Satcom Direct, the leading provider of satellite voice and broadband data solutions for flight deck and cabin communications serving business, military, government, and heads of state aircraft, has offices worldwide, including five U.S. locations, plus facilities in the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Canada, UAE, Switzerland, Russia and Hong Kong.
Robin Fisher, Brevard County Commission chairman, praised Satcom Direct for staying put in the Space Coast.
“Satcom Direct could have chosen to uproot their headquarters and relocate to another country,” Fisher said. “Instead, they chose to remain in Brevard County and we applaud them for their continued commitment and support to our community.”
The new headquarters earned a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification, the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability.
To become LEED certified, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Satcom Direct’s new home earned points for having such features as 100 percent LED lighting, full generator backup, a fitness center, a coffee shop and café, raised accessing flooring and under floor air distribution, modular walls allowing for future growth and flexibility, an energy-efficient window wall system, wall and roof insulation exceeding code requirements, maintenance free exterior walls and a full windowed east wall for maximum natural light.
Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, noted that the LEED-certified facility “elevates the area’s competitive edge.”
“It sends a message that our community understands the importance of a healthy working environment with clean energy,” Weatherman said.