Ultratec, Inc., the world’s largest provider of text telecommunications devices for people with hearing loss, is breaking ground to expand its corporate headquarters in the University of Wisconsin Research Park on Madison’s west side.
The three-story addition located at 450 Science Drive will increase the total office area available to more than 111,000 square feet. The lower level plans include full underground parking for approximately 80 vehicles. J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc., is the builder.
The expansion is needed to house the growing Customer Service department for Ultratec’s line of CapTel® Captioned Telephone products and for additional corporate operations. There will be limited tenant space available for lease upon completion.
“Ultratec’s groundbreaking services and devices, based on work at UW-Madison, improve the quality of life for people around the world. Ultratec is a significant employer in Madison and this expansion will result in more jobs,” states Greg Hyer, Interim Director, University Research Parks. “Ultratec’s expansion reinforces that public investments in university education and research and the hard work of private business entrepreneurs leads to a growing economy and an improved quality of life.”
In addition to the corporate headquarters location, two other Ultratec buildings are located in the University Research Park. The Communications Center building hosts one of the telecommunications call centers for CapTel captioned telephone service and the Technology Center building hosts Advanced Assembly, Inc., the manufacturing facility that produces Ultratec products.
As with all Ultratec facilities, the new addition seamlessly incorporates features that make it accessible by people of all abilities, including automatic sliding doors, gently sloping ramps, visual as well as auditory fire alarm systems, and open line-of-vision spaces.
Construction is expected to be complete by March 2015.
Ultratec, Inc., designs, produces, and supports telephone equipment and services that enable people with hearing loss to communicate over the phone. Among its innovations is the CapTel Captioned Telephone service that shows word-for-word captions during telephone calls.