JAMF Software Proposes New Office Building in Downtown Eau Claire
Posted: April 8, 2013
JAMF Software is teaming up with local developer Stuart Schaefer of Commonweal Development Corporation on a project that will continue the growth in Downtown Eau Claire. JAMF Software is a rapidly growing company co-founded by Eau Claire native and UW-Eau Claire graduate Zach Halmstad. The business develops, sells, and supports the Casper Suite, software for professional management of Apple products. JAMF Software currently employs about 180 people, 90 of which are located in Eau Claire.
The proposed project is a 4-story 65,000 square foot office building in the North Barstow Redevelopment District next to RCU, facing the Chippewa River with Phoenix Park nearby. The building would sit on what is currently the RCU parking lot. The City of Eau Claire and Redevelopment Authority (RDA) have been asked to consider additional parking options for RCU employees, as well as JAMF employees and the general public. As growth in downtown Eau Claire continues, parking is a main talking point.
Commonweal Development Corporation and JAMF Software have asked the City of Eau Claire and RDA to consider turning Block 7, what is now an empty lot, into a temporary parking lot during construction, and long-term consider building a parking ramp structure in the location that is currently the post office.
The City of Eau Claire's economic development division has worked with JAMF since 2008. At that time the company had four employees and we assisted them in finding office space downtown. Recently, staff provided a list of potential expansion sites and introduced JAMF to local developers. JAMF is a strong supporter of Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. and has a representative on the DECI board of directors. JAMF appreciates the City's efforts to attract the creative class and make downtown a destination for the arts, music, and entertainment, which is important for them to recruit and compete for talented employees.