Hewlett-Packard will begin moving into its home in Conway on Friday.

T.J. Johnston, vice president of business development for the Conway Development Corporation said, “The plan is they’re officially moving in tomorrow. From our standpoint, our goal was to get them ready to move into the south pod by Dec. 11, and that’s what’s happening tomorrow. Everything will be ready in the south pod starting Monday.
“We’ll continue on the north pod with a scheduled completion date of Jan. 28. At that time, the entire facility will be occupied by HP.”

The 153,000-square-foot, $30 million facility, located in The Meadows Office and Technology Park, was built to LEED standards. The Conway Development Corporation is leasing the building to HP. It is to house 1,500 employees.

The technology giant announced in June 2008 it would locate a call center in Conway. Landing the deal took the efforts of multiple groups. While the Conway Development Corporation took on the responsibility of building the facility, the city of Conway spent about $5 million improving and building roads in and around the technology park. A $10 million incentive from Gov. Mike Beebe’s Quick Action Closing Fund also helped bring the project to Arkansas.

An architect who worked on the HP building said it has been on the fast track.

Johnston said, “This is amazing. Our construction team has been phenomenal to get them in on this date, given all the obstacles — weather, and the fact this is a very schedule-driven project from day one.”

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