The Aquaponic Source Has a New Home!

It has finally happened. The “child” that has been The Aquaponic Source has finally outgrown its parent’s basement and needs to find a place of its own. We’ve certainly been fortunate to be able to incubate our new business in our empty nest these past three years, and a commute that can be measured in feet vs. miles has been wonderful. But we now have seven employees trying to work down there (Alan and I work in other rooms in the house during the day), some of whom are improvising desks on top of boxes, and have filled the last available set of shelf space. It is time.

Life in the Aquaponic Source basementOur search for a new space actually started at the end of March when we first met with our tenant broker, Mark Casey, and told him that we thought we needed about 2500 – 3000 sq. ft. of warehouse / flex space in Boulder. After some careful analysis, however, that number went up to 4000 – 4500 sq. ft. of space once we realized that we are already occupying 2300 sq. ft. in our current cramped circumstances! We quickly settled on a 5000 sq. ft. space (notice how that number keeps going up?) that was basically an unfinished warehouse with no interior walls that was going to need to be entirely built out.

Over the next month and a half we negotiated with the potential landlord, worked with an architect friend to draw up plans, and met with general contractors. We finally realized that it was just going to be too much work, brain damage and time to make that space work for us. Plus, during that time we realized that we would probably quickly outgrow that space…and we were about to sign a five year lease.

front entry of The Aquaponic SourceThe search for a home for The Aquaponic Source began again, but this time we were open to both larger spaces and being located outside of Boulder. Again, a single excellent choice jumped out of the crowd right away. It was a 7600 sq. ft. space in Longmont, CO, which is about a 20 minute commute for us (my outside limit for drive time) and was already configured to a nearly perfect layout. The landlord agreed to make the few changes we needed at his expense and to complete the changes in a month!

Aquaponic Source location signsWe negotiated the lease terms (a rather grueling experience that could be the subject of an entire post of iits own) and signed the lease two weeks ago. We expect to move in to our new company home at the beginning of August! It will feature a small retail store, an R&D lab, a classroom, offices, a manufacturing space and plenty of warehouse space.

first visitOur goal is to become an Aquaponics Center for local Coloradans, and a destination location for aquapons visiting our beautiful state. We plan to hold regular tours and classes, and be available to help you with your aquaponics needs in-person just like we’ve been doing the past three years in our internet, phone, email, audio / visual way. We are all so excited it feels like Christmas as a child around here…..but without the snow and songs. Please wish us luck!

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6 Comments

  1. Ed Sindt August 13, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Congratulations on the new facility… although I was really impressed with the old one. Especially liked the “”grown here” feel.

    Mahalo

    Ed

  2. Sylvia August 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks, Ed. We liked it too, but eventually the baby needed to move out of its parent’s house. 😉

  3. Keith Multiponics August 17, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Great news, congrats!

  4. Sylvia August 17, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Thanks, Keith. Great to hear from you! I hope all is well at Multiponics…

  5. Jody Tate August 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Wow!! This is so great to be able to sit back and watch ancient wisdom rebirth it self in a modern world, and still have a great impact on this reality being created, by being the change we all want to experience and see take place!! I have a great interest in Horticulture, and plan on going back to school were it is still offered here in my great back yard of the Willamette Valley in this great Northwest area of our states!! Since Nature will be our final demise on what our future holds, I hope to dodge any bullets our Mother Earth is going to be shooting out, and have a chance to be part of your great operation, as soon as I prove myself with furthering my education with certificate in hand. But for now I will pop in here and then to see the hopes and dreams of keeping nature alive in a modern, machine running World. Believe it or not when schools and education specialist call me to ask me and ask what degree or program I am interested in, they say they do not have such offered. This ancient brain child that is rearing its head again, is something of a narrow field in this machine and tech run world. But maybe by some miraculous chance, I will finally find a spot in this World. Having a chance to be happy and fulfilled at being also the change I would appreciate seeing. Many blessings I put out to the Universe to this brain child that your team is working on.

    Sincerely Jody Tate

  6. Sylvia August 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    What wonderful thoughts, Jody. Thank you for your kind wishes!

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