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Apple of their eye Function and frills unite in unique $12 million building project By Kay Kruse-Stanton L ast fall, JAMF Software welcomed a vital new tool for success: an approximately $12 million building designed to meet the specific and somewhat unusual needs of the firm. JAMF Software started in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in 2002 with a couple of good friends and an excellent idea for helping Apple-based computer systems operate more efficiently. Since then it’s grown to 350 employees, with approximately 150 in Eau Claire. It’s been cautious growth: JAMF 2│ TRENDS made sure the business was there to support new employees before creating positions. And until September 2014, the Eau Claire portion of the company made do with leased space that was adequate but could not really serve the firm’s needs. “We were working out of a building that was basically a showroom area,” said JAMF project specialist Julia Johnson, who worked closely with Ayres Associates throughout the project. “We needed better space that had sufficient power and cooling. We needed a server room with better mechanicals. We needed a generator to be able to handle power outages. We needed fire suppression for our server room. We wanted better cooling for the general work areas so people would be less distracted and more comfortable.” Beyond improved mechanicals, JAMF wanted a building that would foster creativity and encourage collaboration, a building that would give something back to the community that JAMF calls home, a building that would maintain the company’s downtown Eau Claire presence. And once that idea was