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A conceptual rendering of Riegl's planned corporate HQ in Winter Garden
A conceptual rendering of Riegl's planned corporate HQ in Winter Garden (Walker Design)

International laser scanning technology company Riegl is trading up its current Orlando location for one in Winter Garden.

Riegl USA president, Johannes Riegl, Jr., told GrowthSpotter the firm will begin construction soon on a new 18,500-square-foot North American headquarters facility at 14707 W. Colonial Drive. The announcement follows the Winter Garden City Commission meeting last week, when commissioners signed off on a site plan for the project.

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Its planned two-story headquarters will house its sales and administration offices as well as training rooms and testing areas. The facility will also be equipped with a customer support center and distribution hub. Employees will have access to an in-house gym and outdoor open space that will overlook a pond.

The company’s roughly 35 employees currently work out of an office suite at 7035 Grand National Dr., near Orlando’s tourism corridor, but Riegl Jr. said the new building will be able to accommodate about 50 employees, adding he aims to move in by October 2020.

The new owner bought the old citrus packing plant with the intention of restoring its architecture and bringing in new tenants that specialize in art and artisan food concepts.

Although the Winter Garden facility will rise on about two acres of land, Riegl’s real estate arm, Riegl Real Estate Inc., owns about 13 acres at 14707 and 14679 W. Colonial Drive. It acquired the property last year for a total of $1.4 million.

The extra space will allow for future expansions, Riegl, Jr. said. He called the area attractive for staffing purposes.

“Winter Garden offers affordable living and good neighborhoods for families," he said.

The company specializes in producing various laser scanning solutions with advanced 3D scanning capabilities. Its worldwide headquarters is located in Austria,, with main offices in the United States, Japan, Australia and China. Last month, the firm announced it had partnered with Smyrna, Georgia-based civil engineering, construction and mining company, Sitech South.

The assigned contractor, DPR Construction Company, will be using Riegl’s terrestrial scanners to monitor the project throughout the construction process. Orlando-based Walker Design is the architect. Florida Engineering Group is the engineer.

A city-owned building in Winter Garden’s downtown district is being razed to make way for The Exchange, a new office development with ground-floor retail and restaurant space along Plant Street.

Riegl USA is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony Dec. 6.

In the past couple of years, the city has managed to attract a number of businesses to the area.

Design company Dackor is also building its corporate headquarters in Winter Garden. Last month, GrowthSpotter reported of plans to build a 36,434-square-foot office and warehouse building on nearly three acres of vacant property at 310 East Crown Point Road.

In the city’s downtown region, Crooked Can Brewing Company recently opened along Plant Street. The site sits across from where construction and development firm R. C. Stevens Construction Company is planning a three-story office building with ground-floor retail and restaurant space called The Exchange.

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