Walking trails, on-site yoga classes and showers with changing areas to foster wellness activities.
A gourmet cafeteria, an outside amphitheater, and an artist program that showcases the artwork and photography of employees and local artists.
Those are some of the features of the new 50-acre Austin campus that financial services firm Charles Schwab unveiled on Thursday.
The 469,000-square-foot campus at 2309 Gracy Farms Lane, near the Domain development in North Austin, currently has 1,900 employees and has the capacity for 2,600.
The company plans to begin construction of a third building and an additional parking garage this summer. Schwab’s previous plan for the campus - which was formerly owned by IBM - called for about 470,000 square feet of office space in a pair of five-story office buildings.
“Since opening our doors here in 2000, we’ve been proud to call Austin a big part of our Texas home,” Dennis Howard, Schwab’s executive vice president and chief information officer, said in a written statement. “This city offers a tremendous pool of talent that fits our culture of service and our ambition to disrupt our industry.”
The Austin campus will play roles in all 15 lines of Schwab’s business, including its recently announced digital accelerator program. The company has recently added jobs in areas including information technology, digital services, retirement services, compliance, and marketing, officials said.
The digital accelerator program will add tech-focused positions for product managers, designers, developers and others, said Schwab spokesman Peter Greenley.
Schwab is one of a number of large corporations that are expanding operations in Austin to tap into the labor force as well as the student talent pool from the University of Texas and surrounding schools.
In March, Oracle held a ribbon cutting event for its new 43-acre campus that founder Larry Ellison said could eventually employ 10,000.
Based in San Francisco, Charles Schwab is one of the nation's largest financial services companies, with more than 16,000 employees and managing $3.3 trillion in client assets, according to the company's first-quarter earnings report.
In 2014, Schwab signed incentives agreements with Travis County and the Texas governor's office promising to create 823 new jobs and make $196 million in capital investments in Austin over a 10-year period.
Schwab also agreed to maintain 927 jobs already existing in Austin at the time of the agreement. If it achieved those milestones, Schwab would receive $4.5 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund and between $3.3 million and $3.6 million from Travis County.
As of Dec. 31, 2016, Schwab had 1,718 full-time employees in Austin, according to Diana Ramirez, Travis County's director of economic development and strategic investments. That included 643 new jobs created in 2015 and 2016 following the signing of the incentives deal, Ramirez said earlier this month.
Schwab has not yet received any incentives payments from Travis County, Ramirez said. The company has received $1.5 million in incentives payments from the Texas Enterprise Fund for its Austin expansion, according to documents on the Texas governor's office website.
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