VideoRay LLC Completes Major Expansion with New Headquarters Building in Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Retains previous HQ Complex for Research and Development Center

VideoRay LLC today announced that they have completed the move of administrative, support, and production groups to their new corporate headquarters building in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.  This completely rehabilitated building has dedicated space for offices, classroom, production, repair and laboratory space.  There is expansion space available planned for overnight accommodations, incubator space for related underwater technology companies, and building space for local high school robotics teams.  Total space in the building exceeds 40,000 square feet.

The bucolic farm location which previously housed VideoRay headquarters will be used as a Research and Development Center.  Facilities include 5,000 square feet of office space, a two acre test pond, and a 3,300 foot grass airstrip. 

“We are thrilled to be in Pottstown, alleviating severe overcrowding in our Phoenixville location that was affecting our rapid growth” said Scott Bentley, President of VideoRay.  “While we’ll miss the swans, horses, and the scenery at the farm, the amenities the vibrant borough of Pottstown can offer are what we need at this stage.  We were very pleased with the assistance Pottstown offered with this project.  We were able to convert the former Levitz headquarters building to exactly what we need now, with room for expansion.  And we can now hold maintenance and operations classes in the building and accommodate our customers well with both the old and new complexes.”

Included in the new HQ building are a larger 5000 gallon test tank, large class room, employee lunchroom, 80 car parking lot, dedicated loading dock and receiving area, and large storage space.  Several collaboration spaces, conference rooms, and temporary offices for visitors are available, as well as very high speed wireless internet throughout.  The renewal of the building, designed by Artefact, Inc. of Bethlehem, PA and implemented by Gorksi Engineering of Collegeville, PA, retained as much as possible of the character of the building, which consisted of several buildings from different periods that Levitz had combined for their headquarters. 

Commenting on the design, Lucienne Di Biase Dooley, Principal at Artefact, said: “The development of this project focused on three main areas: including creating a design in compliance with Building Code and ADA (accessibility) requirements; developing programmatic adjacencies allowing flawless passages from one area of the business activities to another, and; creating an esthetic interpretation of the interior spaces respectful of the original character of the building and integrating the technology requirements. The final result is a 1920 ambiance, in particular throughout the office area, married to the operational needs of the business including the test tank with large vision panels imbedded in the reinforced concrete walls.”

VideoRay showed off the building with an open house attended by over 300 people on Friday, December 7th 2012.  To commemorate Pearl Harbor Day, 3D footage shot by a VideoRay submersible from inside the Arizona memorial in cooperation with the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center  and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, was shown to visitors.

Images from the VideoRay 2012 Open House Event (Images courtesy Steve Van Meter):

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About VideoRay:

VideoRay introduced its first ROV in 2000 and has since become the world’s largest volume producer of underwater ROVs. VideoRay underwater robots help prevent terrorism, find and retrieve objects, inspect infrastructure both inland and offshore, and keep divers safe from hazardous conditions. As VideoRay innovates with new designs and functions, our ROVs assist in increasingly challenging situations and environments, and owners have learned to trust them to perform in more demanding missions. The hallmark of VideoRay systems are ruggedness, reliability, portability, and easy customization with the widest range of sensors and tools available for observation class vehicles.