13 - Client Care (GF) / Tech.Support/Corporate Sales (FF)
13 - Copy Room (FF)
14 - Regional Engineering Services (Lab)
15 - Outside Tables (Cafeteria)
16 - Creative Services (Marketing)
17 - Showroom
18 - Main Gate/Security
19 - Security
20 - Management Parking
21 - Employee Entrance (1)/Security Station
22 - Bike Hut
Gateway’s HQ in Sioux City, Iowa (USA), was a large sprawling collection of interconnecting metal buildings some with two floors. At its peak, it was nearly 1,000,000 square feet in size and would take over 15 minutes to walk from end to end. Surprisingly, it was fitted out rather nicely inside, and although Gateway operated a frugal appearance, the office and facilities were more than adequate.
The entire plant and its accompanying land consists a total of 72 acres and is currently up for sale by its owner, Acer Computer Corp. For around $15 Million (Nov.2013).
Gateways’ first overseas operation was based in Dublin, Ireland and was purchased outright by Gateway2000. It was originally built for Seagate, but the deal fell through. It was eventually leased to Prime Computer who ceased operations in 1992.
Gateway executed its European expansion in less than 6 months and was fitting out the building by the early summer of 1993. Its first employees, many of whom had spent nearly 5 weeks in Sioux City, came back in August ‘93 to a major work in progress, as Computer Servers were still being tested, desks and phones were being installed and other facilities including production and a new cafeteria still under construction!
The Irish facility was located about 10 minutes from Dublin airport on the main motorway (M1) into the city. Today it is unused, utilised for storage in part, and is available for lease (Nov.2013). It consists of 160,000 Sq. Feet of Office space and 130,000 Sq. Feet for industrial use. It also has a rather nice showroom facility at its entrance which served as customer demonstration area (17 on the aerial view below).
Let’s show you around the European HQ. A key to each marked location on the image below can be found further down this page…
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