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OPSWAT inks lease for new Tampa HQ

Veronica Brezina



The SkyCenter One building. Photo courtesy of OPSWAT.

Tampa cybersecurity firm OPSWAT has inked a lease at the SkyCenter One office building for its new global headquarters. 

OPSWAT, a cybersecurity firm recognized as Tampa’s top tech company, announced Tuesday that it has signed the 125-month lease for a space inside the nine-story Class A building. 

“One of the biggest challenges after establishing Tampa as our global headquarters was finding an office that would meet the current needs of OPSWAT’s high operational growth and offer the flexibility for future business needs,” OPSWAT CEO and founder Benny Czarny said in a news release. “After much patience and a diligent vetting process, I’m excited to offer our global stakeholders an open, collaborative and innovative space in the heart of one of the largest critical infrastructures in the region to carry out OPSWAT’s mission.”

Stephen Gorham, OPSWAT CIO & Head of Global Operations, told the St. Pete Catalyst in late January the firm was in the final stages of closing on a new office location in Tampa that will “set the tone” for OPSWAT’s presence.

The 31,660-square-foot office space will undergo an open-concept design and construction before the company’s 100-plus employees make the transition this fourth quarter. 

Meanwhile, OPSWAT employees will continue to operate out of its current East Lake-Orient Park office, which the company obtained through its acquisition of Impulse in 2019. OPSWAT has expanded twice since operating out of the current office. 

OPSWAT, which specializes in critical infrastructure protection, stated the location’s proximity to the Tampa International Airport is a major benefit for the firm as its clientele includes more than 1,000 organizations around the world. 

OPSWAT’s employees can directly connect from the company’s headquarters to the airport via an elevated walkway.

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The 272,000-square-foot SkyCenter, developed by VanTrust, includes a conference center, a fitness center and a café. It serves as the primary office for the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. 

OPSWAT’s decision to commit to the new office space comes on the heels of OPSWAT’s significant growth and plans to go public

“Since we moved to Tampa, we have 88-plus total employees. We’ve grown over 200% in Tampa alone,” Gorham previously said. “We are very focused on our IPO [initial public offering] planning this year. We are certainly making sure we have the basis intact so when the time comes, we can explore the IPO as well as grow our revenue and team members globally.” 

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