Halifax-based incubator Volta Labs announced that it will be taking over 60,000 square feet of space at the Maritime Centre building located in downtown Halifax.
Volta Labs signed a lease with Canadian office properties owner Slate Office REIT to confirm the expansion, which will take place in the winter of 2017 and 2018. The Maritime Centre building is located at 1505 Barrington Street.
While Volta Labs currently occupies approximately 20,000 square feet of the 19-storey building, the new space will occupy the building’s main lobby, mezzanine floor, and second floor.
“These new headquarters will allow Volta to be the growth catalyst for Halifax’s technology community.”
– Jesse Rodgers,
CEO of Volta Labs
“These new headquarters will allow Volta to be the growth catalyst for Halifax’s technology community, establishing a home base inside the city’s Innovation District and attracting new interest from entrepreneurs,” said Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta Labs. “For many reasons, Halifax is a great place to build a technology-focused company, and we are looking forward to providing more resources to these businesses. Ultimately, this growth will result in new jobs and massive economic impact for Nova Scotia.”
Volta Labs said the expansion will allow the incubator to better serve the region’s tech community and offer larger multi-purpose space, private meeting rooms, and large co-working spaces to resident startup companies, corporate innovation groups, and network members.
“We are proud that the [Maritime Centre] building has become an integral part of Halifax’s Innovation District, with Volta as a marquee tenant,” said Scott Antoniak, CEO of the REIT. “We recognize the importance of the Maritime Centre’s location, design, amenities and function, and its role in bringing together collaborative endeavours and ideas in the technology space.”
In February 2016, Volta Labs received $500,000 in funding from the federal government. Volta Labs frequently hosts initiatives to encourage innovation in Atlantic Canada, including the Atlantic Lottery Hackathon and design workshops for teenagers.