Cybersecurity firm Rapid7 signs big lease at Tampa’s Sparkman Wharf
Cybersecurity company Rapid7 is on the move. And you don’t have to go far to get there.
The Boston-based company, which opened a large center in Tampa last fall, has signed a 42,000-square-foot lease on two floors to Sparkman Wharf, which is part of the $ 3.5 billion Tampa Water Street development by Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment.
The company had already been working from Industrial, a shared workspace on Sparkman Wharf, while looking for a permanent home. Water Street Tampa was always on the short list of locations.
“As we continue our quest to build the workplace of the future, Sparkman Wharf is the perfect place to put our roots,” said Jamie Kinch, Rapid7’s vice president of real estate experience and workplace, in a press release. “We will be at the center of the technology boom, and with the mixed-use design, restaurants and recreational facilities of Water Street Tampa, it offers us the unique opportunity to build a meaningful community.”
The proximity of other technology operations, such as ReliaQuest, which will move to a new headquarters in a Water Street office tower later this year, or the Embarc Collective start accelerator, was another advantage. said Mike Griffin, executive director of commercial real estate brokerage. the Savills company, which worked with Rapid7 to find a new home.
“It’s gratifying to see such an exciting and innovative company coming to Tampa,” Griffin said in a statement. “The Savills team worked to select Tampa in a competitive national search process and ultimately Water Street Tampa was chosen as the best location to attract talent.”
Rapid7 has said it plans to hire at least 100 employees in Tampa, and possibly as many as 500 in the coming years.