“Products designed by SparkFun engineers are released with schematics and firmware under a Creative Commons license,” Christopher Clark, SparkFun director of information technology, wrote last fall in a post on opensource.com. “For all the new electronics SparkFun has produced over the years, the company doesn’t hold a single patent.”
SparkFun on Monday took that transparency and community engagement to a different type of hardware: The company’s new 80,000-square-foot headquarters facility that is set to be built this year.
In a blog post titled “How to Build a Building,” Seidle shared a very detailed background — including maps, floorplans, loan schedule, construction specs and LEED efforts — on the $10.5 million project:
“How much will the doors for the building cost? About $68,000. How much sheetrock and metal studs? About $475,000. How much does it cost to build a 38’ building with 80,000 sq ft? About $7,037,354. This number doesn’t include a few other large expenses namely:
- Architecture, engineering, design, testing and commissioning fees
- Solar array
The total bill looks to be about $10,500,000 with monthly payments to be about $70,000 a month. $10M is a terrifying number but to put it in perspective, this is part of the calculated plan for the next 20 years of SparkFun. I’m ready to invest now to be sure we have a good work environment with space to grow.”