“Our Philly team has grown dramatically over the past few years and our office downtown was becoming cramped. Now, with a space nearly four times larger, we have room to work collaboratively without bumping elbows with the teammate at the next desk.”
Photo Above: Smithwise Philly’s new home in the Betsy Ross Cottage on Ellis Preserve, Newtown Square, PA.
All photos courtesy of Andrea Menta Photography.
Smithwise, a medical device engineering firm with offices in Boston and Philadelphia, recently expanded its Philly presence by relocating to a larger office in Newtown Square. Previously in the PLEXUS co-working space next to 30th Street Station, Smithwise has moved to the Ellis Preserve alongside SAP, Sunoco, and other neighbors.
The Newtown Square business campus was previously home to Ellis College, a school for orphaned girls. Smithwise’s new home, the Betsy Ross Cottage, is an 8,000 square foot stone house that served as a student dormitory until 1977, when the school closed. Built in 1922, the structure is now modernized and adapted into office space, while maintaining its historic beauty and classic Mainline charm.
|Smithwise teammates Andrew Mazzotta and Joe Jackson discuss a project in the Engineering Room.|
“We’re really excited about our new home here in Ellis Preserve,” said Smithwise President Eric Sugalski. “Our Philly team has grown dramatically over the past few years and our office downtown was becoming cramped. Now, with a space nearly four times larger, we have room to work collaboratively without bumping elbows with the teammate at the next desk.” And things aren’t slowing down, he added. “We plan to keep expanding here and in Boston—we have several new positions posted right now. This office will enable us to keep growing by adding engineering talent to our team.”
The bigger footprint will allow Smithwise engineers and designers to better serve their clients, with the lower level entirely dedicated to workshop and fabrication areas. “We don’t just design medical devices in CAD here,” said Chris Scholl, who’s been part of the recent growth, joining the firm this summer as Director of Mechanical Engineering. “My team is constantly building, testing, and adapting prototypes to find the best design. Having the space and tools to do this in-house is crucial for our ability to deliver excellent service.”
|The Smithwise logo find a new home in the lobby downstairs.|
The decision to move from downtown wasn’t an easy one. “We were right in the middle of a lot of other medtech players with our old space near Penn, Drexel, CHOP, and Jefferson” Sugalski said, “so we needed our new spot to remain easily accessible to our clients and employees, while providing a lot more desk, meeting, and workshop space.” They decided that the Mainline struck the perfect balance between those competing needs. “We planted our first flag in PA with a one-man office in Malvern, staffed by yours truly. Then we moved to a larger space in Media, then to our office downtown” he continued, “so this isn’t the first time our location has needed to adapt to our changing needs.” Their new space should be a longer-term home. Though now outside the city limits, Smithwise is maintaining its presence downtown with a co-working space and open office hours at the Pennovation Center in University City.
The firm is planning a ribbon cutting and office-warming celebration for clients and Philly-area friends on October 11.
Written by Daniel Henrich
Director of Marketing at Archimedic