Enova International Opens New Renovated Tech Epicenter in the Chicago Loop
CHICAGO (November 20, 2012) – Online lender Enova International recently debuted its newly built ninth floor, which will serve as the company’s tech epicenter at its headquarters in the Chicago Loop. Enova’s goal for the redesigned floor is to provide the optimal workspace for software engineers while aiming to recruit top tech talent.
Designed by Brininstool + Lynch, the 18,000-square foot floor cost $2 million to renovate and was divided up strategically into distinct zones. The new features include a vibrant blue elevator lobby, 130-foot-long workstations, audio/TV equipped conference rooms, an expansive kitchen and social gathering lounges.
“We wanted to design a state-of-the-art tech hub that rewards our top talent by providing them with a work environment that promotes creativity, collaboration, and knowledge sharing,” said Fred Lee, Enova’s chief technology officer (CTO). “The clear objective of our new tech hub is to promote and support the continued development of innovative technology and applications that advance Enova’s products and services.”
The architect designed the open space to enable a collaborative work environment that would provide optimum interaction. One of the significant architectural designs is a 150-foot long feature wall constructed with custom formed recycled fiberboard panels in an irregular, undulating pattern that creates a wave-like effect. The design successfully combines function and aesthetics, leaving a strong and positive impression on employees and visitors.
Enova believes everyone deserves access to simple and trustworthy financial services and works to close the credit gap for underserved consumers.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Cash America International, Inc. (NYSE: CSH), Enova is a trusted online provider of credit alternatives for more than two million hard-working people worldwide facing short-term cash demands through our brands CashNetUSA.com, PoundstoPocket.com, QuickQuid.com, DollarsDirect.com.au and DollarsDirect.ca. Enova pioneered online lending in 2004 and today leads the industry in our dedication to responsible and licensed lending. Our advanced analytical models provide automated and real-time approval of customers’ loan applications, significantly faster than traditional loan processing. Headquartered in Chicago, Enova has more than 1,100 employees serving our global customers.