Meri Masters got her first look at her work space this morning in state government’s newest building. I ran into her on the 3rd floor as I took a short tour of the $255 million office building and data-center complex.
And like many I talked to, Masters liked what she saw and felt excitement but reserved a sliver of judgment, much like a student on the first day at school.
“So far, so good – as far as I can sit down and my computer is running. I’ll let you know,” Masters, a Department of Personnel recruiting specialist, said cheerfully. “It’s a beautiful building.’’
“Everything is working,” added Steve Smith, a manager of technology acquisitions for the Department of Information Services, who sat at an old desk in a brand new office.
About 97 workers from the state departments of Information Services and Personnel were in the first wave of employees to fill the six-story high-tech structure that will house upward of 1,000 state employees from four agencies expected to merge Oct. 1 into the new Department of Enterprise Services and the new Consolidated Technology Services agency that will run the data center.