SchoolMint, an education software technology company formerly headquartered in California—now based inside of the Waitr building at 214 Jefferson Street in Downtown Lafayette—is expanding into a larger facility in the Fightingville district at 319 Monroe Street near Downtown Lafayette.
The company Cali-exited back in the Summer of 2020 to relocate from Silicon Valley to “Silicon Bayou”, as some call the South Louisiana region. SchoolMint’s core product features software centered around Strategic Enrollment Management and positive behavior for K-12 education. Since relocating, they’ve been occupying a temporary space while evaluating permanent headquarter options to grow the company. As of now, the company’s workforce continues to grow with the current 70 individuals employed with plans to employ around 100 by year’s end.
“We were very keen on the historic downtown area and were looking for the right location to become a national showcase facility for our company,” said SchoolMint CEO Bryan MacDonald. “We toured numerous locations but were especially impressed with the area LPTFA has been transforming into a Technology, Arts, and Media campus. We are beyond excited for the opportunity to occupy this historic location and transform it into a world-class technology facility with LPTFA’s support and commitment.”
“It will be a state-of-the-art facility with a local feel modernized for today.”
The future SchoolMint headquarters was first constructed by long-time Lafayette contractor Horace Rickey, Sr. in the 1950s. The renovation will preserve the character of the original warehouse, including two large ceiling cranes that will remain intact.
The press release provided to us late last night states that Lafayette-based architectural firm, ACSW, has been engaged to support the project. ACSW is also a downtown firm with a rich 40-year history of designing award-winning facilities in the Lafayette area, including UL Lafayette Moore Park at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field baseball stadium, Southside High School, and the City Club at River Ranch. Co-founder Eric Crozier said, “We look forward to working with SchoolMint and LPTFA to create a world-class technology center and breathe new life into the historic warehouse site.” — See full press release (here).
Construction on the project began in 2021 by LPTFA with expectations to bid out the remainder of the project’s construction related to interior improvements for SchoolMint around the beginning of the second quarter. Construction timelines are still being finalized, but SchoolMint hopes to occupy the newly renovated space by late 2022.
Learn more about SchoolMint by visiting their website, https://schoolmint.com/.