Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) has entered into an agreement for the construction of a 21-story building in Atlanta that will serve as the company’s IT services hub. Work on the 352,000-square-foot Anthem Technology Center is expected to begin in January.
Plans for the hub were announced in October 2016. Anthem said it would make an initial investment of $20 million, which will grow over the next few years. The company says the investment will create approximately 1,800 IT-related jobs and the building will be able to house about 3,000 jobs overall.
Anthem is working with Atlanta-based Portman Holdings on the development of the hub, which is expected to open in 2020.
"We are thrilled to announce this collaboration with Portman Holdings in the construction of this ultramodern building that is designed to inspire cooperation and creativity and enable us to work smarter in an effort to transform health care through modernization, digitization, and innovation with the ultimate goal of delivering a better, more personalized experience for members of Anthem’s affiliated health plans," said Tom Miller, chief information officer for Anthem.
The Anthem Technology Center will be located in an area known as Tech Square, which is also home to the company’s Innovation Studio as well as a number of research facilities, tech startups and the Georgia Institute of Technology campus.
Jeff Fusile, president of Anthem’s affiliated Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plan in Georgia, says when the new building opens, it will enable the company "to tap into the area’s highly skilled talent pipeline."