MALTA -- Construction workers aren't the only ones descending on the GlobalFoundries computer chip factory anymore.
More than 200 GlobalFoundries employees took their posts late last month inside the newly built office building, which is attached to the massive clean room where advanced semiconductors will be made.
Another 300 will move in later this week and next, bringing all of the company's New York employees under one roof for the first time since construction began at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in 2009.
Many empty desks remain inside the third-floor space where the company's first employees have been located, and construction on the first and second floors continues, forcing office workers to walk through a construction area to get to their desks.
But for those already on the inside, the transition has been swift and seamless.
"I was pretty quick to settle in," said Sally Racicot, an executive administrator in the company's technology development department who has outfitted her cubicle with photos, plants and a poster of a vanity New York license plate that reads
Like other GlobalFoundries employees, Racicot said she was thrilled to be in the new space and said the move has already helped build relationships in her department and made work life simpler.
"It does make the collaboration easier and more efficient," she said.
Still, the office is in a transitory state.
Break rooms are largely empty, introductions are being made and temperature adjustments are being tweaked.
Plans for the first office party, meanwhile, are being worked out, and a massive GlobalFoundries logo that will be located in an orange-accented atrium at the entrance of the building has yet to be installed.
Maps to the conference rooms - each named after an Adirondack high peak - are also floating around the office, proof of the vastness of the space employees need to navigate.
Each floor holds around 50 conference and "huddle rooms" and measures 640 feet by 120 feet, with the vast majority of the space filled with a matrix of grey, identical cubicles. An American football field, by contrast, measures 360 feet by 160 feet.
Although it has been hard to learn exactly where everything is, employees said they have adjusted to the scope of their surroundings.
"I was worried about the big openness, but it's actually not that bad," said Aileen Paris, an executive assistant. "I gave it two days, and I got used to it."
For the construction company that worked on the office space, the move-in marks the conclusion of a nearly two-year process that continued through snow, rain and blistering August heat, at times involving more than 1,000 workers a
"We're just making it pretty now," said Jeff Martin, a senior construction manager with the factory's general contractor, M + W U.S.
Yet the office's completion is just one of a series of milestones on GlobalFoundries' path to production in late 2012.
Tools that will be used in the computer chip manufacturing building began to arrive on June 1, and more are due to arrive in mid-July, beginning a year-long installation process involving billions of dollars worth of
The ground breaking for a second administration building, designed to accommodate future growth, is set to occur next week.