Claudia Folzman doesn’t mince words about the new headquarters for Iron Construction, the general contractor she founded in 2001 with partner Dave Edgar.
“It’s very ugly, but it’s a super sturdy building, which is what we needed,” she said. “We’re builders. As long as we’ve got good bones … This is going to be a metamorphic change for this building.”
Iron acquired the site at 1955 The Alameda earlier this month for $3.45 million. It includes a 16,500-square-foot office building built in 1958 for IBM and a 2,500-square-foot historic house, both of which sit on about an acre. There’s plenty of room for the company’s seven office dogs, including a new Labrador puppy.
The acquisition came after Iron sold its Sunnyvale property for $11.5 million earlier this year. I chatted with Folzman, Iron’s chief operating officer, about the new building.