By Jacob Owens for Delaware Business Times

The new headquarters for the financial technology company Marlette Funding officially opened Tuesday at The Concord mixed-use development project off U.S. Route 202, marking perhaps the first major office designed for a post-pandemic future.

Marlette, developer and operator of the Best Egg consumer-lending platform, signed a long-term lease for 60,000 square feet of built-to-suit Class A office space in the office park located off Silverside Road just days before the COVID-19 pandemic largely shut down business in Delaware.

“When I signed the lease in February last year, I didn’t feel so good come March,” Marlette CEO Jeffrey Meiler said Tuesday with a laugh. “Today, I think it’s going to be absolutely strategic for us, and it’s going to be a real catalyst for employees and for the business.”

In the weeks after COVID changed workplaces, Meiler worked with landlord Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG) to redesign the offices. They lowered seating capacity to half of the fire code limit, created 18 conference rooms and 48 open collaboration spaces, installed numerous touchless features throughout the facility, and installed bipolar ionization to ensure the air circulating in the building is germ-free.

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