Total System Services, Inc. officially opened the first phase of its TSYS Riverfront Campus Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, ending 24 months of development on schedule and on budget.
The TSYS Riverfront Campus — located at 1600 First Ave. on the Chattahoochee River in downtown Columbus — will consolidate almost three-fourths of the TSYS team from multiple locations in Columbus and concentrate operations in four primary facilities for improved efficiency, productivity and communications. TSYS also operates offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Toluca, Mexico; Welland, Ontario; with representatives in Chicago; Norfolk, Va.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Mexico City, Mexico; and London.
“These facilities represent a major milestone in the history and growth of our company,” said TSYS Chairman and CEO Richard W. Ussery. “Every decision was made with the highest commitment to good stewardship. Every detail clearly reflects our values of putting people first and providing superior service for our clients. I’m grateful for our development team’s tireless efforts to create one of the finest, most efficient working environments in the Southeast, a place where people are eager to come to work every day, and a place where clients can come to find their solutions.”
More than three-fourths of the vendors and subcontractors who assisted with the development are based in the Columbus area. The 540,000 square feet of office and conference space will accommodate more than 2,750 team members. Team members selected colors and designs for wall and floor coverings throughout the buildings, and even chose their favorite furniture and workstation configurations. Every workstation has a window so every team member can enjoy views of the river and landscaping.
Other campus amenities include: the TSYS Riverfront Cafe, with seating for 700, an incredibly diverse menu, private dining rooms, shaded patio seating, televisions and a baby grand player piano; a fitness center, which will house weight-lifting and aerobic apparatus, showers, lockers and access to the Chattahoochee Riverwalk; a lactation center for nursing mothers; the Total Banking Center, a full-service branch office of Columbus Bank and Trust Company located on site with two ATMs and representatives from Synovus Securities and Mortgage Lending; a company convenience store, dry-cleaning satellite, periodical library, lounge and game room; hair styling and manicures from Cuts By Us; travel services offered by Columbus Travel; an auditorium that features the most sophisticated sound, projection and interpretation systems available; and Georgia’s largest Windows NT network outside Atlanta. Construction of on-site childcare facilities will begin in early 2000.
TSYS is one of the world’s leading information technology processors of data, transactions and payments for domestic and international issuers of credit, debit, commercial and private-label cards. TSYS’ sophisticated systems offer online accounting, data processing, electronic commerce services, portfolio management, account acquisition, credit evaluation, risk management and customer service. Through our family of companies, TSYS services the entire lifecycle of card accounts and processes more than 194.6 million accounts, making it possible for an estimated 272 million cardholders to use their cards anytime, anywhere. Based in Columbus, Ga., TSYS ([http://www.totalsystem.com]) is an 80.8 percent owned subsidiary of Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) ([http://www.synovus.com]) named The Best Company To Work For In America by FORTUNE magazine.