Processing Your Payment

Please do not leave this page until complete. This can take a few moments.

April 6, 2023

Texas tech firm breaks ground on Orono building

people with shovels and dirt mound Courtesy / Whitney J. Fox Tyler Technologies, a software and technology services company with 1,000 employees in Maine, broke ground on a new office building at 5 College Ave. in Orono.

Tyler Technologies Inc. (NYSE: TYL), a software and technology company headquartered in Plano, Texas, broke ground Wednesday on a new office building at 5 College Ave. in Orono that is expected to cement its relationship with the University of Maine and expand the company’s footprint in Maine.

The new building is expected to accommodate approximately 75 employees and interns, including 30 Tyler employees now working at its Bangor office.

Tyler provides integrated software and technology services to the public sector and has more than 40,000 installations across nearly 13,000 locations, with clients in all 50 states, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and other international locations. 

Tyler's roots in Maine go back to 1962, when John Marr Sr. founded Process Inc. in Falmouth. That business later became the Computer Center and then was renamed MUNIS in the 1980s. The company was sold to Tyler in 1999.

Over the years, Tyler has grown through a series of Maine acquisitions and today, Tyler has 1,000 employees at offices in Bangor, Falmouth and Yarmouth. 

The new building site included design elements and materials that fit into the footprint, align with the town’s comprehensive plan, and provide an “inviting and thriving” place to work, Chris Webster, president of Tyler’s enterprise resource planning and civic division, said in a news release.

person in hardhat talking with sign
Courtesy / Whitney J. Fox
Chris Webster, president of Tyler’s ERP and civic division.

“We know that recruiting and hiring in southern Maine is very competitive, and this is an opportunity to further recruit and expand our presence locally,” Webster said.

The cost of the project, which was a year in the making, was not disclosed.

The building is expected to be complete and open in mid-2024. Features will include:

  • A contemporary, open work area
  • Focus rooms for virtual meeting participation and client collaboration
  • Spaces for small groups and hybrid or virtual meetings
  • A training room that can be used by the community during non-office hours
  • Fitness center, locker room and game room for employees

Tyler’s expansion to Orono is also expected to allow for greater collaboration with the University of Maine’s Orono campus.

In 2021, Tyler initiated a partnership with UMaine’s Foster Center for Innovation for Tyler’s yearly Maine App Challenge. 

Beginning in 2022, student participants in the challenge, and the educators supporting them, completed a series of free workshops at the university related to brainstorming, customer discovery, prototyping, testing and promotional pitching as they designed their apps for the competition.

Tyler is collaborating with UMaine’s Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center for art in the new Orono building’s reception area and a rotating display in the game room.

“This new state-of-the-art, energy-efficient office space will support not only Tyler’s employees, but also the Orono community and Maine’s regional economy once completed,” said Matt Tonello, project executive and director of operations for Consigli Construction’s Maine office in Portland, the construction manager on the job.

rendering of office building sign parking lot
Courtesy / Tyler Technologies
Tyler Technologies’ new office building will include an open work area, smaller meeting areas and a fitness center.

Also working on the project is SMRT, an architecture and engineering firm headquartered in Portland with an office in Bangor.

“The building will reflect their desire to connect with the town of Orono and the amazing site on the Stillwater River, as well as their relationship with the University of Maine and commitment to providing employment opportunities for students in the engineering and technology field,” said Jessica Johnson, project manager for SMRT. “Collaborating with Tyler, Dirigo and Consigli throughout the design process has been very successful and will result in a signature building for Tyler.”

The 4.4-acre  site at 5 College Ave. was previously occupied by a 24,000-square-foot, generations-old hotel, the University Inn Academic Suites, which Tyler acquired in 2021. The inn was demolished and  Tyler is constructing a new building at the site. 

Tyler’s Bangor office, at 700 Mount Hope Ave., is about 6 miles from the Orono location.

Sign up for Enews


Order a PDF