Don’t look for office cubicles here among the 600-plus men and women who develop and market digital products for the automotive industry. Not with a slide stretching from the second floor to the first, and four rooms available for nursing mothers who have just made their way back from a six-month maternity leave.
The company marked the grand opening of the new offices with Edquarters Day on July 26.
“They managed to combine their love for form, function and aesthetics,” remarked Fatima Malik of Concept Malik, a veteran of creating luxury design and a real estate agent serving Beverly Hills. “The glamorous high design mixed with Edmunds love for cars, technology and collaboration shows a company consistently reinventing themselves over a 50 year span with the same principles that garnered them so much success.”
Within the 143,000 square feet of space, Edmunds.com CEO Avi Steinlauf pointed out that there’s only one of some things:
- One slide
- One extra wide staircase up
- One elongated coffee bar
Plenty of open floor space encourages collaboration. So do white board walls in the breakout rooms. Lots of white space means room for sketching ideas.
While every one has either a sitting or standing desk, no one is required to have to sit in one place throughout the day.
Around the perimeter are 55 smaller conference rooms and comfy chairs to take your work beyond your defined space. There are also three quiet rooms to take a nap, pray, or meditate in addition to individual pods to make phone calls in private.
Architect Chris Mitchell and his wife Sandra of M+M Creative Studio were the creative force behind the layout. He pointed out some of the environmental designs like LED lights with solar occupancy sensors. The lights dim or brighten based on the amount of sunshine filtering through.
While the innovative office and digital age makes the printed booklets that Edmunds once produced a distant memory, there is no question that the company’s mission remains the same. Pillars around the office are emblazoned with dozens of car manufacturers’ logos.
A study of one million adults released July 27 by the journal Lancet Global Health reported that sitting behind a desk for eight hours a day increases risk of premature death by up to 60 percent. Brisk walks are considered fine to counteract the effects of inactivity.
Working at Edmunds.com is one place to get physical. A brisk jaunt up the stairs to see the 1966 Corvette and then a quick stroll to the back of the building and a zip down the slide to the coffee bar will get your heart rate up.
Be careful, though, not to overeat on the frozen yogurt. Or else you’ll need to retrace your steps to burn off the calories before you get back to work.
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Written by Don Simkovich. Additional titles are being written and scheduled for release late 2016.