Corporate camping: Check out REI’s crazy Washington headquarters

The Bellevue HQ was designed to get employees outside

National /
Feb.February 15, 2020 12:00 PM
A rendering of the new REI headquarters in Seattle (Credit: NBBJ)

A rendering of the new REI headquarters in Seattle (Credit: NBBJ)

Consumer outdoor equipment retailer Recreational Equipment Inc., or REI, is building a headquarters outside Seattle befitting its outdoorsy business.

The 380,000-square-foot main office building features outdoor staircases and bridges, oversized sliding doors to let in air, and is built around two courtyard full of plants native to the region, according to the Wall Street Journal. Architecture firm NBBJ designed the building, which is orientated to maximize sunlight through its mostly glass façade.

“You can’t really be in the building anywhere without having a visual connection to the outdoors,” said firm partner Mindy Levine-Archer.

Work started in 2018 and REI expects it to be completed by May. The company currently has four offices across the Seattle area and plans to consolidate with its new headquarters in Bellevue. It’s located in the 36-acre Spring District, a transit-oriented development in the city, on the site of a former agricultural community, according to the Journal.

The company also wants to build an indoor marketplace open to the public on the eight-acre headquarter site. REI’s Nikki Easterday said that the complex is designed with outdoor space for employees to camp and test out new branded gear.

REI has 162 stores across 39 states and plans to open its first outpost in South Florida this fall. [WSJ] — Dennis Lynch 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Tower crane collapses at Seattle construction site, killing four people
Tower crane collapses at Seattle construction site, killing four people
Tower crane collapses at Seattle construction site, killing four people
**EDS NOTE, GRAPHIC CONTENT**Dancers perform at Mons Venus down the street from Raymond James Stadium, site of Sunday's NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Study: Strip clubs don’t depress nearby home prices
Study: Strip clubs don’t depress nearby home prices
Placeholder image
Boca Raton’s Mizner Park adds Sur La Table cooking school
Boca Raton’s Mizner Park adds Sur La Table cooking school
Recent college grads still moving to New York
Recent college grads still moving to New York
Recent college grads still moving to New York
Attorney sells oceanfront Delray Beach mansion for $34M
Attorney sells oceanfront Delray Beach mansion for $34M
Attorney sells oceanfront Delray Beach mansion for $34M
Buyer Andrew Korge with renderings of the project (Korge)
Miami River’s western bank poised for growth with $7M dev site purchase
Miami River’s western bank poised for growth with $7M dev site purchase
From left: Francisco Llado, Gil Dezer, Amir Korangy, Paulo Bacchi, Edgardo Defortuna, Jay Parker, Daniel de la Vega (Artefacto, Getty)
Is Miami’s residential architecture overplayed? No way!: TRD panel at Artefacto
Is Miami’s residential architecture overplayed? No way!: TRD panel at Artefacto
The identity theft charges use Oceana Bal Harbour and Mei Miami Beach condos (Oceana, Mei, iStock, District Court of South Florida)
$10M mortgage fraud honed in on Oceana Bal Harbour, Mei Miami Beach condos
$10M mortgage fraud honed in on Oceana Bal Harbour, Mei Miami Beach condos
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...