HOW A NEW OFFICE CAN SAVE YOU $7 MILLION

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

HOW A NEW OFFICE CAN SAVE YOU $7 MILLION

RealNetworks moved into their brand new 85,000 square foot headquarters at Seattle’s Home Plate Center in August. They teamed up with SkB Architects to design an office that is collaborative, interactive, and ripe for sparking future innovations.

In the new space, RealNetworks has reduced their square footage by more than 50 percent, and increased the number of conference room shares and conference room availability by over 200 percent. They’ll be saving over $7 million each year and are pursuing LEED Gold certification. The Class A building has dozens of open workspaces, and an open staircase to each of the three floors. Their light-filled café is equipped with a kegerator and offers employees a deck with 270 degree view of the city and nearby stadiums.

We recently spoke with David Stout, GM of facilities at RealNetworks, and Andrea Vanecko, a design principal at SkB, to find out more about the project.

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What did RealNetworks set out to achieve with the new space?

David: We were looking to transform the company. We wanted to open up the workspace and create an environment where people could create and innovate. Tech companies, especially, need to foster that kind of environment. Previously, the workplace was heavily officed. It had a brilliant view, but it was reserved for a privileged few.

Andrea: The Seattle area is really competitive in terms of its talent