Last year Expedia announced that we were taking a slightly altered approach to the design of our new campus. The goal with this pivoted approach is to allow us to take better advantage of the existing buildings first, while allowing full flexibility in the future to build out additional space. This decision was consistent with our Test & Learn philosophy at Expedia to continually evaluate projects (especially those of this magnitude) to ensure that the project makes sense for all stakeholders.
We’re still working through what this new design will look like. We’ll make sure to share with you details as soon as we have them, but in the meantime we wanted to take the time to introduce our updated project team that we will be working with us over the course of this journey.
ZGF Architects LLP is a design firm with a focus on architecture, interior design, and urban design. Founded in Portland, with a mission to strive for design excellence, stewardship of our natural and built environment, and exceptional client service, the firm has grown to include offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, New York, and ZGF Cotter Architects Inc. in Vancouver, BC. ZGF’s design philosophy is centered on the premise that design excellence should be reflected in each and every aspect of a building—its fit with the community, its function and relationship to its users, its building systems, and its cost.
Landscape Architect: Surfacedesign, Inc.
Surfacedesign is a landscape architecture and urban design firm based in San Francisco, California. This award-winning practice focuses on creating dynamic parks, plazas, waterfronts, civic landscapes and private gardens. Interactive and meaningful collaboration between project stakeholders, ranging from clients, designers, community groups and city agencies are essential components to the shifting tactics required to program dynamic public sites. Surfacedesign’s outreach and visioning work focuses on building partnerships and innovative strategies for placemaking. Integral to the ideology of the practice, Surfacedesign focuses on cultivating a sense of connection to the built and natural world, pushing people to engage with the landscape in new ways. Their approach emphasizes and celebrates the unique context and imaginative potential of each project. The studio’s design process is rooted in asking novel questions and listening to a site and its users – a process that has led to engaging and inspiring landscapes that are rugged, contemporary and crafted.
Change Management Team: Stegmeier Consulting Group
Stegmeier Consulting Group (SCG) is a globally-recognized leader in workplace change management. Founded in 2002, the 100 percent woman-owned firm is a member of ACMP Global, the Association of Change Management Professionals, and has been engaged by diverse organizations around the world. SCG leverages best practices in managing change to deliver two key results to its clients: 1) a significant reduction in workplace costs, while at the same time, 2) a dramatic improvement in workforce performance. The firm provides its clients with insight drawn from 20 years of research focused on resistance to workplace change, which involved more than 200 organizations, in 27 diverse industries throughout North America and Western Europe. SCG’s broad range of change management services, solutions, and tools can be applied to any physical space design or product solution, and are easily scalable to support an enterprise-wide roll out of the workplace strategy.
General Contractor: GLY Construction
Founded in 1967, Bellevue-based GLY Construction is one of the Puget Sound Region’s largest and most established locally-owned general contracting firms. The award-winning, 200+ member company is known for its collaborative, team-build approach across market sectors, including: high-tech corporate office, health care, senior housing, education, hospitality, industrial, life sciences and mixed-use. GLY will lead the pre-construction and construction efforts for Expedia’s Seattle campus. The firm’s notable projects include the Allen Institute, Vulcan Blocks 34, 35, 44 and 52 and Amazon Phases 4, 5, 6 and 8 in Seattle, Wash.; Lincoln Square Expansion, and Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, Wash.; and Microsoft Studios West Campus in Redmond, Wash.
Building Management: Unico Properties
For more than 60 years, Unico has successfully developed, owned and managed office buildings in Seattle, Portland, Denver, SLC, Austin and throughout the western United States. For properties with the Unico brand, owners and tenants can expect exceptional quality, friendly service and strong financial performance. Unico’s success is rooted in the approach to manage each asset from an owner’s perspective. Their asset management team works in tandem with their property management team to develop a strategic business plan for each asset that meets the objectives of its ownership.
Development Manager: Seneca Group
Founded in 1992, the Seneca Group is regarded as one of the premier development management and real estate advisory firms in the Northwest. Respected for its ability to build and lead strong, collaborative teams and manage complex projects, Seneca is leading the overall development process for the new campus. The firm works in a variety of market sectors, including high-tech corporate offices, healthcare, civic, cultural, and education, primarily for owners/users. Seneca’s notable projects include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters, Amazon’s multi-block high-rise campus, Building Hope at Seattle Children’s Laurelhurst campus, the Seattle Central Library, and Chihuly Garden & Glass.
Sustainability Consultant: Paladino and Company
Established in 1994, Paladino and Company is an industry leading green building and sustainability consulting firm with offices in Seattle, Austin, New York, and Washington DC. Our team of business analysts, organizational development experts, architects, engineers, and building scientists advise clients on how to lift their sustainability initiatives to create transformational change in their organizations and deliver measurable business value. With more than 2000 green projects internationally, including more than 600 LEED certified buildings, Paladino serves industries including commercial real estate, higher education, hospitality, industrial, multifamily, and mixed-use, among others.