Function, Flexibility, and Feel
The design for the Edwards Vacuum North American Headquarters was driven by three components (internally known as the three Fs): function, flexibility, and feel. The team’s mission was to provide a building that incorporated all three.
Concrete Tilt-up Construction
The building’s exterior combines function and feel. Traditional cost-effective concrete tilt-up construction reflects the context and industrial nature of the industry, while the generous window and contrasting paint scheme, punctuated by red metal accents, create a distinct feel. The red accents also align with Edwards’ branding, a theme reiterated throughout the building. Metallic fins emphasize the entry and key corners of the building. The intricate design of the fins is based on components found in their product lines. Contrasting dark gray and bright white geometric paint present a modern and refined image, reflecting the high level of precision with which they design their products.
Sophisticated and Industrial
The sophisticated, yet industrial, workplace design incorporates myriad custom pieces that resemble the company’s branding while mirroring its Pacific Northwest location. Wood accents and a moss wall, as well as national park themed conference rooms, help distinguish the office from other Edwards Vacuum locations. Custom carpets incorporate elements of metal, pointing to the company’s product and technology innovation. All the selected materials are texture heavy, rather than saturated with color, for a more refined appearance.
Ground Floor Manufacturing Facility
The building is 75,000 SF with a 50,000 SF ground floor footprint and a 25,000 SF second floor. The ground floor includes classrooms and training rooms, an innovation/demonstration center, manufacturing/assembly space, research and development labs, and a high bay warehouse. The building entry opens to a two-story volume that connects to the second floor. This area serves as a gathering space and is surrounded by classrooms, training rooms and an innovation/demonstration center, all of which open to generous views to the west.
Second Floor Office Space
The second floor is open office space, conference rooms, and employee break areas, all designed according to the flexible activity based workplace model. The ground and second floors are linked by an open stairway ascending from the gathering area. Divided into neighborhoods, the open office layout supports a range of work styles arranged around a central circulation spine. Collaboration areas—ranging from intimate meeting nooks to open work tables—knit the various neighborhoods together.