The new Expedia Campus Opens Next Week in Downtown Seattle - Think Wi-Fi Enabled Rocks, Fabulous Murals, and Cappuccinos to your Heart's Content!
In April of 2015 Expedia announced it would be relocating from its longtime home in Bellevue to build a $900 Million headquarters on the iconic Seattle waterfront.
Next week 4,000 of Expedia’s workers will enter the new campus ready to explore what the new space has to offer. The headquarters was intentionally built vertically reaching no more than 3 stories, with 11-foot windows expect bright and airy spaces!
Featuring kitchens stocked full of drinks and snacks, open work spaces, pendant lighting, earthy tones and private phone booths if you need to get away. And, to combat the Industrial Districts lack of restaurants the campus includes a full service cafe.
The new campus will feature “biophilic design,” which encourages connecting people to nature in hopes of increasing mental and physical well-being. Expedia will feature outdoor meeting and lounge areas as well as an amphitheater that will have WiFi enabled rocks!
In addition to green spaces the campus includes onsite wellness centers such as a custom-built fitness center, nutritionist, medical care, physical therapy, massage and behavioral health sciences.
I know we are all worried about the traffic mess this will most definitely cause throughout downtown Seattle and Interbay neighborhood. Since the move was announced in 2015, Expedia has been working closely with the city of Seattle to work out a number of solutions to solve the inevitable added traffic. Similar to Microsoft they will be offering a shuttle service, vanpools and what one Expedia official called one of the biggest bike storage facilities in a corporate office.
Expedia will also put money in the pockets of employees who don’t drive to work — $5 per day.