Astronics AES, which builds electrical systems for airplanes, has an innovative office design at its bright space nestled in northeast Kirkland. The company’s collaborative, friendly, open, and visually appealing workspace allows employees to focus on providing high-quality electrical power systems to the aerospace market. More and more employees are enjoying the office, too — the company’s headcount has grown 46 percent in the last three years.

 

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Photos by Julia Sumpter

Get it done — fast Workspaces are designed for ergonomics and process efficiency.


 

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Clear for landing The company doesn’t do aisles. Instead, it does runways! The downstairs runway is 542 feet long, helping employees get their exercise steps in.


 

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Shift work Astronics AES has more than 80 active products that are built over three shifts, seven days a week.


 

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Dry-erased ideas Brainstorming new ideas on a curved wall with special paint to act as a giant whiteboard helps add to the collaborative atmosphere.


 

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Inviting Visitors are welcomed into a light-filled lobby.


 

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The Hub Without stepping outside, employees have a variety of options for snacks and meals at the self-serve market.


 

FUN FACTS

  • Astronics often brings goats from goat farmers onsite to help clear foliage and blackberry bushes. It’s eco-friendly (and baby goats are cute).
  • The event committee plans fun activities and giveaways for employees every month.
  • Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson demonstrates Astronics’ in-seat power product in an Alaska Airlines commercial.

DETAILS

  • Architect: Lance Mueller & Associates
  • Office opened: 2013
  • Square footage: 100,000+
  • Employees: 500+
  • Website: astronics.com 

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of 425 Business.