All Star on the Move
“It’s a new place to represent the new All Star,” says account manager Necole-Efua Wood, voicing a companywide excitement about our recent move to new digs in the heart of downtown Seattle. Propelled by fresh energy behind the All Star identity and strategic direction, our fast-growing team of 50 has pulled up stakes and moved to 101 Stewart Street. “We were determined to find an office that would reflect who we are now as a company, and where we want to go,” says VP Travis Wright, who headed the search committee. Tops on the list of must-haves: a collaborative work space to capture and amplify our high-energy, team-driven culture. The dust is still settling, but we’ve landed in two fantastic floors of open format office space just steps from Pike Place Market. To our north, a new building rises. To the west, we’ve got peek-a-boo views of Elliott Bay. Inside, a dozen gathering spaces (some bookable, some free range) support our penchant for communal problem-solving and on-the-fly work sessions. An open central staircase connects the two floors of All Stars. There’s also a shiny new kitchen/break room, bike storage, a locker room, and a recreation room to house our combo ping-pong/pool/air hockey table. The entire team works in an open seating environment; there are zero closed-door offices at All Star now. We’re still sharing the space with construction workers, but so far, All Stars are finding a lot to like about the new office:
- “It’s something that’s made for us, that resonates with our values and our brand,” says UX product manager Michelle Nelson.
- “New desks and chairs.” That’s Necole again, referring to the electric desks that raise and lower to accommodate both sitting and standing.
- “No more Lenora Street bridge.” Like many All Stars, senior software engineer Anindita Dutta Gupta is happy to have an easier commute, with more convenient access to public transportation.
- “Being in the hustle and bustle of life in Seattle,” says account manager Kelly Hancock. The new office is surrounded by dozens of coffee shops, cafes, restaurants and the Pike Place Market.