Nikwax North America has displayed its commitment to the North American market with a new office in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The larger space and improved systems provide room for growth, while the design and pedigree of the building mirror the Nikwax commitment to prioritizing sustainability.
The ability to support growth as well as providing an optimal working environment were key considerations as the company worked through relocating during the pandemic. While most employees continue to primarily work from home, the new space provides measures to ensure a safe and effective work environment. A high-efficiency HVAC system, including a separate fresh air system and building windows that open, help increase and assure maximum airflow. Additionally, an improved IT system and fiber optic internet will help boost productivity while working both from home and the office.
The office continues the brand’s commitment to sustainability by using 100 percent renewable energy, including rooftop solar panels, LED lighting, sustainably harvested wood construction and rooftop succulent garden to absorb up to 30 percent of the building’s rainwater runoff. System improvements also allow for less paper waste to be generated, with an aim to reach 90 percent paper-free processes.
The new office is located to allow employees to commute via foot, bike or public transit. Nikwax will offer a daily employee subsidy to encourage these alternative commuting methods. Employees also will enjoy new amenities like a rooftop deck with Wi-Fi for outdoor work sessions and meetings; a company-provided e-bike for local errands; and restaurants, breweries, groceries, gyms and several parks within walking distance.