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Edifecs puts focus on employee comfort, wellness with new campus

Sanjeet Dhinsa, senior manager of operations and corporate planning for Edifecs, stands next to a green living wall inside the healthcare technology solution company
Sanjeet Dhinsa, senior manager of operations and corporate planning for Edifecs, stands next to a green living wall inside the healthcare technology solution company's new campus in Bellevue.
— image credit: Brandon Macz, Bellevue Reporter

Bellevue-based Edifecs is moving to its new campus at the Bellefield Office Park following a 95-day renovation the healthcare technology solutions company is calling the "new cool" in office space.

"We looked all over Bellevue," said Sanjeet Dhinsa, senior manager of operations and corporate planning. "We definitely wanted to stay in Bellevue. We didn't want to affect our associates."

At 71,000 square feet, Edifecs' Bellefield campus offers twice the space that was available at two office buildings at Northup Way and 116th Avenue Northeast. Employees spent their last day there Thursday.

"We were pretty disjointed," Dhinsa said of employees splitting time between two buildings at the former campus. "Our CEO (Sunny Singh) wants everybody close — a truly open-door policy."

Edifecs is bringing over its 250 employees to share in what Dhinsa said is a growing trend in corporate tech office space, but can accommodate up to 450 workers, with the ability to reconfigure the campus to take on 700. At the former campus, Dhinsa said Edifecs was down to several workstations, having hired on 100 additional associates in 2013.

The new campus was designed with employee comfort and wellness in mind, Dhinsa said, which made the natural backdrop of the Bellefield Office Park a perfect location to take advantage of natural lighting.

A green living wall on one level of the building was designed to elevate oxygen levels, and seemed much smaller on paper, he said.

Edifecs listened when employees asked for standing desks at their workstations — all of them are equipped with Herman Miller designs — but Dhinsa said employees are encouraged to spend more time collaborating in various lounge spaces on campus.

Two kitchens will be available for employees to grab a free organic snack — soda will not be on the menu — or they can wait to grab a bite at the campus restaurant. They can make their own coffee or fresh-squeezed juice, or order some from a "Starbuck's-quality cafe," Dhinsa said.

"There's plenty of stuff to do besides work here," he said.

The campus also has a yoga room and fitness center available to employees, who can take advantage of an on-site personal trainer. Kayaks are also en route for the campus, should employees want to paddle one of the Mercer Slough canals during their free time.

A game room is also planned for Phase 2 of the campus, which begins in October after tenant ZTE USA vacates 7,000 square feet of office space inside the building.

"The idea is (employees) should stay as long as they want and work as long as they want," Dhinsa said of Edifecs' workplace philosophy. "The idea is to make them want to come."

The operations manager credits the company's early adoption of medical claim processing efficiencies for Edifecs' success, and expects the new campus will suit its needs over the next 10 years, however, there could always be another reassessment of space in the next five years.

 

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