Photos from APX Grand opening

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12/06/2009
Here are some photos from the APX grand opening. [caption id="attachment_2399" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The interior was designed by David Gallulo of Pollack Design in San Francisco. "]The interior was designed by David Gallulo of Pollack Design in San Francisco. [/caption] When they were planning the building, representatives from APX went out to visit Apple and Google's headquarters. The new APX HQ is similar, (apparently, I haven't been to either) to those HQs in that they're open, modern and light filled and the spaces are designed to promote the open exchange of ideas. APX designer David Gallulo said the space was easy to design because "the company had such a clear idea of what they wanted." The building, he said, "is all about family. It's a space that's built to build family." The second floor has a main corridor "called Main Street" and the different departments are organized into neighborhoods. The spaces with the best exterior views are reserved for those working at their desks all day--the customers service department, and central station for example. There are very few interior walls that are not glass. Throughout the building, quotes from APX customers are stenciled on walls--pithy testimonials about how APX has served that customer's family. There are multiple gathering spaces, enclosed and not enclosed. Some with smoky glass (for when a little more privacy is desired) and some with clear glass. The meeting rooms have different styles of (very cool mid-century modern style) chairs. Solid walls in the different work- and meeting spaces feature black and white retro photographs of different families and neighborhood scenes. The idea is that meetings can be held in the setting of choice. "It's all about openess and the exchange of ideas." Indeed, the managers' offices are all open; the executive suite includes offices, but all of the walls are glass. There are flat screen monitors all over the building that can be used for a showing up-to-date statistics, customers testimonials, new products, etc. And there are no white boards anywhere. Nope. They'll use the glass walls of the meeting rooms as white boards. [caption id="attachment_2406" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This meeting room has a table and some chairs that look like Eames molded plastic chairs. The quote stenciled on the wall reads: Apx was there for my family that night. We would have burned in our sleep. I can\'t describe how grateful I am. Dan S. Louisville, KY"]This meeting room has a table and some chairs that look like Eames molded plastic chairs. The quote stenciled on the wall reads: Apx was there for my family that night. We would have burned in our sleep. I can't describe how grateful I am. Dan S. Louisville, KY[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2408" align="alignright" width="300" caption="No chairs in this meeting room yet, but a very nice Eero Saarinen side table. The quote on this room: I love APX as a company and have never felt more security and happy than I do now. Brenda F. Augusta, CA."]No chairs in this meeting room yet, but a very nice Eero Saarinen side table. The quote on this room: I love APX as a company and have never felt more security and happy than I do now. Brenda F. Augusta, CA.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2411" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The retro photo on the back wall shows a newspaper waiting on a doorstep. And, while I can\'t ID the chairs, they look like mushrooms. "]The retro photo on the back wall shows a newspaper waiting on a doorstep. And, while I can't ID the chairs, they look like mushrooms. [/caption][caption id="attachment_2412" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Gathering area near work space"]Gathering area near work space[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2413" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The chairs in this meeting room are reminiscent of Herman Miller/Ray Wilkes \'chiclet\' (yeah, like pieces of the gum arranged into a chair), but these have got little attached side tables."]The chairs in this meeting room are reminiscent of Herman Miller/Ray Wilkes 'chiclet' (yeah, like pieces of the gum arranged into a chair), but these have got little attached side tables.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2416" align="alignright" width="225" caption="This is the One Stop office, where they do a bunch of different things, licensing, badging, etc. The retro photo in the back is of an old school corner grocery store which was historically a meeting place for all. The chairs in this room are padded, backless, file cabinets on wheels."]This is the One Stop office, where they do a bunch of different things, licensing, badging, etc. The retro photo in the back is of an old school corner grocery store which was historically a meeting place for all. The chairs in this room are padded, backless, file cabinets on wheels.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2418" align="alignright" width="225" caption="The third-floor library has got killer views of the mountains and is open to all employees for studying, researching or curling up in one of these Aero Saarinen womb chairs with the latest issue of Security Systems News. "]The third-floor library has got killer views of the mountains and is open to all employees for studying, researching or curling up in one of these Aero Saarinen  womb chairs with the latest issue of Security Systems News.  [/caption] OK, I'll stop with the chairs, but it's not often I have a legit reason to write about furniture. Rest assured, they've got a beautiful, sleek, chair for every possible purpose and mood. And, I'm not even going to get into the lights--Matt Barrett, who was an enthusiastic tour guide, told me the building has 18 different color schemes, 26 different carpets, and 28 different lighting styles. The carpets are sound-absorbing and the ceilings (which are high with exposed HVAC piping for an industrial chic look) are painted with some special substance to also absorb sound. This means that you don't have to have ugly, claustrophobic drop ceilings to deaden sound. [caption id="attachment_2420" align="alignright" width="300" caption="It\'s hard to see, but this is the ribbon cutting ceremony. That\'s Todd Pederson, CEO and Mitt Romney wielding the giant scissors. In the white, is APX\'s sole female executive, Lindsay Grauling, VP of Operations. I interviewed her for a Women in Security story which I\'ll be writing this week."]It's hard to see, but this is the ribbon cutting ceremony. That's Todd Pederson, CEO and Mitt Romney wielding the giant scissors. In the white, is APX's sole female executive, Lindsay Grauling, VP of Operations. I interviewed her for a Women in Security story which I'll be writing this week.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2421" align="alignright" width="225" caption="There were proper press risers at this event and plenty of local print and broadcast media. After the event Romney was swarmed by audience members and then the press."]There were proper press risers at this event and plenty of local print and broadcast media. After the event Romney was swarmed by audience members and then the press.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2422" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Some familiar industry faces, George DeMarco, Tom Few (who\'s consulting for Apx these days) and, seated, Les Gold."]Some familiar industry faces, George DeMarco, Tom Few (who's consulting for Apx these days) and, seated, Les Gold.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2423" align="alignright" width="300" caption="More familiar faces here including Les Gold, George Gunning, Matt Westphal, Stan Oppenheim, Mel Mahler. There were also a slew of financial backers attending including reps from Goldman Sachs, Jupiter Partners, Peterson Partners. "]More familiar faces here including Les Gold, George Gunning, Matt Westphal, Stan Oppenheim, Mel Mahler. There were also a slew of financial backers attending including reps from Goldman Sachs, Jupiter Partners, Peterson Partners. [/caption]