EcoATM held the grand opening ceremony for its new headquarters on 12 December 2014, giving the public its first look at their new environmentally friendly LEED-certified building.
EcoATM, a San Diego born start-up, was founded six years ago in the EvoNexus Incubator, and was one of the first companies to raise money and spin out. Last year the company was sold for $350M to Outerwall [NASDAQ: OUTR], a Washington-based public company, which made the commitment to sign a 10 year lease to retain and grow the business in San Diego. A part of that growth plan is this new 53,000 square foot facility that puts over 400 San Diegan’s to work while adhering to the company’s vision of being environmentally conscious.
EcoATM provides automated drop-off kiosks around the country for people to deposit their electronics for a cash refund. For a full report on EcoATM, see this previous article on Bright Side of News*.
EcoATM’s new Barnes Canyon building was designed to ensure the company’s commitment to a collaborative environment, its unique culture and focus on sustainability were top of mind and can be seen throughout the building. Highlights of the sustainability attributes of the building, complementing ecoATM’s Gold LEED certification application, include water waste reduction (vital given the current drought), bicycle storage (helping San Diego bike to work) and upcycled furnishings. The new headquarters is conveniently located next to public transportation options and includes EV charging options for employees to have an environmentally friendly commute into the office.
Attendees for the grand opening ceremony included building and construction partners from Hughes Marino, Rudolph and Sletten, Alexandria; city dignitaries from the Economic Development Corporation, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Congressman Scott Peters; and Outerwall executives, CEO Scott di Valerio and CSO James Pinckney.
As part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, ecoATM, along with its parent company Outerwall, made a $2500 donation to The Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher House Foundation is a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.