Another major innovator has opened a new global headquarters in the N-Squared Innovation District.
SharkNinja, a pioneer in the small household appliance sector, took the wraps off of its new home on A Street in Needham in June, just around the corner from TripAdvisor and across the street from Big Belly Solar.
The company, formerly known as EuroPro, had been located in several buildings at Wells Avenue in Newton and along Kendrick Street in Needham. Now, all 400 local employees have come together in a renovated 175,000 square foot facility at Founder’s Park.
“We're finally in an all-inclusive space that feels authentic to SharkNinja's identity and spirit, while further enhancing our ability to deliver products that delight our consumers,” said company president Mark Barrocas. “We are excited to remain a part of the Needham community and to be a part of the N2 Innovation District moving forward.”
SharkNinja’s new headquarters — developed by Normandy Real Estate Partners and designed by Sasaki — is mostly on one level but is always bright and airy thanks to a series of open courtyards and skylights that bring sunshine into the heart of the facility.
The building includes a restaurant that is open to the public for breakfast and lunch as well as a health club, indoor bike parking and other amenities for tenants.
But perhaps the biggest surprise is that an entire apartment is embedded within the facility. It’s a way for the consumer products company to bring in users to test its home appliances in a natural setting, allowing them to vacuum under beds and tables, as well as create blended creations in a kitchen that would mimic their own.
The facility's design is a result of extensive feedback from employees on everything from chairs to colors to the names of the conference rooms, which are all about the future and possibilities. The interior color palate includes soothing grays and browns, with plants incorporated throughout the building.
Barrocas wanted to use feng shui principals to help guide the design and reflect “our core company values and foster innovation, creativity and success for our team members.”
Sheri Zee, senior vice president of human resources, believes the new facility will help retain and attract employees.
“We want people to feel like they’re working in Boston without having to drive to Boston,” she said.
Zee said SharkNinja eventually intends to hire up to 100 additional employees in Needham. The company has 1,100 employees globally.
“SharkNinja’s stunning new facility reflects the latest trends in open collaborative workspaces,” said Greg Reibman, president of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber. “It’s gratifying that yet another internationally-renowned company has decided to locate its global headquarters in the N-Squared Innovation District.”
Glass doors and walls with customer reviews of SharkNinja products welcome visitors to SharkNinja’s new global headquarters in the N-Squared Innovation District.