Apple Moves to Seattle- Division 9 Flooring Rolls Out Corporate Carpet
Tech giant Apple Inc. wants a presence in Seattle. They’re following the lead of many other California tech companies moving to Seattle. Apple is moving a development office into 601 Union in the 2 Union Square Building. The building is the 3rd tallest in Seattle, behind the Columbia Center and Seattle Municipal Tower. About 200 Apple employees will occupy the 44th floor and half of the 45th floors of the 2 Union Square Building. Continue reading…
Division 9 Flooring Donates to Habitat for Humanity
Division 9 Flooring and Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County formed a partnership last year. Division 9 Flooring has long had an interest in repurposing, recycling (D-9 was honored with the 2015 Re-Innovator Award for waste prevention and recycling) and giving to those in need. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty and homelessness. It makes sense that both organizations would come together to help those in need. Continue reading…
Division 9 Flooring puts signature on new Allen Institute for Brain Science –
Paul Allen’s name is often associated with Bill Gates. They went to school together in Seattle in the 70’s and co-founded Microsoft. Allen has many interests. He founded the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003 to accelerate the understanding of the human brain in health and science. To date, he has donated $500 million to this project. Allen is also behind the redevelopment of the South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle. Not long ago, the area was blanketed in old industrial buildings, many of which sat empty. Allen is now moving his Institute for Brain Science to South Lake Union with a prime location on Mercer and Westlake Avenue North in Seattle. Continue reading…
Division 9 Flooring enlisted for Microsoft’s Cafe 121
Seattle’s Bill Gates and Paul Allen planted the seeds of technology in Seattle back in the 70’s when they created Microsoft. Today, Microsoft employs over 60,000 people in the Puget Sound area in over 14 million square feet of owned and leased facilities. Microsoft wants to attract, develop and keep the industry’s best, brightest and most sought after talent. They achieve that in many different areas, one of them is food. Food fuels the body and the mind. Making healthy food available on the Microsoft campus just makes sense. The main Microsoft campus in Redmond contains a network of 40 different cafes.
To keep things fresh, these cafes undergo consistent renovation. Cafe 121 is the latest and Division 9 Flooring was enlisted to assist in the makeover. The cafe feeds around 2000 people daily. Some of the cafe’s on campus offer self-ordering and self-check out. A remote ordering option is available at times with the ability to order ahead on your cell phone. Leave it to Microsoft to bring technology into their cafes. Microsoft also has made available a scanner that detects food allergies. A pizza place with an oven specifically designed to cook a pizza in 90 seconds. For the health conscience, Microsoft displays micro greens in hydroponic bins under plasma lights in a few of their cafes. Microsoft has a misfit produce section. It helps farmers sell produce that would normally be thrown out, but is fresh usable produce.
Division 9 Flooring installs flooring in many different buildings in our area. Each building has a history. It’s own story. When we run across a company like Microsoft that share our values, it makes the project seem more like a partnership working together towards the same goals.
Division 9 Flooring embraces technology and is committed to the environment. D9 was honored this year with the re-innovator award for waste prevention and recycling practices. Like Microsoft, we feel it’s our duty to do our part for the environment. We infuse the concept of “reduce -reuse-recycle” into every decision we make.
Division 9 Flooring and Maltby Food Bank are neighbors. We both reside in Maltby, part of the city of Woodinville. Division 9 Flooring respects the Maltby Food Bank and the work it does, so the neighborly thing to do would be to donate to Maltby Food Bank. Division 9 has a long history of giving with Maltby Food Bank. The degree of giving changed significantly last year when Michelle Robbins came to work for Division 9. She stepped it up by volunteering at Maltby Food Bank once a week for the past year. She was recently asked to join the board.
Robbins was at The Maltby Food Bank auction that took place in September. Krisitine Willson from Maltby Food Bank says she saw something interesting happen at this year’s auction. Something that’s never happened before. During the fund-a-need paddle raise, someone raised their paddle and announced that the last person to donate $100 would get the $100 bill they were holding up. It caught on and increased to $400. The fund-a-need portion of the auction raised over $21,000. Enough to enable Maltby Food Bank to continue to provide produce for the needy year-round, and to provide dairy to those in need weekly. According to Maltby Food Bank Director, Natalie Oswald, by the end of the night they had raised $55,000. Enough to continue to feed over 100 families or as many as 600 people per week. Oswald says the food bank does more than feed families. They started handing out coats last week. Closer to the holidays the food bank will throw a holiday party for the families with crafts to keep the kids busy while parents pick out gifts for their children.
Some of the volunteers at the Maltby Food Bank have been volunteering there for over 20 years.
Division 9 Flooring believes in giving back. Especially when it’s close to home. If you’d like to give to Maltby Food Bank, you can do so by clicking here – www.MaltbyFoodBank.org