For brothers Anwar Husain and Omar Imani, co-founders and co-CEOs of Smashtech, their new 22,000-square-foot workplace on the 33rd floor of Symphony Towers in downtown San Diego’s Financial District is a culmination of childhood dreams, much like the company itself.
“Our mother always told us to pursue whatever it is you’re passionate about in life and that’s how we ended up creating Smashtech,” says Anwar about the vertically integrated health and wellness phenomenon, which is one of the region’s fastest growing companies and most coveted places to work. “Our mom also planted in us an appreciation for quality and design. We couldn’t afford nice things but she would always take us window shopping at Restoration Hardware.”
Fast forward to today with Restoration Hardware and Gensler helping the brothers create their dream workplace – a sleek, sexy fusion of industrial and residential influences designed to be comfortable above all else. Polished concrete floors and exposed ceiling infrastructure are juxtaposed with moldings, elegant light fixtures, plush furniture and luxurious finishes.
“We wanted to create a place that we look forward to coming to every morning,” says Anwar. Their employees share a love of the space, which has been reflected in Smashtech’s ability to recruit and retain talent. Employees linger in the team lounge on Friday evenings and come in on Sunday to watch football on the theater-size screen.
“People are completely blown away when they come here for the first time. They can’t even conceptualize that this is an office. It’s an environment that people want to be a part of and then once they are a part of it, they never want to leave.”
As a long-term owner who continuously reinvests in its properties and services, Irvine Company has evolved traditional offices into something much more: vibrant workplace communities where collaboration is encouraged and creativity is enabled to elevate business success. The company serves more than 3,000 customers in 50 million square feet of premier workplace communities in Orange County, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and San Diego, as well as iconic trophy towers in Chicago and New York. Timeless design and quality craftsmanship are paired with Irvine Company’s permanent time horizon, customer-centric brand and pride of ownership.
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