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Denver welcomed the latest and greatest in the techno savvy world! MapQuest has moved into 17,000 square feet of office space in the Sugar Cube building in Lower Downtown...the newest heroes since the original Bombers. Mapquest and AOL celebrated the office opening and the 15th anniversary of MapQuest. On hand for the champagne toasts and press conferences were the President and Editor in Chief of AOL's Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, and the COO Jon Brod. The interior space was designed by the architectural firm IA Interior Architects, a global firm with an office in Denver headed by Larry King who dialogued with Jon Brod about the concepts of the new MapQuest office. Jon's vision for the office was to have the feel of a "start up" firm as most of the skill sets of their employees are based on the "start up" culture; Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. The cooperative efforts of King's firm and MapQuest culminated in a space that is filled with walls of windows and tremendous ambient lighting. The interiors were done to LEED specifications with a downtown loft feel. The work stations/office desks are centered in the space and clustered together in a collegial setting. Jon Brod re-labeled the conference rooms, they are referred to as huddle rooms, with state of the art technology for video conferencing, tele conferencing and more, in each room space. The huddle rooms are named after international locales that can be found through MapQuest, such as Mt. Everest, Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower and so on. The walls of the huddle rooms are strategically placed and treated for idea brainstorming sessions, capable of withstanding sticky notes and markers. The graphics throughout the entire office are in keeping with the MapQuest graphics. MapQuest is located in the Sugar Cube building that has residences for short and long term leases as well. The building also houses the hip start up restaurant Cholon. If you would like a tour of Sugar Cube please connect with me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. posted: April 28, 2011 - Judy's Denver - Blog
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