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Iris Window Coverings Outfits Amazon.Com's Mammoth Headquarters With More Than 6,000 MechoShades Brand Roller Shades
Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer, was previously scattered all around the Seattle area in numerous locations. A master plan was then put into place to move its several thousand administrative employees to a central location, and a $1.5 billion, 16-year agreement was put into place to lease a complex of 11 buildings in South Lake Union, a beautiful lakefront neighborhood about one mile north of downtown. During the early design phase, the architects called upon the team of MechoShade Systems and Iris Window Coverings, one of the largest window shade dealers in the Pacific Northwest, to assess its window covering needs.
With an idyllic location on a lake (and its accompanying glare), and direct all-day sunlight from east to west, Iris concluded that roller shades on all 11 buildings were the ideal product to combat sunlight and glare. Roller shades not only control sunlight at the users discretion, but are fashionable, as well – available in a myriad of styles and colors. They are easy to operate, both manually and motorized, offering the ultimate in light control.
IA Architects chose the MechoShade Systems brand of roller shades, considered to be one of the finest on the market, and one which dubs itself “the architect's choice.” After collaboration with Amazon.com, a design was chosen, and plans were finalized to outfit more than 6,300 windows throughout the complex.
Iris furnished and installed 6,314 roller shades throughout the 11-building complex – 127 of them motorized, and 6,187 of them manually operated. These now provide maximum control of sunlight for every office, thus minimizing work disruptions because of direct sunlight and glare. Amazon.com was thrilled with the outcome, and has since come back to Iris with additional needs as warranted.
ABOUT IRIS WINDOW COVERINGS
Iris Window Coverings of Renton, WA, is one of the Pacific Northwest's largest window shade dealers, providing the largest selection of quality products, custom products, engineered solutions, installation and repairs, in addition to a host of sustainable solutions.
With offerings ranging from louver systems and roller shades, to draperies and shutters and everything in between, Iris Window Coverings can provide a myriad of interior or exterior window covering solutions, with the ability to motorize or automate most selections.
Iris Window Coverings, established in 1984, is proud to have provided window coverings across much of the United States, as well as in Canada.
Iris Window Coverings' main showroom and corporate offices are located at 505 South 4th Street in Renton. For more information, call (800) 533-IRIS (4747) or (425) 793-9398, or visit www.iriswc.com.