Laserfiche Celebrates Grand Opening of New Long Beach Headquarters • Long Beach Business Journal

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Laserfiche, the Long Beach-based software company specializing in business management products, has unveiled its new global headquarters.

Officials celebrated the grand opening of the four-story, 102,840 square foot facility at 3443 Long Beach Blvd. this morning.

The project, according to the developers, was built with a “biophile” vision, which is a design philosophy that seeks “to increase the connectivity of the occupants to the natural environment”. The concept won the Los Angeles Business Journal 2022 Commercial Real Estate Award.

“Our goal with this building,” Laserfiche CEO Chris Wacker said at the ceremony, was “to create the best possible experience for anyone who comes to talk, meet to discuss ideas for deals, or just to be with peers and business partners.”

The building achieves this vision with natural light throughout the building through floor-to-ceiling windows that provide 270-degree views, a roof cooling system that reduces the heat island effect, and the reintroduction of greenery on the site, which is a reclaimed oilfield.

To mitigate solar heating, the project was built with features such as vertical and horizontal louvers around the windows to help shade the interior, which created an environment less reliant on electric heating and cooling systems.

The workspace, which can accommodate 550 employees at a time, is large and open. And while it was planned before the COVID-19 pandemic, it includes features that will enable a hybrid workforce. The meeting rooms have been specially designed to accommodate video conferences with employees from home, for example by installing V-shaped tables with a camera at the end for complete visibility.

Laserfiche CEO Chris Wacker addresses dozens of people at the grand opening ceremony of the company’s new headquarters near the corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Wardlow Road, a short walk from his former building on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

“Our workspaces are modular and flexible, easily adaptable to ideally suit the needs of the occupant and the occasion,” Wacker said.

Work on the new building began in 2019, when company officials imagined their office payroll would soon exceed the leased property at 3545 Long Beach Blvd. which served as Laserfiche’s headquarters. While the plan at the time was to keep both buildings occupied, the emergence of a hybrid workforce during the pandemic rendered the original building useless.

As such, the launch of the award-winning project marks a new chapter for Laserfiche, which was founded in April 1976 by Wacker’s wife, Nien-Ling Wacker, after realizing that businesses needed an easy way to access documents digitally.

“She really had a vision to transform the way the world works,” Wacker said.

Nien-Ling Wacker died of breast cancer in October 2014, and Chris Wacker then took over as CEO.

“His vision is evident in this building,” he said, “and it’s alive in our employees and customers around the world who are doing amazing things with our technology.”

Representatives from one such customer, the City of Long Beach, were pleased with the new addition to Bixby Knolls.

“Long Beach is so proud,” said Mayor Robert Garcia, “of our entire Laserfiche team.”

Laserfiche employees work in the company’s new headquarters at Bixby Knolls on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.
Peter Wayman, son of Laserfiche founder Nien-Ling Wacker, watches his 1-year-old son Winston splash in the koi pond inside the tech company’s new Bixby Knolls headquarters on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.
A visitor takes a photo of the view from the fourth floor of Laserfiche’s new headquarters at Bixby Knolls, which overlooks the 405 freeway and downtown, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.
Elected officials and Laserfiche officers and staff celebrate the grand opening of the new Bixby Knolls headquarters with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.
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