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Asymmetrik has more room for growth and community in new office

The company's new space is close to its former home in Annapolis Junction, but three times the size. We visited during an open house earlier this month.

Open collaboration space at Asymmetrik (photo by Stephen Babcock)

For the second time in three years, Asymmetrik moved to new offices in Annapolis Junction as the dev and data firm looked to grow.
The tech and analytics firm recently moved to a new office that’s within walking distance of its former space off National Business Parkway. Earlier this month, the company had a party to celebrate. It just so happened to be Mardi Gras, so the festivities included a jazz band and masks along with tours of the space.

The company’s last move happened in April 2016. According to Asymmetrik Brand Manager and Technical Recruiter Toni Fung, the move to the new office is amid continued growth that’s been happening over the last three years. In that time, the decade-old firm went from around 25 employees to its current 75-person team.
Fittingly, the new space is three times the size of the last office. It has space for more than 100 developers in all.
But all those seats won’t be filled right away. Keeping with what CTO Amit Singh told us last year, Asymmetrik is looking to keep the growth gradual as the firm is methodical about findng people who are the right fit for the company.
Along with an open workspace for developers, the new office has a UX lab dedicated to user testing. It also includes a bigger community and kitchen space with room for events. Employees like the open workspace, but they also wanted to add more quiet areas where employees can work, Fung said. One room has a podcast studio, hinting at a future production.
Fung said the growth has been happening in the firm’s government-facing business, as well as its newer healthcare offerings. In healthcare, the company works with providers on areas including using data to improve patient experience, user-centered design and interoperability.
The latter work was on display recently as the company won a competition put on by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Asymmetrik’s team developed a winning secure server under the FHIR (pronounced fire) framework, which allows providers to share data under a standard set of APIs. With the win, the team is deploying the server. The source code is available here.
Check out more photos of the office:

Asymmetrik's robot enjoys Mardi Gras. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

A robot enjoys Mardi Gras at Asymmetrik’s open house. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Asymmetrik's UX Lab. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Asymmetrik’s UX Lab. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

The snack bar. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

The snack bar. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Community space at Asymmetrik's offices. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Community space at Asymmetrik’s offices. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Step up to the mic. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Step up to the mic. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

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