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 BOTHELL, Wash., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- After 40 years in Seattle, Quinton Instrument Co. announced today it has moved to a $27 million complex in a pastoral valley in Bothell, east of Interstate 405.
 The opening of the new corporate headquarters was celebrated today with an open house attended by city and state civic leaders, Quinton vendors and customers, other biomedical companies, and architecture and construction industry representatives.
 The most visible parts of the 276,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility are two dairy barns, dating back to the 1930's, that have been renovated for use as an employee cafeteria, conference and training rooms, product display area and fitness center.
 "This valley is a beautiful setting, and we wanted to preserve the historic flavor that was here while still achieving the expansion room needed for our growing business," said Tony Perri, Quinton's president. The company's 600 Bothell employees were previously located in four Seattle buildings.
 The largest building in the complex, a three-story 170,000-square-foot structure, increased the company's manufacturing square footage by 50 percent. Administration and Engineering are in a separate three-story, 90,000-square-foot building.
 Although historically known for its treadmills, Quinton is now a leading manufacturer of a wide range of high-technology medical and fitness products. Included in its product line are instrumentation for stress testing and metabolic assessment, cardiac catheterization and imaging, electrophysiology, and Holter and telemetry monitoring; electrodes for ECG monitoring; catheters for dialysis, apheresis, and central venous infusion; plus treadmills and bicycle ergometers for medical testing and physical conditioning.
 The 19-acre site was developed by Quadrant Corp. as part of the 86-acre Monte Villa business park, the last such development in the High- Tech Corridor between Bothell and Everett. Quadrant bought the farm in 1992 from the Fortin family, which had owned it for more than 50 years.
 The Quinton project was completed in record time because of a "team build" contract involving GLY Construction of Bellevue and CNA Architecture Group of Kirkland. With the team-build concept, the architect, contractor and owner work together from the project's beginning. Flexibility is built into the design process and construction dates can often be accelerated. This approach enabled Quinton's groundbreaking and earthwork to begin six months earlier than with the traditional competitive bid process.
 The barns, designated as buildings of historical significance by the City of Bothell, were restored to their former appearance using original and replicated materials. The original posts and beams were left exposed and seismic bracing was added.
 New cedar decking was installed in the vaulted ceilings of the barns' haylofts to conceal insulation, maintain the integrity of the ribs and cross bracing, and enhance the interior appearance. The loft of the large barn houses a display of Quinton's medical and fitness products. There are conference rooms, training rooms, and a fitness center in the smaller barn.
 Quinton employs 800 people worldwide and had 1993 sales of more than $100 million. Founded by Wayne E. Quinton in 1953, it remained privately owned until it was acquired by A.H. Robins Co. in 1984. In 1989, it became a wholly owned subsidiary of American Home Products, Corp. (AHP), of New Jersey, through AHP's acquisition of Robins.
 AHP is a worldwide research-based manufacturer and marketer of ethical pharmaceuticals, consumer health care products, biotechnology, animal health care products, agricultural chemicals and convenience food.
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