Cushman & Wakefield recently unveiled its new Canadian headquarters. Located in downtown Toronto at Bay and Front Street, the new space brings together employees from two separate locations into one open-concept office.
Cushman & Wakefield’s new HQ spans two floors and provides workplace flexibility through movable walls, sit-to-stand desks, focus rooms outfitted with soft seating, and several collaborative spaces with touchscreen SMART Boards. The office encourages more mobility through the interconnecting stairwell, while strategically designed key intersection points help fuel employee interaction across teams. The office also doubles as event space.
Promoting flexibility and employee engagement were top of mind when designing the new office space, said Chuck Scott, CEO, Canada. “We wanted a workspace that was less siloed and more inviting for employees to engage with one another. One size doesn’t fit all, and the same rings true for how people work. As a firm, we felt it important to create a space that offered flexibility to our employees in both the physical space and how they choose to work.”
“We now have a space that supports our high performing culture with enhanced technology, greater ability to collaborate while supporting alternative ways to go about your work day,” added Stefan Teague, executive managing director, market leader, Greater Toronto Area. “It’s this type of work environment that keeps our employees at their best and is a dynamic culture where young professionals want to work.”
Upon entering the new office space, guests walk past a 35-foot embossed Cushman & Wakefield logo in the lobby hallway that sits adjacent to a five-screen digital showcase. A front-of-house concierge welcomes guests with beverages, snacks and comfortable seating while they wait. Clients are offered plug and play capability to work anywhere throughout the office, including the Café and Lounge areas, focus rooms, collaboration spaces or the high top seating options throughout the office.
Internal digital screens recognize the company’s successes, including high performers, key wins and other achievements. Healthy snacks and premium coffee, espresso, lattes and more are available to everyone while they work, while easy-to-use meeting room technology and flexible workstations create a more enjoyable experience for employees.
The entire project was lead, managed and implemented by Cushman & Wakefield’s in-house expertise, including the lease transaction, facilities management, and project and development services overseeing design and construction. The team was supported by vendor partners Gensler, Marant Construction, Haworth and DTS.