CBRE’s New Canadian HQ Pioneers Workplace Wellness in Canada

Co-working spaces, seven choices of working styles and technology all make the Downtown Toronto office a ‘workplace of the future'

Toronto – October 5, 2016 – CBRE Limited (‘CBRE’) today launches its new Canadian Headquarters and Downtown Toronto office as one of the most advanced workplaces in Canada. Located on the 11th and 12th floors at 145 King Street West, in the heart of Toronto’s Financial Core, the office is the sixth CBRE Canada office to be transformed to world-class standards in the last two years. Through its pursuit of WELL Building Certification, the first building standard to focus exclusively on the health and wellness of the people that work within, it has created one of the healthiest workplaces in Canada.

“Market leadership is about taking bold steps for the future and, when you walk through our space, you can’t help but feel this. 30 years ago, we brought the open concept office to our industry across Canada. Today, by creating an office that incorporates wellness, co-working spaces and connectivity, we again break new ground in the commercial real estate market. Each world-class office space we open reinforces our commitment to being leaders in workplace strategy but, make no mistake, our new Canadian Headquarters is the finest in the industry and the crown jewel of our office portfolio,” commented Mark Renzoni, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBRE Canada.

The entire lifecycle of the project was sourced and executed by CBRE’s service lines, including development of the workplace strategy and design, project managing the procurement and construction process and, finally, the planning and execution of the physical relocation of over 250 employees. The latter was achieved with zero hours lost in business downtime.

“We wholeheartedly believe in the power that real estate has in creating real advantages for companies. This office is about practicing what we preach. Providing a healthy and forward-thinking workplace is not just an investment in our people, but also in our clients. We have dedicated co-working spaces and have implemented a concierge service so clients can easily stay and work from our office. We’re not just talking the talk when we say we’re committed to our client relationships, we’ve built this concept into our space,” commented Werner Dietl, Executive Vice President and GTA Regional Managing Director at CBRE Canada.

Designed as the workplace of the future, the Downtown Toronto office’s design philosophy follows four key themes: wellness, choice, connection and mobility:

Wellness:  Through its adherence to the WELL Building Standard, a pioneering building certification program that focuses purely on improving the human experience of the workplace, the space creates a healthy and productive environment. For example, all employees have Sit-Stand workstations to reduce sedentary behavior and incidents of back-pain and the HVAC system creates internal air quality which is in the top 1% of offices globally, and better than most homes. In more densely occupied areas, the system also automatically pumps in fresh air from outside when increased levels in carbon dioxide are detected, helping to keep staff alert and refreshed.

Light, and electric light in particular, can have a very meaningful impact on the human sleep-wake cycle and natural circadian rhythms. As a result, no employee sits more than 25 feet from natural sunlight or views and the lighting system automatically adjusts to brighten or dim based on the natural sunlight level outside.

In order to create acoustic comfort and cut down on background noise, which has been cited as a key cause of stress and distraction among office workers, the office features noise cancellation diodes. The diodes emit sound frequencies that contain the transmission of background noise, creating a comfortable and focused working atmosphere, despite an active office environment.

Choice:  The office caters to a variety of work styles to meet the needs of its multigenerational workforce by providing seven types of different work spaces. Employees have a wide choice of locations for collaborative work or more focused and individual tasks.

Connection:  In order to facilitate greater collaboration, the new office features three times the amount of meeting spaces from CBRE’s previous downtown location. The heart of the office is the RISE Café, a focal point that brings people and departments together. Employee amenities and refreshments are purposefully concentrated in the Café to drive foot traffic and create serendipitous collisions among colleagues.

Mobility:  Technology investments, including cloud-based solutions and a digitization program that reduced paper consumption by 85%, enable employees to work seamlessly when away from their desks. Dedicated free addressing stations allow both visiting CBRE employees and clients to dock in and be connected in seconds.

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“Each workplace strategy project we deliver is unique to the culture and business needs of each client. What’s clear is our workplace solution embodies our DNA, it is 100% CBRE. It promotes our entrepreneurial culture, reduces physical barriers among service lines and, ultimately, allows our people to produce their best work,” commented Lisa Fulford-Roy, Managing Director of Workplace Strategy, Eastern Canada, for CBRE Canada.

“Being early adopters of WELL Building Standards not only differentiates us an employer, but also as an advisor. We’ve learned by doing and, having lived the experience, we’re in a unique position to counsel our clients,” added Ashley O’Neill, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at CBRE Canada.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

In Canada, CBRE Limited employs approximately 1,885 people in 20 locations from coast to coast. Please visit our website at www.cbre.ca.

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