From Left: Peter Mason, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Toronto East Office of Cushman & Wakefield Ltd., Frank Capozzolo, Project Manager of Greenferd Construction Inc., and Andrew Cheng, Director of Project Management Client Solutions Toronto East Office of Cushman & Wakefield Ltd at the construction site of the new Toronto East Office of Cushman & Wakefield Ltd.

Our project with Cushman & Wakefield, now under construction, reinforces many of the challenges facing employers today, allowing us to create a dynamic environment to draw Generation Y into the business.

It is not enough for corporate management to retain the status quo for office and workstation standards moving into the future. Collaboration, technology and flexibility have become the key drivers for planning and interior design. The need is for qualified, educated interior design and planning consultants to work with management, as firms struggle to interpret their vision for their new generation of staff. See The Globe and Mail article on these issues here.

With Cushman & Wakefield, it was critical that we run internal focus groups to identify key planning criteria. As an international firm, CW New York set the standard for creating a LEED facility for Canada. Our project at 3100 Steeles Ave., Markham sets this precedent for Canada. As the business now reverses the past trend of a high percentage of private offices ringing the perimeter, CW now is proceeding with 1/3 office, 2/3 collaborative workstations, all with deliberate placement for clear vision to daylight and exterior views. The philosophy of LEED being the precursor and driver for panel heights and office build out, including the material and product selections. There is a level of excitement for staff and management as the space emerges during the construction process. Client rooms, lounges, war rooms all have new descriptive functions, for their business process.

“At Cushman & Wakefield, what we represent and how our clients see us, drives the pride and success within our organization.”