M Moser Associates,
Designed to align with flexible schedules and the client-centric nature of business, M Moser’s Vancouver office explores our model of working in a blended workplace.
“The blended workplace integrates the physical, social and digital elements of the work environment into a healthy, flexible and resilient space to support the team’s distributed work style”, explains Nabil Sabet, Group Director, North America.
Completed in 2019, the elegant, but economically driven, office design is uniquely suited to match the needs of a workforce and workplace that has emerged due to COVID-19.
- Typical ownership of workplace elements, such as workstations and meeting areas, were challenged to create choice and autonomy of work.
- The office design increases the diversity of spaces that support each person, with 75% of the workplace dedicated to collaborative settings.
- Flexible, reconfigurable “living lab” to experiment and trial new workplace concepts for clients.
- Supporting a fully untethered and mobile distributed workforce, the physical space focuses on building a strong workplace culture.
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Designed for a distributed workforce
The teams’ creative processes and work are not linked to hours worked heads-down. Consistent pre and post COVID-19, staff divide their week 2-3 days in the office with the rest working from home. This allowed a reduction in square footage per headcount to 78 sq ft, significantly saving on real estate compared to an average of 176 sq ft.
Mobile battery packs, that mirror our New York office, allow staff to recharge all devices from anywhere in the “living lab”. Next-gen WiFi 6 wireless access points provide reliable high-speed Internet connections for all team members and their devices.
‘Unify’, a community-focused workplace app created by M Moser, allows the workforce to get an overview of the space, book meeting rooms, reserve a seat, and even see who else will be in the office.
Increasing choice while reducing footprint
A key goal was to provide the necessary tools, equipment and amenities in the workspace, and to exceed what is traditionally offered, while being cost-conscious.
Adopting a 1:2 occupancy, the project team increased the collaborative spaces by 150% to activate interaction. Even with a 53% reduction in footprint, the office is future-proofed to support an increase of 15% headcount capacity.
An increase of 133% on the “traditional” layout, the “blended” workplace introduces seven typologies within the space; hot desks, phone booths, meeting rooms, high tables, casual meeting spaces, open booths, and the inclusion of home working.
Understanding behaviours and personas
During the workplace strategy phase, the project team began the process by understanding its people, defining employee personas, and outlining the behaviours that contribute to their best work.
The view on performance shifted to focus on outputs, allowing staff the freedom to succeed. Creating work environments that support every individual to be as effective as possible can have a dramatic impact on their overall productivity output.
To respond to cycles of flexibility, the Vancouver office can adapt to support project team huddles, host external seminars, or open up for studio-style collaboration.
Workplace wellness and sustainability practises
The office is the first WELL pre-certified office in a 100+ year old Heritage Building in Vancouver. As a historic building with limited HVAC infrastructure, we conducted an airflow analysis to ensure the layout allows for adequate natural ventilation.
From anywhere you are in the space, there is a direct line to natural elements and points of beauty. Large windows, that face the waterfront for incredible views of the ocean and mountains, harness natural daylight to improve staff wellbeing.
The team recycled over 75% of the construction waste during the build process. The design and functionality future-proofs the space and accommodates for minimal waste because it can be easily reconfigured without having to demolish or redo any construction.
Designed for a distributed workforce, M Moser’s Vancouver office explores the blended workplace model to provide choice and autonomy of work for its people. A reconfigurable “living lab”, the team experiment and trial new workplace concepts in a collaborative setting.
To discover how a blended workplace could transform the way you work, contact Nabil Sabet, Group Director, North America.
- Status Completed
- Area 1,410 sq ft
- Completion date 2019
- Location Vancouver
- Sustainability LEED certification
- Wellness WELL Silver pre-certification