June 30, 2012

Collaboration In The Workplace – Telus House


Telus House in Toronto has been selected as one of the top ten workplaces in North America to exemplify creative strategies for enabling collaboration and flexibility.

To consolidate employees from 15 offices in the Toronto area, the telecommunications provider leased 450,000 square feet (41,800 sq m) of space in a new 30-story downtown office tower designed by local firms Adamson Associates Architects and Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co Architects for local developer Menkes Developments. Flexible, wireless work settings for mobile workers, telecommuters, and in-house workers allowed Telus to achieve a 25 percent savings in real estate costs.

The local offices of Kasian Architecture and Figure3 designed the workspace interiors, placing meeting rooms, lounges, cafés, and business centers in the same spots on each floor to ease wayfinding and facilitate shifting of groups as needs change. Work settings include open-plan 120-degree workstations and bench workstations as well as private offices. Storage systems are set within an architectural framework that leaves openings in order to preserve sight lines across the workspace while defining team meeting spaces. Amenities include a kitchen, a fitness studio, massage therapy rooms, a large outdoor patio, and a rooftop garden. The project was completed in 2009.