Commercial real estate firm CBRE in Baltimore‘s new offices are designed to be more efficient, promote greater collaboration and help the firm compete for talent in the “new workforce.”
The company moved into its new 15,971-square-foot office, located at 100 E. Pratt St., the week before Labor Day. The new space has no assigned desks, is nearly paperless and allows the company to add 12 employees.
“The goal of this office is to create the work place of the future,” said Chip Olsen, senior managing director.
CBRE’s new style office has been dubbed “Workplace360.” The initial concept was done in Amsterdam and was first used in the U.S. at the company’s Los Angeles office.
In addition to providing a more vibrant, attractive office environment, the new concept also creates a more efficient work space. According to the company, it was able to slightly decrease the amount of space it previously occupied at 250 W. Pratt St. and accommodate more growth. Utilizing technology to reduce file space, the company was also able to reduce combined file storage space by 1,021 square feet of space.
The concept of moving to an “address free” work area comes after research revealed CBRE employees were only at their desks 50 percent of the time. The ability to not have assigned desk areas is enabled by technology, such as a phone system that allows employees to log in and have a set phone number ring wherever they are working. The open desks also take advantage of universal docking stations that allow employees to link up to monitors using any type of laptop.
The new office emphasizes a sense of place, with key Baltimore intersections carved into MDF in the elevator lobby. There are portions of piping and roof visible through drop ceiling as a nod to Baltimore’s industrial heritage. It also features a great view overlooking the Inner Harbor.
Olsen said the new work space has already has already improved attitudes and brought a lot of energy to the office.
“It’s a better work experience,” he said.