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CBRE Brings Office of the Future to Suburban Philly

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Los Angeles-based commercial real estate giant CBRE recently announced that it will be slightly shifting its suburban Philadelphia, Pa. office location.

The new Philadelphia state-of-the-art offices will be relocated from the Chesterbrook Corporate Center to 555 East Lancaster Ave, in Radnor, near Wayne, Pa. CBRE’s latest Workplace360 will occupy 25,735 square feet of the building’s 241,000 total rentable surface starting February 2018.

The company has been hard at work promoting and implementing its smart building innovative office space concept, Workplace360. In early March, CBRE announced the opening of a Smart Building Client Experience Center located outside Milwaukee, Wis., in the Gateway West Commerce Center, to demonstrate innovative building technology solutions.

The 34,000-square-foot, Class A Milwaukee office building has been designed, built, and managed as a showcase headquarters of CBRE|ESI. The property is one of few buildings in the world to have earned a Triple LEED Platinum rating.

interior of the Milwaukee Wisconsin CBRE smart building client experience center

CBRE|ESI Client Experience Center interior (CBRE)

Smart office capabilities include tracking an occupant from arrival on site to departure, with real-time adjusting of air quality, temperature, light, audio, and visual capabilities based on movement throughout the environment. CBRE|ESI employs an advanced integration and analytics platform to securely gather and analyze data from sensors, various building systems, meters, and other devices. The facility also demonstrates tangible results of cost reduction and environmental stewardship that clients can achieve. The center itself performed 41% more efficiently than design models had projected.  It also eliminated 223 tons of CO2 (equivalent of consuming 25,000 gallons of gasoline) in the building’s first year of occupancy.

Bill Concannon, CEO of CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions stated that “the smart building process, expertise, and technology within CBRE|ESI create tremendous value for both individual facilities and global portfolios. We provide transparent assurance to our clients that their facilities are operating efficiently and optimally through the right combination of people, process and technology, while simultaneously enhancing the workplace experience for their clients and occupants.”

In keeping with the company’s mission statement “smarter buildings – smarter workplaces,” the Philadelphia move seeks to create an office environment that fosters collaboration and improves productivity, which will, in turn, translate to better services to clients.

Workplace360 is CBRE’s leading-edge approach to workplace strategy designed to promote flexibility, mobility and productivity through technology-enabled, 100% free-address and paperless offices. The initiative incorporates highly flexible technology that addresses an employee’s changing needs throughout the day. A free-address and paperless office space with no assigned workstations features a variety of work settings, and a balance of both collaborative and private spaces from which employees can select depending on their project needs.

Enhanced technology to support this mobile way of working is a core element of every Workplace360 office. To date, CBRE has opened more than 35 such offices around the world.

“From productivity and wellness, to engagement and recruitment, the workplace directly contributes to business results. Better business performance begins with better workplace performance, and at CBRE, we practice what we preach,” said Cicily Dostalek, program manager for CBRE’s Workplace360 initiative. “By driving greater collaboration and productivity, and improving our business agility, our suburban Philadelphia Workplace360 office will be an environment where our employees will feel engaged and thrive.”

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