Los Angeles, CA (May 27, 2014) – CBRE’s global corporate headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles was honored by the International Interior Design Associated (IIDA) at the 26th Annual Calibre Awards. CBRE and Gensler, its architectural partner on the project, received the Work Medium award which recognizes the best office projects between 20,000 and 50,000 square feet. The Calibre Awards honors the collaboration between designers, dealers and manufactures that ultimately results in exceptional projects.
More than 1,000 guests walked the red carpet at the black tie event. In total, six awards were presented at the Calibre Awards in the following categories: Health & Wellness, Leisure & Entertainment, Retail, Work Large, Work Medium, and Work Small.
Nominated with twelve other projects in the Work Medium category, CBRE’s global headquarters came out on top. Lewis C. Horne, president of Greater Los Angeles and Orange County for CBRE, accepted the award along with Gensler. Other team members recognized included ARC Engineering, Inc., CBRE Project Management, CBRE Workplace Strategy, Brandow & Johnson Inc., Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting, and Taslimi Construction Company, Inc.
“We’re thrilled to accept this award and to share it with all those who were a part of the project,” says Lewis C. Horne, president of Greater Los Angeles and Orange County. “We appreciate IIDA for recognizing our space, as we truly believe that it is transformational not only for our firm, but for all office users as companies seek workplace solutions that better support the way people work today and will work in the future.”
CBRE’s global headquarters is located on the 25th and 26th floors of 400 South Hope Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Opening in September 2013, the 100 percent “free-address” and paperless office, which is part of CBRE’s global “Workplace360” initiative, incorporates leading-edge workspaces designed to support the way employees work through enhanced flexibility, mobility, technology, wellness and productivity.
“Feedback about our new space, both internally and externally, has been overwhelmingly positive. Internal feedback is our employees are happier because they can choose where to work based on their individual needs, and that they would never want to go back to the old way of working. Externally, the interest level in the new space has exceeded all expectations,” says Laura O’Brien, CBRE’s Global Head of Human Resources and Workplace Strategy.
To date, CBRE, has had more than 100 news articles published about the space, with coverage spanning from LA to Chicago to London and even Japan.
Andy Ratner, Senior Managing Director of the Downtown office, says, “The level of interest goes far beyond mere curiosity – we’ve toured more than 4,000 people through the space and have seen a marked increase in client interest in replicating similar strategies in their own offices.
“We’re very proud that our space can and is being used as showpiece for our clients to see firsthand how these strategies can improve collaboration, productivity and wellness in the workplace,” adds Nancy Wilhite, Managing Director of the Downtown office.
The Downtown LA office was one of the first – and the largest – of CBRE’s global “Workplace360” initiative. CBRE is opening almost two dozen more “Workplace360” offices around the globe before the end of the year, including offices in Tokyo, Melbourne, Chicago, San Diego and Orlando.
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