Located in Canada’s largest mixed-use entertainment district, commercial real estate company Avison Young occupies 17,400 square feet of Edmonton Tower, one of four recently developed premium office buildings in Edmonton, Alberta. The company enlisted trusted partners Siebanga Interior Design Consultants, general contractor Synergy Projects, and Knoll dealer Innerspaces to build out an amenity-rich office that achieves an airiness across 18 private offices, a diversity of meeting areas, and an abundance of inviting, flexible and open collaborative spaces.
As a real-estate company, Avison Young is keenly aware of the value of a desirable location. In 2020, it made the decision to move from Bell Tower, a 1980s office building, to Edmonton’s ICE District, which would provide its growing staff with greater conveniences. The new building offers restaurants and cafes to employees and visitors on the ground and second floor, as well as a child-care center on the fourth floor. Surrounded by bus stops and five Light Rail Transit stations within a five-minute walk, the tower also offers vehicle and bike parking via an underground parkade.
Setting the Stage
Upon entering the new space, visitors are greeted by a duo of signature Florence Knoll Lounge chairs, which, befittingly paired with a Platner Side Table, establishes the office’s tone of quiet luxury through a prudent selection of colors, materials and textures.
Avison Young succeeded in creating a space where people want to be and improving team-based work with a greater variety of flexible work space. But the true mark of success is evident in the 100% increase in employee satisfaction. "The thought of designing a new office space for our growing business at the outset of Covid could have been a risky proposition," says Cory Wosnack, Avison Young’s managing principal. "Instead, we couldn’t have been more proud of the journey and the result."