IBI Group showcases new design scheme in Waterloo office
DateJuly 30, 2014
WATERLOO – IBI Group showcased its new office design scheme at a recent open house for its new Waterloo location at the Waterloo Technology Campus, 410 Albert Street.
IBI’s Waterloo office is a full-service planning, engineering, and architecture practice offering a wide range of services for public and private sector clients in community improvement, urban development, infrastructure and buildings.
The new office brings together staff from previous separate offices in downtown Kitchener and Waterloo into a new open-plan space designed by IBI’s Interiors group. The new Waterloo office design maximizes natural light, and is a template for the new IBI Group Toronto office opening later this year.
“The way we’ve set it up with the windows, open space, and white furniture creates a very bright workspace,” said Kelly Cobbe, Office Lead for the Waterloo office. “Anywhere within the 13,000 square feet of workspace you can have a view of the outside. It gives everyone good visibility and a good work environment.”
The open-space concept has important implications for how staff work together. “It’s a great opportunity for the transfer of knowledge between disciplines and between staff – from more senior to less senior,” said Mr. Cobbe. “In the end, the open space promotes collaboration, sustainability, and efficiency.”
As well, merging the two offices means significant benefits for clients. “Bringing the two offices together into one means we can offer our clients better service,” said Mr. Cobbe, “By integrating the planning and engineering services we offer, we’re able to improve our response times and the synergy that comes from the staff sitting beside each other.”
“We offer an integrated consulting service. I always pull together into my integrated engineering teams a professional planner when I work with municipalities so I can plan their infrastructure correctly. That’s unique to some degree within the engineering practice, but the fact we can access a planner just across the floor is an increased level of service to our clients.”
Recent projects by the Waterloo office include the award-winning King Street Reconstruction in downtown Kitchener, the Wilfrid Laurier University Master Plan, Southgate Industrial Park, Dunfield Retirement Residence, and the Hespeler Road Grade Separation.