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The Office of the Future

What do Alberta’s biggest bank, a commodities trading firm and a parking garage have in common? They all feature some of the province’s most innovative office environments

Jul 2, 2014

by Alberta Venture Staff

  • ATB ATB This is an ATB cubicle, with low walls to enable collaboration. All cubicles face windows, so everyone has access to light.
  • ATB ATB The company wanted to create a space that encouraged employees to get up from their desks and collaborate with their colleagues.
  • ATB ATB ATB office entry point, with moving wall in the background. The white box is an interactive computer where you can take photos and look at the company's history.
  • ATB ATB The hallway video screen serves a variety of purposes.
  • ATB ATB This is one of ATB's private meeting rooms. The art is all done by local artists and follows an Alberta theme.
  • The Commons Calgary The Commons Calgary One of the city’s three co-working spaces, The Commons Calgary caters primarily to those in creative industries.
  • The Commons Calgary The Commons Calgary
  • The Commons Calgary The Commons Calgary
  • Louis Dreyfus Commodities Louis Dreyfus Commodities
  • Louis Dreyfus Commodities Louis Dreyfus Commodities
  • Louis Dreyfus Commodities Louis Dreyfus Commodities
  • Louis Dreyfus Commodities Louis Dreyfus Commodities
  • Louis Dreyfus Commodities Louis Dreyfus Commodities
  • MacEwan University MacEwan University
  • MacEwan University MacEwan University If a crisis happens, this room can be locked down and maintain access to the news and all other campuses around the city.
  • MacEwan University MacEwan University This is the MacEwan entry room, which is a free time space for employees. Art in this area is provided by the art program at MacEwan.
  • MacEwan University MacEwan University Everyone here works from a cubicle to encourage collaboration, and each cubicle has access to windows.
  • MacEwan University MacEwan University MacEwan's private meeting rooms are stocked with tables made of giant writing pads, which were custom made for MacEwan.
  • MacEwan University MacEwan University
     
MacEwan University

Office Parking

When MacEwan University decided to consolidate its administrative staff into one office, the school considered building an office tower. Instead, it decided to place the new University Service Centre (USC) in an unlikely location: on top of a parkade. The USC, which opened in 2011, is approximately the size of three football fields, making it one of the largest open concept offices in the city. All of its staff, from directors to interns, are in open workstations, but the office boasts multiple breakout spaces, social areas and private meeting rooms.

ATB Financial

Better Banking

ATB Financial recently relocated its Edmonton head office to Telus House, and took the opportunity to overhaul its office décor to reflect the company’s commitment to creating an engaging and exciting place to work. Dubbing the new design “Workplace 2.0,” ATB wanted to create a space that encouraged employees to get up from their desks, move to different areas of the office and collaborate with their colleagues.

The Commons Calgary

An Uncommon Place

The Commons Calgary, one of the city’s three co-working spaces, caters primarily to those in creative industries. Owned by brother-sister team Erynn and Zach Lyster, the space is heavily influenced by mid-century office design but retains a home-office feel. In addition to the office area, The Commons also has a social area that can be used by workers during the day and rented out for evening events.

Above, entrepreneurs and small-business owners work at the desks set aside for The Commons’ part-time members. A large calendar displays upcoming events put together by members or held at The Commons. Since Erynn Lyster purchased the space in 2013, the office has grown from six to 45 members., Members receive 24/7 access, the use of boardrooms and smaller meeting spaces and as well as social and casual work areas, with prices ranging from $45 per day to $490 a month

Louis Dreyfus

Rare Commodities

You might expect a commodities firm to have a dry and dull office, but Louis Dreyfus Commodities went in another direction with its stunning open-concept space. Featuring playful, bright colours and open spaces, the office allows employees to choose between collaborative or more private, quiet areas to do their work.

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