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4 December 2015

CoreNet Global Names Three HOK Projects as Most Innovative Workplaces in Canada

OpenText in Toronto

HOK received three client-nominated design awards at this year’s REmmy Awards presented by CoreNet Global’s Canadian Chapter.

The REmmy Awards recognize excellence, innovation and best practices in corporate real estate and workplace management. HOK’s workplace projects for Cisco Systems, OpenText Corporation and Toronto-Dominion (TD) Bank won 2015 awards.

In the category of innovative workplace design over 20,000 square feet, Cisco Systems’ newly constructed Canadian headquarters in Toronto was honored for a high-tech design that encourages collaboration and innovation. The space functions as a living laboratory for Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE), as well as a showroom for clients and one of the company’s most technologically advanced offices.

Cisco Canada posted about the award on its blog. Excerpts:

“This project is considered to be Cisco’s most progressive, global branded flagship and a demonstration of our core values, products and leadership. … As a result of the technology deployed in our new office—a digital foundation, really—we are ready to take advantage of this connectivity to drive the next level of occupant experiences, where the building systems know who you are, what room you are using and adjust the HVAC, lighting and collaboration technology to your preferences and schedule, while also allowing personal control and overrides within established ranges.”

Pictured above, OpenText’s executive offices in Toronto received the REmmy for best design of a workplace under 20,000 square feet. This new space accommodates strategic collaboration for visiting executives, clients and permanent staff. Innovative technology is juxtaposed against elegant domed ceilings and interactive, non-hierarchical settings to promote communication and collaboration.

TD Bank won a corporate citizen REmmy recognizing its commitment to sustainable design and social responsibility. The company achieved LEED Platinum certification for the sustainable interior design of the 21st floor of a TD Centre tower in Toronto.

“We have been fortunate to develop highly collaborative partnerships with exceptional clients that support and champion innovative design,” said Duncan Broyd, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C, managing principal for HOK in Canada. “These three projects reflect HOK’s commitment to advancing the next generation of corporate workplace design with customized solutions that are appropriate for each individual client.”

CoreNet Global is the world’s leading professional association for corporate real estate (CRE) executives with strategic responsibility for the real property used by multinational corporations for their own operations.