Avison Young to relocate its downtown Los Angeles office to Brookfield Properties’ Figueroa at Wilshire office tower24 May 2021
Space will feature workplace design approach aimed at fostering productivity and collaboration in a post-COVID world
Los Angeles, CA – Avison Young has signed a new 11-year office lease commencing in February 2022 for 9,647 square feet on the 44th floor of Brookfield Properties’ Figueroa at Wilshire in downtown Los Angeles, the company announced today. The space is one of the firm’s first offices to feature a hybrid workplace design approach to deliver employee optionality and foster productivity and collaboration for a post-COVID world.
“While the pandemic required everyone to implement new technologies to communicate and collaborate, it reinforced our credence that the office is fundamentally important to people-based businesses like ours. This is also echoed by our diverse set of clients,” said Chris Cooper, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director, Southern California. “This new space will be designed to help empower people to produce their best work in a team-oriented workplace that concurrently ensures the safety and well-being for all who work and visit here.”
To support employee optionality for various work requirements, Avison Young sought a hybrid office design strategy that enables its professionals to utilize space as a destination for specific or multiple uses as opposed to a static desk and workspace. The design features numerous ‘huddle’ or break-out rooms with state-of-the-art technology, allowing Avison Young professionals to share content and ideas in a dynamic, real-time fashion. Space utilization flexibility was also a main driver in the design and will enable professionals to convert conference centers into smaller meeting rooms or enlarge into client event centers with an entertainment support platform.
Located at 601 South Figueroa Street, the 52-story, 1-million-square-foot Figueroa at Wilshire tower offered Avison Young an ideal, amenity-rich location just across the street from its current offices. It’s also a property in keeping with Avison Young’s commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance aims, offering an impressive array of health and sustainability ratings, including: an Energy Star rating; a LEED Gold certification; a UL Healthy Buildings Verification for Indoor Air; and a 2021 WELL Health-Safety rating.
“Avison Young was a perfect fit for Figueroa at Wilshire as it shares in our pursuit of quality firms seeking best-in-class operations and a commitment to an amenity-rich, forward-looking workplace,” said John Barganski, Senior Vice President of Leasing at Brookfield Properties.
The workplace vision for the new downtown Los Angeles office will be the result of a collective team led by Avison Young’s Cooper as well as Jonathan Larsen, Principal & Managing Director Downtown Los Angeles; Luke Eskigian, Senior Vice President & Project Manager; and Rick Ybarra, Principal, Americas Consulting & Workplace Strategy. IA Interior Architects is the design consultant.
“Our design team has been focused on truly understanding how our Avison Young employees work, collaborate, and leverage technology to deliver services to our clients,” noted Larsen. “This workplace transformation is a forward-looking demonstration of our industry leadership as we embrace digital platforms and agile ways of working in a post-COVID-19 world.”
Brookfield Properties is a leading global developer and operator of high-quality real estate assets. We are active in nearly all real estate sectors, including office, retail, multifamily, hospitality and logistics, operating more than 675 properties and more than 325 million square feet of real estate in gateway cities around the globe on behalf of Brookfield Asset Management, one of the largest asset managers in the world. With a focus on sustainability, a commitment to excellence, and the drive for relentless innovation in the planning, development and management of buildings and their surroundings, Brookfield Properties is reimagining real estate from the ground up. For more information, visit www.brookfieldproperties.com.
Avison Young creates real economic, social and environmental value as a global real estate advisor, powered by people. As a private company, our clients collaborate with an empowered partner who is invested in their success. Our integrated talent realizes the full potential of real estate by using global intelligence platforms that provide clients with insights and advantage. Together, we can create healthy, productive workplaces for employees, cities that are centers for prosperity for their citizens, and built spaces and places that create a net benefit to the economy, the environment and the community.
Avison Young is a 2021 winner of the Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation, having retained its Best Managed designation for nine consecutive years.
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