Leading by Design | International Law Firm Uses Office Space as a Competitive Advantage
Last year, Colliers International | Canada went in search of a national winner for its Great Companies and Great Spaces contest. The award honours companies that put their employees first, and look at real estate decisions not just as bricks and mortar, but as potential environments for innovation and collaboration—companies that use their spaces to represent their corporate brands and cultures effectively. Colliers found just what it was looking for in the Vancouver, British Columbia offices of Dentons Canada LLP (formerly Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP in Vancouver), the seventh largest law firm in the world with 2,600 lawyers in more than 75 locations in over 50 countries.
When Dentons Vancouver began looking for a new address, the challenge was finding any space at all—let alone an award-winning one. The firm had a specific vision for its offices, and Vancouver was experiencing a very low vacancy rate. At first, there were no viable properties available.
As luck would have it, however, just as Dentons was in the market for new offices, another Colliers client—computer games creator Electronic Arts— wanted to surrender its lease of AAA space on the top four floors of Cadillac Fairview’s Waterfront Properties building in the downtown core. Once an agreement was made, planning the interior layout features began in earnest. After moving into the renovated offices, the new space and amenities surpassed even Dentons’ expectations, says David Thistle, Senior Sales and Leasing Vice President at Colliers in Vancouver who coordinated their Tenant Advisory Services. The success of this project is now highlighted by the ongoing success of the firm.
Dentons Canada LLP:
- Best Employers for New Canadians, 2012
- Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, 2012
- Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, 2013
- Best Integrated Marketing Campaign, HELM Award