SAN DIEGO—CBRE has unveiled two new offices inSan Diego County as part of its globalWorkplace360 initiative.

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The so-called free address offices incorporate leading-edgeworkspaces designed to support the way employees work today and inthe future through enhanced flexibility, mobility, technology,wellness and productivity. The San Diego offices are among morethan two dozen CBRE offices globally that willtransition to a “Workplace360” model in 2014.

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The commercial real estate services firm opened its new6,500 square foot office in Downtown San Diego,located at 350 Tenth Avenue, on May 5, followed bya 5,500 square foot officelocated at 5780 Fleet Street inCarlsbad on May 12. Both offices are 100% free-address andpaperless environments with no assigned workstations.

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“CBRE is ahead of the curve bringing our extensive experience innew workplace strategy to the San Diego market,” said PaulKomadina, managing director for the San DiegoRegion. “With the help of our firm's Workplace Strategyteam, we will implement many of the same strategies andtechnologies that have been successful in several other CBREoffices around the world, including our corporate headquarters inLos Angeles, which will allow us to enhance theway we work and deliver services to our clients in San Diego.”

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Based in part on research that shows that office workers spendapproximately 50 percent of their time working with others and theother half spent working alone, CBRE's Workplace360 initiativeprovides a flexible way of working and a system of places,technologies, and protocols that allow for choice based on anemployee's changing needs and preferences throughout the day.

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“CBRE is taking a bold step in creating a more efficient space,while also providing many different ways of working within thespace for employees to choose from,” said EmilyNeff, who managed the implementation of these projects forCBRE's Workplace Strategy team.

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The Carlsbad and Downtown San Diego offices both offer a varietyof work settings – a balance of both collaborative and privatespaces including collaboration rooms, sit/stand desks, and officesfor a day as well as focus rooms for when privacy is required.Enhanced technology that supports this mobile way of working is acore element of these offices. Private and collaborative spaces canbe reserved with a phone app, while “plug and play” work stationsare equipped with dual monitors and “follow me” phones. Inaddition, the paperless office allows employees to access theirfiles digitally from anywhere, print from any printer with “followme” printing, and promotes a greener environment.

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“By changing employee work processes through digitization andtechnology training, San Diego and Carlsbad were able to reducetheir combined file storage by more than 1,000 squarefeet,” said Casey Craig, also with the CBRE WorkplaceStrategy team. “We were then able to reallocate that square footageto provide additional collaborative and private workspaces for ouremployees.”

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The new offices both also emphasize health and wellness, with avariety of wellness features offered including sit/stand desks thatcan be height-adjusted electronically for comfort, antimicrobialcoating on all surfaces, as well as healthy snacks and yogamats.

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“In addition to our two new San Diego offices, CBRE will openalmost two dozen Workplace360 offices around the globe before theend of the year. As a professional services and investment firm,our most important asset is our people, so providing a workplaceenvironment that improves the way we work today, while enhancingour overall health and well-being, is a top priority,” saidLaura O'Brien, CBRE's global head of humanresources and workplace strategy.

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“Our new offices in San Diego epitomize a leading workplaceplatform and serve as a real world example for our corporateclients in the region. Because we are living this modelourselves, we are able to provide our clients with greater insightsand counsel as they think about and reimagine their own workenvironments,” said John Frager, executivemanaging director for CBRE's San Diego Region.

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CBRE's Workplace Strategy team led the implementation of the newspace, along with a team that includes designer GenslerArchitects and CBRE's in-house Project Management team,which oversaw the construction process.

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.