LOS ANGELES—Brookfield Property Partners, anowner and operator of high-quality officeproperties globally, has launched DesignHive byBrookfield, an office suite collection that showcasesmodern office design. Six Los Angeles-based architectural firmsdesigned the 3,500- to 4,500-square-foot office suites atBrookfield's Wells Fargo Center-South Tower andGas Co. Tower in Downtown Los Angeles. The firmswere asked to create progressive office environments for specificindustries. The office suites are currently under development, andwill be unveiled in early 2015. In the meantime, we sat down withJohn Barganski, SVP of leasing for the westernregion for Brookfield Property Partners, to talk about the newprogram and Brookfield's interest in progressive office space.

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GlobeSt.com: What inspired you to launchDesignHive?

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John Barganski: DesignHive byBrookfield was conceived to address the evolution of how moderncompanies design and use office space. We want to demonstrateBrookfield's portfolio in Downtown L.A. as clearly having theability to accommodate these new working environments.

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GlobeSt.com: Why did you choose this particular setof architects?

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Barganski: Each architectural firmbrings a unique perspective and experience for designingprogressive and innovative environments for the industries we aretargeting in this first launch, including tech, media, fashion,professional services, financial services and law firms. Also, itwas important that the firms were either located in Downtown LA orpossessed local, regional and national experience in theseindustries. We wanted firms that are very much in tune withthe nuances of the changes occurring in work place requirementstoday. Additionally, we envision the diversified approach todesigning these work environments will result in an array ofdynamic and innovative solutions.

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GlobeSt.com: Office design is clearly in a moment ofevolution. How do these new spaces reflect the changes in officedesign across a diverse range ofindustries?

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Barganski: Companies are looking toincrease efficiency and collaboration and we understand that.DesignHive by Brookfield will showcase how our buildings candeliver innovative office space with designs that incorporate lotsof light, collaborative space and interactive areas. We're lookingforward to unveiling some renderings in the next couple of months,as construction commences.

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GlobeSt.com: How will DesignHive help to driveleasing in your buildings?

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Barganski: DesignHive by Brookfield isexperiential. We envision both the brokerage and tenant communitieswill be excited to discover how progressive space design thrives inseemingly more traditional office towers. In reality, these towersare vertical office campuses in which we are showcasing the nextgeneration of work place design. Brokers and tenants will be ableto see a finished product that is move in ready for their needstoday, or they can utilize these progressive solutions as atemplate for what can be created in a high-rise environment.

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GlobeSt.com: How important is quality design to yourcurrent and future tenants, and why?

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Barganski: All tenants have an eye forefficiency and aesthetics, but there is also a need to attracttalent. DesignHive by Brookfield allows tenants to lease aninnovative workplace that can provide them with a workstyleadvantage over their competition in the search for talent, as wellas expressing the brand of their company to clients and theirexisting workforce.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.