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A Pilot Building to Support George Brown College’s Ongoing Transition to a New Model of Hybrid Working

George Brown College / Future of Work Pilot Building

Photo of whiteboard message at GBC Future or Work
  • Sector


  • Location

    Toronto, Ontario

  • Client

    George Brown College

  • Size

    17,000 sf / 1,575 sm

  • Completion


In December 2021, Architecture Counsel embarked on the Future of Work (FoW) pilot building at 230 Richmond Street East for George Brown College. The objective of the FoW building was to create a new working environment for College staff and challenge traditional approaches to office accommodations.

The project involved the interior fit-out of almost 17,000 square feet of space dedicated to supporting the success and well-being of hybrid workers through the provision of flexible, tech-ready hubs that foster collaboration and a positive work culture. The year-long project explored the diverse needs and working styles of employees and provided a purpose-built environment that supported a hybrid work model while also enhancing learning spaces for students. 

Focused on collaborative work, meetings, professional development, and team-building activities, the Future of Work pilot office has collaboration spaces that range from teleconference-ready lounge areas to multi-modal meeting rooms, flexible sit-stand workstations equipped with external monitors and laptop docking stations, wellbeing spaces for quiet reflection or social activities, sound-proofed pods for calls, executive lockers, and an online reservation system that allows employees to book desks and meeting rooms.  

It is envisioned that the revitalized workspace will set the standard for other companies and organizations across Toronto wishing to assist their employees in returning safely to the office and support the city in making a strong economic recovery.

photo of GBC Future of Work workstations
Woman sitting at soft seating area in GBC Future of Work