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“Our goal is to make better use of our space and to create transformational space. We’re changing the way we work—not just picking up what we have and moving it to a new location.” Janine Reaburn Director, Real Estate & Facilities Services

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tures, including raised floors, under-floor HVAC, three patios, exposed ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Each floor will have a café area. Coat closets and lockers will provide associates a place to store their personal belongings. A large atrium between the second and third floors will host town hall-style meetings and company celebrations, as well as the provision of additional work areas. Shuttle service will be provided between the building and Union Station in downtown Toronto. Enhanced technology will make virtual collaboration effective whether it’s with another floor, another building, or even another country. “Our goal is to make better use of our space and to create transformational space,” Reaburn says. “We’re changing the way we work—not just picking up what we have and moving it to a new location.” Reaburn’s involvement in the project has been comprehensive. She’s been involved since the beginning and played a part in “site selection, lease negotiations, hiring the consultants, working with the steering committee and project teams (internal and external), and understanding the vision for

the new space.” Though she has had a great deal of help and received considerable input on the project, she admits it’s a rather big undertaking. “I feel like a big part of me has gone into the success of this project—and I know that my colleagues and team have equally given it their complete and total commitment,” Reaburn says. “We want to create a real showcase, one that will still be current 10 years from now.” Her reach also extends to the United States. Another project Reaburn is working on is a new space for LoyaltyOne’s Precima team in Rosemont, Illinois, which is just outside of Chicago. The company recently leased about 6,000 square feet of space, and as of press time, is planning the move for 2016. The Rosemont space will incorporate some of the same design features as the new headquarters space, including the open-concept workplace, a variety of work settings, and technology to let associates seamlessly participate in meetings locally, regionally, or with the head office. “From a brand perspective, it’s important for us that no matter where [you enter] a Loy-

Rendering: Gensler

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