Zurich-based ABB is a pioneer and leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids. Serving international customers in industries such as utilities, transportation and infrastructure, it operates in more than 100 countries with over 132,000 employees.
The new ABB Montreal campus brings together the company’s Canadian head office, research and development laboratories, manufacturing, assembly and testing facilities, as well as its North American Centre of Excellence in e-Mobility: a state-of-the-art R&D facility developing energy-management solutions for electric buses and trains.
Previously divided among six locations, ABB’s new campus now accommodates 700 employees with its 115,000 sq. ft. of office space and 100,000 sq. ft. dedicated to R&D and manufacturing. ABB anticipates obtaining a LEED silver certification for the sustainable approach to design, construction and operations.
The Montreal ABB campus is the first global facility to fully implement ABB’s own Workplace 2020 Guidelines for office space and furniture, along with new branding standards that will be used for subsequent ABB facilities. Our team interpreted these standards to implement an extraordinary variety of individual and communal workspaces, according to client requirements and the latest trends in workplace design. We conducted a needs and space analysis, preliminary design, plans and specifications, and field supervision, working with ABB and the construction team to provide innovative solutions in accordance with ABB’s needs.
One of the new workplace’s key elements is the complete absence of private offices. Information-sensitive functions such as human resources and management are allowed extra privacy through the use of glass dividers and restricted accesses.
Universal-size workstations spread across 48 sq. ft. offer different formats and configurations, avoiding an overly regimented appearance. For individual and group activities, a wide variety of informal meeting areas and alternative workspaces is available: collaboration booths with soft seating and tables for small gatherings; adjustable-height tables with and without treadmills, at window locations; single and double phone booths for complete audio privacy; egg pods and individual lounge seating, fully equipped to support mobile workers with portable devices.
There are 85 conferences room of all types at the campus, as well as a library on every floor. The library space provides an adaptable environment for silent work or brainstorming, with all movable, flexible furniture. In addition to these collaboration or concentration areas, each floor features two cafés/work lounges on each side of the elevator lobby, where a variety of activities is encouraged, from informal gatherings, individual work, coffee and lunch breaks.
The ground floor features a centre of excellence demonstration and meeting space, adjacent toa full-service cafeteria, with outdoor terrace, and a well-equipped gym. The site offers ample bicycle storage inside and outside, as well as lockers and showers. Parking areas alternate with green space and charging stations for electric cars. Each employee has the use of an individual locker for boots and shoes.
The ABB Montreal campus is unique in the breadth of its scope: a comprehensive range of customer and staff services, and a plethora of flexible workspaces for every possible use.
Carpet: Milliken / Red Carpet
Green wall: Planterra
Movable walls: Haworth
Retractable partitions: Skyfold / Corflex
Systems furniture: Haworth
Phone booths: Framery
Ancillary furniture: Haworth / Steelcase / Pedrali / Andreu World / Keilhauer / Krug / Orange Box / Inclass
Light fixture: Philips
Ceramic tile: Ramacieri Soligo
Filing systems: Montel
Treadmill: Life Span
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