Located in the historic Byward Market, Ottawa, this updated modern space provides FCM headquarters a collaborative and contemporary work environment. CSV Architects was initially engaged by Jackson Brown Associates to perform a Functional-Spatial Assessment, and create Schematic Design Options for a full-building renovation. Staff consultation was extensive, CSV met with all departments to gather information on their spatial needs and interdepartmental communications. CSV then provided information on office standards, precedents for reference and mock-up designs showing potential workspace planning approaches for the building. With this, layout options for individual offices, open concept workstations and “work pod” configurations were created.
Over the next three years CSV provided full architectural services to FCM for a phased floor-by-floor renovation to their approximately 18,000 sq. ft., three-storey building. The aging work environment was given new life through the full-building refresh. The design features a bright, clean colour palette as well as the incorporation of natural elements using wood-grain materials, plants, and a moss-wall. Local artists were engaged to bring bold graphic elements into the common spaces.