September 10, 2014 | Source:

CBRE Inc. Hawaii finishes major office renovation in Honolulu

CBRE Inc. Hawaii, one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the state, has completed a renovation of the office space at its headquarters in Downtown Honolulu that has been reduced in size by 30 percent and is now a 100 percent free-address environment, where no one has an assigned office or workstation.

The “Workplace 360” initiative, which also is being done at two dozen other CBRE offices around the world this year, aims to support the way employees work today and in the future through enhanced flexibility, mobility, technology, wellness and productivity.

CBRE’s 51 Honolulu employees have their choice of 12 different ways of working, depending on their activities and needs, including height adjustable workstations, standard wrap-around desk workstations, huddle rooms, offices-for-a-day, focus rooms, conference rooms, open team areas, touchdown spaces and a RISE cafe in the heart of the office.

The office also allows the company the ability to grow by an additional 16 percent.

The company’s new office space, which is on the 18th floor of the Pauahi Tower of Bishop Square at 1003 Bishop St., has been cut by 30 percent and now encompasses a total of 8,900 square feet.

Additionally, the office is now a paperless environment.

Based in part on research that shows that office workers spend about half of their time working with others and the other half spent working alone, CBRE said its Workplace360 initiative provides a flexible way of working and a system of places, technologies, and protocols that allow for choice based on an employee’s changing needs and preferences throughout the day.

“Our new office in Honolulu epitomizes a leading workplace platform and serves as a real world example for our corporate clients in the Hawaii region,” Kim Lord, senior managing director of CBRE Inc. Hawaii, in a statement. “Because we are living this model ourselves, we are able to provide our clients with greater insights and counsel as they think about and reimagine their own work environments.”

Honolulu firms Group 70 International and J. Kadowaki worked on the design and renovation of the new space.

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