The 33,000-sq.ft.-office in Central San Diego will emphasize hospitality for employees and clients with a concierge staff and valet service
San Diego CA— CBRE announced the opening of its new office on the third floor of Westfield UTC’s newly expanded and renovated shopping center. Located at the intersection of La Jolla Village Drive and Genesee Avenue, the new space has a core focus on hospitality and includes a concierge staff and valet service.
“Our two full-time concierge professionals focus on our employee and guest experience, as well as supporting our staff on personal tasks, saving everyone valuable time,” said John Frager, executive managing director of CBRE’s San Diego business. “We are investing in our most important asset, our people, which will help us attract and retain top talent.“
CBRE employees are also invited to utilize Westfield UTC’s amenities. The 1.3 million-sq.-ft. retail destination offers hundreds of world-class retail stores and restaurants featuring outdoor seating within lush landscaping as well as daily entertainment.
“We wanted to offer our employees and clients an amenity-rich environment, and there is no better fit than Westfield’s UTC shopping center,” said Paul Komadina, managing director for CBRE’s San Diego office. “We have been working with retailers and restaurants to create mutually beneficial relationships and are excited to be building connections with the world’s premier brands.”
The new space is part of CBRE’s global Workplace360 initiative, the company’s leading-edge approach to workplace strategy designed to promote flexibility, mobility and productivity through technology-enabled, 100 percent-free address and paperless offices. The 33,000-sq.-ft. office joins more than 50 other offices around the world, including CBRE’s offices in downtown San Diego and Carlsbad.
All employees are equipped with a laptop, and all work stations include dual monitors, phone extension mobility and electronic sit/stand desk options. The office has Liquid Galaxy, a state-of-the-art presentation technology, that uses sophisticated mapping data to give panoramic, comprehensive property and market tours, complete with 3D building images and street views, to clients from the comfort of the office.
“Through superior flexibility, mobility and technology, our new forward-thinking space gives us an edge as an employer, as it provides our employees the freedom to work where and when they want,” said Mr. Frager.
With no assigned desks and a variety of collaborative workspaces, CBRE employees can choose to work at a desk, in a team huddle room or in the ”Heart,” an entry, gathering and social space which features a nine-screen media wall where employees are encouraged to meet and work in a café-like setting.
In addition, the digitization of hundreds of thousands of hard-copy files allows employees to access their files from anywhere, while promoting a greener environment. Prior to the move, the office recycled approximately 400 lateral file drawers of paper and digitized 80 percent of all remaining paper files.
“Our new office allows us the opportunity to house all of our 160 employees on one floor, which will enhance our ability to work collaboratively across all of our lines of business,” said Mr. Komadina.
CBRE’s in-house Workplace Strategy team led the implementation of the new space strategy. CBRE’s in-house Project Management team, led by Sara Burg, oversaw the construction process. A steering committee, comprised of employees across a diverse set of service lines and experience, also provided guidance on the design of the office. CBRE’s Bill Bacon and Mike Hoeck represented CBRE in the transaction and the landlord, Westfield Group, was represented internally.
“The design and branding of our new Central San Diego office fully represents CBRE’s embrace of the concept ‘think globally, act locally,’” said Cicily Scharlach, program manager for CBRE’s Workplace360 initiative. “The art in the workspace was chosen to reflect the various San Diego geographical zones—coastal, mountains, city and parks.”
The space features art work from local artist Abbey Hoard and photography from Tom Jimenez, a local CBRE marketing professional.
Westfield has spent approximately $600 million on the current expansion of the UTC shopping center, which does not include the cost of the future residential portion, which has broken ground and is expected to be completed in winter 2019. The expansion phase of construction added approximately 251,000 sq. ft. of premier retail and dining space. The center will also be home to a bimodal transit center for buses and the planned mid-county trolley extension.
About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.