Revitalizing Legacy: Crafting a Dynamic Headquarters
In collaboration with Connect Resource Inc. and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), we undertook the revitalization of Kraft Heinz Canada's headquarters. The conventional workspace was transformed to align with Kraft Heinz’s evolving identity and foster community among 350+ team members. Located in the historic Old Food Terminal of Toronto, the design reflects the brand's values and culture while optimizing functionality.
The project began with extensive design research, surveying over 100 employees to tailor the space to their needs. The results informed the creation of a tech hub, featuring 600+ workstations, meeting rooms, and collaboration spaces with cutting-edge technology for hybrid meetings. The design prioritized diversity, incorporating neurodiverse spaces, a private mother's room, and a sick room for employee well-being. Sustainable practices were integral, utilizing eco-friendly materials, carbon-neutral flooring, and FSC certified laminates.
Challenges, including unused floors, downsizing amid a pandemic, and affordability concerns, were overcome through technology tools and strategic decision-making. The project showcased the importance of rethinking workplace support, location, and amenities, resulting in cost savings and favorable lease terms. The successful transition to the new space in June 2023 reflects the synergy of expertise, collaboration, and a commitment to sustainability, functionality, and employee well-being.