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Your business is to create experiences. Our business is to design spaces that will make those experiences more memorable.

Our commercial team partners with you to create vibrant and dynamic spaces for your community of shoppers, residents, employees, guests, or neighbors. We make the experience memorable for you too, by collaborating together in new ways. We focus on processes and best practices that inspire new ideas, and on quantitative and qualitative results you may have never dreamed were possible. We serve clients across the commercial spectrum: retail design and programs, shopping malls, corporate workplace, hotels and resorts, residential and mixed-use development—and throughout a project’s life cycle from strategic consulting to prototypes and branding to construction administration. With our designs, talent, and relationships, we help you create memorable experiences that soothe the spirit, foster innovation, and inspire excitement.

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Bringing Clarks into the future

An expression of the Clarks brand, this workplace inspires creativity and fosters collaboration

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<p><b>TITLE:&nbsp;&nbsp;</b>Clarks Americas Headquarter Office<b></b></p> <p><b>DESCRIPTION:</b></p> <p>An expression of the Clarks brand, this workplace inspires creativity and fosters collaboration.</p> <p><b>TRANSCRIPT:</b></p> <p><b>Tammy Diorio:</b>&nbsp; Everything about what Clarks wanted to do was mix the old and the new to bring our heritage, but make it modern. We were in an old mill building. It was very industrial, which we liked, but as we grew we were very disconnected. That impacted how we could, uh, work together and collaborate. We were using a lot of space, but not very effectively. We didn't have a lot of open areas to gather and feel like one company. We made a strong effort to try to make this new building something that Clarks could be proud of and also bring Clarks into the future.</p> <p><b>Steve Basque:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp; It's all about that connection. The atrium brings people into the space and then we ascend up the stair, or you get off the elevator, and you can see work being done in all of the spaces around the atrium.</p> <p><b>Tammy Diorio:</b>&nbsp; I think the biggest change is that our product was not displayed in the best way in the old building. We worked together to really develop new spaces to showcase the product and for the designers to design the product.</p> <p><b>Steve Basque:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp; The hand craftsmanship of the product and the attention to detail was probably the most important thing that we've tried to focus on. That it doesn't have to be old to be crafted.</p> <p><b>Steven Kelly:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We understood Clarks history. You, you've got a shoe company that has been around for almost 200 years. They've got the highest grade technology available to you. They're still taking wood blocks and putting it on the wood lathe like they did 100 years ago and then machine by hand with files to perfection. So it's a great story that combined their history with their present with an eye to the future.</p> <p><b>Tammy Diorio:</b>&nbsp; The employees have stopped me in the hallway just saying how much they love the building. They love the collaboration.</p> <p><b>John Daine:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b>For us, as the model makers, it's been a vast improvement. We've got the north light, which we didn't use to have. We used to have to close the light out with blinds because of the direct sunlight in the summer.</p> <p><b>Patrick Grace:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As a designer, what we need is definitely lots of natural light, which we are provided with here. It's nice that on each floor on each end there's a convenient little kitchenette that we all have access to with coffee. And it's great because you run into people that you may have had the opportunity to run into in the previous building. That has been a great, great change.</p> <p><b>Donna Leung:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Now that we've been working in this building for about six months, it really has reinvigorated everyone to work more closely together because the open nature of this building really fosters creativity and collaboration. We can go off into a little nook and come up with creative ideas, brainstorm ideas.</p> <p><b>Gary Champion:</b>&nbsp;It's a really well thought out, well-designed building. Usually it takes some time to get familiar with the new surroundings, but when we walked in, it was immediate and you can see a significant difference in the way we operate our organization just by moving into this building. Terrific!</p>

Innovation and revitalization in downtown St. John’s

351 How to green St.: the first building in Newfoundland to be heated with innovative seawater technology is also revitalizing downtown St. John’s

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<p><b>Mayor Dennis O’Keefe</b></p> <p>This is the first modern office building to go up in the west end of How to green Street and it’s part of the heritage of the west end and it also revitalizes the west end.</p> <p><b>Judy Wall</b></p> <p>Our plan right from the beginning was to create a sustainable, innovative, creative building for people to work in. We’ve achieved that through the amount of natural light, the large floor plate which allows for openness.</p> <p><b>Kerry Gosse</b></p> <p>When you look at the first floors the texture of the building, all blend in with the historic downtown area and then we’ve got 360 degrees of glass all around the perimeter so there’s no bad spaces inside the building. The whole project has opened up the west end of How to green Street for the community. There’s a restaurant in the building, there’s shopping back there there’s parking which was in much demand.</p> <p><b>Mayor Dennis O’Keefe</b></p> <p>It will bring more economic activity and more social activity into the downtown. The ocean and the harbour has always been the heart and soul of the city. We’ve lived by it, we’ve lived of it and on it and this building is an example on how we’re continuing to do that using modern technology.</p> <p><b>Kerry Gosse</b></p> <p>This building is the first in Newfoundland to be heated and cooled by using sea water.</p> <p><b>Judy Wall</b></p> <p>We’re using new technology in terms of multi-stack chillers and control systems that allow vastly reduced energy costs.</p> <p><b>Mayor Dennis O’Keefe</b></p> <p>This is the beginning of the revitalization of the west end of How to green Street.</p> <p><b>Kerry Gosse</b></p> <p>It’s made a statement, it’s recognizable and it has become a landmark.</p>

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