One of Denver’s largest commercial real estate brokerages is moving up and embracing it’s inner co-worker.
CBRE is jumping from the 29th and 30th floors of 17th Street Plaza downtown to a larger space between the 31st and 32nd stories. The move is part of a company-wide program to freshen CBRE offices with open floor plans, extra meeting space, sit-to-stand desks and cafes.
The new Denver office was formerly the Molson Coors headquarters. CBRE decided to head upstairs in part because the top-floor office gave the brokerage a little extra headroom.
“From a design perspective, it gave us a more interesting palette to work with,” said Carson Erard, a senior associate with CBRE’s Workplace Strategy Group. “The ceilings are taller there, there are bigger window lines and because it was Coors’ old space, they had an existing stair connecting the 32nd and 31st floor.”
CBRE finalized a lease on the 38,975-square-foot space in January 2016, a little more than a year after Coors announced plans to relocate its headquarters to 1801 California. CBRE’s previous lease at 17th Street Plaza is expiring and the company will move into the first 32,350 square feet of the new office on April 11.
Erard said the company will look to move into the other 6,600 square feet or so by 2018. That date could coincide with a shrinking of the company’s Tech Center office at 8390 E. Crescent Parkway, he added.
While the company has no immediate plans to move its DTC office, Erard said CBRE could be looking for new space in the southeast submarket in the next couple years.
“The long-term plan is to reduce that office in the Tech Center, and actually look at relocating it to a more transit-oriented office that is on the light rail,” Erard said.
CBRE has 94 employees working in its downtown office. The plan is to have roughly 150 employees working in the expanded office by year-end.
Gensler, whose Denver office is also at 17th Street Plaza, is designing CBRE’s new digs. The architecture firm already has designed two dozen new offices for CBRE, according to a CBRE press release.
The office will be what Erard called a “free-address” workspace. That means no assigned desks – sitting or standing. The design will encourage employees to work where they please throughout the day, be that at a desk, in a conference room or at the café CBRE will build into the office.
That’s why that interior staircase was so important, Erard said. It encourages folks that usually work on the top floor to run into the employees from downstairs.
“What we want to do for our employees is provide choice and flexibility to how they work,” Erard said. “We want to drive community and help to build a culture that continues to dominate the commercial real estate market, both here in Denver, in Colorado and internationally.”