After evolving from a small Fishermen’s Credit Union in 1940 to currently 34,000 members and 16 locations, G&F Financial outgrew their current corporate office. The decision was made in 2015 to take the first step in finding and designing a new space, making the largest historical investment in their future.
Hoping to maintain their deep community roots in Burnaby, they succeeded in sourcing a commercial office tower within the recently completed Kings Crossing, and it would become the “G&F Hub”.
In the summer of 2020, G&F transitioned to their new space. Designed for future growth, the bright space is functional yet inspiring. What was displaced teams and boxed-in layouts in the past; now a holistic design concept of flexibility and encouraged collaboration between partners and departments. Four floors of functionality, with the first floor boasting their boutique-style flagship branch. Milliken carpet tiles were sculpted into multiple large circles among a backdrop of Milliken LVT, creating acoustic quality for meeting breakouts and flare in the common areas. Neighborhood views from private offices are also complimented by Milliken.
COVID_19 would have normally provided a challenge to bringing the new Hub to fruition. Ironically, part of the design included a higher than standard amount of space per person, allowing social distancing between employees.
Workplace Strategy: CBRE
Design: ZGF Architects INC.
Delivery: Fusion Projects
Product: Milliken, Tarkett | Johnsonite, Ardex