Rethinking workplace strategy for new corporate facilities
Lemay has been working with Bonduelle on the relocation of their head office, accompanying them on a major step forward for their workplace strategy. Lemay's designers brought the vision of Bonduelle's teams to life: The new headquarters is a place where different work styles are accommodated, and employees can increase their performance by breaking down silos and creating synergies between previously geographically dispersed teams.
The space, suitable for different working styles, features biophilic design elements such as natural materials, an abundance of plants, and an optimized ventilation system. The design of this project is centered on the people and the needs they express. Named for its proximity to the REM, Station B reflects a company whose identity is grounded in plant life. Inspired by the metaphor of the tree and the interconnected system it represents, Station B finds its roots in the first-floor cafeteria, a gathering place that naturally hums with activity and interactions between colleagues. This focal point extends through the trunk of a wide and generous staircase crowned by lush vegetation, and into the branched and private workspaces that occupy each floor’s periphery of the windows, reminiscent of greenhouses with glass partitions.
As part of the company's relocation, Bonduelle’s teams had the opportunity to participate in the development of a new approach to workplace strategies. Led by Sandra Neill, "Bonduelle's new business-focused workspace is an inclusive work environment with a variety of locations, offering employees the opportunity to choose the best type of space—individual or collaborative—to fit their personal needs and preferences. This innovative workplace promotes physical health and wellness by focusing on the employee and customer experience, and by encouraging active movement throughout the day." Through a series of creative and participatory workshops, the interior design team developed a concept adapted to new market realities and the company's ambitions.
Founded in 1853, with the objective of inspiring a transition to plant-based products, until now, Bonduelle corporate employees were spread out across several offices, including in Montreal, St-Denis, and St-Césaire. Station B now brings all employees together under one roof, and is an excellent example of how a carefully thought-out and human-centered workplace design strategies can create stimulating and healthy environments for employees.
Since 1957, Lemay has been imagining new ways to create spaces that engage users and bring people together. Over 450 architects, designers, industry leaders, and change-makers work tirelessly to cultivate innovation in their own backyards, as well as in communities around the world. Inspired and strengthened by transdisciplinary creativity, the firm has also developed its very own Net Positive™ approach to guide teams towards sustainable solutions that shape a better future. With the human experience at its heart, Lemay strives to design with empathy and to create spaces to grow.