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Return to Office – A Beautiful Mess

As society begins to adapt and normalize alongside the COVID virus, the repercussions for office space – and the way we work – will be fascinating and complex. Derek Thompson of The Atlantic recently drew attention to the stark disparity between the return to normalcy in leisure activities and the reality that many Americans simply […]

Google, Twitter, Apple…Who’s next?

It was a big week for return to office announcements, with tech giants Google, Twitter and Apple updating their plans. Announcements are being made in quick succession with company leaders organizing their strategy around who makes the first move. Here’s what happened last week: [March 2nd] Google‘s Bay Area employees will return by April 4th […]

The Bay Building at 674 Granville Reimagined

HBC releases preview of plans to add 1 million square feet of office space to downtown Vancouver, targeting major tech sector tenants. Streetworks Development, the property development division of HBC, has released initial plans to redevelop The Bay store building in downtown Vancouver at 674 Granville St.  Information available to date regarding the redevelopment has […]

10 Questions about Building a Unicorn in Canada: Martin Basiri, CEO & Co-Founder at ApplyBoard

Matt Carlson sat down for an interview with ApplyBoard’s Martin Basiri, to talk about the challenges and wins of launching a start-up in a new country.  University is a rite of passage for many young Canadians. Typically, starting that journey is a straightforward process of picking a school and applying. But for foreign students looking […]

First Movers Toronto – 7 Notable Office Leases in Q4 2021

In the final installment of our 2021 quarterly updates on notable office leasing activity in Toronto, we’ve highlighted First Movers over the past quarter – companies who made a commitment to move, sublease, expand their footprint or renew their leases. Q4 2021 was a busy quarter in the greater Toronto area with leasing activity (absorption) […]

First Movers Vancouver – 10 Notable Office Leases in Q4 2021

Q4 2021 was a busy quarter in Metro Vancouver with leasing activity (absorption) of approximately 400,000 square feet downtown and 280,000 square feet in the suburbs – an increase since Q3 2021. With this increase in activity, the office market saw its first decline in vacancy since the beginning of the pandemic. Vancouver continues to […]

The Stay Interview – a Secret Weapon in the War for Talent

In this intensely competitive talent landscape, employers in the tech industry are using every tool at their disposal to retain top talent. Exit Interviews Many people have participated in an exit interview during their careers – typically by providing their employer with feedback when they leave a company. With employees reconsidering their jobs en masse […]

Meta Inks Lease Deal for ~589,000 square feet in Austin’s Tallest Tower

Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. confirms that they will be taking ~589,000 square feet of new office space in downtown Austin, Texas.  This accounts for the entire commercial component of a mixed use 66-storey tower.  Once complete, the tower known as Sixth and Guadalupe will be the tallest tower in the City. Meta currently has […]

45 West 7th by Rendition: A modern take on post-modernism in Mount Pleasant

Rendition Developments recently submitted their development application to the City of Vancouver for a new office and light-industrial development, located at 37-45 West 7th Avenue in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The future 4-storey, mixed-use building will replace a dated commercial building. The project, designed by FRANCL, is inspired by mid-century modern architecture. The development application […]

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