The Facilitator



The IFMA Design & Construction Awards Committee included IFMA NYC on its recent interview of the project team and tour of the new M. Moser NYC Living Labs space at 233 Broadway (the historic Woolworth Building). M Moser moved its NYC offices into the 9,600-square-foot space in June 2018, with final, Day-2 items set to be completed in September 2018. The vision for the new space was an agile, future-proofed “living lab” for ongoing adaption and change.

ongoing adaption and change. Using “total motivation” as a primer for performance, the strategy and design team were integrated to create a workplace that reflects the cultural and business transformation capabilities of M Moser to address individual needs and translatethis methodology into new digital strategies, space planning, flexible furniture, and technology to achieve a high-performing workplace.

M Moser has partnered with local artists to display their work on an ongoing basis, which adds a personal touch throughout the space and fosters creativity and acted as architect, designer and construction manager for their project, self-performing virtually all aspects of the job.

The entrance to the Living Labs space is very open and welcoming with the reception area flowing nicely into the pantry/dining area. Like most of the space, it is designed to allow flexible layouts to accommodate larger groups or special events. The overall goal of the space is to convey the “feel” of the firm and the associates who work there. With a strong focus on hospitality, the traditional receptionist has been dubbe a “Community Manager” to help create a warm, engaging and unique experience for all. This area is separated from the rest of the office by an area designated as “Innovation Alley,” which acts as an informational and tech hub.

The word that kept coming up during our discussion and tour of the space was "flexibility." All workspaces are designed to be open plan and re-configurable to allow spontaneous, creative collaboration. This includes innovations like moving their data to the cloud via laptops, thereby eliminating of desktop phones and computers, as well as hard-wired outlets with power being provided by portable battery packs.

Trash bins have been eliminated from desks to encourage movement throughout the space during the day. Sustainability is a part of this forward-thinking design firm's DNA and is, of course, an integral part of the space. The Living Lab has achieved LEED certification and RESET status (the first in New York City) but, more impressively, is in the process of being certified WELL Platinum.

Unique features that are geared toward achieving that goal are a circadian lighting system that adjusts for both time of day and year, air conditioning that is filtered with sensors throughout the space to monitor indoor air quality, a petrified moss wall in the board room, and five Naava Green Walls throughout the space. It is this writer’s opinion that M Moser has achieved its goal of creating a “living lab” to innovate future workplaces!

Written by Robert McGill of RDWeis, Communications Committee Member

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