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Mayhew Designs Innovative KW Technology Hub Desire2Learn, Communitech Workspaces

Mayhew helps turn Tannery District space into revolutionary spot for workplace innovation to occur.

Waterloo, Canada, May 25, 2012 --( When innovation and creativity in interior design is desired, where does a progressive, motivated company like Desire2Learn (D2L) or Communitech turn? As it would happen, both Tannery District businesses (anchoring the KW Technology hub) chose to work with Mayhew to enhance their workspaces through clever, productivity-boosting design.

Because the 350,000 SF Tannery complex is being deemed a “convergence centre… for a new generation of employees” for the region, all businesses who choose to operate from the location have a deep understanding of the need to “stand out” and be leaders in their fields. In the case of D2L and Communitech, that meant placing a phone call to Mayhew.

In both cases, Mayhew followed its proven formula for ensuring the satisfaction of its clientele. Focusing on the current and anticipated needs of each organisation, Mayhew was able to design interior workplace areas that are attractive, functional, cost-conscious and growth-ready.

“We are honored to work with D2L and Communitech… and the results of our partnering have been excellent,” says Steve Cascone, Vice President of Consulting at Mayhew.

For D2L, collaborating with Mayhew provided a solution which included a 100 percent increase in team collaboration workspace, 100 percent increase in private work areas and dedicated “concentration” spaces, and 75 percent increase in meeting rooms. Plus, a modern workplace layout with impact and maximum benefit has set the stage for improved productivity. For instance, a more defined traffic flow has been achieved through the strategic placement of polished concrete corridors. Resultantly, D2L’s rapid growth (including the addition of many employees) has been accommodated seamlessly.

In terms of Communitech’s workplace solutions, Mayhew utilized similar concepts to those used in the D2L project in ways that would benefit the company. To begin, Mayhew provided space planning, concept development and interior design consultation, in addition to the specification of suggested furniture and carpet. As the project continued, Mayhew’s lead designer was able to create renderings of the space that have been deemed a “spitting image” of the actual space.

As Cascone explains, the Tannery presented a bevy of unique opportunities and challenges for Mayhew thanks to its inherent characteristics. As a 150-year-old historical building that has been turned into a technology hub noted for its contemporary “cool” factor, the Tannery had to stay true to its original designs while evolving into a space for the “next generation” of worker. To accomplish this feat, Mayhew used partitions of varying heights to define work areas, restored and unveiled exterior windows to maximize natural lighting, designed 100 percent open work environments to support a culture of multi-generational workers collaborating side-by-side, and maintained architectural building elements (e.g., exposed brick, exposed ceilings, circular windows, hardwood floors).

“We really listened to our clients and took their concerns to heart when it came to designing the proper spaces for their respective teams to do their best work,” concludes Cascone. “In the end, we feel that the innovative workspaces we designed will allow D2L and Communitech to reach their goals while keeping the Tannery’s fundamental beauty intact.”

To find out more about Mayhew’s targeted approach to interior design and workspace solutions, please visit their website today at
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