Genetec Spaces in Montreal: When Design Impacts Processes and Productivity

by | Apr 27, 2021 | Architecture

Montréal, Canada

FOR. design planning

Offices serving agile practices

Genetec is a Montreal-based company specializing in unified IP physical security technology for corporate and public safety applications (airports, stadiums, cities, etc.). It is currently doing business on six continents. In 2015, the company’s rapid expansion reached a key milestone when the number of employees in Quebec passed 600.

The time had come to rethink the management, use and organization of the company’s spaces.

Already working with the KANBAN production-chain optimization method and equipped with a corporate culture focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, the senior management team was open to the idea of taking an alternative approach to the project.

Meeting rooms with modular system – closed
Photo credit: Stéphane Brugger
Meeting rooms with modular system – open/closed
Photo credit: Stéphane Brugger

Before even starting to look for rational solutions, FOR. performed an in-depth analysis of the company’s operations and organization chart, working with Genetec on a strategy to transform the organization and its operations, work practices and approach to collaboration. The process affected workflows, the elimination of silos, branding, materials management, furnishings, general traffic and space management. The process made it possible to design more than spaces, but to develop a truly meaningful place for users.

Reception area with café space, lounge and video games to encourage cross-pollination, informal collaboration and fast problem-solving.
Photo credit: Stéphane Brugger

Together, Genetec and FOR. were able to integrate the concept of Innovation Circles – ultra-functional 12-person groups with rotating membership depending on the project – into the design of the new spaces. As a result, the planning of the space and its new furniture were directly influenced by these work processes. To facilitate discussion and scrum meetings, each Innovation Circle includes a Microsoft Surface Hub. Employees are able to write on 100% of the walls, made of whiteboards and glass.

Reception area with café space, lounge and video games to encourage cross-pollination, informal collaboration and fast problem-solving.
Photo credit: Stéphane Brugger

Reception areas with a café space, lounge and video games are found at the entrance to each floor to encourage cross-pollination, informal collaboration and fast problem-solving. In the same spirit, FOR. increased the number of meeting rooms with different configurations, and transformed the bistro into an everyday social-event space. Interior design and the preparatory approach led directly to improvements in productivity, processes and, according to the president, the company’s product. The product is showcased through the Experience Center, a refined way to present the company’s technology and innovations to clients, who are invited to headquarters to live the Genetec experience first-hand. The Experience Center was created in collaboration with Francis Turgeon of Capricorne Studio.

Innovation Circles each with a scrum meeting area.
Photo credit: Stéphane Brugger

Based on the interior design concept formulated for the company’s Montreal headquarters, FOR. adapted the artistic approach to the different cities where the company has a presence, adapting standards for furniture, lighting, finishes and materials based on local distributors and each site’s particular characteristics. To date, more than 130,000 sq. ft. of office space worldwide has been designed with this concept: Paris, Singapore, Secaucus, London, Bruges, Quebec City and Sherbrooke.

Training Center
Photo credit: Stéphane Brugger
The bistro- an everyday social-event space.
Photo credit: Stéphane Brugger
Fenix NTM nano technology applied to surfaces in the bistro
Photo credit: Stéphane Brugger
The product is showcased through the Experience Center, a refined way to present the company’s technology and innovations to clients.
Photo credit: Stéphane Brugger
Customers are invited to experience Genetec Products
Photo credit: Stéphane Brugger
A corporate culture focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Photo credit: Stéphane Brugger

About Genetec

A leader in IP-based physical security, operations and business intelligence systems, Genetec is transforming the industry by offering clients a unified technology platform for video surveillance, access control and licence plate recognition.

About FOR. design planning

FOR. design planning is an interior design firm specializing in corporate, commercial and multi-unit residential projects. Since 1969, it has designed more than 20 million square feet of interiors in Canada and internationally.

For more information

  1.  www.fordesignplanning.com
  2.  www.genetec.com/

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