Story about the Baltic Birch, Bees, Hive and Why

 

Remote workers will soon become norm rather than exception and progressive companies understand that they will have to embrace remote work to retain talent and improve the bottom line. The New York Times reported that “employees who spend three to four days working off-site feel the most engaged with their teams”, which illustrates fundamental change in the nature of work and business requirements.

Traffic gridlock around the GTA and other large urban communities result in the major loss of productivity,  high cost of commuting, and stress involved before a working day even starts and right after it finishes, and it is clear as why would anyone want to stay at home and do work from there.

Nonetheless, limitations of stay at home work might not be apparent at first, but downsides are well documented and it is evident that office to home work routine is a complex transition for both business as well as workforce. This is where office as a service companies provide flexible workspaces solutions and services to both business as well as their employees, a win-win proposition with increased productivity and a happier employee.

With 27 million sq feet of office space across the US it is no secret that shared and dedicated coworking spaces operators are becoming essential partner in the business world just like a courier company or a goods supplier. So how do we fit in this whole picture, having opened our first location with less than 5000 sq ft in uncharted waters on the outskirts of Toronto?

We want to make it strictly Canadian workspace experience that is scalable across smaller communities, very much what Industrious is doing in the US. Having ten times less population made it obvious from the start that we will have to do something different since their smallest market is about the size of Ottawa.

On the other hand, big players such as Wework or Spaces have global strategy that relegate Canadian experience and occupy large square footage, with the business model that can only cater to several Canadian cities.

For example, Target and Lowes are some of examples showing lack of understanding on how the cultural context in customer experience affects the business model. Using home renovation retailers analogy, we want to be something like Home Hardware, a business that understands how to build and organize a store in Muskoka just as in Toronto, catering to fundamentally different personas and adjusting their offerings and customer experience accordingly.

Our goal is to use our first flagship store as a demonstration of what we plan on doing across the GTA first and hopefully across Canada in years to come. And from the beginning we decided to innovate and incorporate the best from office design / build and hospitality industries in order to create and deliver exceptional work experience.

This is in a nutshell Why. But what about the story about the Baltic Birch, Bees, and Hives?

Stay tuned and visit the Sherway Gardens Hive.

Hivers Workspaces – Where Work and Hospitality Coincide

 

Pin Knots, Mineral Streaks, and the story about beautiful…

 

It all starts in Tyumen, Baltic settlement on the Tura River. Carefully selected FSC certified birch logs are shaven into thin layers of veneer,  perfectly cross-banded and laminated with glue free of formaldehiyde and without any voids, resulting in a perfect wooden canvas waiting for an artist, fusion of nature and machinery.

Baltic Birch features the essential elements of the highest quality and most versatile plywood in the world. Material offers exceptional hardness and specific gravity, making it amongst the strongest and most dimensionally stable panels available. It’s virtually free of irregularities and manufactured to ensure that all of the plywood sheets have extreme durability, great strength, and are visually inviting.

Its aesthetic appeal and smooth, rich sheen as well as magnificent combination of pin knots, mineral streaks and grain waves were enough to convince us that Baltic birch it is.

It is what?

One of the pillars in our business model, wood and the Baltic birch as sustainable choice that we used to manufacture office walls, conference tables, ergonomic adjustable desks, reception, utility bar, coffee tables, and we will leave the best for the last. It satisfies three principles of good architecture, that is, strength, functionality, and beauty,  central themes in Hivers Workspaces design philosophy.

It is not only a romantic relationship. It is about innovation and wood in the human environment. With growing interest in restorative properties of wood in the built indoor environment, and many other studies pointing to intricate and sensual human relationship with nature, we made the Baltic birch an essential element in our start up storytelling and the market differentiator in the office as a service industry.

It is also response to the lack of any eco friendly, simply designed wooden office furnishings amongst Canadian office  furniture suppliers. Search for office walls and partitioning left us with exuberant quotes of overbuilt and poorly designed environmentally unfriendly extruded aluminium products. Moreover,  some of the main suppliers in the country are nothing more than fronts with 90 – 120 days expectations waiting for the senseless voyage across the Pacific, and all the environmental pollution and waste that comes with it.

We are office as a service company that is based on designing and manufacturing our products, and wish to revisit steps that once made this country great maker of things. We want to embrace and become the future wave of Canadian economy, coming renaissance in manufacturing sector. That will moreover help us set sails on our quest to craft unique Canadian workplace experience as the only true designer / builder / manager of shared and collaborative working environments  in the industry.

Stay tuned,  our partner John is stopping by the Sherway Gardens Hive today and another great story is coming up soon.

Hivers Workspaces – Where Work and Hospitality Coincide