Occupying the ground and second floor of the CBC building, the offices of ad agency Bensimon Byrne are split between two organizations: the ground floor houses One Method, an acquired shop within the Bensimon Byrne agency, and the second floor belongs to Bensimon Byrne.
Prior to beginning work on-site, our team had to assess the very specific nuances and scheduling challenges of building around a live news studio. Construction sequencing had to take into account the hourly work stoppages that occur due to CBC’s live broadcast appearances. With a number of special events happening in the city that year, including the Summer Olympics, work schedules were significantly complicated when no noisy work could be performed on account of filming. To combat this issue, we ensured that all trades worked in accordance with this requirement and scheduled all work around the look-ahead schedule that was provided to us by the landlord each week.
The Bensimon Byrne aesthetic is heavily influenced by open concept design, exposed ceilings, and ductwork. Both floors are largely filled with desk-sharing spaces, high ceilings, suspended lighting, suspended drywall ceiling pieces, and exposed concrete floors. Each floor has a featured design piece: on the ground floor is a mezzanine overlooking the open workstations, and on the second floor is a large wooden bleacher structure adjacent to the kitchen facilities, providing a breakout space for eating lunch, hosting, or giving presentations.