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Westshore welcomes BC Public Service’s first fully mobile workspace

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About ShareSpace

ShareSpace is a new fully mobile co-working model that provides government employees with alternative workplace options.

The space is designed to promote collaboration, community and innovation and will give government employees who live in Langford or surrounding communities the choice to work closer to home. This contributes to a positive work-life balance and reduces environmental impacts.

The building is certified Built Green, making it sustainable and energy efficient. Many green design elements and locally sourced materials were used throughout the space to reduce negative environmental impacts and create a healthy, productive space for employees. Some examples include:

  • natural and exposed Hemlock wood ceiling and wall features manufactured in Abbotsford;
  • Douglas fir textured wood features used on the front desk, manufactured in Victoria;
  • modern furniture, made in Victoria from sustainable plywood;
  • felt ceiling and wall coverings, suspended dividers and carpeting are made from recycled materials; and
  • energy smart kitchen appliances, heating and ventilation systems and LED lighting to reduce energy consumption and save energy costs.

Ensuring the building is accessible and inclusive for all employees was also a key part of the design. Some examples include:

  • room signage throughout that includes braille and contrasting raised lettering/numbering;
  • a platform chair lift to the outdoor patio;
  • universal washrooms and shower facilities;
  • kitchen and break areas are designed to support people of all abilities;
  • all collaboration areas can accommodate wheelchairs or scooters;
  • a variety of chairs to support people with different needs;
  • manual and electric sit/stand desks that easily adjust to meet a person’s needs; and
  • adjustable computer screens that can be tilted, rotated, and moved up/down and forward/backward to reduce eye strain and encourage healthy postures.