Last year, Iron Mountain moved our corporate headquarters about ½ mile within downtown Boston to One Federal Street. The move marked a number of milestones and the new space has received some great recognition. It also demonstrated how thinking about environmental and social responsibility can deliver unexpectedly good outcomes for people and for the business.
Awards and Recognitions:
First our construction of offices on the 6th and 7th floors achieved LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council. In addition, our Design firm, Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) was awarded the prestigious CoreNet Global New England’s annual Best New Workplace Award.
LEED stands for Leadership in Environment and Energy Design and it has become the benchmark for “green” building. While features like water saving fixtures and efficient LED lighting contributed to a smaller environmental footprint, much of the focus of this space was on the human element. Designing windows and office locations to have the maximum day lighting not only reduces electricity use, it has a big impact on people. Other features that contribute healthy workplaces include selecting materials with low or no chemical outgassing. In the end, virtually every aspect of the space, from wood selection to lay-out has been thought about differently. It’s a great example of the shift in thinking that goes with sustainable business and it’s a demonstration of how Corporate Responsibility is becoming how we do everything.
New thinking delivers great results:
This new way of thinking about our business often leads to solutions that seem very strange at first – and then seem brilliantly obvious once they’re accomplished. A great example is that the greenest (and lowest cost) space at the HQ is the space we didn’t build. Our footprint at One Fed is actually smaller than our old Headquarters space and has more people assigned. That sounds like a formula for a tight squeeze, but in fact individual space was not sacrificed even though there are double the conference rooms and more amenities. How can we have more people in less space with better amenities? That’s impossible. The key was rethinking the office by rethinking the way we get work done. The result was mobile mountaineers – people who have the flexibility to work from home or other IM facilities in exchange for using shared office space at HQ. This means about 150 people are comfortably located in space that would have held only 100 in personal cubical set-ups. Unlocking the potential of a flexible work schedule is not easy, but it’s delivered great results for people and for the business. Its an example of how a new kind of thinking about the business is delivering unexpectedly great results for employees and for the environment. More about IM’s innovation for flexible work environment and mobile mountaineers in this case study published in FM Mag
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