Glenn Davis Group is a Toronto-based company operating two separate branding and design agencies that support North American and global brands with consumer-focused strategic marketing communications, graphic design and package design. The two agencies, Davis and Bridgemark, collectively make Glenn Davis Group the second largest independent branding and design agency in North America.
Allsteel’s Beyond architectural wall systems are primary elements in the recently completed workplace which houses the 150-some combined employees of the Glenn Davis Group. The Beyond product line thus figures prominently in what one of the Glenn Davis Group websites describes as a rebranding and a relocation into “the most collaborative and creative space we could design.”
A team led by Ruth Davis of Davis Interiors produced the signature facility design for Glenn Davis Group.
Allsteel called on McIntyre Group—the sole Canadian member of Facilities Services Network—to perform the Beyond installations for Glenn Davis Group, with a scope of work involving 75 private offices and meeting rooms.
GeographyMississauga, Ontario (Greater Toronto)
Project EnvironmentNew construction. 1 floor in suburban office building.
Time Frame for Field WorkOriginal 12-day schedule was stretched to accommodate construction.
Manpower6–12 installers plus lead per day.
Installed ProductAllsteel Beyond wall for 75 private offices and meeting rooms.
Spanning an entire floor of a suburban office building in Mississauga, Ontario, the project required as many as 12 McIntyre architectural wall specialists per day. The team’s size varied between 6 and 12 depending on site conditions. McIntyre’s installers worked in the wake of construction throughout the project, skirting areas that were not complete due to construction delays and returning to them later.
This was the largest application of Allsteel Beyond frameless movable glass walls in Canada to date and McIntyre’s second Beyond installation. (Three additional Beyond projects are currently scheduled.)
The McIntyre staff reported very positive experiences with Beyond. Unlike some other products that McIntyre installers have worked with, “we are not seeing installation times increasing due to Beyond being a new product,” said Dean McIntyre, the president, owner and founder of McIntyre Group. “Beyond is well engineered, and Allsteel is listening and adjusting when their installers offer suggestions.”
McIntyre Group Field Manager Jayton Wallace is one of those installers. Wallace spent time last year with the Allsteel Beyond product development team in Muscatine, Iowa, to learn about Beyond and provide technical input from the master wall installer’s perspective. (Wallace was joined in Muscatine by wall specialists from two other FSN member companies, Total Office Planning Services and Service West.)
Wallace was the primary lead installer for the Glenn Davis Group project. “After completing the second Beyond install in Canada, one of my favorite features is the integrated leveling system,” Wallace said. “By eliminating the separate base track and levelers, it allows for a much quicker install than other frameless glass systems.”
Job site logistics posed the only special challenge for this Beyond installation. The project plan initially called for on-site receiving. However, on the morning of “opening day” for the McIntyre team, it was determined that, due to unexpected construction requirements, the site would not accommodate the three product trailers.
Smoothly shifting gears, the McIntyre installers re-routed the trailers to McIntyre’s Mississauga warehouse, where the warehouse team performed the receiving functions and subsequently provided delivery of the Beyond product as required by the installation schedule.
“Any time you have the opportunity to be involved in introducing a new product, as we have been with Allsteel Beyond, it's an exciting experience,” said Dean McIntyre, the president, owner and founder of McIntyre Group. “The great cooperation we enjoyed with Dan Paquet and Doug Hunt and the rest of the Allsteel team made the Glenn Davis Group project particularly positive for us. McIntyre’s wall specialists are now all the more eager to start the next three Beyond wall projects on our schedule.”
Notes and Links
Dan Paquet is Allsteel Senior Group Manager, Architectural Products.
Doug Hunt is Allsteel Lead Field Service Engineer, Architectural Products.
To learn more about Allsteel Beyond, visit allsteeloffice.com.
To learn more about Glenn Davis Group, Davis and Bridgemark, visit glenndavisgroup.com.