How Citco Puts Wellness into Their Facilities
Robert J. Gavin, the global leader of facility engineering and real estate for Citco, describes his role. In one word—wellness. Citco is a global leader providing services for Industry leading hedge funds and private equity firms. A private firm founded 74 years ago, today it operates in 43 countries with 6,000 employees located in more than 1 M sf of space. The key to Citco’s success is its ability to attract and retain the industry’s best talent, Robert and his team contribute to this success by providing Citco staff with working environments that combine collaborative work practices with state of the art healthy workspace.
Building a Healthy Environment to support healthier lifestyles
It is their attention to employees’ health that sets Citco’s working environment apart for employees. In addition to providing staff with key health benefits including gym memberships, shower blocks and bicycle racks, Robert is relentless about ensuring all their buildings have ample fresh air to minimize the amount—and effect- of recycled stale air. When Sir Terence Farrell of Farrell Architectures and Leonard Engineering partnered with Structure Tone in 2014, to renovate Citco’s 12,500sf iconic, 300-year-old Georgian SII*-listed building in London, they replaced the mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) and air conditioning/fresh air systems. To ensure their employees have a healthy work environment before moving into a new space in Halifax, Canada, Citco engaged the landlord/owner Wolfgang Thiel to open a health-oriented deli on the premises, design and install a park complete with a running track, as well as Citco’s required shower blocks and bike racks.