At the Centre of It All: TDS’ New Office Rises at True North Square

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman (TDS), Manitoba’s leading independent law firm, officially moved into its brand new 53,000 sq. ft. Winnipeg office premises at True North Square on July 23, 2018. The Winnipeg office move encompassed over 80 lawyers, more than 125 students and staff, as well as the firm’s strategic partner Acumen Corporate Development. As the first tenants to move into the 17-storey office tower at 242 Hargrave in the heart of Winnipeg’s Sports Entertainment and Hospitality (SHED) District, TDS saw the True North Square development as an ideal opportunity to redefine its workplace and solidify its reputation for leadership, collaboration and superior client
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The office is designed to integrate leading edge-technology, encourage collaboration, and enhance the overall client experience. To achieve this, the office’s three floors are organized with efficiently planned private offices sharing daylight and views with a variety of multi-functional meeting and administration spaces. A sky-lit, interconnecting staircase in the center of the floor plate encourages casual office interaction leading to impressive staff and client amenities on the 17th floor atop True North Square.

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 “An office with more meeting space frees our people up to be better leaders and collaborators,” said TDS CEO and managing partner Keith LaBossiere in a press release. “We are also very proud that every day our clients and staff will be inspired by made-in-Manitoba art all around them, including indigenous art and pieces from the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit collection.”

A dramatic 16-ft-high vaulted ceiling and Manitoba Tyndall stone wall will greet TDS’ clients when they visit the top floor.  TDS’ new client experience provides an array of comfortable sitting areas, private meeting rooms, flexible conference rooms and access to a state-of-the art café and gathering space called The Northern Lights Lounge. Large revolving glass doors will open up the space, allowing TDS to host industry events and client gatherings.

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“TDS was an ideal client to work with,” said Number TEN practice leader Greg Hasiuk. “Moving an established, highly reputable law firm with 130 years of history from a place they occupied for nearly three decades is no easy task. However, they were very well organized, open to new ideas and came with a strong vision of what they wanted to achieve within the space. I think the new office reflects TDS’ strong leadership and vision for the evolving practice of law in Canada.”

Working with Toronto-based design firm figure3, Number TEN’s Workplace Interiors Studio was able to achieve all critical milestones on a challenging schedule that involved close coordination with True North’s base building design and construction teams. “There was no margin for error with a tight move-in schedule for TDS. Our multidisciplinary team pulled out all the stops and managed to overcome significant obstacles to make it happen. We are very proud of the results achieved,” said Hasiuk.

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Design detail showing the new TDS logo and the view looking west

To learn more about TDS’ new space, please visit our projects page. To learn more about TDS, visit www.tdslaw.com.