Commercial Interior Projects - Cafeteria at Morgan Schaffer Head Office in Montreal by VAD Interior Designers

Morgan Schaffer

Relocation of the headquarters




40 000 sq. ft.

The mandate

  • Preleasing studies
  • Functional and technical needs analysis
  • Development of a space planning program
  • Support in the development of labs and technical spaces
  • Development of a workplace design concept
  • Production of construction and furnishings drawings
  • Selection of furniture and furnishings
  • Construction site monitoring
Photo credit : Phil Bernard

Morgan Schaffer, a major provider of services to electricity carriers and distributors, was looking to relocate its Montreal headquarters.

Located in LaSalle for over 20 years, Morgan Schaffer was installed along the Lachine Canal in an industrial building where the offices and production spaces were split across three (3) levels. Expressing the desire to start fresh in a new space where teams could come together more easily, we accompanied Morgan Schaffer in the search for a new location.

Initially called upon to support the client with a preliminary needs analysis, VAD was entrusted with a second mandate, for the development of a relocation strategy and the complete office design project.

After considering a few potential locations, Morgan Schaffer settled on a commercial space niched in the historical Seagram Complex, a former important distillery of the LaSalle borough. The vacant industrial space was an instant hit with the design team, and we knew we wanted the project to showcase the building’s character and history.

At Morgan Schaffer’s headquarters, three-quarters of the space is composed of laboratories and production facilities, with a balance of approximately 10,000 square feet that includes office spaces and common service points shared by all of the staff.

In the cafeteria, brass accents, an oversized velvet banquette and green enameled industrial light fixtures nod to the mid-century industrial era. Reflecting Morgan Schaffer’s warm office culture, the new common dining area is convivial and generous in space and light.

A flexible glass partition allows an agile room to open onto the cafeteria when needed, to create a very spacious gathering space.

In keeping with Morgan Schaffer’s desire to bring its different teams closer together on the same floor level and in a more open-concept space, the designers proposed a central and gender-neutral washroom area shared by all users. Light fixtures signal the availability of the individual cabinets.

The new head offices are inclusive, flexible, modern and support Morgan Schaffer’s employees with achieving the organization’s mission. It was a true privilege for VAD to accompany an inspiring team like Morgan Schaffer’s, while designing a space that highlights the building’s rich history.