Commercial and Mixed Use

We have delivered tens of millions of square feet of office space for investors, developers and end-users around the world. Our work is focused on core and shell office buildings as well as tenant interiors and includes new build and renovation projects, high-rise developments and business parks.

For every commercial project we have two objectives: to create the best working environment for people, and deliver higher return on investment for the client, throughout the lifetime of the building. We understand the varied requirements, challenges and business aspirations of clients.

Better Working Environments

Working environments have an important impact on human health, productivity and quality of life. That’s why our goal is always to create a space where people want to come to work. We address the total environmental comfort of the occupants, which includes everything from access to natural light, glare control, air motion and humidity, to the freshness and quality of the air.

There is a powerful business case for better environments that can boost work productivity. Staff costs can account for as much as 90% of a company’s expenditures, so even a small improvement can make a big difference.

Higher Return on Investment for Commercial Buildings

Our projects are exemplars of high-quality environments and they enable employers to attract and retain the best staff. They also provide flexibility to allow businesses to adapt to changing markets and new ways of working. The ability to respond to fast-changing workplace trends is key to maintaining the longer-term value of a building.

The spaces we design are also flexible. There are solid commercial reasons for office buildings to be able to accommodate different tenants to make them as leasable as possible.

Engineering One World Trade Center- structural engineering

One World Trade Center, New York, NY

Services for the Whole Project Lifecycle

WSP offers a truly multi-disciplinary service for all stages of the project lifecycle – from early business planning through design and construction to asset management and renovation. Our comprehensive range of building design services is complemented by environmental, transport planning and infrastructure services. 

Sustainable, Future-Proof Solutions

By looking at the form, geometry and type of usage of a building we come up with solutions that complement its architecture and function. Our experts understand complex building structures and systems and the required synergy for the operational success of office buildings. This has enabled us to work with some of the world’s most prominent owners and developers: from One World Trade Center in New York and Salesforce Tower in San Francisco to Amazon’s new urban campus in Seattle and Hyatt Center in Chicago. Buildings engineered by WSP stand the test of time and make a positive contribution to our cities’ economic development, community and environment.

When engineering buildings, our experts make sure they will be able to adapt to change by considering a range of interlinked technological, social and environmental factors that will impact the building. We are passionate about high-performance, sustainable design and our teams help clients achieve the highest levels of sustainability through low-energy and low-carbon solutions that address climate change challenges. Our green design specialists also help clients achieve sustainability certifications such as LEED, WELL and Energy Star.

Local Knowledge

We add value by offering local knowledge and experience, supported by global expertise as needed. This enables us to offer a seamless service for international clients who require global standards adapted to local requirements. Our portfolio includes projects across many U.S. cities including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Denver and several more, as well as international locations including Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Hanoi, Shenzhen, Madrid, Mexico City, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. We can bring world-renowned specialist services, such as high-rise design, with experts from the U.S., to any location in the world.