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Securely decommissioning space for a global security leader
Meyer helps IDEMIA end its lease smoothly and update a new facility
As the world has become ever more interconnected in recent decades, the need for richer identification and security systems has exploded. In this market space, IDEMIA has become the “global leader in identity technologies, trusted by hundreds of governments and thousands of enterprises around the world, to credentialize, authenticate, and analyze identities.” You’ve almost certainly encountered their technology when passing through TSA at airport security, entering a large public facility, or even when getting your new driver’s license. As a company with more than 15,000 employees, IDEMIA has offices around the world. Recently, the company was approaching the end of its lease at its North American Headquarters in Billerica, Massachusetts, and needed to decommission these offices and move to their new facility in Bedford, MA. To plan for the project, Meyer was asked to attend a meeting by IDEMIA’S national logistics provider, Apex Moving and Storage. Apex and Meyer are long-standing partners through the Office Moving Alliance, a global network of best-in-class office relocation providers. With Jones Lang LaSalle positioned as the overall Project Manager, the initial job scope consisted of relocating two of the three floors IDEMIA was occupying into the new Bedford, MA facility. As the meeting progressed however, it became evident that the project would require the entire breadth of Meyer’s Workplace Solutions capabilities to meet the complex objectives.
The Challenge

In the initial meeting, it became clear that IDEMIA needed to decommission and move both the office space, as well as a very secure area of the building where the company issued government-specific identifications. Through its years of occupancy, IDEMIA had made significant customizations to the secure area on the first floor, and needed to return this space to its original condition before turning it back over to their landlord.

The process included removing significant security systems/cameras, HVAC duct work all the way up to the building’s roof along with roof repair work, rebuilding walls, decommissioning of electrical systems and the work of a number of other trades.

In addition, given the nature of IDEMIA’s business, security and confidentiality were paramount and all Meyer team members went through criminal and financial background checks. Meyer assisted with the secure purge and destruction of both hardcopy records and e-waste. Meyer also recognized that the most sensitive parts of the project needed to happen on a compressed timeline to ensure IDEMIA operations were not disrupted.

The Solution

As the challenge and scope of the project became clear, Meyer brought in its inhouse General Contractor, Greg Pezza to oversee this multifaceted Workplace Solutions project along with its client liaison, Frank Cantwell.

Greg and the Meyer team combined demolition and construction along with coordinating a wide array of trades to bring IDEMIA’s space back to its original state, including:

  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Millwork
  • Construction – drywall, painting, ceiling tiles

The Meyer team managed the disposal of all paper waste and e-waste in a highly secure manner – with full chain of custody monitoring from point of pickup through final destruction along with full documentation to certify the disposal.

To meet the aggressive timeline and not disrupt operations, Meyer’s team worked over a number of weekends and not surprisingly, the project was approved on the first walkthrough, without any punch list items to complete.

Meyer’s team helped IDEMIA decommission and vacate their facility within the confines of an exacting timeline and the space was returned in a clean and orderly state that satisfied the landlord’s lease requirements.

With the success of the original project, the scope of Meyer’s engagement grew to include work in the new facility, including installations of glass, whiteboards, monitor arms and PCU holders along with millwork and shelving. And since completing this phase of work, Jones Lang LaSalle is planning future projects to utilize Meyer Workplace Solutions in other geographies.

Meyer’s Impact
“As one of JLL’s most trusted partners, Meyer once again delivered a tough assignment to success. We look forward to the next tough one in helping our clients achieve their goals” Dan Greene and Johnson Ip Project Manager and Senior Project Manager, JLL