April 19, 2013

Media Contact: Rebecca Devine, Maven Communications, 215-434-7191

Over 800 employees to move "beyond the cubicle" into collaborative new office space by early 2014

PHILADELPHIA, PA –Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities, has announced that the company's headquarters will move from their current location at 260 South Broad Street to 1500 Market Street in early 2014. Designed to encourage collaboration and innovation, the new space will occupy approximately 125,000 square feet on five floors of the building.

"With the new space, we have taken cutting-edge ideas that work in the business world and applied them to the nonprofit environment. The design reflects the way people work today and encourages a culture of collaboration, creativity and efficiency," said Richard Cohen, CEO of PHMC. "The new environment will transform the way we work in a way that no other nonprofit in the region has done before. I'm very excited about the possibilities and what this means for the future of PHMC."

Since its inception in 1972, PHMC's business has increased to approximately $175 million, with 350 programs. The new space will not only meet the increased capacity needs of the nonprofit, but will also meet the changing workspace needs of its employees. Results of a recent PHMC survey revealed that employees spend 41 percent of their time working with others and 50 percent of employees are losing at least one hour every day due to workplace issues, such as distractions in or around the work area, access to technology, finding co-workers and finding an appropriate meeting space.

To address these issues, PHMC partnered with architectural design firm Bradberry & Kheradi, global office furniture industry leader Steelcase, and Corporate Interiors to create a truly dynamic work environment that integrates design with culture change. The new space will include an open floor plan allowing for easy access to coworkers and cutting-edge technology for increased mobility and collaboration. Twenty-five percent of the space will be dedicated to shared work spaces and amenities, including lounge areas, impromptu meeting space, support services, and the PHMC "Town Square" featuring a café and fitness center.

In addition, the new space will encourage environmentally friendly and efficient practices, including shared, on-demand printing and decreased use of paper products in its food services, among others. Employees will be issued laptops with docking stations to encourage screen sharing rather than printing, and multi-function devices (print, scan, copy, fax) will be located on each floor, rather than in individual workspaces.

Since 1972, PHMC has served the Greater Philadelphia region as a facilitator, developer, intermediary, manager, advocate and innovator in the field of public health. The organization's combined annual impact on the Philadelphia community's economic vitality is estimated to be in the range of $500 million, which includes $75 million paid to PHMC and affiliate employees, $46 million paid to those living in the City of Philadelphia and $2 million in total wage taxes paid to the City of Philadelphia through PHMC and affiliate salaries.


Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities. PHMC uses best practices to improve community health through direct service, partnership, innovation, policy, research, technical assistance and a prepared workforce. PHMC has served the region since 1972. For more information on PHMC, visit