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The Challenge

Find a building to accommodate the merger of GE’s Calgary (which required 2 year temporary facilities near the existing facility) and Markham operations. Needs included approximately 50% office space for training/showroom/demonstration/office employees and approximately 50% for research and development. In addition, LEED standards needed to be met as well as building proximity no more than 15 kms from their existing facility.

The Solution

Step 1. Extensive Search of all existing buildings meeting the size and location parameters
Step 2. Identify vacant sites and develop a competition amongst builders capable of constructing a high tech facility under tight time constraints
Step 3. Assist in the development of specifications for design build facility
Step 4. Negotiate optimal solution.

The Result

After a one year search, no existing or potential buildings could be found. Four vacant sites were identified and Requests For Proposals were sent out. Metrus Developments was selected as the successful builder who completed the 200,000 sf technical facility meeting the required completion dates that included a partial occupancy of the office tower six months in advance of the R&D portion.
The new LEED Silver building is designated as the “Center of Excellence” within the GE facilities and receives engineers from around the world as a demonstration facility for this business.
As a result of the job creation, we worked with the local City of Markham, who obtained a $7.9 million grant from the Province of Ontario.
The building is also designed to accommodate a 10% growth factor in the future.