When Canada’s largest general contractor set out to build a new workplace for their Greater Toronto Area operations, their strategy was centred on making an important investment in its employees and partners, with focus on collaboration, technology and sustainability, setting the stage for PCL to recruit and retain the best people in the industry.
PCL retained Ellington Partners to analyze their real estate and space planning needs in support of a new workplace strategy. As part of this, interviews were completed with employees, management and other stakeholders. Additionally, online surveys were completed with their approximately 600 employees. Ellington then took the aggregate feedback and modelled various new potential scenarios both from a financial and qualitative perspective.
The solution centred on relocating to a more efficient building with a smaller footprint. The modern work environment spans two floors in a LEED Silver building located in Winston Business Park. To support their commitment to sustainability, PCL also utilized the project as a living lab to pilot LEED v4 Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) for commercial interiors.
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