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PCL Construction

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conversations, B+H placed their offices at the centre of the plan, but used all-glass fronts for visual connection to the rest of the office; switchable glass allows for instant privacy. Various social spaces, including the 1,000-sq.-ft. Work Café and strategically placed “collision zones,” foster interaction and collaboration. In all areas, “acoustics are so important,” says B+H senior associate Adrian Berry. “Technology throughout allows for an ability to connect. PCL agreed to spend extra money on good acoustics to go behind the technology.”

Founded in Saskatchewan as Poole Construction in 1906, PCL Construction is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Australia. To create a home base for its Greater Toronto Area operations (PCL’s largest district, employing 600 professionals), the company chose a firm with which it has shared a long history of collaboration: B+H Architects. For the past 25 years, PCL Toronto’s departmental teams had been siloed and segmented over several floors of a building in Mississauga; the new, 51,000-sq.-ft. office brings everyone together on two floors of a LEED-Silver building in Oakville, Ont. B+H conducted extensive research and visioning exercises with PCL’s leadership team. As far as the overall look and feel, “They didn’t want it too fussy or overly detailed. They are the least glitzy people you could know,” says Peter Heys, B+H principal, Interior Design. “They wanted to use typical construction materials—wood, brick, concrete, steel, glass and stone—in their natural state.” A key challenge was to create an appropriate balance between open and private areas. To facilitate senior staff’s propensity for closed-door CANADIAN INTERIORS 11/12 2018

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Another key element of the office is sustainability. “PCL’s commitment to sustainability is truly evidenent in the new Toronto office, where they pushed the boundaries to lead the industry through early adoption of LEED v4,” says Alan Murphy, principal of Green Reason, who acted as the project’s sustainability consultant. “By utilizing the project as a living lab for this new, rigorous set of standards, we explored the challenging ratings system together for application on future client projects.”

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“Our new space is an important investment in our employees and our partners, and sets the stage for PCL to recruit and retain the best people in the industry,” says Todd Craigen, senior vice-president and district manager, PCL Constructors Canada (Toronto).

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