Govan Brown


  Square Footage: 12,000
  Market Sector: Institutional/Governmental
  Architect/Designer: 4te Design
  Electrical Engineer: McKee Engineering
  Mechanical Engineer: McKee Engineering

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Following the expiration of their lease, Federa-tion of Law Socieities of Canada decided to move to a LEED-friendly location situated in the heart of the Byward tourist area. The 12,000 square foot space, comprising of the 7th and 8th floors took roughly seven months to complete and involved many unique design elements. Prior to our fit-out, the Heritage building that would house the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s new space was recently renovated by the building’s landlord. The building, free of tenants, was updated to modern standards and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada was the first new occupant of

the renovated space. The importance of the pre-construction process throughout this project became evident when first encountering the building.  Lack of freight elevators required the obtaining of crane permits. Meanwhile, the yielding process of finalizing the contract posed some scheduling issues. Despite these obstacles, our effective scheduling tactics  enabled the client to move into their space without having to extend their current lease. Other notable accomplishments for this build-out include our proficiency in obeying LEED requirements. Much of the building materials were recycled; we also ensured the

 use of low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paint and carpet systems and installed an energy-efficient water-use reduction fixture. Beyond these notable functional details were the aesthetic design elements. A cushioned banquette and reclaimed-wood lobby greets guests upon their arrival. They are led through an elegant space of high-end millwork, glass-fronted offices, dynamic LCD screens and boardrooms. Presented with many challenges, Govan Brown identified them in the pre-construction phase and was able to circumvent them when confronted.