Govan Brown



  Square Footage: 27,000
  Market Sector:  Financial
  Architect/Designer: Ellman Design
  Electrical Engineer: Mulvey & Banani
  Mechanical Engineer: The Mitchell Partnership
  Landlord: Menkes Development Ltd.

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In 2010, Govan Brown was awarded the oppor-tunity to renovate Gestion VMD Desjardin’s newly leased space in the Telus Centre. Located at 25 York Street, adjacent to the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto, Dejardins’ new 27,000 sq. foot office was designed to epitomize their success as Canada’s largest cooperative financial group. Considering the modest size of the office, the project scope was extensive. All rooms befitting a cutting edge office were included. A reception area, open offices, work stations, private offices, meeting rooms, boardrooms, training rooms, kitchen, cafeteria and lounge were all and outfitted

with ornamental design elements. High-end millwork decorates each room while elegant Teknion office fronts provide partitions between spaces. We also upgraded the ceilings with a combination of classic wood paneling and drywall. Furthermore, high-end light fixtures adorned the ceilings of lobbies and meeting rooms. We also managed to install washrooms, showers, IT/Server rooms and a well-furbished trading floor. The spaces previously listed were im-pressive accomplishments due to their mechanical  requirements. Extensive plumbing was required to properly outfit the auxiliary showers while separate


were specially installed to service LAN/IT rooms. Additionally, LCD screens and a UPS system were built-in to support the trading floor which is arguably the most crucial space in the entire office. The Desjardins project was a great success for Govan Brown as we were able to renovate the office within budget and on schedule. We owe much of our achievement to our team’s foresight and organization in the pre-construction phase; identifying and procuring long-lead items as well as spotting and, subsequently, avoiding future construction obstacles. cooling systems