Sweeny Sterling Finlayson & Co. Architects' Headquarters achieves Award of Exceleence in Urban Design
The City of Brampton celebrated the best in construction and architecture in its urban design awards. Among the recipients was an Award of excellence for the headquarters building for Loblaw Companies Limited. Loblaw Companies Ltd support national food initiatives designed to promote health and food safety, and developed President’s Choice GREEN and President’s Choice Organics in response to environmental and health preferences. This building represents Loblaw’s commitment to being green. Designed by Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co Architects for owner/developer Orlando Corporation, the building incorporates &Co’s green building systems that allow for a high level of energy efficiency.Some of these design features include daylighting strategies, underfloor distribution of air, power and data, and “plug-and-play” technology, as well as personal control of systems (individual HVAC and operable windows). Aside from just being green, &Co has designed this office building to set new standards in increasing employee happiness. Companies are investing more into their biggest resource: their people. This will be key in attracting and retaining knowledge workers. A main focus of the building is a central atrium that highlights the strengths of the company and is the physical centre for the community of people that work in the facility. The large floor plates of 110,000 sq ft allow for a low-rise building where people can meet and interact with one another, but also create very efficient and effective interior planning space.Along with the green technologies and employee comfort features, the design of the building allows for future flexibility, and gives long-term cost savings, making this building valuable to future investors or developers.