Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation (SOCO) is a crown corporation in Saskatchewan whose mission is to support the growth and success of Saskatchewan’s technology sector. SOCO operates a network of three research parks (Innovation Place) in Saskatchewan: one located near the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, the second near the University of Regina, and the third being the Forestry Centre in Prince Albert.
Innovation Place uses LEED as the standard for construction of new buildings and BOMA BESt as the operating standard. The design of the building allows the owners to be more environmentally responsive and energy efficient while reducing operating costs.
121 Research Drive is a LEED Gold office tower at Innovation Place, Saskatoon. With 150,694 square feet over six levels, it is among the scant 1% of surveyed Canadian buildings to achieve the highest environmental standards rating (Level 4) from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).
The exterior finish is complimented with aluminum composite panel accent bands, and architectural insulated wall panels at the mechanical penthouse. A circular tower structure highlights the northwest corner of the building and extends from the second floor to approximately 32 feet above the roof deck.
121 Research Drive was awarded the 2010 Earth Award by BOMA. This award recognizes a commitment to environmentally sound commercial building management, and is presented to buildings that have made significant efforts to address environmental issues and that meet industry-driven best practices of the commercial real estate sector.
Innovation Place has been proactive, incorporating sustainable technologies and practices in the design and operation of its buildings/research parks and committing to buildings designed with a high priority on energy conservation.