The 565,000-square-foot IBM Facility for Software Development is a four-story office campus organized into four linked modules, located on an 85-hectare site in Ontario's Rouge River Valley system. The extensive site work package included two separate parking areas on each side of the Rouge River with a vehicular bridge, a pedestrian bridge, a third flyover bridge, and extensive landscaping and woodland areas, walking paths, ponds, and wildflower meadows.
The fasttrack schedule was based on IBM's occupancy requirements. Early design involvement with the PCL team, open communication, and a phased occupancy approach ensured the schedule was met, despite a two-month concrete strike and more than 1,900 client changes. Extensive value engineering ensured the project's budget was met while the functionality and design intent of the facility was maintained. With environmental sensitivity top of mind, PCL incorporated several green strategies into construction and worked closely with IBM and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority in the regeneration of the Rouge River Valley system, which was recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council for contribution to wildlife preservation.
2001 Project Achievement Award - Large Project Category - Toronto Construction Association
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