Bank of Canada Head Office Renewal
Square Footage: 835,000
LEED Gold Targeting
In January of 2012, Perkins+Will was awarded the commission to transform the operations, space and working culture of one of Canada’s premier financial institutions. The project involved a series of complex upgrades to address issues of life safety, security/threat risk, seismic resistance and energy efficiency in the existing Arthur Erickson-designed head office in Ottawa.
Over a five year period, Perkins+Will worked with the client to create a new generation of highly collaborative and flexible workplace within 835,000 SF of existing space in the bank’s East and West towers, as well as the 1930s-era Centre Block Building. The central atrium was transformed into a shared workplace and vibrant amenity space, including collaborative lounges, food and beverage service and conference facilities.
The Bank’s public outreach and image in the nation’s capital is enhanced by the relocated Currency Museum and redesigned urban public plaza in the high-profile parliamentary precinct. The renewal project proposes a series of discrete interventions that echo the original architect’s fascination with the Canadian landscape but which can be read as a 21st century overlay.