With more than 58 years of experience providing superior quality home renovations to residents throughout the Ottawa area, OakWood Renovation Experts have begun to turn their expertise on a project closer to home.
When OakWood decided to build a new corporate headquarters, they opted to work with Barry J Hobin & Associates Architects, one of Canada’s most respected architectural firms, to design a space that would serve multiple objectives while incorporating sustainable green features and targeting LEED Platinum designation.
Why is OakWood pursuing LEED?
For four generations, OakWood has worked tirelessly to pursue standards of excellence; so when the company decided to build a new head office, integrating sustainability and targeting LEED Platinum became integral parts of the project goals. On a practical level, OakWood was also looking to achieve:
• A healthier environment for its staff;
• Lower operating costs;
• A lower carbon footprint for the company;
• 3rd party validation of its design;
Construction and Sustainability
Since the late 1990’s (and since 2002 in Canada), the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems have been redefining the way people think about the places they live, work and learn. LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, it has transformed the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated.
OakWood is pursuing LEED Platinum status for this project, which will put it in elusive company with only 31 other projects in Canada having achieved such a prestigious level, and only 2 in Ottawa.
The new building will be counted along with OakWood’s 4 existing locations and consolidate head office operations and human resources. Beyond that, customers will have access to a state-of-the-art design and material Studio that will feature design concepts and ideas from around the world.
Once completed, the new headquarters will encourage customers to meet with OakWood’s certified in-house planning and design experts in a carefully imagined environment that is designed by the architectural team led by Barry J. Hobin and firm partner Gord Lorimer, to support brainstorming and creativity. The on-site showroom will feature a full range of concept and materials, detailed planning and project budgeting options, allowing customers to see their vision in an applied setting.
In addition, OakWood is taking advantage of this creative opportunity to create a technologically advanced building that will meet some of the highest energy and environmental standards in Canada.
The project is currently under construction at the Trim Road and Highway 174 location and is expected to be in move-in condition by Fall 2014.