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Cadillac Fairview begins construction of Deloitte Tower

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation hosted a ground breaking ceremony for Deloitte Tower, the city’s first, new, privately-owned and financed commercial office tower to be built in more than 20 years. The ceremony marked the launch of Cadillac Fairview’s $2 billion multi-year plan to redevelop a prime sector of downtown Montreal.

“Cadillac Fairview is committed to investing in the long-term future of Montreal. Over the course of the next 15 years, Cadillac Fairview plans to invest up to $2 billion to transform the area surrounding the Bell Centre, including $200 million to build Deloitte Tower, a key component in our redevelopment plan. Deloitte Tower will be recognized as a state-of-the-art, green, contemporary, collaborative workplace. Our commitment to Montreal business leaders is to establish an international reputation for Deloitte Tower,” said John Sullivan, president and CEO, Cadillac Fairview.

Deloitte Tower will comprise 495,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail space, with typical floor sizes of approximately 22,300 square feet. Deloitte will be the anchor tenant, occupying almost a third of the available space (160,000 square feet). Located on Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, the 26-storey Deloitte Tower will rise 436 feet between two Montreal landmarks, the Bell Centre and the heritage-designated Windsor Station. Linked directly to the city’s underground network as well as Lucien-L’Allier and Bonaventure metro stations, the tower will be within walking distance of the city’s main commuter hubs, Gare Lucien-L’Allier and Gare Centrale, and the South Shore Transit downtown bus terminal. The office development project is aiming for LEED Platinum (CS) certification, which will be a Montreal first.

The Saint-Antoine Street ground-level entrance will be designed for vehicular access to the building with parking entrance and passenger drop-off.  Deloitte Tower will include three levels of climate-controlled parking comprising 232 parking spaces and eight recharging stations for electric vehicles. Also located on this level are 188 climate-controlled bicycle parking spaces with adjoining shower facilities and change rooms, a secondary lobby and two retail outlets.

Cadillac Fairview partnered with the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, who have joined forces with B+H Architects and Montreal-based Lemay Associés. “While basically square in plan, the tower massing is split in the north-south direction to create more elegantly proportioned volumes that respond to Montreal’s urban grain. The tower forms are sculpted with large facets and angled tops to produce a distinctive and recognizable urban presence, and to create a contemporary backdrop to the Windsor Station courtyard,” said Josh Chaiken, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates Design’s principal.

Deloitte Tower is scheduled to open in summer 2015. 

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