Siemens Canada officially kicked off its 100-year anniversary with a celebratory event at their new 110,000 square foot, LEED-certified headquarters in Oakville, Ont., to be completed in late 2012.
Siemens Canada’s parent company, Siemens AG was founded in Germany 165 years ago, and conducted its first work on the shores of Canada shortly after Confederation, laying one of the first transatlantic telegraph cables between Europe and North America, from Ireland to Halifax, in 1874. The company was chartered federally as the Siemens Company of Canada Limited in Montreal in 1912 and immediately sought to address the engineering and infrastructure needs of the young nation, helping to power the growth of Canada throughout the twentieth century.
The new 110,000-square-foot facility is certified LEED Gold, and of course uses the latest in Siemens’ innovations in building automation and lighting technology, further reflecting the company’s commitment to the environment. Other sustainability initiatives include ultra-low flow water fixtures for all faucets, and restrooms, heat island reflective roofing, plenty of exposure to natural light and automatic lighting control for the energy efficient Sylvania lighting throughout the building.
One of the reasons Oakville was chosen as the site for the headquarters is for its “in-between” position for employees commuting from Hamilton, Burlington and Mississauga. The move also raises the potential for Siemens Canada to increase synergies with customers and establish trends towards sustainable growth. The local government is committed to making the town of Oakville more sustainable. The mayor’s office recognizes that the green building features of the new Siemens corporate office will contribute to this goal.