The new Corus Quay building on Toronto’s waterfront was officially introduced by Mayor David Miller at a topping-off ceremony, signaling that the structural part of the project is complete. “This building is a critical component in the creation of an entertainment and media convergence district on the waterfront and we welcome Corus Entertainment here,” said Mayor Miller. “The East Bayfront is part of a major revitalization of our waterfront already underway and involves all three levels of government as well as private sector partners.”
“As an entertainment company, we understand the power of new ideas,” said John Cassaday, president and CEO of Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. “Our goal is to create an inspiring environment for our employees and contribute to making our city’s waterfront a highly creative and thriving business and cultural community.”
AECON Buildings is construction manager of the building located on 2.5 acres just south of Queen’s Quay at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street. Corus Quay will be Corus Entertainment’s new Toronto headquarters as it consolidates its 10 existing locations and more than 1,200 employees into one signature site. The new 500,000 square foot office and broadcast centre was designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects, and will seek to achieve LEED Gold designation. In addition, this building will boast several green roof areas, a massive five-storey green living wall as well as public art installations created by award-winning U.K. artists, Troika. Construction is scheduled for completion in winter 2009, with occupancy in spring of 2010.
Also present at the topping-off ceremony was the inaugural CEO of Build Toronto Inc., one of two new companies replacing the original Toronto Economic Development Corporation. “Corus Quay is the kind of development that Build Toronto will be looking at in the future as we focus on adding value to underutilized properties, stimulate the creation of desirable jobs, and incorporate sustainable development practices in our projects,” added J. Lorne Braithwaite CEO of Build Toronto.