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Surrey Set to Welcome New Architectural Icon

Coast Capital PCI Development

Surrey, B.C. is set to welcome another unique piece of architecture with PCI Developments’ build of a facility that will serve as the new head office for Coast Capital Savings.

The nine-storey, 180,000 square foot building will feature a tilted design conceived by Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership, adding an interesting look to the city’s skyline.

As modern as the building’s shape is, its interior features will be every bit as impressive, adding to the growing trend of work spaces that place an emphasis on the needs of employees.

The interior will be open concept, lending an air of collaboration instead of keeping employees sequestered in offices or closed-off cubicles. The facility will also include an on-site daycare with employees given first chance at enrolment, a fitness facility and a corporate university.

“In many ways, our new location will defy and re-define what a corporate head office looks and feels like, both on the outside and the inside,” Coast Capital president and CEO Tracy Redies said. “To reflect our organization, we went for an innovative and progressive design, while maintaining simplicity. The interior will also be quite different, with no individual offices and more collaborative work space.”

Coast Capital PCI Development

The building will also have a rooftop lunchroom and deck.

In a nod to sustainability, the new headquarters will be LEED Gold certified and will include bike storage and showers for employees who commute by bike, plug-in sockets for electric cars and proximity to public transit, located as it is next to the King George Skytrain Station.

Coast Capital will lease roughly 70 per cent of the mixed-use project, with three future phases of commercial and residential development slated for the site

“PCI is very thrilled to work with Coast Capital on this exciting project, showcasing innovative architecture that speaks to Coast Capital’s culture and the exciting future for Surrey’s downtown,” said PCI Developments Corp. executive vice president Dan Turner. “It’s great to have Coast Capital Savings anchor this mixed-used development, which will be a vibrant commercial hub and is well located for transit access. With our long-term plan for phased development of this site, we expect it will ultimately accommodate two million square feet of office, retail and residential space.”

The building will take a place alongside the Central City Tower and the City Centre Library as standout architectural sites in Surrey. Work on the building is slated to be completed late in 2015.

By Anthony Morales


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