Commercial Sector

desire2learn (d2l)

151 Charles Street West, Kitchener

SGC had the pleasure of renovating more than 110,000 SF at D2L’s global headquarters in the Tannery building – a historical industrial complex in downtown Kitchener, built in 1896. D2L’s presence in this district helped build our community’s reputation as an internationally-renowned tech hub. They now have offices in London, Australia, Singapore and the US.

This project was a corporate tenant fit-up from base building shell. Construction included open-concept, ultra-modern offices; meeting rooms; a large cafeteria; employee kitchens; and washrooms. The design included many interesting architectural features including the preservation of exposed antique brick walls. Challenges included overcoming the “eccentricities” of a century-old building shell such as uneven floors, crumbling brickwork and excessive dust.

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