July 3, 2022

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Downtown Montreal | Top Office Manager replaces the Bell Tower

Downtown Montreal |  Top Office Manager replaces the Bell Tower

Epidemic or, Allied Property is ambitiously continuing to transform the former Bell Building in the city center into a work environment for its time.

Posted at 7:00 p.m.

Andre Dubuk

Andre Dubuk

“Our mission is to create an environment that enhances the ability of organizations to attract, motivate and retain super talented men and women who carry their business forward,” CEO Michael Emory told the Canadian Club on Thursday afternoon. Montreal.

The Toronto-based company is the largest office manager in Montreal with approximately 650,000 m2.2 In maintenance, it invested at least 80 million in the restoration of the tower known as the 700 de la Gauchetier and is now known as 1001 Robert-Baurassa.

“One of the most important aspects of this project is its location in the amenities-rich, mixed-use urban environment,” the business leader said.

Montreal is full of mix-use, service-rich urban neighborhoods. This is the main reason to work. We have to change the building then, but having a presence in these neighborhoods is really the basis for success.

Michael Emory, CEO of Allied Property

In 2019 the Allies paid $ 322.5 million for the property. At the time, Hydro-Quebec and National Bank (BN) were the major tenants, leasing 96%. BN should leave its headquarters as soon as it is delivered.

Built in 1983 for Bell Canada, the tower is approximately 100,000 m.2It has an area of ​​3500 meters2 And ceiling heights range from 3 to 4 meters. The tower also offers approximately 700 underground parking spaces.

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Emit natural light

As the first site, Allied fixed the ground floor. “The ground floor, in its original form, repelled without attracting people,” lamented Mr. Emory. Once inside the building, people were drowned on a huge, flat surface and dragged to their dead ends, which adversely affected their perception before they even got to their workstations, which is the worst thing that could have been imagined.

“We redesigned the ground floor of the building and now create a large open environment that is both contradictory and inviting.

“Its purpose is to facilitate workers’ arrival, work, breaks, meetings and departures. ⁇

The ultimate purpose is to improve the engagement of residents, not to limit it. The number of entrances was reduced, the dead ends were removed and the various assembly areas were better defined.

Michael Emory, CEO of Allied Property

The company especially works with Moment Factory.

Photo by Martin Chamberland, Law Press Archives

1001 Robert Baurassa

The Allies are now attacking the floors. “The building’s original work area was damaged due to low ceilings, heavy partitions, trapping of natural light and overlapping structures. In many ways, the beauty of the base building was hidden. We completely redesigned the floor, removed the suspended ceilings, and released natural light. We have revealed the structure.

The pandemic: a break

At a time when the outlook for the office is sluggish with the expected increase in availability in the coming years, Mr. Emory continues to be the captain in Hurricane.

“Our Canadian cities are primarily sustainable because they enrich human lives in a way that no other human entity can,” he told his audience. They experienced a break during the epidemic. But they continue to grow and intensify at an unprecedented rate.

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“People are going to continue what they’re doing before the epidemic rather than fundamentally changing their lifestyle, which is not a big surprise, especially considering the history.”