One of the largest and most significant commercial campuses in Waterloo Region, the corporate campus on Northfield Drive provides the latest in high-tech office design. Constructed using MSS’s Hyper-Speed Delivery® method for BlackBerry® (formerly Research in Motion), the four office buildings were designed, constructed, and occupied in only 14 months each. Each of the LEED® Silver certified buildings has its own distinct architecture, but they are unified as a campus complex through the use of materials and connected through a network of paths that link various indoor and outdoor amenity spaces across the campus. The design also included creating a landscape and roadway plan to allow for the efficient movement of thousands of employees through the site each day.
There were several key ways MSS ensured the project met its deadline:
Despite the cohesive look of the buildings from the outside, the interiors each have their own character. The cafeterias and rooftop terraces each have their own cool vibe created with different design features, such as sculpted ceilings, bold colours, natural materials mixed with exposed concrete floors, and different types of seating (such as private cubbies). The lunchrooms also double as multi-functional space for corporate announcements and meetings, with stow-away stages and auditorium style AV systems.
As a tech company, there were several atypical requirements for the office buildings. For example, one building was a call centre, which required fully redundant building systems to ensure nothing could impede its 24/7 operation. Also, a 3,000 sq. ft. data centre is found on the ground floor of one of the buildings, but clever architectural design ensures this is a highly secure area, not noticeable to the visitor visually or audibly.