January 22, 2007

Alcan HQ consolidation, upgrading will make new site among first LEED structures in Montreal

MONTREAL, QUE-Alcan has announced plans to consolidate its head office operations in downtown Montreal through the renovation of the company's existing "Maison Alcan" headquarters and the purchase and modernization of the adjacent Salvation Army facilities. The company also plans to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the new site, which would be one of the first of its kind in Montreal. The three-year project, estimated to cost between $40 and $50 million (U.S.), will implement improved technology and processes, higher levels of energy efficiency and greater standardization, in addition to eliminating temporary third-party leases. All of this will lead to a more effective and efficient working environment. Alcan recently purchased the Salvation Army's sanctuary and administrative tower at Stanley and Drummond Streets, a structure Alcan built with the Salvation Army during the company's construction of Maison Alcan. Modernization work on the almost 300,000 square feet of the combined sites is scheduled to begin in the near future, with completion expected by the end of 2009. "Once completed, the new 'Maison Alcan' will truly stand as a sustainability benchmark through its leading energy and environmental design and the historical preservation of the site," said Gilles Frenette, project manager for the "Maison Alcan Transformation."

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