Bank of Canada


234 Wellington Street, Ottawa


Approximately 1,000,000 sq.ft.

The Challenge:

To develop a cohesive design that respected the heritage and tradition of the building while incorporating modern and bright design elements and accommodating substantial security features.

The Solution:

Reflecting the Peace Tower in its mirrored walls, the Bank of Canada is a visually exciting structure in Ottawa with historical links to banking in Canada.

Meredith and her team contributed to the strong impact of the building by mindfully maintaining its heritage so that the work environment reflected the vision of the Bank.

The interior blended sleek, modern finishes with traditional features such as dark woods and burnished metals. Interior glass walls brought light into offices and created open vistas to the courtyard. The repeating design motif, combining squares and circles, created a unifying element throughout. Overall, the result was one of substance, quality and profession.

The following tasks were completed:

  • Developed and implemented facility strategies that helped employees provide customer-focused service and execute more effective management controls
  • Prepared floorplate effectiveness studies and strategic planning
  • Added value by facilitating business re-engineering and defining the requirements for the emergency operations centres, including accommodating five partner organizations
  • Selected and implemented a fully-integrated Web-based CAD/CAFM system which provided real-time reports to Bank management