Real estate development firm Armour Group has started construction on the $25m Waterside Centre office building in Halifax, Canada.
The nine-storey building, situated on the corner of Duke and Hollis Street and overlooking historic properties will be the first private office building to be built in downtown Halifax in more than two decades.
Armour Group CEO Scott Armour McCrea said: "Armour Group is striving to develop one of the most sustainable buildings in the city."
"The structure will incorporate many energy efficient and environmentally friendly practices, including conditioning systems that integrate sea-cooled air, supplied right from our harbour," McCrea said.
The original three and four-storey heritage buildings will be incorporated at its base adding a contemporary glass tower and basement parking facility.
The building will also feature day-lighting technology, efficient air handling and heat recovery ventilation systems that will provide a low-cost operating environment.
The 9,290m² building will be a class A rentable office and retail space, offering unobstructed views of the Halifax Harbour from three sides of the tower.
The building will be a registered Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project and will be designed to be Halifax downtown’s first Gold Certified building. Armour Group expects the centre to be open in November 2013.
The regional council initially rejected the plan for the Waterside Centre in October 2008 but the provincial Utility and Review Board overturned the regional council’s decision following an appeal from the Armour Group.