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Old Posted Feb 17, 2016, 5:48 PM
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[Saint John] Irving Oil HQ - Kings Square South | 59m | 11 Floors | U/C

Might as well kick start a thread for the proposed Irving Oil Home Office on Kings Square.

Anticipated start date for construction: Spring 2016
Anticipated completion within 18-24 months
Height - 59 meters

Size - 300,000 square feet housing 1000 employees.









Source: http://homeofficesj.ca/renderings/
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2016, 6:05 PM
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Looks awesome!! So glad to see such a large development taking place and continuing the momentum that uptown has right now.
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2016, 6:07 PM
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The building will employ the latest building design technologies and systems, ensuring a high level of environmental performance. In addition, the building will be registered with the Canada Green Building Council, targeting certification under their LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green building rating system.
http://homeofficesj.ca/project-updat.../building-info

Glad to see the aim is to have the building fall under LEED certification. Will be interested to see the actual details of this.
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2016, 6:14 PM
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It looks like the Chipman Hill Suites building on that block is going to remain which is awesome! I was worried it was going to be bulldozed.
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2016, 6:29 PM
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I really wish it had ground-floor retail of some kind, it'll be dead on that corner after 5:00 pm [but at least better lit than it is now].

But hey, I can see my living room window in those renderings, yay!
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2016, 7:38 PM
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But hey, I can see my living room window in those renderings, yay!
Sounds like you'll be the go-to person for updates as construction progresses, Mr. Front Row Seat.
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2016, 8:02 PM
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I really wish it had ground-floor retail of some kind, it'll be dead on that corner after 5:00 pm [but at least better lit than it is now].
Blue Canoe or Subway?
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2016, 8:12 PM
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Blue Canoe or Subway?
How about Julius Pizza Two
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2016, 9:04 PM
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Beautiful. Reminds me of the Beaverbrook Hotel/Crown Plaza in Freddy.
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Old Posted Feb 18, 2016, 12:55 AM
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It looks like the Chipman Hill Suites building on that block is going to remain which is awesome! I was worried it was going to be bulldozed.
I believe that Chipman hill property is a designated historic building and is protected.
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Old Posted Feb 18, 2016, 1:48 AM
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I believe that Chipman hill property is a designated historic building and is protected.
I see in the TJ that IO has purchased the property from Chipman hill suites.....wonder what the plans are!
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Old Posted Feb 18, 2016, 2:19 AM
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New Irving Oil Home Office

Irving has realeased, via YouTube, the introductory video of it's new office; link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsnyeEebJIg
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Old Posted Feb 18, 2016, 2:38 AM
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I see in the TJ that IO has purchased the property from Chipman hill suites.....wonder what the plans are!
Chipman Hill Suites will continue to be business as usual there. Just instead of owning the building, they will be leasing it from IOL.
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Old Posted Feb 18, 2016, 2:50 AM
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Chipman Hill Suites will continue to be business as usual there. Just instead of owning the building, they will be leasing it from IOL.
Thanks for the info....be kind of interesting if it was somehow integrated into the Irving complex.
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Thanks for the info....be kind of interesting if it was somehow integrated into the Irving complex.
There is a penthouse on the top. Does this not make the building 12 stories?
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Old Posted Feb 18, 2016, 12:55 PM
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There is a penthouse on the top. Does this not make the building 12 stories?
It certainly gives the appearance if being larger than 11 stories. It will be a much more significant addition to the skyline than I anticipated.
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Old Posted Feb 18, 2016, 1:33 PM
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It certainly gives the appearance if being larger than 11 stories. It will be a much more significant addition to the skyline than I anticipated.
In the YouTube video it shows what I think is a penthouse. In terms of floors is the penthouse not considered a floor? I figured it would be. Making it 12 stories instead of 11. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Usually a mechanical penthouse is not considered a "floor" but it obviously adds physical height to the building
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Honest question here.

I'm a big supporter of this building and it will certainly add a lot to the King's Square precinct. I think it will blend it extremely well with the Imperial Theatre and the Admiral Beatty.

BUT

Saint John already has a high office vacancy rate. What will it mean to the uptown area if 1,000 employees are consolidated into this new building? This could be a big hit on the commercial real estate market in the port city. What will happen to the "Golden Ball" building?
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Old Posted Feb 18, 2016, 2:52 PM
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Saint John already has a high office vacancy rate. What will it mean to the uptown area if 1,000 employees are consolidated into this new building?
Do we know for sure this 1,000 number is purely consolidated or is a % of it consolidated and a % of it new hires?

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This could be a big hit on the commercial real estate market in the port city. What will happen to the "Golden Ball" building?
300 Union (the larger building) is JDI, whereas the smaller Golden Ball building is indeed IOL. This subject is something that I postured earlier on, because there are three buildings in the Uptown now that currently house IOL employees.

On the other hand, one has to wonder about 91 King at King & Charlotte, as the property has been removed from Commercial Properties website. Unless i'm extremely slow and behind on news, it's no longer for sale.
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