Johnson Inc. to construct new head office in St. John's, NL



    ST. JOHN'S, NL, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Johnson Inc. is pleased to announce that
it is moving forward with plans to develop its new head office in downtown
St. John's, on the corner of New Gower Street and Hamilton Avenue on the
former Horwood Lumber Site.
    "This is a very exciting time at Johnson," says Ken Bennett, President of
Johnson Inc. "We have been growing our company at an exciting pace across
Canada in recent years. We are looking forward to having a new head office
developed right here in St. John's, where our business began more than
125 years ago."
    Working with real estate consulting firm Martek Morgan Finch, Johnson is
in the early stages of a process to construct a new head office. An
application regarding the proposed development will be submitted to the City
of St. John's on Friday, Oct. 10.
    "This is an exciting project for Johnson. This new building will
accommodate our expanding workforce at our head office in the St. John's
region," says Bennett. "We selected the location on New Gower Street as it
provides us with a prominent local presence along with easy access and ample
parking opportunities for our clients and employees."
    While the project is still in the early planning and development stages,
the specifications below are included in the application. It is proposed that:

    
       - The building will comprise approximately 140,000 sq. ft.;
       - The height of the building from New Gower St. will be approximately
         22m or 8 stories; and
       - Parking will consist of a total of 569 stalls (42 outdoor and
         527 indoor).
    

    "We are excited to have an opportunity to revitalize a key piece of
downtown and enhance an area that has been vacant for over a decade," says
Bennett. "Like the residents of St. John's, we are proud of our heritage. We
are also proud to contribute to the growth of our community. We remain
committed to the extensive branch network across Newfoundland and Labrador
providing local, convenient service to our customers."
    The building will be designed to enhance the site's features and minimize
the impact on sight lines. It will also feature attractive finishes and
landscaping aimed at greening the site and providing pedestrian walkways and
seating areas.

    Headquartered in St. John's, NL since 1880, Johnson Inc. is nationally
based, with over 1,100 employees in 65 locations from coast to coast. The
company is one of Canada's leading and fastest growing home and auto insurance
companies and plan benefits providers. Johnson Inc. has been recognized as
being the world's leading customer relationship organization and is now the
7th largest company headquartered in Atlantic Canada as reported in Progress
Magazine's Top 101 Companies in Atlantic Canada.

    Editor's Note: A high resolution image of the proposed development is
available.




For further information:

For further information: Aimee Sheppard, Johnson Inc., (709) 737-5968,
Cell: (709) 699-4681, asheppard@johnson.ca

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