Canada's national newspaper announces plans to build a new headquarters

The Globe and Mail's new home in Toronto is being designed by award-winning Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB)

TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - The Globe and Mail is pleased to announce that plans are underway for its new headquarters, scheduled to open in late 2015. The 480,000 sq. ft. building will be located at the north-west corner of Front Street and Spadina Avenue. Its design will create an inspiring work environment and help maintain The Globe's lead as a news organization.

"As The Globe's business continues to evolve, and we explore new ways of connecting with our audiences, this building will play an important role in engaging our people and articulating our brand value," said Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail.

"The dynamic building will be a town square of 21st century Canadian media: a home for great journalism, and exceptional and diverse business talent," said John Stackhouse, Globe and Mail editor-in-chief. "For The Globe and Mail, an interactive, open and fluid newsroom is critical to the endeavour of journalism and digital innovation."

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) has been selected to create this new landmark building. It will be an eighteen-story multi-tenant building, linking to a six-story podium that will house The Globe and Mail. The building is being designed to LEED Gold standards and integrates leading edge sustainable and green building design principles.

"The architecture works from the inside out and the outside in to create a world stage for The Globe brand and symbolize the significant role the news plays in our daily lives. The design forms a recognizable gateway into Toronto and creates a lively 'go to' place, in a rapidly transforming neighbourhood. The collaborative interior environment will inspire and support The Globe's people in bringing quality journalism to Canadians," said Marianne McKenna, partner, KPMB Architects.

About The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail, through its newspaper, magazine, online and mobile platforms, is Canada's foremost news media company. Each day, The Globe leads the national discussion by engaging Canadians in its award-winning coverage and analysis of news, politics, business and lifestyle. The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, founded in 1844, Report on Business, Canada's most influential business magazine, and, the newspaper's online and mobile media hub, reach a combined 5.4 million readers every month. The Globe has received numerous journalism awards, including the international 2011 prize for General Excellence in Journalism from the Online News Association, nine Michener Awards for Public Service Journalism, and more National Newspaper Awards than any other newspaper in Canada.

The Globe and Mail is 85% owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family, and Bell Canada (15%).

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB)

KPMB is one of Canada's most respected architectural practices. Bruce Kuwabara, Thomas Payne, Marianne McKenna and Shirley Blumberg established the practice in 1987 in downtown Toronto. KPMB's 100+ professionals focus on balancing issues of landscape and urbanism, cost effectiveness and functional performance, sustainability and design excellence. In the last decade, KPMB has played a major role in the development of Toronto as an internationally recognized centre for contemporary architecture having worked on several high profile projects, including TIFF Bell Lightbox, Canada's National Ballet School, the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre, Manitoba Hydro's energy-efficient office tower in Winnipeg, the Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Winery, CIGI Campus in Waterloo, and the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. KPMB's architecture has been recognized for excellence with over 100 Awards, including 11 Governor General's Awards.

SOURCE Globe and Mail

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