Heenan Blaikie is the first occupant in Toronto's most environmentally-friendly office tower

    TORONTO, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - Heenan Blaikie, one of Canada's top firms, has
moved to the Bay Adelaide Centre as of August 10th 2009. The 1.1 million
square foot, 51 storey office tower at the northeast corner of Bay and
Adelaide Streets was built in accordance to the Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard. LEED(R) is the internationally
accepted scorecard for sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and
atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
    Choosing the modern, efficient and environmentally-friendly building was
an easy decision for the rapidly-growing firm. "It is important to keep our
working environment modern and fresh to inspire creativity and good work,"
says Norman Bacal, Co-managing partner of Heenan Blaikie. "We have also
factored environmental improvements into our decision-making process regarding
the build out and furnishing of the new office. This is one of the many ways
the design of the new office space is allowing us to reinforce our values and
reflect the personality of Heenan Blaikie today and for the future."
    The firm first opened the doors to our Toronto office with four lawyers
in 1989 and is one of the city's outstanding business success stories. Thanks
to the firm's entrepreneurial spirit, 170 lawyers and professionals and over
190 support staff will move into the Bay Adelaide Centre. "We are eager to
create an environment that reflects our values as well as our commitment to
evolve in an ever changing environment," Bacal added.
    Heenan Blaikie chose to collaborate with id+s, an interior design team
from Montreal, known for their innovative work. Through the use of materials,
indirect illumination, simplicity of forms, strategic use of colour and
orchestrated perspectives, the goal was to achieve corporate elegance with
sleek modernism. Bacal is happy to report that the impressive Canadian art
collection of founding partner Roy Heenan will continue to be the highlight of
Heenan Blaikie's interior space.
    The first occupants of the building, Heenan Blaikie signed a long-term
120,000 square foot lease and will occupy five floors. The new office will not
only comfortably accommodate the lawyers, professionals and support staff who
currently work in downtown Toronto, but also Heenan Blaikie's Thornhill
Intellectual Property team, who will also move into the Bay Adelaide Centre in
the fall of 2009.

    Heenan Blaikie is one of Canada's top national law firms. It delivers
highly strategic legal advice and innovative business solutions under six
broad sectors: business law, labour and employment, litigation, tax,
intellectual property, and entertainment.

For further information:

For further information: Karyn McLean, Marketing and communications,
Heenan Blaikie, T (416) 643-6863, F (416) 360-8425, kmclean@heenan.ca

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