QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 22, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - iA Financial Group (Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.) is the recipient of two 2015 "TOBY Awards", which were handed out at the BOMA Canada National Awards Gala held September 17, 2016, in Quebec City. The "TOBY Awards" is the most prestigious awards program of its kind in the commercial real estate industry and rewards excellence in this field.
iA Financial Group won the top award in the "Corporate Facility" category for its head office building at 1080 Grande Allée West in Quebec City, and the top award in the "Renovated Building" category for the building located at 2020 Robert-Bourassa Blvd. in Montreal.
1080 Grande Allée West, Quebec City
The iA Financial Group head office is located on 293,000 square feet of magnificently landscaped property. The impressive structure, designed by New York architect Arthur O. Angilly, was inaugurated in 1951, and has been expanded three times since: in 1958, 1976 and 2002. The most recent expansion increased the total area of the building to 256,000 square feet.
The jury took into account many criteria in deciding the winners, including air quality, energy efficiency, services to tenants, environmental friendliness, impact on the community, involvement in the community and the architectural integration of expansions and renovations.
"This award is close to our hearts, as it speaks to the pride we have in our head office, states Bruno Turcotte, Director, Real Estate Management. This magnificent art deco-inspired building has grown over time with the company. It is a testimonial to the company's past and present, with an eye on the future, thanks to the integration of the most advanced real estate technologies."
2020 Robert-Bourassa Blvd., Montreal
iA Financial Group acquired this 26-floor building in April 2011 and since that time, has invested more than 35 million dollars in major renovations.
Among the improvements made to the building, is the transformation of the above-ground parking floors into modern office spaces. The unused movie theatre space located below the Metro level was then transformed into a new parking level. This allowed the transformation of the face of the building into an atrium with four storeys of glass windows and a terrace on the atrium roof. iA Financial Group also created a new food court and included a parking area for 200 bicycles, as well as showers for the cyclists.
"We are proud to have won this award. The renovation plan for 2020 Robert-Bourassa Blvd. was audacious and complex, explains Bruno Turcotte. Today, we can state that we have restored the building's reputation. It is now among the most prestigious buildings in Montreal."
The BOMA Canada National Gala Awards were held in Quebec City during BOMEX, BOMA Canada's national conference and exhibition, held September 15 to 17, 2015. More than 400 people were in attendance. This is the second time that the event has been held in the province of Quebec, the first being in Montreal in 2009.
About iA Financial Group
iA Financial Group is a business name and trademark under which Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. operates in Canada and the United States. Founded in 1892, iA Financial Group offers life and health insurance products, mutual and segregated funds, savings and retirement plans, RRSPs, securities, auto and home insurance, mortgages and car loans and other financial products and services for both individuals and groups. It is one of the four largest life and health insurance companies in Canada and one of the largest publicly-traded companies in the country. iA Financial Group stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol IAG.
iA Financial Group is a business name and trademark of Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.
SOURCE Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.
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