QUEBEC CITY, March 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - In the presence of Premier Pauline Marois, Finance and Economy Minister Nicolas Marceau, and Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume, René Rouleau, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of La Capitale Financial Group, is pleased to officially inaugurate La Capitale's new head office, which was erected at the heart of Parliament Hill.
Adjacent to Complex G and built between D'Artigny and De la Chevrotière streets, the new La Capitale building is located at 625 Saint-Amable Street in Quebec City. Its 250,000 square footage is spread out over 10 floors of living space and a five-level parking deck.
A beacon in the city
The ultramodern La Capitale building, considered to be a real architectural treasure, casts a glow over Parliament Hill and surrounding Old Quebec. The building's designer, architect Dan Hanganu, wanted it to stand as a beacon in the urban landscape of our beautiful capital city, with its transparent glass, solid stone construction and sparkling potential of the crystal panels on the upper floors. The 1,490 staff members who have moved in are the first to enjoy the benefits of this new building.
Prestigious and environmentally friendly
More than 45 criteria were respected during construction to earn LEED® Gold certification. For example, a significant proportion of the building materials came from the Quebec City area. The stone used for the curtain walls came from Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, a town in the Portneuf region, the source of the stone used to cover the Parliament building in Quebec City. La Capitale's new head office will be the second building in Quebec City to receive LEED® Gold certification, probably toward the end of 2013, and the third building in La Capitale's Canadian real estate portfolio to do so.
A brief history
More than 50 years ago, in 1962, La Mutuelle des employés civils, which became La Mutuelle des Fonctionnaires du Québec in 1965 and subsequently La Capitale around the beginning of this century, constructed its first head office on Saint-Amable Street. The Mutual opened its doors on Parliament Hill, near the workplace of its Mutual members and original client base, Quebec's administration and public service employees. "We wanted to stay on Parliament Hill, near the place where our company grew and evolved, near our Mutual members," said René Rouleau.
About La Capitale Financial Group
La Capitale Financial Group has a strong presence across Quebec and throughout Canada. With over 2,900 employees and partners and guided by the values of mutualism on which it was founded, La Capitale works with clients to build, protect and value what they feel counts for their financial security. It offers insurance products and financial services to the general public as well as to Quebec public administration employees. With assets of $4.3 billion, La Capitale occupies a choice position among leading insurers in Canada.
Image with caption: "Nicolas Marceau, Finance and Economy Minister, René Rouleau, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of La Capitale Financial Group, Pauline Marois, Premier of Quebec and, Régis Labeaume, mayor of Quebec City. (CNW Group/La Capitale Financial Group Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130320_C6675_PHOTO_EN_24680.jpg
SOURCE: La Capitale Financial Group Inc.
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