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July 25, 2017
Colliers International moves into brand new HQ
Colliers International moved more than 220 employees into its sprawling new headquarters in downtown Toronto, with 34,420 square feet of flexible office space spread across two floors. Beaming with natural light and wrap-around views in the financial district, the Brookfield Place location balances collaborative workspaces with social gathering spots to boost productivity among employees. The space reflects the changing narrative of workplace design.
Toronto and Vancouver outperform market pack
Second quarter stats reveal a widening gap between Canada’s prospering and struggling office markets as investors continue to focus on downtown Class A properties.
Halifax tech hub expands office in Maritime Centre
Slate Office REIT has completed a 60,000-square-foot lease for tech hub Volta Labs in the Maritime Centre in downtown Halifax.
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Smarter Buildings on the Rise
Smarter building technology systems are unlocking more meaningful data and providing more solutions than ever before – dramatically changing the way in which buildings perform, and informing the overall approach to their design, engineering, and construction. At the same time, this rapid change in approaches and quick uptake of new technologies also means building users and developers are aware of – and expect – more.
Canada sees industrial availability rates drop
Statistics for the second quarter of 2017 show generally healthy demand for industrial space in most major Canadian markets.
Dream Global REIT chooses Netherlands to bolster European presence
Dream Global REIT has entered into a sale and purchase agreement for a portfolio of 135 office and light industrial properties in the Netherlands, which the REIT calls one of the largest and growing office real estate markets in Europe.

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Quebec landlords resist swift hydro service cut
Hydro-Québec proposes a website-based registry in place of formally notifying property owners seven days in advance of terminating tenants' contracts.
Toronto installs most green roofs in 2016
Toronto had the most square footage of green roofs installed out of all North American cities in 2016. Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec City were also on the list of top 10 metropolitan regions.
in_the_loop_banner_energy_sus.jpg Federal government advances Smart Buildings initiative
Public Services and Procurement Canada is implementing the Smart Buildings initiative in up to 100 buildings across Canada through a phased approach over the next three years, with the goal to make federal buildings more efficienct and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Montreal building its first vertical smart community
A new $200-million hotel-office-condo-multifamily development officially broke ground in downtown Montreal last week. Once it opens in 2020, it will be a smart city within a city, complete with its own mobile app.
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