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This article was published 22/12/2008 (3013 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
It was moving day for some 150 Manitoba Hydro workers as they took up office in the company’s new headquarters on Portage Avenue.
Premier Gary Doer and Hydro president Bob Brennan cheerfully greeted the first to arrive early Monday morning at the 22-storey tower — the city’s latest and greenest symbol of downtown revitalization.
"This is the most energy-efficient building in North America," Doer beamed, pointing out that 280 holes were dug deep in the downtown site to provide geothermal heating, and two indoor waterfalls are near completion to naturally humidify the air.
The building also boasts a solar chimney and double-glass panelled windows.
It has taken almost three years to build the $278-million tower, and construction is by no means over. Work crews in hard hats were crawling all over the main floor, amid exposed insulation, wiring and the constant high-pitched whine of machinery. The only floors ready for occupation are four to eight.
By the end of February, Brennan expects to move all 2,000 of the Crown corporation’s employees into the building, giving a giant boost to the downtown daytime population.
Hydro customer support representative Tamara Vicklund said the move downtown is exciting.
"It’s wonderful — nicer than I thought."
She has a fourth-floor cubicle with a view overlooking Portage Avenue — and something few cubicle-dwellers will ever see — a window that opens for fresh air.
The building has already won three architectural awards, Doer pointed out, and was designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects.
It will officially open this spring.