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New BMW Richmond Hill headquarters destined to be as striking as BMW’s cars


From its headquarters in Whitby, Ontario, BMW Canada operates an extensive network of 40 BMW dealerships, 19 motorcycle retailers, and 25 MINI dealers across the nation. But after 17 consecutive years of outstanding sales in Canada, as well as 17 years in the same building, BMW began construction on a new headquarters designed to be as technologically advanced and striking as the latest vehicles the company produces.

 Artist's Rendering

New Building; new location

Inserted into BMW’s plans was a complete relocation of the new headquarters from Whitby to Richmond Hill. Designed by architects, Sweeny Sterling Finlayson & Co., the new headquarters is currently being built on a 5.75-acre greenfield site in the southern portion of Barker Business Park. When finished, the building will encompass 197,000-square-foot, cost $12-million, and will showcase several green state-of-the-art technologies and systems that will help obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification.

The project is being constructed by Urbacon, which selected NORAM to provide the architectural glass for the project. NORAM’s engineering design know-how, product offering, as well as the benefits associated in obtaining LEED points for the glass features, provided the right combination and assistance architects were looking for to make the new Canadian headquarters the jewel in the BMW crown.

BMW Dealership

Placing the building into a premium class, NORAM incorporated profilit glass and sun shades to optimize the building’s natural light and reduce overall energy costs for lighting and heating.

PPG Solarban Z50, a high-performance Low-E glass, was used. PPG Solarban Z50 possesses green properties, including Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, Visible Light Transmission, Light to Solar Gain ratio, U-values, and Shading Coefficient properties. The glass effectively earns points in LEED's "Energy Performance" and "Daylight and Views" categories. NORAM also completed the interior glazing and a curtainwall, which covers 7,500 square feet.

BMW Dealership

The aluminum extrusions provided on this project were manufactured from recycled aluminum billet, which contains on average between 30-50% recycled content, allowing for points within LEED's "Recycled Content" category. Plus, the extrusions were manufactured locally in Toronto, in close proximity to the job site and NORAM's facility, so another LEED point for materials was also earned in LEED's "Regional Materials" category.

The new BMW headquarters is scheduled for completion by early 2010. Please visit this page again soon to view final project pictures as well as learn the final LEED certification awarded to the project.

LEED® is as a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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