Sun Life - Ignite Studio

Project Details

Design Partner: Perkins + Will
Location: 1 York Street, 10th Floor
Size: 16,500 sf.
Landlord: Menkes Developments

Founded in 1865, Sun Life Financial is a Canadian financial services company that has grown to become one of the largest life insurance and wealth advisory firms in the world. An industry leader with a client base of millions of individuals and thousands of companies, they have nearly 4,000 advisors in more than 1,200 communities across the country helping Canadians achieve lifetime financial security.

Having completed the client’s global headquarters relocation project within the same building, Sun Life engaged MARANT as Construction Manager for the delivery of a new tech-centric, media resource hub for staff and clientele. The chief design intent for the aptly dubbed “Ignite Studio,” was to create a client-focused, digital resource centre and workplace using innovative design concepts and technology.  The raised access floor made possible a largely open plan environment with alternative style meeting rooms and support amenities on the floor’s core.  The space was constructed using interactive “Digital Canvas” walls, as well as significant IT and audio-visual components throughout.  The multi-purpose. high-tech facility has numerous collaboration spaces, media rooms and unique collaboration spaces.  Two of the multi-purpose project rooms are separated by an operable partition to allow for different capacity meeting areas.  Upgrades to the base building services were required to satisfy Sun Life’s requirements.  The project was completed on time, budget and to complete satisfaction of the client.

“MARANT’s team did a super job for us.  No matter what obstacle was put in our way, they figured out how to resolve it expeditiously and pushed forward to get us in on schedule.  Our team and clients alike are thrilled with the new tech-oriented space.”

Melissa Leitch
Project Manager
Corporate Real Estate Operations