Project Details

Design Partners: Building Arts Architects & SGH Design Partners
Location: 200 Ashtonbee Road, Scarborough, Ontario
Size: 98,000 sf (office and warehouse)
Landlord: Kawasaki

The 98,000 sf building was purchased by Kawasaki (Canada) Motor Company Inc. in 2008 with the intent to retrofit the 1960’s vintage facility into a showroom for its motorcycle division, as well as a warehouse for products, parts and touring vehicles. The existing office component (approximately 10,000 sf on two floors) was gutted and rebuilt to meet the owner’s business objectives, and included new HVAC and electrical systems.

The project was designed and constructed as a “design build” process. The existing building envelope was totally redesigned from its original concrete pre-cast exterior to a modern, stylized design that more closely reflected the brand. New tinted glass panels were installed over the exterior concrete walls, dramatic building signage added, and landscaping / parking helped create a visitor-friendly facility.

The project required significant base building structural modifications to create an office mezzanine level overlooking a new showroom, as well as a more dramatic entry. Unique to this project was the construction of a specialized R & D motorcycle safety test room for their proprietary “Dyno Machine”.

“The design build team that MARANT brought forward worked together under challenging conditions and was able to achieve all our facility objectives.”

Tony Sanchez
Controller, Manager Administration
Kawasaki Canada