Eleven Ministries Calling Preston Square Home

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Eleven Ministries Calling Preston Square Home

Ministry of Infrastructure

McGuinty Government Officially Opens New Offices
TORONTO, April 4 -
NEWS
Eleven Ontario ministries now call an award-winning, environmentally friendly and energy efficient building home.
The expiry of over 100,000 square feet of leased space in the Ottawa area provided the perfect opportunity for the province to consolidate its services and staff. Preston Square, located in the heart of Ottawa's "Little Italy" neighbourhood, is the new home of over 500 staff that were previously located throughout the Ottawa area.
Bringing the staff together under one roof means improved services for the public and is a more fiscally responsible use of taxpayer dollars. Staff can now meet face-to-face with colleagues in other ministries, while the public are able to access the services of several different ministries in one facility.
The provincial offices will conserve energy through the use of energy-efficient lighting, motion sensors in closed areas and the sharing of common spaces such as boardrooms, mail rooms and reception areas.
QUOTES
"This government is committed to modernizing the Ontario Public Service, and this new facility exemplifies the concepts of a healthy workplace and environment while promoting energy efficiency and fiscal responsibility," said Jim Watson, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean.
"The new facility was designed to serve Ontarians better while sharing common areas, resources and knowledge," said Madeleine Meilleur, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier. "It's clear in this case that together we serve better."
"Bringing together 11 ministries at Preston Square, in the heart of our community, will make our government more accessible to the people of Ottawa, and more cost-effective for the Province of Ontario," said Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre.

QUICK FACTS
- Staff began moving into the building in the fall of 2007.
- An open and competitive process was used by Ontario Realty
Corporation in the selection of the Preston Square facility, owned
by Sakto Corporation.
- Preston Square recently won a special jury award in the City of
Ottawa's 2007 Urban Design Awards competition
(ottawa.ca/residents/planning/design_awards/2007_award_en.html).
LEARN MORE
- Learn more about Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) (http://www.cagbc.org/leed/initiative/index.htm)
- Read comments on the building by Ottawa Urban Design judges (http://ottawa.ca/residents/planning/design_awards/2007_award_en.html)
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NEW PROVINCIAL OFFICES OPEN IN OTTAWA
The Ontario government is committed to modernizing the Ontario Public Service and providing a healthy workplace and healthy environment, and promoting energy efficiency and fiscal responsibility. The new Preston Square facility provides the Ontario government with a unique identity in Ottawa and secures local jobs for the future.
The government's real estate portfolio is under continual review. The expiry of over 100,000 square feet of leased space in Ottawa offered an exceptional opportunity to consolidate Ontario government services and staff. The new location houses approximately 500 Ontario public servants in an award-winning, cost-effective building.
The ministries located at Preston Square are:
- Ministry of the Attorney General
- Ministry of Children and Youth Services
- Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
- Ministry of Community and Social Services
- Ministry of Culture
- Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
- Ministry of Health Promotion
- Ministry of Labour
- Ministry of Tourism
- Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
- Ministry of Transportation.
The new facility is green in a number of ways:
- The building has been constructed to a Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Standard.
- Search criteria included proximity to public transit for the
benefit of staff and the environment.
- The site provides a bicycle parking area and showers for ministry
employees.
- The use of common areas such as boardrooms, mail rooms and shared
reception areas, security, IT and telecommunications
infrastructure will reduce energy consumption and save money over
time.
- Primary lighting will be provided by recessed fluorescent
fixtures equipped with new energy efficient T8 lamps. Closed
rooms and washrooms also have "local occupancy" motion sensors.
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Contact Info For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 325-4048; Jeff Giffen, Ontario Realty Corporation, (705) 564-7205 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 325-4048; Jeff Giffen, Ontario Realty Corporation, (705) 564-7205