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IBM Canada (8200 Warden Avenue) – Software Development Facility, Markham

The 525,000 sq. ft facility comprises four interconnected modules, each consisting of four storeys.  The ultra-modern facility features a new district heating and cooling system provided by Markham Hydro as well as a raised second floor for computer equipment.  Construction was under a fast-track regime that required a significant pro-active contribution from Quinn Dressel Associates in order that occupancy dates could be achieved. 
It was constructed on a fast-track, seven-month schedule to meet the original structure completion date of October, 2000.  Normally, not an extraordinary feature, until a strike of nine weeks duration involving concrete material suppliers was factored in. 
Quinn Dressel Associates was notably proactive in ensuring that IBM had not only their Facility designed to meet their specific and challenging structural requirements, but had it on time. 
The structure features a 9 metre x 9 metre reinforced concrete flat slab system designed to support an increased live load of 6 kN/m2 imposed by specific mechanical, electrical and computer requirements.  Likewise, architectural constraints led to unique and structurally challenging positioning of the mechanical, electrical and computer services.  Our brief was expanded to include foundation design of the120-m long twospan pedestrian bridge, design of the 12 m long vehicular bridge across the Rouge River, and IBM’s largest Daycare in Ontario. 
Quinn Dressel Associates’ skill in creating column-free space, evident in such notable projects as the Royal Bank of Canada/Dominion Securities Trading Floor, and the SSEB Trading Floor, was utilised in affecting the column transfer on the second floor to maximise the ground floor auditorium space.