This new building serves as the national headquarters for the Royal Canadian Legion and was designed to have a quiet dignity, representing the symbolic message of remembrance. The spaces within the building are optimized to meet the ongoing needs and priorities of the Legion. The site and formal forecourt featuring five flagpoles includes specially designed architectural lighting and carefully selected landscape species which animate the building during key times of remembrance throughout the year. A two-storey glazed entrance atrium leads to the 2350 sq.m three-storey office building which includes executive offices and a board room, as well as a wing for the Legion's finance, membership and distribution departments. Also included in the building is a 650 sq.m state-of-the-art warehouse facility, providing modern distribution facilities for the Legion's core fund-raising activity, the annual Poppy Campaign.
Photo credit to Gordon King Photography.
The building was designed to meet Natural Resource Canada's Commercial Building Incentive Program (CBIP) requirements which included an energy reduction of 25% relative to the MNECB reference building. The lobby was designed to promote healthy living by interconnecting the first and second storeys with an open staircase located between the main entry doors and the elevator. Durable materials (masonry, stone, and tile) were chosen for areas of high-use.