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Manulife Development Project
#21
(06-21-2018, 02:12 PM)rangersfan Wrote: That is a big loss for Downtown, I can't believe how they are making such a massive change after all of the work that has gone into transforming their Kitchener office.

With every challenge, comes opportunity. With all the density of tech companies in this direct area (Tannery, Catalyst137, Google, Thalmic Labs, 132 Queen, etc) I think there is massive potential for occupying that space.
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#22
My bet is Momentum and Zehr Group would gladly take over that development, with all the other developments they have in that same area!
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#23
I'm an employee of Manulife and am not going to discuss anything about consolidation or layoffs (mostly because I don't know anything about them), but there hasn't been anything publicly announced about selling the building. Manulife is also a major real estate developer (https://manuliferealestate.com) and owns many properties that don't house offices.
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#24
(06-21-2018, 02:57 PM)robdrimmie Wrote: I'm an employee of Manulife and am not going to discuss anything about consolidation or layoffs (mostly because I don't know anything about them), but there hasn't been anything publicly announced about selling the building. Manulife is also a major real estate developer (https://manuliferealestate.com) and owns many properties that don't house offices.

Do you work in DTK  ? IF so, I am just curious how you like the new facility.
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#25
Aw, darn. I saw CTV filming the building downtown an hour ago and hoped it was good news Sad
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#26
(06-21-2018, 03:13 PM)Rainrider22 Wrote:
(06-21-2018, 02:57 PM)robdrimmie Wrote: I'm an employee of Manulife and am not going to discuss anything about consolidation or layoffs (mostly because I don't know anything about them), but there hasn't been anything publicly announced about selling the building. Manulife is also a major real estate developer (https://manuliferealestate.com) and owns many properties that don't house offices.

Do you work in DTK  ? IF so, I am just curious how you like the new facility.

Yep. I've only been here for a bit over three months, so I don't know what things were like before. The space is fine, fairly typical for a major corporation. A lot of cubes. There are pockets of more recent renovation, I work in one of them and it's basically like every tech office I've been in (very high ceilings, lots of natural light, desks setup in classic computer lab rows) but with fewer motivational murals on the walls and the free snacks are only erratically available. But the desks are motorized sit/stand which is nice.
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#27
(06-21-2018, 03:14 PM)GtwoK Wrote: Aw, darn. I saw CTV filming the building downtown an hour ago and hoped it was good news Sad

Reminds me of seeing roving camera crews outside of BlackBerry!
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#28
(06-21-2018, 04:05 PM)robdrimmie Wrote:
(06-21-2018, 03:13 PM)Rainrider22 Wrote: Do you work in DTK  ? IF so, I am just curious how you like the new facility.

Yep. I've only been here for a bit over three months, so I don't know what things were like before. The space is fine, fairly typical for a major corporation. A lot of cubes. There are pockets of more recent renovation, I work in one of them and it's basically like every tech office I've been in (very high ceilings, lots of natural light, desks setup in classic computer lab rows) but with fewer motivational murals on the walls and the free snacks are only erratically available. But the desks are motorized sit/stand which is nice.

Thanks...
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#29
(06-21-2018, 04:05 PM)robdrimmie Wrote:
(06-21-2018, 03:13 PM)Rainrider22 Wrote: Do you work in DTK  ? IF so, I am just curious how you like the new facility.

Yep. I've only been here for a bit over three months, so I don't know what things were like before. The space is fine, fairly typical for a major corporation. A lot of cubes. There are pockets of more recent renovation, I work in one of them and it's basically like every tech office I've been in (very high ceilings, lots of natural light, desks setup in classic computer lab rows) but with fewer motivational murals on the walls and the free snacks are only erratically available. But the desks are motorized sit/stand which is nice.

Also work for Manulife: The interior has been removed of much of it's 80's mall like feel. The only real item left that hints to it once being a sign of the 80's are the narrow escalators between floors. The main stair case to the 2nd floor was almost triangular, but it's been replaced with a more modern staircase.

I primarily work from home, but I do prefer the Kitchener office over Waterloo now that the renovations are complete (and it's not only because you can watch the LRT pass by underneath you while you work)
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#30
I'm disappointed - part of me has long hoped that they'd eventually consolidate in the King Centre, and finally build the darn tower on that clunky podium!
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