The Co-operators announced the completion of a land deal for the company’s new head office to be located at 101 Cooper Drive in the south end of Guelph. The insurance co-operative plans to pursue WELL Certification making it the first insurance and financial services company to target this certification for a new building in Canada.
According to a press release, the project will also pursue LEED Gold Certification from Canada Green Building Council for leadership in energy and environmental design.
“We’re thrilled to unveil our new location as we get ready to put down some new roots in the same community we have proudly been a part of for more than 50 years,” said Rob Wesseling, CEO of The Co‑operators.
“Pursuing both the WELL and LEED-Gold certifications aligns with our co-operative values and commitment to fostering the health and wellbeing of both our employees and the environment on which we depend.”
In its efforts to achieve the certification, The Co-operators will prioritize natural light throughout the building and will feature in-house athletic facilities, healthy food services, and outdoor nature trails and activity areas.
Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2021 with the anticipated move-in to occur in 2023. The new location will allow the organization to bring together nearly 1,200 employees from three city locations under one roof.