Broccolini starts construction of Ottawa’s second Amazon fulfillment centre

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Broccolini says it has broken ground on the newest Amazon fulfillment centre in Canada, set to be completed in 2021. 

Located within the CitiGate Corporate Business Park in Barrhaven, the new fulfillment centre will be the second in Ottawa.

“Broccolini’s expertise in fast-paced construction projects will help the project meet an anticipated 14-month construction deadline,” the contractor says in a statement. “Broccolini will hire technical experts from a wide range of fields to ensure timely project delivery, creating over 700 jobs at construction launch.”

“We are excited to once again partner with Amazon and begin construction of a new, technologically-advanced fulfilment centre,”  said James Beach, director of real estate and development at Broccolini in Ottawa. “Following the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve trained our employees and set new protocols to ensure workers can do their jobs safely while respecting the latest health guidelines” 

“Amazon will benefit from our considerable and diversified expertise to coordinate all development and construction aspects from the outset through to delivery, as well as our management experience that comes with our impressive portfolio of properties.”

Once completed, Broccolini will act as landlord and property manager for the new fulfillment centre.

This project is Broccolini’s fourth partnership with Amazon, reflecting the company’s expertise in real estate and its leadership in the design and construction of fulfillment centres. It adds to other prestigious projects led by Broccolini, such as the New Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal and some of the city’s largest high-rise buildings. 

“Broccolini continues to demonstrate its excellence in building state-of-the-art construction projects. We are uniquely positioned to develop and deliver large-scale projects such as the newest Amazon fulfilment centre, which help the Canadian economy as it reopens for business,” Beach said in the statement.

The statement did not outline the project’s value, but earlier published reports indicated it could be in the range of $500 million.

Developer Python LP had earlier submitted a Site Plan Control application for a “prestige office and light industrial building” at 222 Citigate Dr. in Ottawa’s southwestern Barrhaven suburb. Ottawa Business Journal reported earlier that the developer had associations with Brocollini.

City planning documents says Python LP  entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Strandherd Road Inc., the 25.9-hectare property’s vendor.

“Python LP proposes to build a 251,857 sq. m., five-storey building with approximately 2,035 vehicular parking spaces and 50 loading docks,” says the city filing, recorded on June 3.


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