SMART unveils new headquarters and research center
CALGARY, Alberta --- May 1, 2009 --- SMART Technologies announces the official opening of its new headquarters and research center in Calgary. The building is a candidate for Gold certification under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines, an internationally recognized standard of environmentally sustainable design and construction, and has ample room for expansion beyond the company’s current 750 Calgary employees. The 19,602 m2 (211,000 sq. ft.) building cost over CDN$60 million to construct and is expected to become one of only nine buildings in Canada to meet LEED Gold certification criteria. Constructing an environmentally friendly building with considerations for today and the future was an important goal. The building produces 50 percent less greenhouse gas emissions relative to a typical office building. Environmental features include waterless urinals, low-flow faucets and toilets, motion-activated and energy-efficient light bulbs, non-toxic paints, adhesives, carpets and other synthetic materials, and a reflective roof that reduces cooling requirements during the summer. The building features approximately 90 meeting and collaboration rooms that accommodate as few as two people or as many as 150, all equipped with SMART’s products and integrated with other leading products. The new headquarters includes a large cafeteria that also functions as a general gathering area and informal meeting space for staff. There is a full-service daycare and a fully equipped fitness area. These features, as well as the building’s location within University Research Park with good access to public transit, bike and walking paths are a testament to SMART’s long-term, growth-driven view of its future in Calgary.