Owner: BP Canada Energy Company (Plains Midstream)
Location: Sarnia, Ontario
Size: 22,500 sf renovations
The existing facility for BP Canada Sarnia Operations is located in a former warehouse space. A large portion of the building containing partially demolished offices was left unoccupied since the initial renovation of the facility. Due to growing space concerns, and a need to upgrade existing operations in the region, BP deemed it necessary to expand their facilities into the dormant office space. In response to this situation, JPTA were selected to convert the abandoned spaces to modern offices.
The complex scope of work presented a challenge to JPTA. As a response, a design strategy was devised that treated the existing spaces as a blank canvas. Through a series of precise cuts and subtractions, key voids were carved into the existing structure. These moments where light and the movement of people are facilitated form the organizing principal of the project. At the heart of this organization is the central atrium space where natural light illuminates the new office spaces. This vibrant sunlight also supports a Bio-Filter Living Wall system, this year-round green amenity energizes the office and increases indoor air quality.
Programmatically, the project looks at the team based work ideals of BP Canada. The inclusion of numerous meeting rooms and breakout spaces create a dynamic environment where team building exercises and collaborative meetings can occur throughout the facility. Overall, the project contains 61 cubicle offices, 5 meetings rooms, 5 breakout spaces, and 2 large conference rooms along with various staff and support spaces.