Electronic Arts Canada is expanding its operations in Burnaby with a massive office building to accommodate more employees.
Ground was officially broken Monday (Nov. 29) at the site, which is directly across the street from the existing EA campus. It's expected the new structure will be able to hold 500 to 600 employees.
Kingswood Capital Corporation, owned by Vancouver businessman Joseph Segal and Turner Construction Company were on hand, as well as Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley.
“As part of this project for the last two years, it's been a pleasure to work with great clients like Kingswood Capital Corporation and Electronic Arts, and a great design partner in Dialog Design," Senior Project Manager at Turner Construction Marc Narduzzi said.
"We are bringing a fantastic development and hundreds of jobs to the Burnaby community, which will further identify Burnaby’s presence as a leader in gaming and technology in North America."
Two three-storey offices are being constructed, with one being leased by EA. The second unit is currently vacant.
The building EA will be moving into is roughly 180,000 square feet. The second building will come in at approximately 120,000 square feet.
The office building will include an end-of-trip facility with lockers, change rooms, washrooms, accessible shower facilities, 360 parking spaces, bike storage, a cafe, cafeteria, gym and a skybridge that will connect the building to the existing campus.
A centre courtyard plaza between the two buildings is also being added.
"As a Burnaby resident, this project is near and dear to my heart for both my Turner family and my own family," Vice President and General Manager of Turner's Vancouver Business Unit Amit Patel added.
"We are grateful for this opportunity that Kingswood Capital Corporation and EA has provided us with to help expand their presence in Burnaby.
"We would also like to thank the City of Burnaby in partnering with us to make this project a possibility."
Construction will be broken into two phases and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2024.