Construction begins on Amazon facility in Ottawa

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File photo of an Amazon distribution centre.

Broccolini has officially launched construction of the Amazon distribution centre in the Ottawa region.

When complete, the build-to-suit centre in the east end of Ottawa will be the largest industrial facility in the region, with a surface area of more than 92,900 square metres.

Construction of the Amazon distribution centre was announced Aug. 20, alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson, Amazon  representatives and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

“Broccolini continues to pursue the development of major projects in the National Capital Region and this new project in the federal capital confirms its position as a Canadian leader in real estate and in the construction of industrial buildings in Canada,” said James Beach, director of real estate and development at Broccolini in Ottawa.

The opening of the new distribution centre is slated for the summer of 2019 and will create more than 650 full time jobs once the facility is operational, and up to 1,500 jobs over the course of its construction.

“Ontario continues to be a great place for Amazon to do business and we look forward to adding a fulfillment centre in the National Capital Region,” said Glenn Sommerville, Amazon’s director of Canadian operations.

“Our ability to expand in Ontario and create more than 600 new jobs is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce.”

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The new facility will join Amazon’s network of current fulfillment centres located in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. Associates at the new facility will pick, pack and ship large items like household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.

With offices in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal, Broccolini is a real estate development and a large facet in the construction and development of industrial buildings in Canada. Broccolini caters to the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential markets in Canada and provides a wide range of services, including general contracting, construction manager, project manager, property manager and developer.

Alongside building and developing the Amazon distribution centre, Broccolini will also act as owner and property manager.

“Amazon will benefit from our considerable and diverse expertise in the coordination of all aspects of development and construction from start-up to delivery, as well as from our management experience, as Broccolini already owns and manages an impressive portfolio of projects and properties,” Beach said.