The tallest building between Toronto and Calgary, 201 Portage recently obtained their BOMA BESt Level 3 certification. Prior to this recent award, the Tower was honoured as "Office Building of the Year" by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).
Constructed in 1990, the main tower structure is supported by a reinforced concrete core surrounded by perimeter steel framing and poured-in-place concrete decks. The building envelope primarily features punched window sections in pre-cast concrete with seams of curtainwall running up the centre section of key elevations. The impressive façade is accentuated by a curved glass curtainwall extending from the 3rd to 33rd floor. Coupled with the tower's eastern exposure, the tower practically gleams like a downtown beacon in the morning light of each new workday.
The main courtyard is a popular destination for hundreds of office workers in the vicinity of Portage and Main; it attracts visitors who wish to enjoy a fresh-air lunch break or take in some of the many outdoor events and live performances scheduled for their enjoyment. The landscaped courtyard's beautification and ongoing development has not only been an appealing amenity for tenants, it has been a key element in the revitalization of the downtown. Launched in the spring of 2009 was the largest high-resolution media panel outside of Toronto. This state-of-the-art media panel, located in the courtyard, has created a world-class gathering point for events and provides a highly engaging advertising opportunity for both tenants and third party advertisers.
Inside, the lobby of 201 Portage provides a striking first impression with its distinctive granite, marble and glass finishes, abundant natural light and lush greenery. The interior is climate controlled all year round, ensuring an ideal level of comfort as tenants move throughout the building, into the concourse's convenient mix of retailers, restaurants and banking services or into the downtown skywalk network.