4 things you should know, 4 months after OPG’s big move announced

4 things you should know, 4 months after OPG’s big move announced

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CLARINGTON — Work has been quietly progressing in the last four months since Ontario Power Generation announced it’s moving its headquarters to Clarington.

Recently, This Week sat down with Connie Hergert, OPG’s corporate real estate vice-president for an update on what has been happening since the big announcement in June.

1. OPG staff have been working to refine what the organization needs in the new headquarters and where exactly the new building would sit on the energy park campus.

“We’re still very conceptual. I’d love to have a drawing to show people — what this is going to be, what it’s going to look like,” said Hergert.

2. Before the end of the year, OPG will be looking for a partner to design the new headquarters. The building design work is expected to begin in 2020. With construction expected to begin in 2021 and to be complete in 2024.

3. The new headquarters could be roughly 200,000 square feet — bringing together all non-station staff from 15 properties into one. The move will save $13 million a year in lease costs, and OPG may find cost savings in bringing all of the operations together, explained Hergert.

4. OPG is hoping Metrolinx will consider the potential GO Train ridership their employees could bring when deciding where to build a new Courtice GO Train station.

“One of the concerns our staff have, obviously, is ‘How do I get there?’… We’ve been following what’s been happening with transportation because that seems to be a big issue for our staff,” said Hergert. “I think the fact that we’re going to be bringing 2,300 to 2,500 people to this site would make them think ‘OK they might have the ridership.’”

by Jennifer O'Meara

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