The showroom Allsteel’s 8,000 square foot Resource Center was designed by influential Canadian design firm Figure3 with the added goal of earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED certification. Located in the historic Toronto Carpet Factory in the city’s Liberty Village neighborhood, Toronto Resource Center was opened by Allsteel Inc. in November 2007, providing Canada’s growing design, real estate and corporate communities with a first-hand look at the company’s progressive workplace solutions. Figure3 and the Allsteel team focused on reusing as much of the original building and materials as possible and recycling construction debris.
The space is housed in the distinctive brick Boiler House of the former Toronto Carpet Factory, which operated from 1899 until the 1920s. The old factory building is part of a vibrant neighborhood which hosts a lively mix of businesses, stores, cafés, restaurants and residential units. The Allsteel Director General, Canada, Jennifer Stoddart, notes the Canadian design industry employs 75,000 design professionals and includes 1,200 design firms and 1,325 architectural practices.