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425,000 SF

of work stations, laboratories, and data center space

Campus Renovation and Expansion

01 Challenge

Facing an expiring lease, telecommunications giant, Ciena, needed to quickly consolidate their R&D operations in Ottawa, Canada, from two existing locations into one. After enlisting BHDP, the immediate goal was to create a more cohesive campus with inspiring new work spaces and state-of-the-art laboratories to accelerate the innovation goals of their technical leadership. After BHDP identified a large site with an existing five-story building and enough room to build two more buildings, the design team got to work. 

02 Solution

The initial design work focused on renovating the existing building and then transitioning to the interior fit-up of the other two buildings. In total, over 2,000 SF of data center space and 80,000 SF of new R&D lab space was created. All three buildings are linked by enclosed walkways to permit easy access, and a large dining room in the central building was fitted with the latest AV technology to facilitate global staff exchanges and “all hands” internal meetings.

Sketch of Ciena kitchen

Quick Facts

Size 425,000 SF

Completion Date 2017

Location Ottawa, Canada

BHDP gets us. They really understood our company and what we needed from this new space.

Mark Gorman, Ciena VP of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities