Construction of a new $100 million regional office for First West Credit Union officially got underway in Langley Monday morning with a ground-breaking ceremony at the site on 200 Street and 88 Avenue.
Representatives of First West Credit Union, PCI Developments, interior designer Omicron Canada Inc., project architect MCMP Architects and general contractor Etro Construction took part along with several local dignitaries.
“We believe in the power of working big and working local” said First West Credit Union CEO, Launi Skinner.
“This new regional office will enable us to continue to support our economy, both locally and provincially, while giving First West the opportunity to grow in a way that is best for our members, employees and communities.”
The new facility will house 320 employees who are currently working in a space designed for 170, Skinner said.
Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology said First West Credit Union was showing “confidence in the future of B.C. and the ongoing success of its members and business clients throughout the province.”
The building will provide staff with better access to public transit, a fitness centre, outdoor patio, a ground floor public plaza area as well as access to a pedestrian pathway.
The project will also aim for Rick Hansen Accessibility Certification, align with Canadian Psychologically Healthy and Safe Workplace Standards and incorporate sustainable building practices.
The building will be 130,000 square feet in size, with First West occupying more than 60,000 square feet of office space.
The rest of the building will feature retail and additional office space for lease.