Corus unveils North America’s “most advanced” broadcast facility
Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company, announced the official opening of Corus Quay—the company’s new Canadian headquarters built on Toronto’s waterfront. Corus Quay integrates advanced digital technologies and automated systems that transform Corus’ broadcast and content businesses, which the company says makes Corus Quay North America’s most advanced broadcast facility and Toronto’s smartest building.
Corus has implemented an integrated approach to the management of its broadcast and content creation systems. Corus Quay’s use of technologies delivers a highly efficient, digital infrastructure, says the company, which can provide a full range of content offerings on multiple platforms to Corus’ customers. Its design creates a collaborative work environment, as well as an environmentally responsible facility, according to Corus.
“Corus Quay gave us the opportunity to transform the operational and technological processes that underpin our business,” said John Cassaday, President and CEO, Corus Entertainment. “Our fully integrated digital infrastructure provides Corus with the agility to respond to our customers needs in a changing marketplace. Corus Quay will also allow us to efficiently leverage all future growth opportunities.”
“With a fully integrated and 100% digital infrastructure, Corus is more prepared than anyone for a digital world because it can deliver content to distributors in any format for any platform with equal speed and efficiency,” said Marcos Gonzalez-Flower, Global Head, Media Consulting, Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Inc.
With Corus Quay, the company has successfully consolidated its Toronto-based operations from 11 locations, including 24 television services, three Toronto radio stations and over 1,100 employees into one facility. Not only does Corus Quay house all current operations, the company says its efficient configuration allows for up to three times as many services to be delivered from the facility.
In addition to enhancing Corus’ technical capabilities, Corus Quay offers an open concept office space that creates a collaborative and innovative work environment, says the company. Corus adds that the facility is also environmentally advanced and has targeted LEED(R) Gold Certification. Corus Quay features a significantly reduced power signature, a five-storey bio wall for air filtration, a green roof and energy-efficient lighting. Corus Quay uses low-flow water fixtures and reused rainwater to reduce water consumption. To encourage employees to use non-carbon generating forms of transportation, Corus Quay provides an underground storage facility for more than 70 bicycles.
Corus Quay was developed by Toronto Port Lands Company, formerly known as the City of Toronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO) and will be owned and managed by Build Toronto Inc. Designed by architect Jack Diamond of Diamond and Schmitt Architects, with interiors by the firm Quadrangle Architects Limited, it is the anchor project in the revitalization of East Bayfront, says Corus, bringing life, energy and business opportunities to Toronto’s waterfront.
For more information on Corus Entertainment Inc., go to www.corusent.com.
October 9, 2010 By John Gilson
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