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Going Green – Striving for Commercial Building Sustainability

“Going green” has been a buzz phrase since the late 1970’s. For some, “Going green” meant the old adage “reduce, reuse, recycle”. By the turn of the 21st century, there became a growing interest in using renewable energy (i.e. Solar, wind, natural gas, etc). However, from a developer’s perspective, “going green” has become an aggressive goal to increase sustainability of their structures before, during and after construction without undermining the integrity or stability of the surrounding natural resources or ecology.

Making “Every Building Greener” is the vision and heartbeat of the Canada Green Building Council, the Canadian issuers of the internationally recognized Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. Some of the strategies they encourage commercial developers to employ include the following:

During the design & construction phase, “Going Green” would include strategies such as:

  • incorporating greenhouse or garden roofs to help reduce carbon emissions, and restoring or creating gardens around the parameter of the building
  • large windows for light emission at the design stage
  • recycling of building materials during the construction stage in order to minimize the exhausting of natural resources to create building materials and reduce “waste” materials going into landfills
  • the use of renewable energy resources such as Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) cells along the outside of the building to capture solar energy to offset the use of main stream electricity

During the interior design and construction stage, “Going Green” strategies could include

  • constructing the interior layout to maximize natural light emission throughout each floor
  • utilizing energy efficient light bulbs and light sensors to automatically dim or brighten lights based on the amount of natural light coming into the building
  • utilizing high thermal mass insulation in ceilings and walls to help minimize the energy used for heating and cooling
  • installing water-saving toilets
  • installing living walls or indoor garden areas to control carbon dioxide emissions and improve air quality

For Building Operations & Maintenance, “Going Green” strategies would include

  • keeping the building clean
  • ensuring comfortable temperature for tenants
  • encouraging the “reduce, reuse, recycle” programs by providing clearly marked containers throughout the building for waste and recyclable materials
  • ensuring all replacement materials are either energy efficient, or made from recycled materials

Besides being environmentally responsible, developers that have made it a priority to “go green” have seen their utility costs go down. One company estimates that its water and energy reductions alone have saved $40 million. Outside of the savings, these companies have attracted top quality tenants and employees, and thus have seen their vacancy rates decrease. If that is not an incentive enough to consider “going green”, then I don’t know what is.

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  • So Patient & Accommodating

    So Patient & Accommodating

    This letter is regarding the professional and exceptional renovation experience we received from DJ McGauley and Associates for our brand-new Rehab and Fitness Clinic.

    DJ McGauley and Associates helped with every aspect of the construction project from beginning to end. This being my first venture in opening a business, Mike and his team explained every step and was open about everything, especially the finances. DJ McGauley and Associates took care of the initial consultation, interior design, obtaining necessary approvals and permits, implementing our computer system, construction management, furniture sourcing and the project management. We leaned on them to help us determine correct dimensions and interior design choices of each room as it was hard for us to see the end product. They were so patient and accommodating whenever we wanted to discuss our worries again. It all turned out perfectly and we are so glad to have their guidance. Without them we would have made more than a few wrong decisions. The years of experience really showed during this project. It all turned out to be exactly what we had hoped for. There was a tight timeline from getting the permits to opening day and they got it completed. The team proved to be reliable and diligent throughout the construction.

    Mike and his team found creative solutions building a highly professional clinic on a reasonable budget. We greatly appreciated the personal involvement, availability and attention the field and office staff dedicated to the project.

    I have no hesitation recommending DJ McGauley and Associates for commercial renovations and office organizational services.

    Sincerely,

    Sabrina Chow, Physiotherapist

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  • Very Professional Manner and is Extremely Reliable

    Very Professional Manner and is Extremely Reliable

    “We are happy to provide this letter of recommendation for DJ McGauley & Associates Inc.

    DJ McGauley & Associates Inc was hired to renovate our back office, creating a new room for our panel shop. This included work to the floors, walls, electrical systems, as well as a new doorway. Mike and his team undertook first class work and did not quit until everything we asked for was complete to our satisfaction. Mike conducts himself in a very professional manner and is extremely reliable.

    We would highly recommend Mike and the team at DJ McGauley & Associates Inc. to anyone considering a renovation and we will certainly use him again for any of our future renovations”

    Robert Desnoyers, President & CEO

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  • Extremely Helpful and Responsive to Our Requests

    Extremely Helpful and Responsive to Our Requests

    “Thanks Mike for your work over these past months, especially working through the Pandemic, and collaborating remotely, to get our project done on time and on budget. You were readily available for phone calls and scheduling, and on moving day, your crew was extremely helpful and responsive to our requests. ”

    Wanda Froese, Facilities Supervisor


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  • Robson Associates Inc.

    Robson Associates Inc.

    “You guys did a great job & I would be pleased to act as a reference”

    Robert M. Robson, AACI, P.App, Fellow, CET, PLE

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  • Quick to adapt to changing environments and requirements during COVID-19

    Quick to adapt to changing environments and requirements during COVID-19

    “Within one business day Mike McGauley and the team at D.J. McGauley arrived onsite to perform an initial walkthrough and provided a quote within a week.

    The relocation included a series of move phases, furniture decommissions, and lease requirement repairs. The initial request covered the office relocation, but each additional request was met with a timeline onsite inspection and service quote.

    Throughout the relocation process, the D.J. McGauley team provided an excellent and attentive services. They were quick to adapt to changing environments and requirements during COVID-19, which brought unexpected challenges. Mike McGauley with whom we worked closely during this project, was flexible, professional, and inspired confidence for a seamless move during an unprecedented time.

    Based on this experience, I would highly recommend their services to others, and would not hesitate to reach out for future projects.”

    Dana Kruspe, Office Administrator

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  • Work was completed to an exceptionally high standard

    Work was completed to an exceptionally high standard

    “DJ McGauley & Associates are an intelligent, highly skilled and competent team of individuals. It was a pleasure to build a rapport with the contractors. The construction work was completed during over night working schedules and as agreed there was no disruption to our Corporation’s daily business. This was greatly appreciated by us as their client with a busy office environment.

    Thanks to the close contact Mike McGauley maintained with Harte Gold Corporation, the interim deadlines were effectively communicated every step of the way of the planning, renovating and furnishing. Some aspects of the renovation work were even completed before the communicated deadline, which was impressive.

    It was a pleasure dealing with such reliable experts and all inspections received flying colours as the work was completed to an exceptionally high standard. We would not hesitate to work with them in the future and Harte Gold Corporation would, furthermore, not hesitate to recommend DJ McGauley & Associates for your renovation project.”

    Karen Walsh,VP, People and Organizational Development

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  • Careful Planning & Strong Project Management

    Careful Planning & Strong Project Management

    “I appreciated your responsiveness, careful planning, strong project management and professionalism throughout the course of the move. Your willingness to assist in problem-solving unexpected issues and concerns as they arose was greatly valued.”

    S.M. Cheng, Executive Director, Ontario Public Health Association

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  • Professionals we could count on

    Professionals we could count on

    “Originally, we were searching for a moving company but with your company we benefitted from a suite of services and most of all professionals we could count on. What sold us from the beginning was the knowledge, contacts and peace of mind that you bring to the table and we weren’t disappointed.”

    Margaret Eaton, President

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  • Completed construction and move on time and on budget

    Completed construction and move on time and on budget

    “I had the pleasure of working closely with Mike and Tony on every aspect of the move including premise design, selection of materials, furniture planning, selection of general contractor and trades, permitting, scheduling and moving logistics. Very professional and competent in their roles and demonstrated their experience through expediting many processes, presenting innovative solutions and controlling costs.”

    Kevin Feeney, CFO

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  • Developed a budget and timeline to keep us on track

    Developed a budget and timeline to keep us on track

    “They developed a budget and timeline to keep us on track while minimizing surprises. Assisted with furniture purchasing and coordinated the acquisitions and installations of all furniture for our new offices. All outstanding deficiencies were fixed and we restarted our business in our new premises as if we’d always been there.”

    Christine Hughes, CFA, President and Chief Investment Strategist


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  • Very pleased with how smoothly our move went

    Very pleased with how smoothly our move went

    “We are very pleased with how smoothly our move went and we highly recommend D.J. McGauley’s. Initial consultation and assessment, purchasing and delivery of furniture, coordinating the moving of our existing office to our new office, Leasing hold improvements, coordinating the relocation and installation of our phone system/cabling.

    Rachel Oldfield, Manager, Finance & Administration

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  • Costs involved were fair and your professionalism was excelling

    Costs involved were fair and your professionalism was excelling

    “It was very reassuring for us at Infinite to be dealing with a team that had your knowledge and experience moving from one A-class building to another. The costs involved were fair and your professionalism was excelling.”

    Ali Zahedi, Managing Director

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  • Stellar client service

    Stellar client service

    “What singularly impressed us was that you did not just attend at our office to give it a cursory once-over look and then submitted an estimate for moving, but that you discussed our company’s relocation policy and process, spent time ascertaining what we were moving, and wanted to view the office space we were relocating to.”

    Abena Buahene, BA, LL.B, Registrar & CEO

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  • Expertise and ability to deal with any and every situation

    Expertise and ability to deal with any and every situation

    “Your expertise and ability to deal with any and every situation to our complete delight was invaluable. From evaluating our moving needs to completing repairs to the landlord’s satisfaction, to managing the renovations and fit-out of our new location and the office and warehouse move… everything was seamless and painless as something like this can be.”

    Mark Thomas, Vice-President

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  • You Really Came Through for us

    You Really Came Through for us

    “You really came through for us and we appreciated how professional and organized you were throughout the move. Everyone at Bilingual Recruiters Inc. commented on how well the relocation to our new home on Yonge Street turned out. I would recommend your firm to anyone having to go through the stress of relocating their office. ”

    Louis Cavalaris, V.P and Treasurer


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  • Your dedication to your clients shows in everything you do.

    Your dedication to your clients shows in everything you do.

    “The team at D.J. McGauley helped us facilitate a two stage move recently.
    I wanted to express my appreciation for all your assistance; it was invaluable. No matter what we asked of you or what we needed, you were there. You were sensitive to our needs and understanding of our economic position. Your dedication to your clients shows in everything you do.
    Our moves went smoothly with no headaches due largely to your expertise and assistance. You helped make our move as stress free as possible.
    Thank you again for your exceptional service.

    Ludy Gibson, Office Manager

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  • Facilitated a remarkably smooth transition

    Facilitated a remarkably smooth transition

    “Facilitated a remarkably smooth transition and we greatly appreciated your assistance and your expertise. Helping to organize the phone installation and dealing with the communications this transaction required really helped us to settle into our new space quickly and seamlessly.”

    Miriam Adams, C.M., Co-founder/Director

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  • Much Appreciated

    Much Appreciated

    “We are now moved into our new office and it appears that the office move went well last night. I am sure the move would not have gone as smoothly as it did without you coordinating and organizing the move for us. Much appreciated.”

    Kathy Nakanishi, Manager, Office of the CEO/Registrar

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  • So Patient & Accommodating
  • Very Professional Manner and is Extremely Reliable
  • Extremely Helpful and Responsive to Our Requests
  • Robson Associates Inc.
  • Quick to adapt to changing environments and requirements during COVID-19
  • Work was completed to an exceptionally high standard
  • Careful Planning & Strong Project Management
  • Professionals we could count on
  • Completed construction and move on time and on budget
  • Developed a budget and timeline to keep us on track
  • Very pleased with how smoothly our move went
  • Costs involved were fair and your professionalism was excelling
  • Stellar client service
  • Expertise and ability to deal with any and every situation
  • You Really Came Through for us
  • Your dedication to your clients shows in everything you do.
  • Facilitated a remarkably smooth transition
  • Much Appreciated

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