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Thomas Building
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • project Thomas Building
  • client Thomas Corporation
  • architect DePM Inc.
  • lighting designer Lighting Design Solutions

Thom­son Cor­po­ra­tion had grown from a single Cana­dian news­pa­per, the Tim­mins Daily Press, acquired in 1934 by Roy Thom­son, First Baron Thom­son of Fleet, into one of the largest pub­lish­ing empires in the world. In 2008, it pur­chased Reuters Group to form Thom­son Reuters. The Thom­son Cor­po­ra­tion was active in finan­cial ser­vices, health­care sec­tors, law, sci­ence & tech­nol­ogy research, and tax & account­ing sec­tors. Thom­son also con­tin­ues to own the Globe and Mail, the self-described national news­pa­per of Canada,’ which is part of Thom­son Finan­cial. Con­trol of the com­pany has long rested in the hands of founder Roy Thomson’s son, Ken­neth, Canada’s rich­est man and heir to his father’s title, Lord Thom­son of Fleet.

Although a high traf­fic thor­ough­fare for ten­ants and vis­i­tors, the rear entrance and sur­round­ing court­yard of the Thom­son Build­ing had not been upgraded in the lifes­pan of the build­ing. Start­ing with the merg­ing of the two public lob­bies, DePM worked with the exist­ing fin­ishes of the front entrance to inte­grate the entire space. The court­yard of the build­ing under­went a com­plete removal and replace­ment of the con­crete slab and water­proof mem­brane. New custom rail­ings and planter boxes were installed along with high-end light­ing from Selux and out­door fur­ni­ture. Lastly, the front and side facades of the build­ing were illu­mi­nated with flood light­ing to help this pres­ti­gious build­ing stand out amongst the busy down­town core at night.

With the instal­la­tion of the SILL® PR022 flood­lights with narrow spot con­fig­u­ra­tions along its exte­rior walls, the build­ing now stands as a beacon of illu­mi­na­tion in down­town Toronto.

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