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Fasken Martineau's Vancouver office moves into premier Bentall 5 space this weekend

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November 28, 2007

Largest Vancouver premises move this century will shift 340 people to heart of city's downtown business district

After more than two years of planning, thousands of hours of preparation and well in excess of 200,000 pages of information digitized, Fasken Martineau's Vancouver office embarks on the largest office move our city has seen in the 21st century.

"Fasken Martineau's Vancouver office move is truly a momentous undertaking and we have planned a seamless transition with a goal of having no impact on our clients or the excellent service we provide them," said Will Westeringh, Managing Partner.

"We are all very excited about elevating our client service to an even higher level with this move, which is also an affirmation of our commitment to doing business in Vancouver's downtown," said Mr. Westeringh. "We believe this move will allow us to adopt a flexible and egalitarian office layout, use space more effectively and invest in updated information technology to improve efficiency and reduce our environmental footprint."

Who: 340 people (including 140 lawyers) at Fasken Martineau's Vancouver office.

What & Where: After nearly four decades at 2100-1075 West Georgia Street, Fasken Martineau's Vancouver office is moving to a new 86,000 sq. ft space at 550 Burrard Street, Bentall 5 with office capacity for up to 153 lawyers.

When: The move began the weekend of November 24-25 and will be completed the weekend of December 1-2.

How: To prepare for the move, in one area alone:
  • 90 shelves worth of materials were digitized, including 191,262 pages of information.
  • 44 high speed printers capable of double-sided printing will be purchased to reduce the amount of paper consumed in the new office. Furthermore, scanning will be widely available at the new office to allow materials to be electronically stored for easier searches and to minimize paper use.
  • 160 old CRT monitors will be replaced by LCD monitors that consume less power and generate less heat thereby creating a smaller environmental footprint.

118 years of Vancouver history

Staff have unearthed hidden treasures that pay tribute to Fasken Martineau's heritage, such as a large Inuit wood carving of a duck with a fish in its mouth that was once bartered in exchange for legal services and a manual payroll register dating back to the 1940s. The firm was known as "Russell & DuMoulin" when it first moved to the West Georgia Street location. To pay tribute to the office at 2100-1075 West Georgia Street, all Vancouver lawyers, staff and alumni have been invited to "DuMoulition" on November 28, a private event that will allow participants to bid farewell by picking up a paint brush and leaving their mark on designated areas on the 19th floor. Fasken Martineau has previously been based at different locations throughout the city since 1889, including:
  • 1969 MacMillan Bloedel Building
  • 1913 Credit Foncier Building
  • 1912 Metropolitan Building
  • 1896 Northern Crown Building
  • 1893 Bank of British North America Building
  • 1889 Cordova Street (Cordova Street and Cambie Street)

"We have moved east, west and to the middle of downtown during our long history in Vancouver," said Mr. Westeringh. "With this move to Bentall 5, we are now moving up to the most exceptional space we have ever occupied."

For further information, contact:
Brenda Plowman
Director, Marketing
604 631 4894