Head Office for Caivan and ABIC

Ottawa, ON
Caivan and the Advanced Building Innovation Company (ABIC)
Phase 1: 100,000 ft² | Phase 2: 50,000 ft²
Year of construction
BBS Construction
Canadian Interiors Best of Canada 26th Annual Design awards - Office
Photos: Tom Arban Photography
A new head office and workplace experience for two innovative companies: Caivan and its subsidiary organization, the Advanced Building Innovation Company (ABIC). The design blends modern workplace elements with warm textures and natural light to create a space brimming with creativity.

Located in Barrhaven, Ontario, a suburb of Ottawa, and close to a growing community, the office is the second phase of a multi-phased construction project. Phase one, also designed by Figurr, was a fast-tracked manufacturing facility that houses innovative robotic fabrication systems – constructing sustainable, prefabricated residential home panels for Caivan's home-building business. Phase two, a new two-level headquarters, includes administrative spaces, a public sales centre, a design centre, an "experience centre," a reception area, a town hall atrium, a boardroom, meeting rooms, a combination of open and closed office spaces, a series of kitchenettes throughout the building to support the team, and collaborative workspaces.

The town hall atrium links Caivan's internal community, including sales, the design centre, fabrication, and administration. It doesn't feel like your typical corporate office. The town hall atrium can hold company-wide events, keeping Caivan's team informed on all aspects of the business. The sun-filled communal space has expansive bird-safe glass walls linking the indoors and outdoors.

Sustainability Features:

  • EV charging stations.
  • Solar shade along the perimeter of the administrative wing.
  • Atrium has minimal south-facing glass.
  • Main entry glass is protected.
  • Bird-safe glass that prevents reflections.
  • Environmentally friendly products selected wherever possible.

Sustainable and environmentally conscious design was a top priority for this project. Wood was a central part of the design strategy as part of a commitment to minimize the project's environmental impact. The project includes EV charging stations, active and passive solar shade strategies, and environmentally friendly product selections throughout.

The new head office breaks away from the traditional showroom experience and acts as a showpiece representing the company's commitment to its team, the homeowner experience, design innovation, and craftsmanship.