Avaya completes move to Kanata

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Avaya Canada’s Ottawa employees settled into their brand new research lab facilities in Kanata this week.

Jean Turgeon, Avaya’s vice-president of technical solutions marketing.

The 100,000-square foot facility includes a 50 foot long skylight, LEED environmental certification and high-end research labs for the business communications provider.

The best part about the new office is that all 425 employees are under one roof, said Jean Turgeon, Avaya’s vice-president of technical solutions marketing.

Previously, Avaya workers were scattered throughout the former Nortel campus, now called Carling Place.

“With the new facility, we can bring some new energy into the office,” said Mr. Turgeon in an interview. “Already we’re seeing people interacting way better than we’ve seen in the past.”

Mr. Turgeon said he thinks Avaya’s new digs show that Ottawa is a strategic location for the company.

“This is clearly an investment,” he said. “The teams are growing, the investment is there, the skills sets are there. It’s a pretty exciting time.”

Ottawa employees are working on real-time collaboration solutions, enablement of video, security solutions, and catering to small and medium-sized enterprises as well as large companies.

They are also focusing on the “bring your own device,” or BYOD trend, where employees are permitted to bring cell phones from home instead of being issued company devices.

The company’s innovative communications solutions make it a good candidate to do business with Shared Services Canada, Mr. Turgeon said, without disclosing whether it has yet been awarded any contracts for the federal government’s data consolidation initiative.

MP Lundy Construction carried out the multimillion-dollar fit-up for Avaya’s new home at 425 Legget Dr.

Renovations included installing windows and two new elevators, building mechanical and electrical systems and constructing new washrooms.

A municipal construction permit valued the project at $3.5 million. Avaya’s lease is for 10 years.

Avaya bought Nortel's enterprise solutions division for US$915-million in 2009.

The company, headquartered in New Jersey, was traded publicly on the New York Stock Exchange starting in 2000, when it was spun out of Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent). It went private in 2007 after a $8.3 billion purchase by Silver Lake Partners and TPG Inc.

OBJ caught up with Mr. Turgeon at Avaya Evolutions on Tuesday, an annual conference hosted by the company at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

Organizations: Avaya, Nortel, Lucent Technologies Shared Services Canada Lundy Construction New York Stock Exchange Silver Lake Partners Ottawa Convention Centre

Geographic location: Ottawa, Kanata, Carling Place US New Jersey

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  • Joe HIll
    December 10, 2012 - 21:06

    I wonder if the executives who made this decision considered the impact it will have on employee morale and turnover. This adds another hour to the daily commute if you take the bus, or another half-hour and gas money if you drive. I've been in this situation twice already, and both those companies went downhill fast after the relocation.