Market Square expansion to begin immediately

SAINT JOHN - The city's economy received a vote of confidence Tuesday when the Hardman Group announced plans to begin a 40,000-square-foot expansion at Market Square.

The additional space will be added along Smythe and Union streets to house the offices of Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories Inc., a current tenant of Market Square at dockside. The Genesys centre in Saint John provides support, quality-assurance testing and software development for clients throughout North and South America.

"We are excited about being a part of this positive growth for the city," said Colin Whitcomb, executive vice-president of the Hardman Group.

"The expansion will build on the growth Genesys is experiencing and will bring more positive changes to the city as we develop the new wing and position new tenants in the dockside space".

Since 1993, the Hardman Group has been involved in improvements to Market Square. The historic facility, a recipient of several design awards, is now considered one of New Brunswick's most popular destinations for both locals and tourists, bringing thousands to the waterfront to explore, shop, dine and be entertained, Whitcomb said.

Genesys' Saint John operation is its main Canadian location and an important part of its global operations, he said. With the recent transfer of 20 positions from headquarters in California and the addition of several new positions, the Saint John office currently employs more than 130 people who have been working out of two locations.

Genesys and the Hardman Group are collaborating to design and create a modern office space that is large enough to accommodate the company's current needs while allowing for future growth, Whitcomb said. Construction on the new three-story addition to Market Square will begin immediately and will be completed by the end of this year.

Genesys employees will enjoy being located near the waterfront in the uptown with easy access to Harbour Passage and the pedway link to restaurants, shopping, services and fitness facilities, Whitcomb said.

The Hardman Group has a long history of developing projects in the Atlantic provinces.

In recent years, the firm has been working with the city to develop the waterfront Coast Guard site into a new urban community that will include condominiums, a new hotel for the city as well as commercial and retail space.


Source - Telegraph Journal February 18, 2009