After sitting vacant for more than two years, a former bank in downtown Orillia is getting a new lease on life.
In December, Steenhof Building Services Group purchased the old RBC building at Peter and Colborne streets, which closed in October 2017. The company is in the process of moving in and will open in its new location on Tuesday.
“The move was initiated due to wanting to have a more collaborative working area with everyone on one floor,” said Cathy Herrington, director of finance with Steenhof.
In the company’s current location at 126 Mississaga St. E., staff are working on different floors of the building. The new facility will have an open concept, which will be beneficial since staff are often working on the same projects, just in different roles.
“Designers and engineers can learn from each other when they’re working on a project. All they have to do is turn around and they’re able to collaborate,” Herrington said.
Since the sale closed in December, “minor renovations” have been undertaken inside, she said, noting exterior renovations will happen in the spring.
“We have the best trades working on this project,” she said.
In addition to its Orillia location, Steenhof has offices in Port Carling and Calgary. It has 28 staff members in Orillia.
“They’re very excited (about the move),” Herrington said. “We’re looking forward to a continued presence in downtown Orillia.”
Miller Health will be moving into the Mississaga Street building vacated by Steenhof. In an Instagram post, Miller Health noted both of its current locations — Miller Health Centre on Albert Street and Movement Physiotherapy on Memorial Avenue — “will transition into this new space with a new name, Miller Health.”
“Why? 10,000 square feet of space to meet all of your health needs, state-of-the-art rehab space, loads of free parking.”
The new health hub will open in the spring.