KingSett Capital and WiredScore, the company behind the world’s leading rating system for technological capacity in commercial buildings, have announced that 66 and 130 Slater Street in Ottawa are the first office properties in Canada’s capital to commit to the Wired Certification platform. In addition to leading the Ottawa market in the adoption of Wired Certification, KingSett Capital has also signed up its remaining Downtown Toronto office portfolio after certifying Scotia Plaza at the Platinum level during WiredScore’s Toronto launch in October 2017.66 and 130 Slater Street are located in the heart of Ottawa’s downtown Central Business District. The buildings are in close proximity to the Parliament Buildings, numerous other government offices, premium shops, restaurants, and other amenities. The properties are currently undergoing Wired Certification assessments to benchmark the properties’ digital infrastructure.
Landlords use Wired Certification to provide transparency about the quality of internet connectivity in office spaces. The WiredScore team also helps commercial owners understand and improve the digital capacity of their buildings and works with developers to design best-in-class connectivity for new developments and redeveloped properties.
"KingSett Capital is committed to serving our tenants to the highest standards, with connectivity and technology becoming increasingly essential to that mission,” said William Logar, Executive Vice President of Asset Management for KingSett Capital. “After achieving Platinum Wired Certification at Scotia Plaza in Toronto, we are continuing to certify our office assets and thrilled to announce we will be the first commercial owner to certify office properties in Ottawa at 66 and 130 Slater Street."
In pursuing Wired Certification, KingSett Capital’s office assets in Toronto and Ottawa will undergo a comprehensive certification process that evaluates the aspects of digital infrastructure that support resilient, reliable internet connectivity for businesses.
Upon review of the buildings’ internet service providers available to tenants, infrastructure redundancy, connection access points, and readiness to meet future tenant needs, a Wired Certification level is assigned based on the official standards developed by WiredScore and its connectivity advisory board with representatives from Google Fiber, Rudin Management, Arup, WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Zayo Group.
“As WiredScore prepared to enter the Canadian market, we commissioned a report to collect data on the current state of connectivity for office tenants. We found that while 99% of office workers surveyed believe that access to reliable internet is critical to their business, over 90% experience connectivity issues in the office on a regular basis,” said Phil Kanfer, North American Director of Business Development for WiredScore. “KingSett Capital’s decision to expand Certification across their portfolio is a testament to their commitment to improving the tenant connectivity experience.”