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Waterloo, Ontario

New Home for TextNow in evolv1 Building

TextNow, a Waterloo-based software firm and the world’s first cloud-based phone carrier, now occupies 40,000 square feet of evolv1, Canada’s first net zero positive office building. This state-of-the-art building gives back more energy than it uses. Green features include a geothermal heating and cooling system, a 40,000-litre cistern for rainwater harvesting, more than 1,000 solar panels, a 40-foot living plant wall, smart LEDs, and 28 electric vehicle charging stations.

The office layout has collaborative spaces throughout, providing an environment for teams to break out and step away from their routine while providing the openness needed to push the boundaries of innovation. This spacious, bright and open design truly articulates the company’s culture. Employees enjoy a variety of onsite amenities including a cafeteria (with free meals daily), an employee lounge with video games and foosball, a pub complete with beer tap and fireplace, massage therapy room, and free access to a 4,000 square foot fitness centre.


Gensler Architecture & Design Canada Inc., Smith + Andersen Consulting Engineering



Project Duration

May 2018 - September 2018


40,000 sq ft



Project Type

Construction Management

What our clients have to say...

"...From the senior team at Melloul-Blamey to our site supervisor, all interactions were efficient and clear. There was a deep understanding of our goals, timeline and budget and all members of the Melloul-Blamey team were educated and aware...Overall we are more than pleased with Melloul-Blamey and their customer first mentality."

Lindsay Gibson