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BCLC reviewing future office needs

August 25, 2016 8:17 A.M.

While renewing a pledge to maintain its corporate headquarters in the city, B.C. Lottery Corporation (BCLC) confirmed Thursday that it is reviewing its office needs.

Through a request for proposal (RFP), BCLC has selected Avison Young Commercial Real Estate as its real estate adviser to assist in the review, planning and delivery of BCLC’s office space requirements in Kamloops.

The current head office on West Victoria is more than 50 years old and many of its mechanical, electrical and structural components are original. If the Crown corporation remains at its present location, those components would have to be replaced.

Jim Lightbody, CEO, said the company is investigating all options, including the possibility of building a new office centre next to is existing property. The review could take up to a year, he said. 

The next steps will require real estate consultant to assist in development of a business case to determine BCLC’s potential options in Kamloops. BCLC will analyze the options to ultimately determine the most efficient and cost effective solution that will service us in the long-term, and make its decision public at that time.

BCLC’s head office houses its customer support call centre, data centre, information technology and finance functions along with a significant portion of the security, human resources and executive team. 

BCLC also has a marketing and sales office in Vancouver, which it will continue to maintain.

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