A centerpiece of the Saint John skyline is turning 50 years old. Commercial Properties’ Brunswick House, on the corner of King Street and Chipman Hill in the heart of the Uptown, was fully occupied in 1967 and today remains home to many top financial, legal and consulting firms.
It is Saint John’s original Class A high rise office building.
Brunswick House was constructed by John (Jack) Irving and continues to be managed by Commercial Properties Limited, led by his son John Irving. Commercial Properties has invested millions in maintaining the building’s status as one of the top office locations in New Brunswick.
RBC Dominion Securities, Deloitte and Stewart McKelvey have been tenants in the building for the last 50 years, a testament to its benefits as a business location. “Brunswick House has been an excellent home base for our firm,” said Lydia Bugden, CEO and managing partner of Stewart McKelvey.
“As a tenant since the building’s opening, we have had the unique opportunity to grow and change alongside Brunswick House. We couldn’t be happier with our experience here.”
With over 100,000 square feet of commercial space on its 14 floors, Brunswick House is still one of the tallest buildings in Saint John half a century after its opening. Tenants enjoy panoramic views of the Saint John Harbour, and their offices are steps away from busy pedestrian areas.
The building is part of the “Inside Connection,” a pedway system connecting various uptown structures including Market Square, Harbour Station, the Mercantile Centre, the Aquatic Centre, the Hilton and Delta hotels and Brunswick Square.
Over the past decade, Commercial Properties Limited has made continuous improvements to Brunswick House’s infrastructure, including a major replacement project in 2016 focused on the building’s heating and cooling plant.
“Our commitment to continually reinvesting in Brunswick House has boosted the building’s energy efficiency and led to its ongoing certification as a Silver Level BOMA BEST building,” said Paul Moore, general manager of Commercial Properties.
“Brunswick House was the first privately-owned building in New Brunswick to be honoured with this high-level environmental distinction from BOMA Canada.”