Halifax's Ecology Action Centre to expand office

The Ecology Action Centre, a Halifax-based environmental group, has outgrown its home so it's adding another floor to it.

Extra space, energy saving improvements part of upgrade

What the renovated building will look like. Design drawing by Solterre Design and Tekton Construction. (Ecology Action Centre website)

The Ecology Action Centre has outgrown its Halifax home so it's adding another floor to it.

The environmental group moved to its home on Fern Lane, in the city's north end, 10 years ago. At the time, there was a lot of space in the two-storey building.

Now, there are 40 employees crammed into every nook and corner. In one office, eight people sit elbow to elbow. The boardroom is no longer useful for staff meetings or community functions.

The centre is taking out a mortgage on the building so it can add a third floor.

Office manager Maggie Burns says the renovations will also see extra insulation in the roof and basement, increased accessibility for people in wheelchairs, and a shower room for those who bike to work.

"Between the extra space, the more welcoming entrance and significant energy efficiency improvements, we think it's going to be a really remarkable building," she said.

The solar panels — a key element of the current setup — will be added to the new roof.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring and conclude by the fall.