Donato Broccolini’s start in the business
Inspired by his uncle and wanting to follow in his footsteps into the construction business in Montreal, Donato Broccolini finished his studies in engineering and then built his first house, which he sold for $16,000. That first project led Donato to build whole blocks of homes and eventually entire neighbourhoods.
Already entrepreneurs from a young age, Joseph, John, Paul and Peter joined their father in order to expand the company's expertise and focus on commercial construction. The company adopts the name Broccolini Construction.
First commercial project
Thanks to the enthusiasm and tenacity that Broccolini has become known for, the owner of Avenue Pontiac Buick awards the company with the contract for the project that became their first 1 million dollar project foray into commercial construction.
After working in collaboration with architect Rick Rubin for the Avenue Pontiac Buick project, the relationship between Broccolini and Rick Rubin continues to thrive while they work together for the construction of a helicopter hangar for Innotech Aviation.
Molson distribution and sorting centre
The construction of the 300,000-sq. ft. Molson bottling and distribution centre was Broccolini's largest project up to that time. Molson needed a facility large enough to handle the reception, sorting and distribution of bottles.
Broccolini was awarded the mandate of its first major retail renovation and expansion of the Cavendish Mall. The company had to overcome a number of challenges to bring this project to life. For example; building a second floor on top of a building for which an expansion was never planned, and having to execute the work without disrupting the shopping centre's existing tenants.
New business opportunity: Real Estate Services
In an effort to distinguish themselves, Broccolini added another string to their bow with the acquisition of their first property, located in the city of Pointe-Claire. This building became the springboard that launched the company into the Real Estate services sector.
Broccolini turns 50
Broccolini marked its 50th year in business. The company celebrated this major milestone surrounded by its employees, suppliers, subcontractors, etc.
Broccolini extends their reach
Anthony Broccolini, Domenic Fabiano and Guy Pelletier leads the company into a new market – Ottawa. The three of them worked together to tackle a project that the company had never built before: a high-rise building. They successfully developed a new niche for the company, helping Broccolini to become a more complete and versatile construction company.
Canadian Tire Distribution Centre
Broccolini was awarded the mandate for the construction of a distribution centre for Canadian Tire located in Coteau-du-Lac. With a surface area of 1.6M sq. ft., this project was the biggest that Broccolini had ever built.
First project in Ottawa: Telus House
After many attempts at gaining a foothold in the Ontario market, Broccolini receives its first noteworthy mandate – the construction of a head office for Telus. In addition to being their first high-rise construction, the building was built according the strict standards of the Canada Green Building Council in order to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Export Development Canada
Following a competitive tenders process, Broccolini was awarded the mandate for the development and construction of the EDC head office building. In addition to achieving LEED Gold certification, Broccolini created a landmark monument which proved to be the largest office construction project built in downtown Ottawa in the last 25 years.
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Broccolini is awarded the contract for the construction of two office buildings for the ministry of PWGSC. Totaling more than 900,000 sq. ft. of LEED-certified office space, Broccolini was able to officially carve out its place for good in the Ontario market and become one of the major players in construction in Ottawa.
The opening of the Toronto office
Now that Broccolini has established its notoriety in the national capital, the company takes on the Toronto market. From renovations to residential industrial, commercial and retail builds, Broccolini's projects only continue to multiply.
Ready to take join the Major League Soccer (MLS), the Montreal Impact required a larger stadium tailored to its future needs. In June 2011, mandated by the team's president Joey Saputo, Broccolini started work on the expansion and modification of the complex. The original stadium accommodated around 13,000 spectators; it can now accommodate up to 20,000 spectators.
The first skyscraper
The members of the company have always had a common goal; to build a skyscraper in Broccolini's hometown of Montreal. Consisting of three sculpted rectilinear volumes, which will create a majestic stepped-tower silhouette, L/Avenue will forever change the Montreal skyline & become the tallest residential tower in the city. Furthermore, the podium of the tower will house businesses & office space & will add architectural richness to the vibrant neighbourhood.
A long and proud history of success
Broccolini launched its operations in 1949 when founder Donato Broccolini built a single-family home in Montreal. From his beginnings in the industry, Donato always stressed the importance of honesty, integrity, perseverance, and an entrepreneurial spirit. But perhaps the most significant values he lived by were the importance of developing lasting relationships – with customers and collaborators alike – as well as an emphatic pride in producing work of exemplary quality. Over the years, these values helped him to develop the trust and confidence of his clients and the business quickly progressed from smaller, more modest constructions to projects and ventures that paved the way for expansion, establishing the basis for the company as it is today.
In the late 1970s, the company shifted its focus from residential construction to the industrial and commercial sectors. In the 1980s, Donato recruited his three sons - John, Joseph and Paul - to support him in running the business. Together, the Broccolinis saw the company move into new markets; building sophisticated retail outlets, manufacturing facilities, and industrial complexes across Quebec. Along the way, Broccolini also expanded into the real estate market, purchasing strategically located land, which in turn became the sites for many of the company’s proudest projects.
Today, three generations of Broccolinis run the business, diligently guiding its growth in Quebec, in Ontario and throughout Canada. Supporting them is a team of more than 300 dedicated employees with experience in disciplines of all kinds; engineering, architecture, real estate, development and, of course, construction.
The way forward
Much has changed since the company was founded. Our firm has expanded significantly, we have diversified our activities, and we build in ways that were unimaginable 60 years ago. Despite these changes, one thing has and always will remain the same. Each member of our team is passionately committed to upholding the Broccolini philosophy; to build great buildings and great relationships.
Broccolini's VALUES & PRINCIPLES
At Broccolini, we continuously strive to uphold our traditional values and consistently adhere to the same high standards that have ensured our company’s success over the past six decades. Since its inception in 1949, our organization has embraced and prioritized the same Core Purpose and the same Values, which form the very essence of the Broccolini spirit.
Our Core Purpose
We develop and build remarkable buildings and foster enduring relationships with our people, our partners and our clients.
Our Brand Promise
We make it happen
We make the process of development and construction easy for our clients. Our dedicated team adopts an integrated approach to design, construction and development and draws on a strong and supportive network of partners to ensure that every project completely satisfies our customer's needs and expectations. The result is a process that unfolds seamlessly and appears effortless.
Whatever the build, the budget, the schedule, Broccolini proudly stands by its promise: We Make It Happen!
Pride and Passion
We are proud of our brand, projects and people. Our pride in all these things is a direct product of our passion for our work. From the smallest detail to the big picture, we commit ourselves fully to every task, approaching every project with the same goal in mind, to be able to say with pride: We built that!
Embodying the entrepreneurial spirit is about more than just having good business sense. It’s about taking initiative, innovating, and putting our creativity, intelligence and skill to work where they are valued most: on our clients’ jobsites.
Collaboration is essential to producing great results. For a project to be completed on time and on budget, every person involved must work together. We believe that collaboration is founded on mutual respect and open and honest communication between our clients, our partners and ourselves.
We deliver on our promises. We act with integrity and with the highest ethical standards in everything we say and do, ensuring that we maintain the trust and respect of our customers, of our partners and of our employees.
From new construction and comprehensive turn-key design-build projects, to expansions, renovations and interior fit-outs, Broccolini can envision, plan, and build the space you need.
We always work in close collaboration with our clients. This enables us to accommodate their specific requirements regarding design and construction, and to meet, or even exceed their expectations in terms of budget and deadlines.
Broccolini’s ultimate aim is to develop lasting relationships with our partners and clients alike. Over the years, this core company philosophy has helped Broccolini earn the standing of trusted partner to many prominent brands and national and international enterprises, including, to name a few, Canadian Tire, Best Buy, Sobeys, Wal-Mart, Costco, Purolator, Tenaquip, Viau Foods, Saks Fifth Avenue, ABB, Mountain Equipment Co-op, XTL Transport, and Public Works and Government Services Canada.
Whether brought on board at the design stage or as general contractor or construction manager, Broccolini offers partnership, professionalism and peace of mind.
Broccolini is a leader in the design and construction of state-of-the art office spaces. We have built everything from custom single-tenant office buildings, multi-tenant complexes and high-rise office buildings, to multi-phase office tower projects and mixed-use buildings. Broccolini also has proven expertise in the development of environmentally friendly office spaces, including LEED certified construction.
As contractor, construction manager and design-builder, Broccolini has built more than 13 million square feet of industrial space. We have developed expertise in every type of industrial buildings, including manufacturing, warehousing, processing, distribution and combined office/industrial facilities. We also have extensive experience in the design and construction of specialized spaces, such as laboratories, clean rooms, refrigerated cold storage facilities and more.
Broccolini has accumulated a remarkable portfolio of retail builds, from outlet malls and shopping centres to standalone retail stores, car dealerships, entertainment venues, restaurants and mixed-use office/retail buildings. We have extensive experience in carrying out complex builds and renovations with minimal disruption to the flow of ongoing commercial activities, allowing clients to continue to operate throughout the renovation or construction process.
Real Estate Development
In recent years, Broccolini has diversified its activities, making a strong move into real estate development. As a developer and property owner with an impressive and diversified portfolio of land and properties, Broccolini designs, builds, and manages state-of-the-art office, industrial and mixed-use buildings and complexes. We can help you find the space you need, in the location you want, and design-build or renovate to your specifications.
In the roles of contractor or construction manager, Broccolini has built several large-scale residential developments including the 155 Redpath condominium project in Toronto, and the Westboro Connection, Life Sciences Condos, and Cathedral Hill projects in Ottawa.
Broccolini is also the developer-builder behind multiple high-profile residential projects, including townhome communities such as the Park Towns development in North York, Toronto, as well as of acclaimed high-rise condominium projects, such as The Slater in Ottawa, and the prestigious 50-storey L’Avenue condominium project in Montreal, the tallest residential building in city.
Backed by a team of experienced in-house real estate professionals, Broccolini develops these residential projects from inception to completion, handling everything from concept development, design and architectural services, and marketing and sales management, to financing, construction management and residential client relations.
Broccolini Construction is a leading single-source provider of construction, development and real-estate services, catering to the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential markets in Canada. Our organization provides a range of services, acting variously as a general contractor, construction manager, project manager and developer.
We provide the crew and manage all contracts with suppliers and subcontractors. Using client-supplied plans, drawings and specs, our skilled team will bring your project to life, on budget and on time.
Take advantage of our considerable expertise right from the pre-construction phase. We will help define the scope, the timeline, and the budget of your project. We’ll administer the subcontracts, and plan and coordinate all the construction from the outset through to delivery.
Design-Build & Turn-Key
Our professionals will work with you to envision, plan, and build the space you need while meeting truly exacting standards: yours and ours! From concept to completion, we deliver peace of mind and pride of ownership.
Real Estate & Development
Broccolini owns an impressive and diversified portfolio of land and properties throughout Ontario and Quebec. Let us help you find the space you need in the location of your choice. We’ll even build or renovate to suit your specific requirements.
At Broccolini, we understand the importance of sustainable building practices. We also know that ‘building green’ requires close collaboration between the design teams, the architects, the engineers, and the client with the common objective of reducing the overall impact of a build on the natural environment.
Broccolini wholly embraces this commitment to ‘green building’ by advocating for sustainable design and construction at every opportunity, encouraging clients to consider environmentally-friendly building products and practices and helping them to become even more environmentally responsible.
Since 2002, Broccolini is proud to have built numerous LEED-Certified properties across Ontario and Quebec. Some certified as high as LEED Platinum.
Established since 1949, Broccolini has enjoyed a long history of success. Happily, this success has provided us with the ability to give back. As a family-owned, family-run business, it has always been important to us to contribute to the community whenever and wherever possible.
Over the years, we have been fortunate enough to be able to support many community and philanthropic organizations through donations and through the sponsorship and promotion of a number of charitable events. Since its inception, Broccolini has contributed more than $ 1.5M in support of a variety of organizations, including the Montreal Children's Hospital, the Jewish General Hospital, the Montreal Heart Institute, the Santa Cabrini Foundation, the HMR Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program, the Shriners Hospital Foundation, the Italian-Canadian Community Foundation, the Montreal Canadiens Foundation, the Thoracic Surgery Research Foundation, Centraide and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
As the old adage says, “Charity begins at home”. As we continue to enjoy success and to expand our company’s reach in Canada, it is our wish and intention to continue to support such causes and to further develop our rich tradition of engagement in every community that Broccolini calls home.