- About Holman Centre
The Holman Centre
Within its 100,000 square feet of open space, unique offices, ranging from 1,000 to 30,000 square feet, are configured for each business and aligned in clusters to foster collaborative and creative energy. There are 5 floors to consider, so how close would you like to be to the refreshing rooftop terrace?
Building on the strength of the past, extending into the endless possibilities of the future, when you say, "We're in The Holman Centre", they immediately know where you are - in the heart of bustling, downtown Historic Summerside.
- About Summerside
Living, Working and Playing in Summerside
"There has been very little turnover and we have good quality staff. We have had easy access to staff and that is the most critical thing."
Excerpt from an interview with David Perry, Carestream Health
For those who are currently working and living in most technology-savvy Canadian cities, it can be difficult to imagine no traffic jams, no major commute to work, no smog or air pollution.
Currently a community of 16,000 residents, Summerside is poised for expansion. It serves an extended area of over 45,000 year round and its location on the eastern seaboard provides easy access to the world.
In the city's downtown core there are many specialty shops, restaurants and attractions just a few steps away from Summerside's boardwalk and a gentle stroll along the water's edge.
Having a modern outlook and preparing for the influx of people who want to live in a safer, more family oriented environment, Summerside has established itself as a desirable and affordable city. The living is easy in Summerside!
- Leasing Opportunities
The Innovation and Development Labour Rebate (IDLR) applies to projects in support of the development and/or commercialization of new products, processes and services that will be sold primarily beyond the borders of PEI. It is equal to 37.5 per cent of eligible salaries and wages (incremental, full time positions of 1850 hours) for the first year of a position.
The Rental Incentive Program provides a rebate of $6.00 per square foot on an annual rate of the lease cost not including utilities, taxes, and inside maintenance to businesses leasing incremental space in any community for establishment and expansion. The maximum eligible space is 10,000 square feet and the program is for the first year of a lease. The eligible company is required to sign a five year lease to qualify.
We currently have 40,000 sq ft in the Holman Centre and various other buildings and properties for lease and for sale throughout the City of Summerside
For more information, contact:
Arnold Croken, Cert. C.R. General Manager
Summerside Regional Development Corporation Ltd.
268 Water Street Summerside, PE C1N 1B6
News and News Archives about Holman Centre Complete history of the Holman Centre development from conception to current. Includes articles from Journal-Pioneer newspaper about Summerside and Holman Centre.
Holman Centre is downtown Summerside at 250 Water Street...
Great access to the world! Direct flights to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax year round. Summerside is in the AST/ADT and is -4 hours Coordinated Universal Time. Excellent for doing business on a global scale. Four hours ahead of the Pacific Coast and 5 1/2 hours behind India their working day will meet at some point with your working day.
Cost Effective Location - 30% savings over San Fransisco, Boston and Vancouver...
Software developers available from $40k per year out of university to $70k with 2-5 yrs experience. Further if you are looking to import out of country workers we have a streamlined plan that makes the process much quicker and easier.
Draw staff from UPEI, Holland College and 17 other universities within a 4 hour drive...
UPEI & Holland College offer programs in Computer Science, Nursing and Radiography as well as announced Health Informatics programs in 1, 2 and 4 yr programs. Atlantic Canada is a fast growing region and there are a depth of universities within the region.
Your current staff will love PEI!
Safe, clean place to raise a family with affordable housing market. There are larger urban areas including Halifax within a 3 to 4 hour drive. The Confederation Bridge means being able to access New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on your schedule.
The Province of PEI offers attractive incentives...
Attractive labour rebates available for up to 5 years, refunded quarterly without reference to taxes. These rebates come directly from the provincial government as a cheque to your firm.
...and other incentives include...
Up to $6 per sq. ft. rebate on your leasing costs. This makes Holman Centre even more competitive in terms of cost. The Holman Centre is currently $18 per sq. ft. per year and with the $6 rebate this means your effective cost will be $12 per sq. ft.
The Holman Centre infrastructure...
We are working on an Interoperablilty Lab as well as a Usability Lab concept with UPEI. $7m has been invested in the Holman Centre to make it an IT Health Cluster. With geothermal power and fibre optics throughout the Holman Centre is the ideal location for your IT development business.
The advantage of being SMALL...
It's good to be small, you don't get lost in the bureaucracy; meetings with officials and politicians can be had simply by asking. In short, you will be part of the business community on the Island.
Hiring on PEI
First and foremost it was the staffing capabilities. PEI in general has been easy, but Summerside has worked out very well for us. There has been very little turnover and we have good quality staff. We have had easy access to staff and that is the most critical thing. There has been easy access to infrastructure as well. What they have done to the building we use, our telecommunications provider, etc. - there have been no show stoppers to our ability to operate here. We've had groups like SRDC that have been essentially enablers for us to work here as well. And so, aside from facilities and aside from infrastructure, the thing that has really made it easy for us here is the availability of talented people.
An Interview with David Perry, Carestream Health
Leasing Opportunities in Summerside
We have just over 60,000 sq ft of fully configurable open plan space available in the Holman Centre waiting for companies seeking to locate to our Health IT cluster. In addition for companies not in a position to lease in the Holman Centre either due to cost or other specialized needs we have compiled a resource here of other Summerside commercial properties for lease.
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Office Space Available
Holman Centre Suite 203-204
Located in the historic Holman building, this second floor space includes 6,000 sqft of class 'A' professional office space. The exposed brick sanded, and sealed walls reflect the character of this remodeled 150 year old historic property. The space is heated/cooled with a geothermal system so is not reliant on fossil fuels. Back up emergency power is available if needed as well as UPS service.
Holman Centre Suite 300
This space totals 2,000 sqft of class 'A' professional office space. This space reflects the character of this remodeled 150 year old Historic property. This space is hard wired with fiber for work stations to be relocated throughout. The space is heated/cooled with a geothermal system so is not reliant on fossil fuels. Back up emergency power is supplied. The large windows facing east and south, offer a bird's eye view of the Downtown area and is located next door to our most successful E-Health/ IT company tenant.
Holman Centre Suite 303-304
This space totals 9500 sq. ft. of class 'A' professional office space. The exposed brick sanded and sealed reflects the character of this remodeled 150 year old Historic property. This space is hard wired with fiber for work stations to be relocated throughout. It has a separate full functioning kitchen and attached conference room as well as a dedicated server room. The space is heated/cooled with a geothermal system so is not reliant on fossil fuels. Back up emergency power is supplied as well as UPS service.
The Holman CentreHealth IT cluster and interoperability centre for your e-health software research, development and support.
The Holman Centre currently has available prime Summerside office space for lease completely serviced for Health IT cluster with twisted pair 400 fibre optics and emergency backup generator and UPS. Power is supplied through a 600V 3 phase 120/208 connected to municipally owned utility. The building features Geo Thermal heating and cooling.
The Holman Centre is ideal for:
Small to medium-sized niche firms (especially those seeking a Health IT cluster or community) with a focus on development or support
Companies seeking a prime test ground for products as part of their R&D (again with the Health IT cluster model in mind)
Firms seeking an environment where like-minded companies can collaborate and innovate, a Health IT community
Companies with smaller workforce requirements, but who will benefit from the unparallelled loyalty and work ethic of islanders
Companies seeking a state of the art smart building with green principles and the infrastructure required to create a Health IT cluster and interoperablility lab
Firms that will realize meaningful benefits from the aggressive incentives and competitive cost offered in Prince Edward Island
Firms that seek the use of an interoperability lab
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History of the Holman CentreFormerly PEI's largest retail store, R.T. Holman
The Holman Centre, at 250 Water Street, was the department store of Prince Edward Island's largest retail firm, R. T. Holman Ltd., which was founded in 1857, before Confederation. The Holman Centre boasts many interesting architectural features and these have been combined with modern updates to create an eclectic workplace environment guaranteed to motivate your IT workforce.
Holman Centre SpecificationsWhat our building has to offer!
The Holman Centre is located in downtown Summerside in western PEI. The building originally built in 1857 has 4 floors and 100,000 sq. ft. of modern updated space. The complete building has been remodelled to provide custom configurable spaces for IT and Health IT companies seeking a place to locate that affords an available, dependable workforce as well as central world-wide convenience both of location and time zone.
Why the Holman Centre, Summerside & PEIWhat does PEI and Summerside have to offer
Easy access to qualified staff with very little turnover reduces the costs associated with training and acclimatizing new staff. Staff stay with companies and average of 8.6 yrs which is the highest retention rate in Canada
An educated IT workforce are close at hand. UPEI offers Computer Science, Nursing and Radiology with Health Informatics about to be offered in 1 yr, 2 yr and 4 yr programs. This area draws from 17 universities in the radius of a 4 hour drive.
Summerside real estate is affordable, little crime, no commutes, and a place promoting strong family values makes Summerside an attractive proposition for your new IT workforce moving from larger, urban areas while larger centres with urban services are available within a 3 hour drive.
The above means reduced staffing costs; Jnr Coder out of University under $40,000 per year; with 2-5 yrs experience under $70,000. PEI offers up to 30% savings over larger more urban areas for advanced software development
Reduced building costs with Summerside commercial leasing rates from $12 to $20 per sq ft. Holman Centre is currently offered at $18 per sq ft
The province of PEI offers incentives including labour rebates up to 37.5%, research assistance programs as well as programs designed to subsidize lease rates up to $6 per sq ft.
PEI is working on the development of an interoperability lab
Management & Ownership of Holman CentreSummerside Regional Development Corp.
Summerside Regional Development Corporation ( SRDC) is a private corporation registered in the province of PEI with a mission statement which focuses on the "development of new and underutilized properties in the Summerside region for economic development purposes" The Corporation is owed by three shareholders (Province of PEI 75%, City of Summerside 15% and the Greater Summerside area Chamber of Commerce 10%) The corporation operates with a nine person volunteer Board of Directors and a management team conducting day to day business for the Corporation.
The Corporation focus on economic development is concentrated on diversifying the local economy and enhancing the climate for new investment. On an ongoing basis the corporation works with government leaders, private industry and interested individuals from and throughout the region and beyond to promote Summerside and the advantages to business establishing here where technology plays a leading edge role. In the case of the Holman Centre the board has determined and the government supports their goal to provide human resources and real property infrastructure to create a Health IT cluster of companies working on both software and hardware projects for the Health IT sector and further to assist in the development of Health IT software to create an interoperability lab.
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