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A view inside the communal kitchen and hangout space at Shopify Toronto

How does a great idea – and a great design – become a great space? While the vision of a designer and their client sparks the creative process, turning that vision into a reality is another story. Construction is a complex undertaking – one that involves a multitude of tradespeople, engineers and stakeholders. For designers and end-users alike, shepherding a design through to completion can be a daunting task, especially given that negotiating this process can make or break the project. Enter Alliance Construction. 

Azure Campari Toronto Office by I-V
The intricately laminated bar is a highlight at Campari’s Toronto office, designed by I-V.

Drawing on extensive experience, the Toronto-based company specializes in the construction process from conception to completion – and every stage in between. Combining the expertise of the construction industry’s biggest players with the personal touch of a boutique firm, Alliance Construction’s diverse and extensive portfolio ranges from highly technical projects like Mississauga’s Lululemon Distribution Centre and the upgrade of hangar fire protection services at Pearson International Airport to design-oriented showpieces including the Toronto offices for Live Nation and Campari – as well as Shopify’s marquee downtown workspace.

Trim coral couches in angular forms reinforce Campari’s cohesive visual language.

Led by an experienced team of site supervisors and managers, Alliance brings a bespoke approach to each project. “At least one of the firm’s founding partners oversees every single project,” says Alliance partner Paul Hall.

A view of the Lululemon distribution centre.
A view of the Lululemon distribution centre.

The meticulous and detail-oriented approach shows in the results. At Toronto’s impressive Shopify offices, for example, the quality and precision of the installations helps tie together an eclectic, playful design aesthetic in a space that accommodates high traffic and varied uses – including Shopify’s in-house craft workshop. 

The in-house craft workshop at Shopify Toronto, completed by Alliance Construction.
A high-traffic area, Shopfiy’s in-house workshop is built to stand up to industrial wear.

“We have a tremendous amount of respect for designers,” says Alliance partner Fraser Muir, “and we’re committed to bringing their visions to life.” Here, the company’s studied and personalized approach is vital: Alliance listens. “We aren’t one of the giants of the industry – and we don’t want to be,” says partner Kevin Porter.

Live Nation’s Toronto office.

Offering a vital link between the diverse sets of design and construction professionals that shape spaces large and small, the firm’s knowledgeable, design-driven presence is a quiet but essential element of a project’s success.

This content was published by Azure on behalf of Alliance Construction.

Concept to Creation: How Alliance Construction Brings Design to Life

From showpiece offices for the likes of Shopify and Campari to a range of complex technical spaces, the Toronto-based company combines proven industry experience with a personalized approach to every project.

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