Canadian Consulting Engineer

Stantec’s offices used to film “The Firm”

If you're watching TV and suddenly you think you're working at Stantec - don't be surprised.

March 19, 2012   Canadian Consulting Engineer

If you’re watching TV and suddenly you think you’re working at Stantec – don’t be surprised.

Stantec’s downtown Toronto office has been used as the primary location for the NBC and Global television series, The Firm. The new series is based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham. Stantec’s office stands in for the offices of the law firm where the lead character, Mitchell McDeere (Josh Lucas) works.

The Stantec offices are a recently converted 19th-century factory in Toronto’s historic Garment District at the corner of Spadina Avenue and Wellington Street West. Stantec renovated the 5,000-m2 post and beam structure into a large open-concept studio, moving in 2007.

Dathe Wong of Stantec says the film crews came in on Friday afternoons last summer and spent the entire weekends shooting there. They mainly used the common areas like the double-height lobby and meeting rooms, says Wong.

The Firm series, which is a sequel to the plot of Grisham’s 1991 novel, has been called

a “straightforward, one-man-against-the-system story,” involving a “scrappy, Everyman lawyer fighting against Big Corruption.”

Wong says they believe the Stantec offices were chosen because it represents a good backdrop for an “up and coming” law firm as opposed to a more conservative, “stodgy” organization.

CCE featured the Stantec renovation in December 2008. Click here.


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