Kingston, Jamaica, Tuesday, March 19, 2013: Just a few weeks after opening its doors to over 1300 employees in its Group and Jamaica operations, Digicel has now officially opened its Regional Headquarters in Downtown Kingston with a ceremony held at its offices on Tuesday, 19th March.
Since its launch in Jamaica in 2001, the Digicel Group and Jamaica offices operated from two separate offices in New Kingston. When the company decided to combine both operations under one roof and set out to find a location for its Regional Headquarters, its Chairman and Founder, Denis O’Brien picked Jamaica – where Digicel started its operations nearly twelve years ago.
With Digicel known for always seizing the opportunity to do things differently, its design team was tasked with conceiving a facility that, as much as possible, made use of alternative energies and was environmentally friendly. This move is also in line with the company’s global commitment to green initiatives, and what has resulted today, is the “greenest office building in the Caribbean”, which makes use of solar and wind power. Other environmentally-friendly and energy-saving features of the building include:
* Low water consumption through the use of sensor taps, low water usage toilets and the re-use of rainwater
* Fly wheel heat exchangers which cool the incoming fresh air
* High levels of natural light through the use of un-tinted glass façades
* Shading outside the wall of the building to allow light in but reduce heat gain
* Low power consumption LED lighting fixtures
* Use of a Building Management System geared to energy saving through the efficient control of lighting and cooling
In attendance to share the historic milestone for the company were Prime Minister the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, Honourable Phillip Paulwell, Honourable Wykeham McNeill, Honourable Andrew Holness, Mayor Angella Brown Burke, representatives from corporate Jamaica and the downtown business district. Digicel Ambassadors including Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were also in attendance, along with Digicel employees from Jamaica and across the region.
Speaking briefly at the event, Denis O’Brien, Chairman and founder of Digicel Group, comments; “I must thank our loyal and valued customers and of course our fantastic staff. The Digicel success story is built on the efforts and hard graft of our talented and committed people – and our global expansion has been fuelled by the ongoing efforts of our amazing team right here in Jamaica”.
Mr. O’Brien continues, “Dynamic, challenging and dedicated are our Be Extraordinary values – and our staff truly embody those qualities. I would like to pay tribute to them and join with them in assuring our customers that we will never stand still. Day in, day out, we are working to ensure that our customers benefit from the best value, service and network, and we constantly strive to earn their trust and their loyalty. This building is dedicated to them and to all our Digicel colleagues across the globe.”
The building, which was dedicated by Very Reverend Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon, was declared officially open with the symbolic unveiling of a plaque in its lobby by Digicel’s Chairman and founder, Denis O’Brien, Prime Minister Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller and Brandon Thompson, special needs student from the STEP Centre.
Hilary Sherlock, Principal of the STEP Centre – the first of three special needs schools to be built by the Digicel Foundation - praised Digicel for its commitment to special needs by choosing Brandon to represent the ‘special needs’ community in this milestone. “This affirmation of Brandon's strong and joyful spirit confirms the Digicel Foundation's commitment to all Jamaica's too often neglected very special people." Brandon’s name is also inscribed in the plaque that is now displayed in the Digicel Building’s lobby as a symbol of Digicel’s commitment to Jamaica’s special needs community.
Other features of the building include:
- A state-of-the-art full service retail store which boasts the largest touchscreen in the Caribbean
- An Executive Briefing Centre offering the latest solutions for businesses, including HD video conferencing
- Six historical 100mm cannons and one anchor displayed outside the food court
- Fitness Centre open to the public
- Food court with three restaurants open to the public