Sustainable design at core of Toronto's first planned Toronto’s first tall wood building

Sustainable design at core of Toronto's first planned Toronto’s first tall wood building

Rendering courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects and Acton Ostry Architects

Timber increasingly is becoming a core component of high-performance buildings around the world. It soon will be the foundation for a 12-story structure on Toronto’s eastern waterfront. 

George Brown College has unveiled plans to erect the province’s first tall institutional wood building, reports Canadian Manufacturing.

Dubbed the Arbour, the building will serve as a campus building for the downtown Toronto college and house approximately 175,000 square feet of floor space. It will cost about $130 million to build, and construction is expected to begin in 2021.

“The Arbour is destined to become a landmark in the city, driving forward advancements in sustainable innovation and green buildings throughout Canada,” Anne Sado, the college’s president, said in a statement. “We hope that this building will serve as an example on how we can incorporate sustainability into all aspects of our lives, including where we learn, work and play.”

Geroge Brown picked the winning design team from a field of four finalists, determining the winner based on the innovative use of wood, energy use and building resilience, among other factors. Vancouver-based Acton Ostry Architects also recently completed work on the 18-story Brock Commons Tallwood House at the University of British Columbia. 

Recent advancements, such as special cross-laminated timber plates that function like concrete slabs, have made taller wood buildings feasible. The approach is seen as sustainable and supportive of broader Canadian industries. 

The Arbour is expected to become home to Canada’s first Tall Wood Research Institute. It will also house the George Brown school of Computer Technology and other research facilities dedicated to climate-friendly building practices. 


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