Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina–Fort York, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced on May 30th, a $4.1-million investment to build a 10-storey tall wood building in Toronto.
Exciting morning with a big reveal! @TOAdamVaughan announced $4.1 Million for The Arbour from the Government of Canada. The funding is part of the Green Construction through Wood Program (GCWood) launched by @NRCan Thank you! @wood_works @moriyamateshima @actonostry #MyGBC pic.twitter.com/MV2ukFYaXt
— George Brown College (@GBCollege) May 30, 2019
Construction of The Arbour, a $134-million project at George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus, will use an estimated 3,000 cubic metres of wood and will be a new, net-zero carbon emissions academic wood structure.
George Brown College announced in late March 2018 that Moriyama & Teshima Architects + Acton Ostry Architects had been selected from a shortlist of four projects to design The Arbour. The Arbour will house the School of Architectural Studies and the School of Computer Technology.
Busy day in the riding. Began with $4.1m grant for George Brown College for new school of design on the waterfront/a pic.twitter.com/KiVoSod32w
— Adam Vaughan 🇨🇦 (@TOAdamVaughan) May 31, 2019
Poised to transform the Toronto skyline, the team’s eye-catching design for the planned facility features breathing rooms — using solar chimney systems to capture and harness light and air for sustainable natural ventilation. The building design also offers flexibility of learning spaces, enabling walls to expand and contract as needed, as well as a “Made in Canada” approach using nationally sourced mass wood components.
“Mass timber engineering keeps getting better, creating new opportunities in the Canadian construction industry. We know how important innovative forest products are to meeting climate change targets, creating jobs, stimulating economic growth and building more resilient communities.” said Vaughan.
We are pleased to announce a Government of Canada investment of $4.1 million to construct #TheArbour Ontario’s 1st mass-timber, low-carbon institutional building. Funding is part of the #Green Construction through #Wood Program (GCWood) launched by @NRCan #green @TOAdamVaughan pic.twitter.com/kmN9xrstQB
— George Brown College (@GBCollege) May 30, 2019
Construction of this $130-million building is scheduled to begin in 2021 at the southeast corner of Queens Quay East and Lower Sherbourne Street, across the street from the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences at Waterfront Campus.
Both during its construction and once complete, The Arbour will serve as a living laboratory where students and researchers will learn to design, construct, operate and monitor climate-friendly buildings. It will also house a new childcare facility to serve the growing community.
“The funding announcement in support of The Arbour at George Brown College is not only essential for the project, it is an important investment in our collective low-carbon future. The funding will, among many other benefits, make possible the testing and development of the project’s structural innovations as well as enable the rigorous proofs required to introduce changes to the building codes. Achieving The Arbour, a larger scale low-carbon, highly sustainable public building, will open doors for the future developments and accelerate the growth of the mass timber industry in Canada by inspiring change.” said Carol Phillips, Moriyama & Teshima Architects.
George Brown continues to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable development with The Arbour. The college aiming to construct a net-positive building. The Arbour will be flexible and future proof, equipped with smart building systems that are networked, intelligent and adaptable. The building will also be designed to adjust to changing academic uses and a changing climate.
According to Natural Resources Canada, “Residential and commercial buildings are a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and using low-carbon construction products, such as wood, supports Canada’s climate change objectives. Building tall with wood also means using advanced wood building systems and engineered mass timber products to meet and exceed building code requirements.”
The Arbour is the first project funded through the Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) program, which received $39.8 million over four years in Budget 2017. GCWood encourages the use of wood in non-traditional construction projects, such as tall buildings, low-rise non-residential buildings and bridges. It aims to position Canada as a world leader in tall wood construction and the low-carbon economy.
The Arbour will also serve as an important research centre focused on mass-timber construction. The Mass Timber Research Hub will support the development of innovative new ideas and practices in sustainable building. George Brown College Professor Christopher Timusk will serve as our Mass Timber Research Chair. Timusk is a specialist in the areas of building sciences and wood composite materials.