TRCA Receives $2 Million Fund from NRCan to Construct a Mass Timber Office Building

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has received $2 million in funding from Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) program to construct the group’s four-storey mass timber net-zero office building.

According to the TRCA, the GCWood program supports Canada’s transition to a more wood-inclusive construction industry by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Architectural rendering of TRCA’s new four-storey mass timber office building; Photo Courtesy of trca.ca

The structure will be built with glue-laminated timber, an engineered wood product that is bonded together with durable, moisture-resistant structural adhesive.

Designed by ZAS Architects and Bucholz McEvoy Architects, with the structural engineering by RJC Engineers, the 8,100 sq. m. office building will act as a living laboratory for developers, professionals, researchers, and students, as well as accommodate over 400 TRCA staff.

The project is also designed to achieve zero carbon, Toronto Green Standard Tier 2 or higher, LEED v.4 Platinum and WELL Silver building certifications.

“On behalf of TRCA, I would like to thank Natural Resources Canada for encouraging greater use of wood in construction projects and contributing funding to our new mass timber office building through their GCWood Program. By helping TRCA build with wood, the Government of Canada is investing in sustainability, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping TRCA set a high benchmark for the construction of new commercial buildings,” said Jennifer Innis, chair, TRCA.

TRCA’s new administrative office building will be located at 5 Shoreham Drive in Toronto near York University.

The building design features:

  • Solar thermal panels on the roof;
  • Four solar chimneys;
  • Waterwalls to reduce energy use;
  • Electric vehicle charging stations;
  • Rainwater harvesting to irrigate a green roof

Canadianconsultingengineer.com reports that the project team includes:

Construction is to begin this year with occupancy scheduled for June 2021.

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