Two towers awarded Toronto’s first LEED EB:OM Platinum certifications

Menkes Union Tower Inc., also known as Telus House Toronto, has become Toronto’s first building to receive a LEED Platinum certification under the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance program, and, with LEED CS and CI Gold certifications, one of the few buildings in Canada to achieve triple LEED certification.

The development team include managing partner Menkes Developments Ltd., Alcion Ventures and HOOPP Realty Inc. Adamson Associates Architects and Sweeney Sterling Finlay & Co. are the architects.

Located on the North East corner of York St. and Bremner Blvd., and completed October 29, 2009, the 781,236-sq.-ft. Class-A office tower building achieved outstanding results in each LEED category through a variety of measures including raised floor cold air delivery, deep water cooling, built-in blinds and perimeter radiant panels, all of which help reduce greenhouse emissions, minimize operating expenses and provide the ultimate in year-round comfort for tenants, their employees and visitors to the building.

The building has achieved other awards in addition to LEED certification including; BOMA Best Level 4; HOOPP LEAP Award, 1st place – Energy Performance Certificate; 2010 Design Exchange Award, Architecture Commercial – Bronze.

“The Menkes Property Management team sets an excellent example of providing a comfortable working environment for all tenants while using sustainable initiatives to improve daily operations in the building. Being the first LEED Platinum tower in the downtown core shows their dedication to both tenant comfort and sustainability,” says Jolene McLaughlin, a Green Buildings Project Coordinator with Enermodal Engineering, the LEED consultant for the project.

Not far away, and only two days after 25 York St., the Toronto-Dominion Centre complex tower at 100 Wellington Street West also received a LEED EB:O&M Platinum certification. It stands alongside its sister tower at 77 King Street West, which was the first office complex in Canada to receive LEED EB Gold certification in 2010.

The LEED Platinum certification is the latest in a growing list of accomplishments resulting from TD Centre’s green initiatives. In June, TD Centre completed work on a living roof planted atop the TD Bank pavilion. It next announced the TDC Green Portal, an online hub of environmental facts and program details assembled as a publicly accessible dashboard displaying transparent, real-time energy use by each building.

“It takes a motivated property manager and tenants, and a dedicated operations and maintenance staff to achieve this level of certification, and we are proud to be part of such a forward-thinking team at TD Centre,” said Peter Halsall, chairman of Halsall Associates, who has worked with TD Centre as green building consultants since 2008.

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