Arthur Meighen Building Rehabilitation Project
From: Public Services and Procurement Canada
The Arthur Meighen Building, located at 25/55 St. Clair Avenue East in mid-town Toronto, is undergoing a major rehabilitation which will reduce the building’s greenhouse gas emissions by over 80% and serve as a flagship model of the Government’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. The project will demonstrate the government’s commitment to the environment, incorporating elements such as a high-efficiency building envelope, a geothermal system, and photovoltaic panels.
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- Project overview
- Project description
- Infographic: Arthur Meighen Building—Sustainable design strategies
- Key milestones
- Benefits to Canadians
- Building images
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- 25/55 St. Clair Ave. East - Toronto, Ontario
Arthur Meighen Building
- Type of project
- Complete rehabilitation of building interior and exterior.
All building systems; electrical, plumbing, mechanical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) to be replaced.
Installation of sustainable features.
- Lead department
- Public Services and Procurement Canada – Owner & Project Leader
- Construction firms
- BGIS—Project Manager
DIALOG—Architect & Prime Consultant – contract awarded 2017
Urbacon—Construction Manager – contract awarded 2017
- Project status
- Project began July 2018
- Next steps
- Geothermal bore holes testing Summer 2019
- Building wrap installed March 2019
The Arthur Meighen Rehabilitation project will demonstrate the government’s commitment to the environment; incorporating elements such as high-efficiency building systems, geothermal system, and photovoltaic panels. These elements are anticipated to reduce the building’s greenhouse gas emissions by over 80%. Once renovated, the building will accommodate several government departments and agencies, including Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) and other federal occupancies. Upon completion, the facility will serve as the flagship Government of Canada Building (GOCB) in the Ontario Region. The project is a critical element in the overall strategy to include a rationalization and reduction of overall space holdings in downtown Toronto. The project will be implemented by applying the Government of Canada Workplace (GCWorkplace) standard, which will result in an estimated overall space savings of approximately 9,000 m2.
Infographic: Arthur Meighen Building—Sustainable design strategies
- cross section of Arthur Meighen Building rendering on city street with subsurface piping and solar rays hitting roof
- a CO2 cloud with an arrow pointing down appears above representing carbon dioxide hitting the building
- numbers 1 through 12 superimposed on building’s key environmental features
Text describing the 12 environmental features identified on the cross section image of the building:
- Greenhouse gas emissions: The building is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by almost 80% and save over 700 tonnes a year
- Solar electricity: 850 photovoltaic panels generate 348 megawatt-hours per year of renewable power which is approximately 15% of totally energy use and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 65 tonnes
- Building reuse: Maintain existing building structure (floor, roof, columns) reduces landfill and energy use
- Reduced lighting: Occupancy sensors switch off or dim lights, reducing lighting energy
- Health and wellness: Open and accessible interiors stairs encourage occupants to use stairs instead of elevators
- Bird friendly glazing: Glazing located within first 12 meters of building above grade will have distinctive pattern to reduce bird collisions mortality
- Bicycle storage: Interior bicycle storage spaces and shower/locker in secure facilities encourage bicycle usage
- Water harvesting: Basement cistern will gather rain water from roof for reuse in building mechanical systems
- Geo exchange system: 58 ground source boreholes drilled 150 meters under building’s garage to offset heating and cooling loads
- Smart building control and metering: Digital controls throughout allow for better control of building systems and lighting for increased occupants comfort and reduced energy use
- Transportation/commuting connection: Connections to Subway and Streetcar stops provide public transportation for staff and building users
- Electrical vehicle charging: Electrical vehicle charging stations (EVCS) will be provided and rough-ins for 40 more
In Pursuit of Carbon Neutral: The Arthur Meighen Building
- Tenants vacate building in July 2018
- Construction begins in Sept 2018
- Phase 1: Completion of base building – spring 2023
- Tenants begin move in summer 2023
- Phase 2: Completion of fit-up – summer 2023
- Remaining tenants move in fall 2023
Benefits to Canadians
This rehabilitation project will create more than 300 full time construction and consultancy jobs for four years while it is underway. Additionally, once the project is completed, approximately 1500 federal employees will work in the building and will contribute to the local economy when visiting shops and restaurants in the area.
The significant sustainability elements of this project will contribute to meeting Canada’s commitments in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Throughout the life of this project, and upon completion of the renovations, the Arthur Meighen Building will be a part of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s (CNIB) “Shop Talk: BlindSquare Enabled” program which allows visually impaired individuals the opportunity to independently navigate within a neighbourhood with the use of Bluetooth-enabled personal devices.
- Government of Canada announces green renovation of Arthur Meighen Building—April 23, 2019—Toronto, Ontario – Public Services and Procurement Canada
- Public Services and Procurement Canada Participating in Zero Carbon Pilot Program to Reduce Government of Canada’s Carbon Footprint—May 18, 2017—News Release
Arthur Meighen Building: Directory of Federal Real Property
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