The Government of Canada is providing $277-million to transform Toronto’s Arthur Meighen building into an energy efficient, low-carbon asset – cutting its annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 per cent and reducing the building’s operating costs.
The renovation project is participating in the Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program, through the Canada Green Building Council (CGBC).
The building’s electrical, mechanical, plumbing and safety systems will all be replaced with modern, energy-efficient systems. Roof-top solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, triple-glazed windows and efficient smart lighting will all contribute to the energy and cost savings. The project will maximize space and natural light for an improved user and visitor experience.
According to the Public Services and Procurement Canada press release, the building will also be retrofit to meet all federal accessibility standards, as well as include innovative features such as electronic beacon devices to help people with visual impairments navigate the building.
“Through this project, our government is greening government operations and removing barriers for all occupants, while creating good jobs, investing in communities and stimulating the economy. This renovation project is another example of how the modernization of our real property assets is good for the environment, good for Canadians of all abilities and good for the economy,” said Carla Qualtrough, minister of public services and procurement and accessibility in the press release.
Once the renovations are complete, the Arthur Meighen Building located at on St.Clair Avenue East will be the Government of Canada’s flagship federal building in the Ontario Region with offices of the Canada Revenue Agency, Canada Border Services Agency and Immigration and Refugee Board.
The project is underway and is expected to be completed in 2022.
Photo courtesy of Public Services and Procurement Canada.