George Brown College | The Arbour
The Arbour, anticipated to become Toronto’s first tall wood, low carbon institutional building, will bring a unique deep green element to the George Brown College waterfront campus. The 10-storey state-of-the-art structure will revolutionize Toronto’s building landscape and advance Canada’s sustainability agenda by becoming the first Tall Wood Research Institute in the country, with materials sourced nationally. A net-zero carbon target has been set by George Brown College in their commitment to sustainability.
The building will serve as an educational hub—housing research, teaching, and learning—as well as a child care facility to accommodate the rapidly growing local community. The proposed design pays homage to Canada’s signature wood-framed single-family housing, with mass wood and pitched roof components. Occupant wellness and comfort was a priority in design, as the facility features breathing rooms with solar chimney systems for sustainable, natural light, and ventilation. Expandable and contractible walls will allow for flexibility of learning spaces when required. In addition, a smart building system will equip the building with integrated, intelligent, and adaptable technology throughout.
Integral Group is providing mechanical and electrical engineering consulting services.