Ontario Invests In Greening Its Office Space



    
    McGuinty Government Creates 1,000 Jobs and a State-Of-The-Art Green
    Building
    

    TORONTO, May 20 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is investing approximately $100 million in what is believed to be
among the largest ever retrofits in North America, creating 1,000 new jobs and
455,000 square feet of state-of-the-art green office space.
    The province recently acquired the iconic building at 222 Jarvis Street,
formerly the head office building of Sears Canada. This retrofit will reduce
its carbon footprint by implementing many of the initiatives outlined in the
Green Energy Act, recently passed legislation which will help transform
Ontario's economy to be more innovative, productive and competitive.
    The design and construction of the base building retrofit will adhere to
the guidelines and sustainability principles of the Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED(R)) rating system, with a goal of achieving LEED(R)
Gold standing. The Jarvis Street building provides opportunities for
energy-efficient building design initiatives such as:

    
    -   A green roof
    -   Solar energy
    -   Daylight & occupancy sensors for optimal lighting control,
    -   State-of-the-art IT infrastructure,
    -   Wireless infrastructure to reduce the need to travel to meetings,
    -   Less parking and bicycle storage to encourage green commuting.
    

    Using solar energy and constructing a green roof are also being
considered.
    This $100 million retrofit is the first project in the Toronto
Accommodation Plan, a major government economic endeavour to green and
retrofit a number of Ontario government buildings in Toronto. The plan will be
led by the Ontario Realty Corporation (ORC), on behalf of the Ministry of
Energy and Infrastructure.

    QUOTES

    "We are bringing to life our government's commitment to greening
Ontario's buildings and along with it creating green jobs and fuelling a green
economy. The McGuinty government takes conservation leadership very seriously.
We are getting our own house in order."
    - George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and
Infrastructure
    "ORC is embracing sustainability by retrofitting buildings to green
standards and enhancing the value of the government's real property in an
environmentally, socially and economically responsible manner. This project
presents a unique opportunity to renovate a 40-year old building and create a
greener, more efficient workplace that will be used as a model for retrofits
across the Province."
    - Dave Glass, President and CEO of Ontario Realty Corporation.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   WZMH Architects, a Toronto-based firm, was selected in March to help
        design this green workplace.
    -   The retrofit will start in summer 2009 and is scheduled to be
        completed by spring 2011.
    -   The ORC has released a Request for Proposal for a project manager and
        is currently evaluating the responses.

    LEARN MORE

    For more information on Ontario's Green Energy Act, visit:
    The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, at
    http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/energy/gea/

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                                                                BACKGROUNDER
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             ONTARIO LEADING AND ACHIEVING ON ENERGY CONSERVATION
    

    222 Jarvis Street will be a signature green building to allow the Ontario
Public Service to demonstrate its commitment to reduce our carbon footprint by
implementing many of the initiatives outlined in the Green Energy Act, which
recently passed in the Ontario legislature. The GEA, passed in the legislature
last week, places a great emphasis on energy efficiency in a number of ways,
including greening Ontario government and broader public sector buildings,
like 222 Jarvis, and establishing LEED Silver as the minimum standard.
    This retrofit announcement - made during Energy Conservation Week - will
also create 1,000 green jobs and help grow a green economy in Ontario.
Building retrofits, whether to homes, offices, hospitals and schools, are a
crucial part of the government's drive to build a culture of conservation.
    This is a major project and the first step in the Toronto Accommodation
Plan, an Ontario government infrastructure initiative to retrofit a number of
public buildings in Toronto. This project will create approximately 1,000 jobs
and lead to a greener, more efficient and sustainable workplace for the
Ontario Public Service (OPS).
    222 Jarvis Street is comprised of a nine-storey commercial building of
approximately 455,000 rentable square feet (rsf), 250 sub-grade parking spaces
and two surface parking lots. It sits on a 3.075 acre lot. It is the first
major office building acquisition for the Province in decades. The project
involves the retrofit and modernization of the property, which includes base
building upgrades. It is part of a broader government strategy to reduce
energy costs and develop marketable expertise through a significant
retrofitting program that focuses on schools, social housing, homes,
commercial and government buildings.
    The preliminary budget estimate for the project is approximately $100
million. The design and construction of the base building retrofit will adhere
to the guidelines and sustainability principles set forth within the
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED(R)) rating system, with a
goal of achieving LEED(R) Gold standing. The Jarvis Street building provides
opportunities for energy-efficient building design initiatives such as:

    
    -   A green roof
    -   Solar energy
    -   High efficiency windows
    -   Daylight & occupancy sensors for optimal lighting control
    -   High efficiency curtain wall
    -   State-of-the-art IT infrastructure
    -   Wireless infrastructure and tele-presence technology reducing need to
        travel to meetings
    -   Efficient use of space to maximize natural light
    -   Less parking, public transit stop, bicycle storage and change rooms
        to encourage environmentally friendly commuting practises
    -   Recycling of existing material
    -   Using products to create a new sustainable and efficient workplace,
        becoming a venue for Ontario green energy technology

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 327-6747;
Eric Pelletier, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810

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