Ontario leading the way with one of the largest ever LEED(R) Gold Retrofits
in North America

- LEED(R) Gold Retrofit will turn 222 Jarvis Street into a green state-of-the-art workplace -

TORONTO, Dec. 15 /CNW/ -


Ontario Realty Corporation is proud to announce that Ontario will be home to one of North America's largest green building retrofit projects. Downtown Toronto's iconic 222 Jarvis Street, the former Sears Canada head office, will transform into a green, state-of-the-art workplace for the Ontario Public Service.

This retrofit is a tangible demonstration of the Ontario government's commitment to environmental leadership. The Government of Ontario is getting its own house in order by reducing energy consumption and incorporating the latest in green technology. Greening this Ontario government building will help create green jobs, build a sustainable workplace for the future and fuel a green economy. It is expected that this project will create just over 1,000 new jobs over its duration.

The design and retrofit of the 455,000 square foot building 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 design and construction team is comprised of WZMH Architects (http://www.wzmh.com/), CB Richard Ellis (http://www.cbre.ca/EN/) (Project Manager), and URBACON (http://www.urbacon.ca/) (Construction Manager).

The new Jarvis Street building will feature energy-efficient building design initiatives such as:

    -   A green roof and use of light coloured reflective roofing materials
        that minimize cooling costs
    -   Photovoltaic solar rooftop panels
    -   Use of regional materials to reduce emissions from shipping resources
        over long distances
    -   Use of low-emitting materials including adhesives, sealants, paints,
        coatings and carpet, which reduce the emission of indoor air
    -   Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and controls
    -   State-of-the-art IT infrastructure including wireless infrastructure
        to reduce the need to travel to meetings
    -   Daylight and occupancy sensors which optimize energy performance
    -   Power demand monitoring and reporting
    -   Rain water harvesting and re-use to reduce water usage and minimize
        demand on municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities
    -   Grey water recovery to conserve fresh water supply
    -   Upgrades to the exterior of the building, including installation of
        thermally-sealed windows
    -   Limited parking capacity, access to public transit, bicycle storage
        and changing rooms to encourage use of alternative modes of


"The McGuinty Government is committed to supporting the new green economy as we begin to transform and modernize Ontario government workplaces. We welcome the project team for 222 Jarvis Street as they begin their work on one of the largest building retrofits that will create about 1,000 jobs and help to fight climate change."

- Hon. Gerry Phillips, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

"We are pleased that the project team for 222 Jarvis Street is completely engaged, so that we can move forward with this exciting retrofit project. Through our commitment to sustainability, ORC is enhancing the value of public sector real estate by renovating existing buildings and creating greener, more efficient workplaces."

- Dave Glass, President and CEO, Ontario Realty Corporation

"WZMH is proud to be leading the design of the adaptive reuse of an iconic Toronto landmark. Through innovation in workplace environments, green initiatives and energy reduction, we intend to create a showcase facility for the users and community at large."

- Hatice Yazar, Principal, WZMH Architects

"This is an important undertaking for the project management community. It will set by example a new standard for lifecycle refits of older buildings that can, and should, be renewed in an environmentally sustainable manner. ORC and its partners will be able to develop and share lessons learned with other stakeholders facing similar challenges. CBRE is very excited to be the Project Manager working with ORC on this significant project."

- Cam Kourany, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Global Corporate Services

"URBACON is proud to be part of this significant and prestigious project. We are pleased with the opportunity to work with the exceptional team assembled by Ontario Realty Corporation to deliver a building, which will set future standards. The award of this project exemplifies URBACON's commitment to excellence and a greener future."

- Marco Mancini, President, URBACON


    -   For more information, or to have a look at artist renderings of the
        site please visit: www.ontariorealty.ca/222Jarvis
    -   If you are a member of the media and would like a tour of the
        building, please contact Julia Sakas, Communications Advisor, Ontario
        Realty Corporation


For further information: For further information: For media purposes, please contact Julia Sakas, Communications Advisor, Ontario Realty Corporation, (416) 326-0636

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