Infrastructure Ontario Accepts Innovation Award

Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter recognizes innovation that led to LEED Platinum designation at Peterborough facility

TORONTO, Oct. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario is extremely pleased to accept an award for "Innovation in LEED: Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance" (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter (CaGBC-GTC).  The Ontario Government Building at 300 Water Street in Peterborough won in the Category of Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) at an awards ceremony on October 22, 2015.  

The annual awards program recognizes projects and individuals that demonstrate advancement in the green building industry in Southern Ontario. In February 2015, the facility was officially designated as LEED EB:O&M Platinum by the Canada Green Building Council. 

Known in Peterborough as "Robinson Place", the seven-storey downtown facility accommodates more than 1000 government employees, representing seven ministries.  It is the provincial headquarters for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. 

The green approach to building management included tremendous contributions from government ministries through participation in strong recycling programs, a green approach to procurement of materials and development of a community garden above a parking structure. The building is fully metered, uses rainwater to its advantage and has sophisticated new energy efficient chillers to provide optimum performance during the cooling season. The building automation system was upgraded to meet LEED standards for efficiency and client comfort. 


Jeff Leal, MPP, Peterborough
"It's tremendous that such a significant building in the downtown core of Peterborough is being recognized by the Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter for Innovation in LEED. I am proud that our government through Infrastructure Ontario is continuing to show an innovative approach at this location"

Bert Clark, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario
"Innovation is something Infrastructure Ontario strives for in everything we do, so we're very proud of the recognition from Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter. The award highlights the hard work and dedication of staff at IO and our ministry partners and service providers."

Stephen Emery, VP Asset Management, East and North Regions, Infrastructure Ontario
"Infrastructure Ontario recognized the opportunity several years ago to pursue an innovative approach for this facility. The initiative formed the basis of a pilot project that will provide us with valuable information to consider new opportunities for innovation in greening the government's portfolio."

Hazel Farley, Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter (CaGBC-GTC)
"We congratulate Infrastructure Ontario on this outstanding achievement.  Not only did Robinson Place achieve LEED Platinum for EB: O&M, but also became the first and only government building in the country to reach that level of certification. We hope they will serve as a shining example of what can be achieved when a level of government has a commitment to sustainability".

SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario

For further information: Ian McConachie, Infrastructure Ontario, (416) 327-2701, Disponible en français

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