• Tall Wood Building at Waterfront Campus

    Skyline diagram of the future of the Waterfront Campus.

    The Arbour at George Brown College will be Ontario’s first tall wood institutional building

    George Brown College is continuing its commitment to environmental sustainability and the development of next-generation green building technologies with its construction of Ontario’s first tall wood institutional building. The Arbour – a 12-storey, carbon-neutral timber-framed structure – will be located at the college’s Waterfront Campus and will become an environmentally friendly neighbour of the LEED Gold-certified Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences.

    This fall, the college will invite international firms specializing in mass timber construction to submit designs for the project. The Arbour will house Canada’s first Tall Wood Building Research Institute, which will be dedicated to researching and developing low-carbon, mass timber construction practices and technologies. It will also meet growing technology and community needs as home to George Brown’s School of Computer Technology and a new child care facility.

    Throughout its construction and beyond, The Arbour will act as an innovative living laboratory and demonstration facility for green building in Canada. Students and researchers will have the opportunity to gain authentic experience in learning how to plan, create, operate and monitor sustainable buildings. The facility will also allow for the integration and testing of automated, adaptable “smart” building systems that are a key component of environmental best practices.

    Visit George Brown’s news release web page for more information about the college’s tall wood building project.