• The Arbour Gets a Winning Design

    Rendering of the future structure at the Waterfront Campus.

    Architects chosen for landmark tall wood building at George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus

    George Brown College has chosen Toronto’s Moriyama & Teshima Architects and Vancouver’s Acton Ostry Architects as the winners of the college’s international design competition for The Arbour, Ontario’s first tall wood institutional building. This all-Canadian architectural team was unanimously selected for its innovative and eye-catching design, which met the selection committee’s criteria for overall design quality, technical and performance targets, neighbourhood fit and cost effectiveness. Following the competition launch in the fall of 2017, four design firm finalists were invited to the college on March 27, 2018 to showcase their concepts for the public. The successful jury selection was announced on April 3.

    The winning design features a variety of flexible, functional spaces in which to learn, work and socialize, which can be expanded and contracted as needed. A welcoming multi-storey arrival space, natural ventilation and fully Canadian-sourced wood components will complement The Arbour’s smart building systems, which will allow the building to be both intelligent and adaptable.

    In addition to classroom, lab, study and other educational and public spaces, The Arbour will house Canada’s first Tall Wood Building Research Institute, which will give both students and researchers first-hand experience in studying, developing and operating sustainable mass timber buildings. It will also become home to George Brown’s School of Computer Technology and a new child care facility in order to meet growing academic and community needs.

    The Arbour is part of the college’s continued commitment to environmental sustainability and its Waterfront Campus expansion along Toronto’s east waterfront. The tall wood building will be located at the southeast corner of Queens Quay East and Lower Sherbourne Street, across from the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences. Construction of the more than 16,000 square-metre, $130 million project is scheduled to begin in 2021.

    Learn more about the origins of the college’s tall wood building project, and visit George Brown’s Master Campus Plan web page for more information about the green design features of The Arbour.