Retrofit and Mass Timber Addition
Sustainable is proud to be working with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) on their new Headquarters. Located on a prime site next to the Don Valley, this 150,000 square foot retrofit and mass timber addition office building will be an ultra-green, healthy, and energy-efficient facility. The building will demonstrate OSSTF’s commitment to sustainability by targeting LEEDv4 Platinum certification, WELL Standard Platinum certification, and the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building Program. The new OSSTF Headquarters will be a leading example for innovative green office building retrofits and new builds in Ontario. It will feature healthy materials, passive design principles, on-site renewable energy generation, innovative wastewater management strategies, and harmonization with the adjacent ravine. In short, this building will be a carbon capture and storage machine, and will seriously control carbon emissions.
As the OSSTF reaches its centennial as an organization, the new building will be a landmark facility, serving the Federation for the next 100 years. With convenient access to the Don Valley Parkway and future Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the building will become a new centre for the nearly 60,000 public high school teachers and staff who support students from junior kindergarten to post-secondary.
Collaborating with Artuitive Group, Sustainable has completed an Integrated Planning Process that combines needs assessment, pre-design, stakeholder engagement, market research and feasibility, and economic modelling.
The result will be a building specifically tailored to meet the needs of the client, tenants, and the public - all while reducing the overall project timeframe.
As described by our client:
We have now completed our three-phase Integrated Planning Process with Sustainable and Artuitive Group to design, assess and determine the feasibility of a development on Mobile Drive in Toronto, which includes new OSSTF offices.
Detailed reports and presentations have demonstrated a design concept that exceeded our expectations. The architects have developed a structure that provides efficiency of space, excels in environmental performance, has captured market attention, improves our workplace environment, helped to alter City Planning for the benefit of our site, and established the foundation for future site development. All the above demonstrate that design excellence has been achieved.
The third phase has demonstrated the financial feasibility and economic model of the development. Steps have been taken to ensure that the data used has strong validity and all estimates have been made with the most conservative reasonable assumptions.
We have been able to demonstrate that the investment in environmental excellence and sustainable strategies has a long term and significant positive impact on the revenue generated and the capital appreciation of the building. Several of our advisors have referred to our project as a “developers’ dream.
Jim Spray, AGS, CFO,
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF /FEESO)