Carla Qualtrough, federal Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced a $277-million green renovation project for the Arthur Meighen Building in Toronto, Ontario.
This project will transform the building into an energy efficient, low-carbon asset, cutting its annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 per cent and reducing Arthur Meighen building operating costs. The renovation project is participating in the Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program, through the Canada Green Building Council, to help the government meet the new Zero Carbon Building Standard. The building will also be retrofit to meet all federal accessibility standards, as well as include innovative features such as electronic beacon devices to help people with visual impairments navigate the building.
The building’s electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and safety systems will all be replaced with modern, energy-efficient systems. Roof-top solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, triple-glazed windows and efficient smart lighting will all contribute to the energy and cost savings. The project will maximize space and natural light for an improved user and visitor experience.
The following departments will to be located in the building upon completion of the project:
- Canada Revenue Agency
- Canada Border Services Agency
- Immigration and Refugee Board
The project budget includes design, demolition, construction, fees, and supervision. The project is underway and is expected to be completed in 2022.
The renovations will contribute to the government’s goal of a 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from its federal operations by 2030.