Eastern Construction has been awarded the construction management contract for the new TRCA Administrative Office Building.  The facility will utilize mass-timber as the prime medium and will be built adjacent a highly naturalized wooded ravine area.  The project will provide TRCA with 100,000 sq ft of modern office space.

Mass-timber has resurfaced to become a viable material for modern buildings and has seen popularity in mid-rise residential projects.  It would appear the TRCA project will be the second commercial building in the GTA to be constructed using mass-timber in nearly a century; 80 Atlantic Avenue, currently being built by Eastern Construction, is considered to be the first.

With preconstruction commencing shortly, the intent of the project is best described by TRCA in their visioning document:

“The building will be a healthy space for staff and visitors that will feature universal design principles; and will at minimum achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum, Toronto Green Standard Tier 2 (or Higher) and WELL Building Silver Certifications.  Further, TRCA will strive to meet zero carbon status for the building, and to evaluate the project using the five key components from the Canadian Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Carbon Framework.  The project has been approved by the CaGBC as a pilot study participant under their Zero Carbon Building Immersion Program.”

Eastern Construction builds unique building for unique clients.  The TRCA project aligns with Eastern’s portfolio of high-performance buildings that include Spectrum Square with HOOPP (LEED Gold), Queen Richmond Centre with Allied Properties REIT (LEED Gold), Evergreen at the Brickworks (LEED Platinum), numerous LEED certified facilities for Toronto Police Service, and the highly acclaimed Sisters of St. Joseph Residence located along the Don Valley, a project which incorporates the majority of high-performance systems under consideration by TRCA.