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Boston Based Architecture Firm on Toronto LEED Gold Project

Written by; Chad Simco / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sun Oct 11 2009


The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto will be getting help from a design team at Boston-based architecture firm Office dA in transforming the facilities into a model of green design.The redesign project will integrate new environmental elements throughout, from surface to the most interior spaces.

The design will include cloaking the building with another glazed layer, creating a double facade. New facilities will include a new auditorium, redesigned meeting and studio spaces, a library located on the rooftop and an adjoining green space with views of downtown Toronto. It will also have a vertical telescoping atrium. With the redesign, the University of Toronto facility will pursue what is known as LEED Gold status.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a set of standards for environmentally friendly construction. A Gold rating requires a building project to earn 60 to 79 "points" based on practices like access to public transportation, reduction of the urban heat island effect, use of low-toxicity paints and building materials and other "green" building practices.

The Office dA architecture team is including Adamson Associates of Toronto and Coen + Partners landscape architects of New York and Minneapolis as architects of record. This team was selected from a field of 40 or so that had submitted expressions of interest. The construction start date has not been established and a budget has not been finalized. It is known that the construction will be done in phases.

The architecture faculty at University of Toronto began a project earlier this year to find a team to design a project to "address the accelerated growth of its programs and research endeavors as well as situate new technologies and laboratories that would allow Daniels to remain at the forefront of design education."

After successfully meeting criteria for originality, technical and aesthetic innovation and sustainability, Office dA's concept was selected from the applicants. Reasons for their selection include their plan to balance the need to create "an internal life and coherence for student-centered, studio-based studies with a requirement that the school become a better platform for engaging the public on issues of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism," according to Professor Richard M. Sommer, dean of faculty about the structure.


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