The Arbour receives federal funding

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George Brown College’s mass-timber building The Arbour received an important investment from the Government of Canada intended to spur green building projects. 

MP Adam Vaughan (Spadina-Fort York) announced $4.1 million in funding on May 30, 2019 as part of the Green Construction through Wood program (GCWood), launched by Natural Resources Canada. 

“As Ontario’s first mass-timber, low-carbon institutional building, The Arbour is poised to become a Toronto landmark, while leading the way in green construction,” George Brown College President Anne Sado said. “It will be home to a research hub focused on mass-timber construction, which will support the development of innovative concepts and research in sustainable building.” 

Canadian firms Moriyama and Teshima Architects and Acton Ostry Architects designed the 10-storey building. Construction is set to begin in 2021 on a 0.23-hectare brownfield site at Queens Quay East and Lower Sherbourne Street—an expansion of Waterfront Campus.

The Arbour will house our Schools of Computer Technology and Architectural Studies, as well as a mass-timber research hub chaired by George Brown College Professor Christopher Timusk, a specialist in building science and wood composite materials.

“The Arbour project is a significant achievement for George Brown College,” said Marianne Berube, Executive Director of Ontario Wood WORKS!. “This versatile building will stand as an inspiration of what can be achieved with modern wood construction, and will lead the way for additional tall wood projects in the Greater Toronto Area and across the country.”