The Arbour, George Brown College's tall wood building

Winning design chosen for The Arbour

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George Brown College is thrilled to announce that Moriyama & Teshima Architects Open New Browser Window+ Acton Ostry Architects Open New Browser Window have been selected to design The Arbour — moving one step closer toward construction of Ontario’s first tall wood, low carbon institutional building.

Poised to transform the Toronto skyline, the team’s eye-catching design for the planned facility features breathing rooms — using solar chimney systems to capture and harness light and air for sustainable natural ventilation. The building design also offers flexibility of learning spaces, enabling walls to expand and contract as needed, as well as a “Made in Canada” approach using nationally sourced mass wood components.

The Arbour, a 12-storey mass timber building at our Waterfront Campus, will mark an important step forward in Canadian mid-rise wood structures and will be the first project of its kind in Ontario.

Construction of this exciting new $130-million building is scheduled to begin in 2021 at the southeast corner of Queens Quay East and Lower Sherbourne Street, across from the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences at Waterfront Campus.

The Arbour will serve as an educational and research hub, and will also be home to a new child care facility to serve the growing East Bayfront community.


George Brown continues to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable development with The Arbour. We're aiming to construct a net-positive building.

The Arbour will be flexible and future proof, equipped with smart building systems that are networked, intelligent and adaptable. The building will also be designed to adjust to changing academic uses and a changing climate.

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We opened our LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certified Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences at Waterfront Campus in 2012.

Green building education and research

The Arbour will be home to the Mass Timber Institute so we can share our experience, ideas and research in low-carbon, mass timber construction. The building will also house George Brown's School of Computer Technology.

Once the project is constructed, students and researchers will learn to design, construct, operate and monitor climate-friendly buildings.