The Arbour is George Brown College’s new Tall-Wood Building- a twelve-story timber building designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects + Acton Ostry Architects that will be sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Like its name, it seeks to instill green growth, shelter, and sustainability.
With construction set to begin in 2021, this new carbon-neutral wood structure will help, “mitigate to the contribution of climate change and be more environmentally sustainable while retaining a campus environment that is innovative, creative and stimulating towards learning growth,” remarks Anne Sado, the President of George Brown College.
This step in a new direction means not only will it be great for the environment, but this ecological innovation will last for its entire life-cycle making it smart, sustainable and a green building. Therefore, it will produce the same if not more energy than it consumes through the use of solar chimneys.
These chimney solar systems are located in the east and west ends of the building and are multi-purposed, in that it also functions to create natural convection. It draws air up and through the building to ensure that air flows from operable windows is continually refreshed. More so, it provides the driving force to draw air through the building by absorbing the solar heat gain in the wooden shade elements to create the stack effect*.
In addition, this captivating mass wood superstructure design, with its triple story atrium, ascending seat-stairs will maximize access to the natural lighting, and fresh air using solar chimney systems to capture and harness light and air. Thus, providing natural ventilation through its feature breathing rooms. There will be three breathing rooms: Structural Breathing Room, Social Breathing Room, and Systems Breathing Room.
It further encompasses flexible learning spaces with walls that can be expanded and contracted which does indeed make it very sustainable and efficient. The large span beamless structure enables walls to expand and contract, providing flexibility of sizes for a variety of learning spaces. Over time, programs use are free to change and departments to shift.
However, not only does this building prove environmentally friendly and sustainable, it will also include a new Child Care Facility as well as be the George Brown’s School of Computer Technology along with Canada’s First Tall-Wood Research Institute.
*Stack effect or chimney effect is the movement of air into and out of building resulting from air buoyancy.