Regal Plaza Corporate Centre targets sustainability
By Adam FreillCommercial Construction Green Construction
Mixed-use business complex near Toronto's Pearson Airport aims to go beyond building code requirements as it goes green.
The developers of Regal Plaza Corporate Centre have set an energy consumption target 15 per cent lower than current Ontario Building Code requirements.
An add-on to the existing Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East, the 335,650 square-foot mixed-use business complex on 600 Dixon Road, minutes from Toronto’s Pearson Airport, will incorporate numerous energy-efficient building products and systems.
Sustainability features include the thermal effectiveness of the building envelope with insulated window and exterior walls and roofs; mechanical energy strategies such as high-efficiency mechanical systems to be specified (boilers and central plant); energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures and occupancy sensors; and an overall building design that meets Toronto Green Standards, providing green roof and bird-friendly design to avoid bird collision to the windows.
Applied through the planning approval process, the Toronto Green Standard is the city’s sustainable design and performance requirements for new private and city-owned developments.
“In addition to an ideal location, commercial, retail, restaurant, office space and hotel accommodations, Regal Plaza Corporate Centre sets a new standard for sustainability in the area,” said Ali Akman, president of SAMM Holdings. “We’re very proud of the work we’re doing here.”
The complex will consist of an 11-storey above-grade hotel and commercial centre with two underground parking levels. An atrium featuring skylights, a breakfast area and lounge will connect it with the existing hotel.
Towerhouse Construction is managing the construction of the project for SAMM Developments, a division of Akman Holdings.