Carla Qualtrough, minister of public services and procurement and accessibility, has announced a $277-million green renovation project for the Arthur Meighen Building in Toronto.
The project will transform the building into an energy efficient, low-carbon asset, cutting its annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% and reducing Arthur Meighen building operating costs.
The building will also be retrofit to meet all federal accessibility standards, as well as include innovative features such as electronic beacon devices to help people with visual impairments navigate the building.
The building’s electrical, mechanical, plumbing and safety systems will all be replaced with modern, energy-efficient systems. Roof-top solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, triple-glazed windows and efficient smart lighting will all contribute to the energy and cost savings.
The development will create more than 300 full-time construction and construction-type jobs.
The project is underway and is expected to be completed in 2022. Once complete, approximately 1,500 federal employees will work in the building.