Green Building Tours


Take advantage of these custom tours developed by CaGBC’s Toronto Chapter that will give you an up-close look – and in some cases, behind-the-scenes access – as you explore some of the region’s most impressive green building projects.

First come, first served – there is a maximum of 25 participants on each tour. All tours include drinks and/or snacks.

Monday, June 4

For WorldGBC Members’ Day Delegates and International Trade Delegations (not included in full conference registration)

Tuesday, June 5

For Building Lasting Change Delegates and General WorldGBC Congress Delegates (not included in full conference registration)



 

Monday, June 4

For WorldGBC Members’ Day Delegates and International Trade Delegations

(not included in full conference registration)



Photo of Brick Works

WorldGBC Delegate,
International Trade Delegation Members

$40
CAD + 13% HST

WorldGBC Delegate,
International Trade Delegation
Non-member

$50
CAD + 13% HST

Green Building Tour #1 Guided Tour of Evergreen Brickworks
(3 GBCI CE Hours)

Morning | Half Day Bus Tour
9:00 a.m. to noon
Check in for tour: 8:50 a.m. at Hotel X, 111 Princes' Blvd.

Evergreen Brick Works opened its doors in 2010. It is a demonstration hub where the world can experience sustainable practices that enable flourishing cities of the future. From 1889 to 1984, Evergreen Brick Works was home to the Don Valley Brick Works factory, one of Canada’s pre-eminent brickyards. Restored and revitalized by Evergreen, learn more about the history and geology of this site and how Evergreen transformed it into an award-winning community environmental centre and green technology showcase.

This project is one of the first LEED Platinum certifications in North America granted to a community centre on a heritage site, and the tour will touch on the difficulties faced in renovating a complex site located on a floodplain that is a brownfield remediation project with a heritage-designated set of 16 buildings. 60% of the tour will be conducted outdoors.

Light refreshments will be provided.
 



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WorldGBC Delegate,
International Trade Delegation Members

$40
CAD + 13% HST

WorldGBC Delegate,
International Trade Delegation
Non-member

$50
CAD + 13% HST

Green Building Tour #2 Waterfront Toronto Tour
(3 GBCI CE Hours)

Afternoon | Half Day Walking Tour
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Check in for tour: 12:50 p.m. at the front doors of the CaGBC office, 207 Queens Quay W.
To get to the CaGBC office, take the westbound 509 Harbourfront / 510 Spadina streetcar line from Union Station to Simcoe Street / Harbourfront Centre.

Formally created in 2001 by the Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto has a 25-year mandate to transform 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of brownfield lands on the waterfront into extraordinary new places to live, work, learn and play.
 
This tour will include:

  • A presentation by Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Toronto. Waterfront Toronto will share about how they are taking advantage of pioneering technology and integrated design to build new communities for the 21st century city. Sidewalk Toronto is a joint effort by Waterfront Toronto and Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to create a new kind of mixed-use, complete community on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront, beginning with the creation of Quayside. Sidewalk Toronto will combine forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centred neighbourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity.

  • Building tours of:
      » Waterpark Place: A newly built LEED Platinum office and retail development.
      » Cisco Innovation Centre Toronto: One of nine Cisco Innovation Centres worldwide, designed to catalyze and showcase digital innovation and development, the Centre brings together customers, industry collaborators, startups, application developers, accelerators, government organizations and universities to work on real-world problems, with a focus on urban innovation (including smart cities, urban mobility, and environmental transformation), health care and financial services transformation.
      » Enwave Deep Lake Cooling Facility: Enwave Toronto provides heating and cooling service to more than 150 customers in downtown Toronto. The company’s innovative deep lake-water cooling system uses cold water from Lake Ontario as its clean, renewable and reliable cooling source.

Light refreshments will be provided.


 

Tuesday, June 5

For Building Lasting Change Delegates and General WorldGBC Congress Delegates

(not included in full conference registration)




Photo of Mohawk

Members + 13% HST CAD

$100

Non-members + 13% HST CAD

$120

BLC Green Building Tour #1 Green Buildings in Hamilton
(8 GBCI CE Hours)

All Day | Full Day Bus Tour
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Check in for bus tour: 8:20 a.m. at Hotel X, 111 Princes' Blvd.

Explore the growth of the green building market in Hamilton. Tour will include: Mohawk College – Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation (National pilot project for Zero Carbon Buildings Framework), Burlington Performing Arts Centre, McMaster Innovation Park (featuring a presentation from City of Hamilton Economic Development Division) and Indwell Parkdale Landing.

This tour will include:

  • Hard Hat Tour of Mohawk College – Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation Construction Site
    Located on Mohawk’s Fennell campus, the new 96,000 square-foot Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation builds on Mohawk’s applied research strengths in three focus areas of health, energy and technology. Leveraging existing and new partnerships, this space focuses on technologically advanced learning and lab spaces, all under one roof. The Joyce Centre is participating in a two-year pilot of CaGBC's Zero Carbon Building Standard.

    Note: Attendees on this tour will be required to wear CSA-approved safety boots. Please contact us for more information.

  • Burlington Performing Arts Centre
    The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc., opened its doors in the autumn of 2011. The project was the first Burlington project to achieve LEED certification of any level and was the only performing arts centre in Ontario to achieve LEED Gold certification and second in the country.
  • McMaster Innovation Park
    McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) is an award-winning, premier research and innovation park located approximately 2 kilometres from the internationally recognized McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. McMaster Innovation Park is an important part of the innovative ecosystem in Hamilton by supporting startups, business, research and offering collaborative space for each sector to co-locate, connect and commercialize; a place to transform ideas from vision to commercial reality. Entrepreneurs, firms, researchers, industry partners, business mentors and support facilities can connect and facilitate commercialization. The award-winning, LEED Platinum building is home to CanmetMATERIALS (CMAT), Canada’s largest research centre specializing in metals and materials fabrication, processing and evaluation.
  • Parkdale Landing
    Parkdale Landing is a new development in East Hamilton that includes 57 affordable apartments with ground floor retail space, incorporating many passive housing elements. This project includes the gutting, recladding and partial reconstruction to a group of buildings (formerly the George & Mary’s tavern & banquet centre).
Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.
 



Photo of Great Gulf

Members + 13% HST CAD

$40

Non-members + 13% HST CAD

$50

BLC Green Building Tour #2 Hard Hat Tour of Green Operations in Fabrication and Manufacturing
(4 GBCI CE Hours)

Morning | Half Day Bus Tour
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Check in for bus tour: 8:20 a.m. at Hotel X, 111 Princes' Blvd.

Note: Attendees on this tour will be required to wear CSA-approved safety boots. Please contact us for more information.

This unique tour will give participants a view from a different angle as they visit manufacturing facilities and green building projects in North West Toronto. Please note that attendees on this tour will be required to wear CSA-approved safety boots.

This tour will include:

  • Great Gulf H+ME Technology manufacturing facility
    This 200,000 sq.ft. manufacturing facility puts complete production of all H+ME Technology building materials under one roof, allowing roof, wall and floor assemblies to be built as integrated panels in a controlled environment.
  • Inline Fiberglass facility
    Inline Fiberglass conducts rigorous testing at its own state-of-the-art facility to ensure the highest quality, performance, energy efficiency and compliance to various standards and specifications.

Light refreshments will be provided.
 



Waterfront Toronto Walking Tour Sponsor:

Photo of Toronto Waterfront WaveDeck
Photo of Toronto Waterfront WaveDeck

Members + 13% HST CAD

$40

Non-members + 13% HST CAD

$50

BLC Green Building Tour #3 Waterfront Toronto Walking Tour
(4 GBCI CE Hours)

Morning | Half Day Walking Tour
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Check in for tour: 8:20 a.m. at the front doors of the CaGBC office, 207 Queens Quay W.
To get to the CaGBC office, take the westbound 509 Harbourfront / 510 Spadina streetcar line from Union Station to Simcoe Street / Harbourfront Centre.

Formally created in 2001, Waterfront Toronto has a 25-year mandate to transform 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of brownfield lands on the waterfront into beautiful, sustainable mixed-use communities and dynamic public spaces. Destinations may include: Ontario Place, Bentway and Harbourfront Parks.

This tour will include the following Waterfront Toronto projects:

  • Queens Quay Redesign
    Exploration of the recent Queens Quay redesign, with a focus on the central waterfront master plan process and on the relationship between subsurface infrastructure, and streetscape and public realm design.
  • The Bentway
    A unique and innovative public space being constructed under the Gardiner Expressway, stretching from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street, this 1.75 km trail and series of public spaces will knit together seven Toronto neighbourhoods.
  • Rees Street Park
    Under development by Waterfront Toronto in partnership with the City of Toronto on a site with unique challenges, this park will act as key gateway to the waterfront in this rapidly changing neighbourhood.

AND:

  • Enwave Deep Lake Cooling Facility
    Enwave Toronto provides heating and cooling service to more than 150 customers in downtown Toronto. The company’s innovative deep lake-water cooling system uses cold water from Lake Ontario as its clean, renewable and reliable cooling source.

Light refreshments will be provided.

 



Photo of Great Gulf

Members + 13% HST CAD

$40

Non-members + 13% HST CAD

$50

BLC Green Building Tour #4 Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Tour
(4 GBCI CE Hours)

Afternoon | Half Day Walking and Subway Tour
12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Check in for tour: 12:35 p.m. at the front doors of the CaGBC office, 207 Queens Quay W.
To get to the CaGBC office, take the westbound 509 Harbourfront / 510 Spadina streetcar line from Union Station to Simcoe Street / Harbourfront Centre.

The new TTC subway line opened in December 2017 with five new architecturally significant stations. Learn about a selection of the stations and hear from the Toronto Transit Commission how the line was created to spur and reflect development in North Toronto and Vaughan.

This tour will include:

  • Downsview Park Station
    Located in Canada’s first national urban park, Downsview Park Station is a vital link between transit modes, TTC subway and buses, GO Transit train service, the Downsview community and Parc Downsview Park (PDP), which itself includes large green spaces integrated with urban precincts. The station is a focal point of the northern park area and its design reflects the dual nature of the park, featuring sweeping lush vegetated green roofs, dramatic sloped glass walls and landform-shaped building elements in aluminum and stone.
  • Highway 407 Station
    Features of this station's design include: the capture of changing daylight patterns filtered through interconnected spaces descending to the subway platform; a dynamic central circulation space visually connected through all floors promoting intuitive wayfinding; efficient platform and circulation spaces balancing a sense of grandness with a comfortable pedestrian scale; and outside the station exterior spaces designed to integrate with the interior and enhance the passenger experience while delivering environmental performance through a naturalized sustainable landscape, with storm water processing, increased biodiversity – all to reduce the impact of the development on the site and the surrounding area.
  • York University Station
    The architect's vision for this structure was one of crisp, clean lines accented by daylight harvested by the light scoop and that shines into the fare-array concourse level and down to the platform level through large openings in the concourse slab. Realizing this aspiration required close integration of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services, as well as performance requirements. This higher level of integration between architectural and engineering design has resulted in a beautiful and cost-effective station, and is a good pairing of form and function.

Light refreshments will be provided.
 



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Members + 13% HST CAD

$40

Non-members + 13% HST CAD

$50

BLC Green Building Tour #5 Unique Post-Secondary Downtown Design
(4 GBCI CE Hours)

Afternoon | Half Day Walking Tour
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Check in for tour: 12:20 p.m. at the front doors of the CaGBC office, 207 Queens Quay W.
To get to the CaGBC office, take the westbound 509 Harbourfront / 510 Spadina streetcar line from Union Station to Simcoe Street / Harbourfront Centre.

Explore interesting new design in Toronto’s downtown and how innovative design contributes to enhanced learning, creativity and student success. Sites will include: University of Toronto’s Daniels School Building, the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability Office

This tour will include several University of Toronto buildings:

  • Daniels Building
    Designed by internationally acclaimed firm NADAAA – in collaboration with Architect-of-record Adamson & Associates, landscape architects Public Work, and heritage architects ERA – the revitalized One Spadina is an urban design exemplar and catalyst for the transformation of U of T’s western edge on the Spadina corridor. The original heritage building has been renovated and integrated with a new, stunning work of contemporary architecture.
  • Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    The new Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, opened in Spring 2018, houses multidisciplinary hubs that bring together some of the most innovative minds to address pressing global challenges. It boasts some of the most sustainable design strategies, making it one of the most energy-efficient buildings on campus. The building will also meet or exceed many Tier 2 Toronto Green Standard performance measures.
  • Sustainability Office
    The Sustainability Office has been acting as a resource for sustainability on the St. George campus for more than 10 years, by curating and celebrating environmental initiatives at the University of Toronto.

Light refreshments will be provided.
 

 

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