The revitalization of Oxford Properties Group’s 111 Richmond St W office tower in order to achieve LEED Core and Shell Gold certification officially marks the 200th LEED certification for Enermodal Engineering, an impressive milestone especially considering it was reached just two years after achieving their first 100 certifications.
The goal of the 111 Richmond St W redevelopment was architectural modernization, while still preserving the design integrity of the original architect, the renowned Peter Dickinson. The 16-storey, 215,000-square-foot office property is located in the middle of Toronto’s financial core, and a key component of the Richmond-Adelaide Centre, a five-building office complex.
With prominent tenants such as Google, MNP, and Aimia, sustainability was a focus for the renovation from the beginning. Working with WZMH architects, Enermodal was engaged to provide sustainable design support to the project.
“Oxford Properties has demonstrated its leadership in the field of energy-efficiency for both its new and existing building stock,” says Stephen Carpenter, president of Enermodal Engineering. “This project demonstrates that a building of any age and condition can become a modern, healthy, and sustainable office environment with a motivated, experienced team.”
Notable sustainable features of the building include
• drought-tolerant vegetation with no permanent irrigation system for the small landscaped area;
• 44 per cent reduction in interior water usage through low-flow plumbing fixtures;
• distribution of Tenant Guidelines addressing how tenants can contribute to the LEED goals of the building;
• reuse of over 95 per cent of existing walls, floors, and roof;
• 72 per cent of wood products were Forest Stewardship Council certified;
• a CO2 monitoring system to ensure the proper level of ventilation;
• low-off-gassing paint;
• a Green Housekeeping program;
• a sustainable Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan.