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George Brown College - How to greenfront Health Sciences Campus

Inside and out─this campus is green

Toronto, Ontario

Together with KPMB Architects, we designed a 300,000 square foot urban health sciences campus on Toronto’s reinvigorated waterfront. Our integrated team of architects, interior designers, and multidiscipline engineers, worked together to embody within the building the fluid landscape outside. Using glass and vertical circulation elements, they created movement from the ground up to the accessible green roofs.

Informal gathering spaces throughout the campus were designed as a physical representation of the inter-professional education model the college practices. These spaces also encourage and provide the opportunity for inter-program collaboration.

The campus is LEED Gold certified. To ensure this was possible, our team began with the exterior. The grounds do not rely on irrigation and low flow plumbing fixtures where included, which result in over 40 percent saving of potable water. The interior environment is also energy efficient, with CO2 sensors that monitor occupant loads and ensure adequate ventilation. The green roof contributes to storm water management and cooling. Over 90% of construction waste was diverted from landfill, over 17% of materials contain recycled content, and over 33% of materials were sourced locally. All these design and construction elements come together to build an environmentally conscience campus that looks as good inside as it does from the outside. 

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