|RBC WaterPark Place to be First LEED Platinum Office in Toronto
June 21, 2012
Oxford Properties recently announced design plans to achieve LEED Platinum Core and Shell Certification for the new 930,000-square-foot office development, RBC WaterPark Place, in downtown Toronto. This will be Toronto’s first LEED Platinum office tower.
Oxford, along with investment partners CPP Investment Board (CPPIB) and RBC, have committed to a state of the art sustainable design which will enable the project to achieve LEED Platinum.
The LEED Platinum accreditation requires an additional 20 points in energy savings over Gold, topping out at 80 points. The accreditation is based upon criteria covering innovation in design, indoor environmental quality, water efficiency and energy and atmosphere, among other categories.
RBC WaterPark Place, Toronto, Ontario
Blake Hutcheson, President and CEO of Oxford said, “Oxford has consistently raised the bar on sustainability initiatives within out industry because we simply believe that good sustainability practices make good business sense! We take pride in operating and developing our towers to the highest standards and our commitment here is certainly no exception. RBC WaterPark Place is a world class office project and Platnium status will be a win-win for RBC, the other third party tenants, the City and our investment stakeholders. We challenged our architects, WZMH, engineers, builders and colleagues to set the highest Green targets for a modern structure and this Platinum designation exemplifies this commitment.”
RBC WaterPark Place will offer:
- Deep lake water cooling – lake water will be used to cool the building
- Dedicated outdoor air system – separating heating and cooling from ventilation for fresh air within the building and optimum required energy to create comfortable office environments
- Vision glazing – more than half (53 per cent) of the windows installed will have vision glazing to allow for bright open space and better insulation
- Best in class plumbing and lighting features – 4.8-litre single-flush toilets and centralized lighting
“We are proud that RBC WaterPark Place will be Toronto’s first LEED Platinum office tower, and of the commitment that RBC, Oxford and CPPIB have collectively made in delivering a top tier environmental and energy-efficient building,” noted Linda Mantia, Senior Vice-President, Enterprise Services for RBC. “The road to LEED Platinum is about achieving the highest environmental standards while at the same time providing the best in class office space and efficiency for our team who will enjoy working in this building.”
The building will be home to RBC’s national headquarters for Canadian Banking. RBC WaterPark Place is located between Bay and York Streets on the north side of Queens Quay Boulevard. Construction is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2014.