Green Reason’s Role
Capital Planning, Project Management, Sustainability Consulting, Retro-Commissioning and Occupant Engagement Instigators
720 Access, located at 720 King Street West, is a commercial office building located in downtown Toronto. The 350,000 square foot building was constructed circa 1974 and underwent a major redevelopment led by Greiner-Pacaud/Hamilton Management on behalf of Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and Shell Canada Pension Trust. It was completed in phases between 1998 and 2004, which changed the building’s original use of light industrial to Class A office. Green Reason’s founding principal managed that original redevelopment. When it came time to create a life cycle replacement plan for the building the client immediately contacted Green Reason to develop the new capital and operational strategy.
What Was Done
When Green Reason was contracted to provide capital planning and program management services in 2010, it was with the agreement that capital projects would be integrated with operations and occupant engagement to provide a truly integrated approach to strategy development. As a first step Green Reason’s team embarked on a capital replacement plan and a LEED EBOM feasibility study for the owners. Once the initial capital plan was drafted a Retro-Commissioning (RCx) program was implemented to both optimize existing systems and inform the direction of future capital investments.
Concurrently with the RCx program, the building elected to move forward with LEED EBOM certification. Green Reason developed and implemented an Occupant Engagement program to support the building’s sustainability goals. Green Reason continues to manage all capital projects, occupant engagement, ongoing commissioning and the building’s LEED recertification program.
Notable achievements of this comprehensive program include:
- Exceeded initial LEED certification level of Silver by achieving Gold through the efforts of the building’s green council, created and chaired by Green Reason
- Developed a “simple box” energy model of the building for use in testing payback for capital equipment/system replacement options
- Increased waste diversion rates from 52% to 77% over 6 months and sustained diversion rate and increased capture rate 12 months later through focused campaigns
- A building-wide campaign was launched by the Green Council to encourage occupant participation in energy reduction
- A complete rebalancing of the building’s ventilation systems and an indoor air quality audit has led to an improved indoor environment and eliminated issues previously thought to require major capital investments to correct
- The building was selected as the HOOPP LEAP Sustainability Achiever for 2015 for best overall sustainability performance in Canada on the Pillar Scorecard and on tenant engagement
- The building was recertified LEED Platinum in 2020 as a result of strategic capital investments and ongoing sustainable operations driven by Green Reason’s capital planning and ongoing commissioning strategies