Spectrum Square is a master planned, multi-building corporate community with a focus on sustainable building performance to promote a positive impact on employee productivity. A rethink of the suburban office park, Spectrum Square is located in the northeast quadrant of Eglinton Avenue East and Spectrum Way, within the City of Mississauga. Planned development of the site consists of 4 multi-storey office buildings located in each of the four quadrants of the site for a total of approximately 823,000 square feet of gross floor area. The campus also includes 6 one-storey restaurant buildings located along the southern portion of the site with a total of 60,830 square feet of restaurant GFA. The office buildings are being developed as LEED for Core and Shell Development projects, targeting Gold certification.
The Owner-Developer of the project is Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) Realty Inc., with BPI Consultants as project manager. Green Reason is part of the consultant team led by Sweeny & Co. Architects; a renowned sustainable architectural firm.
Green Reason’s Role:
LEED consultants for the office buildings, and energy compliance consultants for the retail buildings.
What Was Done
Green Reason joined the team during the design development phase of Office Building 1. In the role as LEED consultants on Office Phases 1 and 2, Green Reason’s major contributions included expanding team knowledge, ongoing tracking of the LEED Gold target, and working closely with both design and construction teams to ensure LEED strategies were balanced with budget considerations. One project challenge is the strategic application of campus options of LEED credits over the multi-phase development. In addition to the high-performing Office building designs, Green Reason also consulted with the team on meeting the requirements on the non-LEED design restaurant buildings to ensure OBC SB-10 compliance.
Accomplishments for Building 1 include:
- Site is located south of Pearson International Airport, the campus is situated in a commuter corridor which provides convenient access to alternative transportation.
- Charging stations for electric and hybrid electric vehicles were provided, as well as designated preferred parking for carpooling.
- Parking lot design includes both bioswales and pervious paving to promote infiltration and removal of suspended solids, as well as reduce the total load that must be accommodated by the municipal stormwater system.
- Energy model results predicting 45% energy cost savings over the reference building
HVAC design includes high efficiency boilers and chillers as well as VFD pumps with an underfloor demand control air distribution system to improve HVAC efficiency as well as provide occupant thermal comfort and control.
- A comprehensive M+V program was developed to ensure that energy use is tracked against predictions.
- Exterior shading has been provided to reduce solar heat gain and glare while maximizing daylight. The efficient indirect lighting system provided for the building interiors will have both occupancy and daylighting control.
- 37% potable water use reduction.
- Over 15% of the construction materials budget purchased recycled content, and over 30% purchased regional materials and products.
- Over 92% of construction waste was diverted from landfill sites.
- Implementation of sustainable operations programs including green cleaning, low-impact site maintenance, and sustainable purchasing.
Results speak for themselves:
Spectrum Square Building 1 was awarded LEED Canada Gold certification for Core and Shell by the CaGBC.
What they are saying
“The complex exemplifies the evolution of office buildings into a new class of corporate community focusing on building performance that will positively impact employee productivity.”
Doug Hitchcox, Managing Director of Sustainability and Executive Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle.
“…employees here could just be the happiest in all of Mississauga” – BISNOW
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