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George Brown planning Ontario’s tallest wood building on waterfront

Last Updated Aug 19, 2017 at 4:08 pm EST

A map of George Brown College's Waterfront Campus, including the future 12-storey wood building, The Arbour. HANDOUT/George Brown College

George Brown College is planning the province’s first tall wood building as part of its waterfront campus expansion.

The structure, called The Arbour, will be 12-storeys tall and stand across from the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences at Queens Quay East and Lower Sherbourne Street.

“This distinctive new location will help us contribute to the mitigation of climate change and environmental sustainability while supporting our continued intention to create campus environments that are innovative, creative and stimulating for student learning,” said the school’s president Anne Sado.

According to UrbanToronto, George Brown is applying for an exemption to the Ontario Building Code’s six-storey limit for timber buildings.

A number of tall wood buildings have been constructed around the world, including a 14-storey apartment in Bergen, Norway, and an 18-storey residence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

The Arbour will serve as a demonstration facility for green buildings and integrate automation into its design. It will also house a child-care facility.

George Brown will launch an international design competition for the project this fall, and the building is expected to be complete by 2024.