Eastern Construction played an important part to help Evergreen achieve the goal of creating a destination which has a “triple bottom line” - sustainable environmentally, culturally and financially. Evergreen is a national non-profit environmental organization with a mandate to bring nature into cities through naturalization projects. The site is located at the former Don Valley Brick Works on Bayview Avenue just north of Bloor. The “Industrial Pad” at the Brick Works contains 16 buildings. Evergreen planned to transform the former industrial pad into a sustainable multi-use complex dedicated to the idea of nature in the city. The emphasis was on active learning. All of the existing buildings were re-used. There is one new building – a LEED Platinum administration centre - that showcases the latest in sustainable design. Other buildings contain an organic market, a restaurant, event and conference space, a native plant nursery, demonstration gardens, a children’s play facility, ice-skating, and interpretive facilities to highlight the industrial heritage of the site.
The project had a large team of designers including du Toit Allsopp Hillier Architects, Claude Cormier Architectes Paysaygistes, ERA Architects and Diamond and Schmitt Architects. Fourteen consulting firms rounded out the design team.
- OAA Awards, Design Excellence, 2013
- Toronto Construction Association (TCA) "Best of the Best" Project Achievement - Medium Project Category, 2011
- Green Toronto Awards - Green Design Award, 2012
- Green Building Award of Excellence - Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Ontario Chapter, 2011
- Pug Award - First Place in the ICI Category - People’s Choice Awards for Architecture in Toronto, 2012
- REX (Real Estate Excellence) Green Award of the Year - NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development
- Association, Greater Toronto Chapter, 2011
- SAB Canadian Green Building Award - Sustainable Architecture + Building Magazine, 2011