60 Richmond is now LEED® Gold Certified
“LEED® Certification is a long process that involves designing, constructing and commissioning buildings to reduce energy consumption in our city and minimize the footprint of urban development,” said Leslie Gash, the Development Team’s project manager. “We should be celebrating because we are city builders,” she said.
60 Richmond is a distinct building that gets more attention than others on the block. The building’s bold, sculptured and contemporary design is the trademark of downtown condos, not social housing. Eleven stories high, this is the first housing cooperative built in Toronto since 1997. The tenants are mostly members of Unite Here-Local 75, a hospitality workers union, and about half are former residents of Regent Park, who were interested in the co-op lifestyle, and chose this building as their permanent replacement unit.
The building’s design is modern and functional, with open concept courtyards and bright common spaces that are visible from street level. The building’s many green features include:
- energy saving mechanical systems that move warm air from one side of the building to another that’s much cooler
- an irrigation system that captures water from the roof to hydrate the community gardens below
- an indoor bike room that encourages tenants to make a green commuting choice downtown.
Leslie Gash, Project Manager, unpacks the LEED® Gold certification plaque. Gloves are needed to unpack the award to protect the fine grain wood and delicate glass
Congratulations and thanks to the City of Toronto, Teeple Architects, Bird Construction, and the Development team!