George Brown College is poised to transform Toronto’s skyline with the construction of a mass-timber building called The Arbour. The 10-storey structure will be the first mass-timber and low-carbon institutional building in Ontario.
The Arbour will also serve as an important research centre focused on mass-timber construction. The Mass Timber Research Hub will support the development of innovative new ideas and practices in sustainable building.
Often Mass timber buildings rely on hybrid structural systems that incorporate different building materials like steel and concrete. The combination of materials allows for a more efficient structure while still capturing the benefits offered by timber. The building will have the look and feel of a wood structure, yet with a lower cost and more effective structural system.
Construction will begin in the fall 2021.
Walters will provide Design-assist on this project with PCL to supply and install the structural steel core and erection for this mass timber hybrid structure.
This is a premier project in the mass timber world, reaching ten stories with large open spans. We will work closely with PCL and Nordic Structures to coordinate the steel with the timber structure to build this very unique and challenging project.