A new building for Toronto’s North York Women’s Shelter

April 27th 2017

North York Women’s Shelter (NYWS) is getting a new building.

The new NYWS will replace the existing building at the Dufferin Street and Sheppard Avenue area site that has served women who are survivors of domestic violence and their children since 1984.

The provincial government will provide up to $3 million in funding for this project, while the federal government contributed up to $5.8 million.

The new 24,000-square-foot building will include 30 beds in 16 bedrooms, along with offering fully accessible rooms, individualized counselling, group counselling, employment skills training, life coaching, and programming for children.

“As our understanding of violence against women continues to evolve, we recognize that our response as both an organization and a society must become more complex, evidence-based and holistic,” Mohini Datta-Ray, executive director of NYWS, said in a recent release. “This significant investment means that this critical dream can be reality.”

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Orillia New Waterfront Neighbourhood

December 5th 2017

City of Orillia Council  adopted  the Waverley Projects recommended neighbourhood development scenario in December of 2017. When implemented the new neighbourhood on City Owned lands will reconnect downtown with its waterfront. The City will now proceed with establishing required planning permissions and supporting infrastructure to prepare the way for selection of a development and building partner.

Townhouses, condominiums and detached homes are envisioned in a conceptual plan that would dramatically transform Orillia’s downtown and waterfront. “We are going to create a neighbourhood down there,” said Councillor Tim Lauer, chair of a waterfront working group. A development scenario, supported in principle by council, would intensify the number of people living and working in the downtown core.

The City has full background of the Waterfront Initiative on its website.


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Evergreen Carbon Neutral Construction Update

December 29th 2017

Progress towards a carbon neutral future for Evergreen at the Brickworks continues with our construction moving indoors for the winter season. Ellis Don has completed the new floor, with under slab heating and cooling distribution, and the drilling of the exterior geothermal well field. This will be the Last Winter without heat for the old Brickworks! In the days when the firing kilns were in full operation the heat generated from brick production provided a consistent baseline temperature. With the cessation of brick making operations the brick kilns were subjected to extreme temperature changes.  As a result, the integrity of the masonry structure of the kilns were gradually being negatively impacted. The new Brookfield GIS designed geo source heating investment has an important secondary benefit – it provides a stabilized environment for conservation of the kilns.

Next steps to be complete by May 2018:

  • A new window wall enclosure on the west facade.
  • New gable ends on the north and south ends.
  • New loading and exit doors on the east facade.
  • A new insulated roof.

With the completion of our winter’s work Evergreen will have a new year round carbon neutral space. Evergreen’s plans for a Future Cities collaborative hub can be followed at Evergreen Brickworks

New Concrete floor in the Kiln Building at the Evergreen Brick Works, March 2017.
Photographs by Bryan McBurney/ Copyright Bryan McBurney


Carbon-neutral solution

May 17, 2017

It takes a tremendous amount of coordination and creativity to transform this multi-use space into one of the highest efficiency venues in Canada,” says EllisDon’s Andrew Bowerbank.

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A comprehensive project

March 31, 2017

Says Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke. “We need to maximize development on that property,” Orillia mayor Steve Clarke told the Orillia Packet and Times.

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Waterfront, reimagined

March 30, 2017

Laura Thompson, Orillia’s manager of real estate and commercial development for, seeks a vision from us that “best serves the community as a whole” and connects the waterfront to downtown.

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Regenerating downtown Whitby

March 8, 2017

“The redevelopment of the fire hall site helps achieve council’s vision by adding jobs, residents and vitality to downtown Whitby,” says mayor Don Mitchell.

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Sustainable design

March 1, 2017

“This partnership is an exciting opportunity to create a framework for low carbon design and construction, demonstrating true leadership in advancing sustainable cities,” Evergreen CEO Geoff Cape told Canadian Architect.

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Building the green future

February 28, 2017

“It will showcase tools and practices for building sustainable cities; to that end it will use innovative materials and advanced mechanical systems,” writes The Globe and Mail’s Alex Bozikovic.

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