In March 2017, Evergreen began the second major construction project of its history – the redevelopment of the historic kiln building at Evergreen Brick Works.
We are transforming the 53,000-sq-ft space into a global demonstration hub, a dynamic year-round innovation and training centre where urban thought leaders and city builders from across sectors can gather to co-create, test and prototype solutions for building inclusive low-carbon cities.
The Kiln Building – the site of the Future Cities Centre - will be the national hub for Future Cities Canada, the new city-building initiative launched May 2018. The unique collaborative brings together people, ideas, platforms and innovations from across sectors to find new ways to address the challenges facing cities.
The design of the revived heritage building offers up new possibilities in the way of developing sustainable cities, while ensuring the historic features and artifacts are preserved for future generations.
Just one small section was meticulously altered to make way for the City Builders Gallery, located in the former drying kilns. This space, unveiled in May 2018 in celebration to mark the end of Phase 1 of construction, will host exhibitions exploring the past, present and future of cities beginning in fall 2018.
This redevelopment enables diverse networks to connect, scale and co-create solutions to advance the transition to low carbon cities and provides a venue to showcase and celebrate these game-changing innovations from across Canada.
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This new project offers a unique opportunity to drive more action towards advancing sustainable cities by incorporating renewable energy technologies and low-carbon construction practices.
Evergreen’s redevelopment of the kiln building is one of the first in Canada to set and strive for a carbon neutral target.
Some of the green design features include:
- Solar thermal integrated with the ground source system to collect and store heat for use during the winter months
- A high efficiency, renewable and geo-exchange system to heat and cool other buildings on site, creating a near zero carbon campus
- Unique raised cavity floor system in combination with low impact landscape design strategies for flood and stormwater management
Read our blog on some of the highlights from the first phase of construction on the kiln building for more.
The kiln building is one of 16 historically significant buildings that reside at Evergreen Brick Works. Redevelopment of the building, currently subject to flooding and freeze-thaw cycles, will ensure the historic brick kilns are protected for years to come while highlighting the heritage features of the space.
Evergreen developed the adaptive reuse of the kiln building through a consultation process with the City of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Services, Ontario Heritage Trust and the Toronto and Region Conversation Authority. The team worked together to ensure the preservation of the building’s heritage features.
The construction process began in March 2017 and the space will remain closed to the public until spring 2019. While some public events will be scheduled during this construction period, the public is invited to discover Canada’s leading example of adaptive reuse and low carbon innovation through Evergreen’s tour program.
During this time, the rest of Evergreen Brick Works is operating under regular hours and access, enjoy!
Please note, your visit may be during construction times that include some periods of loud noise.
During this period there will be limited parking in the East lot. The West and Central lots will remain open.
Please consider alternative methods of transportation during this time.
The redevelopment of the kiln building is in partnership with construction lead EllisDon, manufacturing partner CRH Canada, and the design team led by LGA Architectural Partners in consultation with heritage design specialists ERA Architects.