This year Evergreen has embarked on a major redevelopment of the historic kiln building, transforming the 53,000-sq-ft space into a dynamic, year-round superhub that will ignite, accelerate and celebrate new innovations that shape our cities for the better. The project will create a hive of collaboration spaces, learning centres and exhibit galleries, while striving for a carbon neutrality for Evergreen Brick Works upon its completion.
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.
This new dedicated space 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.
Evergreen Brick Works will continue to be a gathering place to engage communities in interactive workshops and programs that make sustainable life choices easier and more accessible.
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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 green 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
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 2018.
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 industry leader EllisDon, mechanical engineers Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions and manufacturing partner CRH Canada, and the design team led by LGA Architectural Partners in consultation with heritage design specialists ERA Architects.