George Brown College | Limberlost Place

George Brown College | Limberlost Place

Toronto, Ontario
George Brown College

We are providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, lighting, technology, and sustainability services for George Brown College’s Limberlost Place in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Limberlost Place (formerly The Arbour), anticipated to become Toronto’s first tall wood, low carbon institutional building, will bring a unique deep green element to the George Brown College waterfront campus. The 10-storey state-of-the-art structure will revolutionize Toronto’s building landscape and advance Canada’s sustainability agenda by becoming the first Tall Wood Research Institute with materials sourced nationally. George Brown College has set a net-zero carbon target in its commitment to sustainability. 

The building will serve as an educational hub — housing research, teaching, and learning — and a childcare facility to accommodate the rapidly growing local community. The proposed design pays homage to Canada’s signature wood-framed single-family housing, with mass wood and pitched roof components. Occupant wellness and comfort were a priority in design, as the facility features breathing rooms with solar chimney systems for sustainable, natural light and ventilation. Expandable and contractible walls will allow for flexibility of learning spaces when required. In addition, a smart building system will equip the building with integrated, intelligent, and adaptable technology throughout. 

We are providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, lighting, technology, and sustainability services for Limberlost Place.


  • Net Zero Carbon 

  • LEED Platinum 

  • TGS V3 Tier 4 Design  

Photo Credit: Moriyama & Teshima / Acton Ostry Architects


Future Project: Education , 2022
World Architecture Festival
Gold Award, Future Projects - Education, 2019
World Architecture News
AZ Award and People’s Choice Award – Unbuilt Buildings , 2019
Azure Magazine
Future Project Award — Sustainability Prize , 2019
IPIM/Architectural Review
Construction and Design Award — Institutional Concept , 2018
Rethinking the Future Architecture
Award of Excellence , 2018
Canadian Architect

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