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OPG stresses sustainability with mass timber HQ project – constructconnect.com – Daily Commercial News

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Given the ambitious goals contained in its Climate Change Plan launched in 2020, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has no option but to aim high as it moves toward construction of its new low-carbon Ontario headquarters.

The new Clarington Corporate Campus building is slated for groundbreaking in 2022 with a 2024 target for completion. The campus is being designed as a low-slung mass timber structure with contractor Bird Construction given the mandate to optimize building performance and energy conservation.

The campus will consolidate non-station staff from existing OPG offices in the Toronto region at the Clarington site adjacent to the Darlington Nuclear Station.

OPG project manager Matt Sikstrom noted the energy giant’s carbon plan explicitly called for its new headquarters to be low-carbon from both a construction and operations point of view. It was soon decided that neither concrete nor steel construction were an option.

“The only way to get to low-carbon construction is mass timber construction,” said Sikstrom. “The carbon remains embodied within the mass timber elements that are used throughout the building. Plus, it looks fantastic.

“So it was really a win-win for us because it highlights our new headquarters as a showcase piece on climate change.”

Bird is currently working with Stantec and Indigenous firm Two Row Architect on detailed design. OPG is asking for extensive Indigenous consultation and emphasizing diversity, in addition to requiring the new workspace to be open concept.

The team is going with a geothermal energy system.

 

OPG — The new mass timber OPG headquarters in Clarington, Ont. will feature an open concept, promoting collaboration and team-building.

 

“We are progressing from those conceptual designs into more detailed design, kind of figuring out, for example, how many mass timber beams are we going to need specifically, how many geothermal wells are we going to need to really meet the heating and cooling requirements of the building,” Sikstrom explained.

The open workspaces will bring staff together to foster innovation and employee engagement, OPG believes.

“It’s easier for people to collaborate,” Sikstrom said. “It breaks down silos, you get a better sense of what everyone’s doing. That really just helps promote that innovation.”

The environment created by mass timber adds to the culture, he added, besides streamlining and expediting the build.

“One of the big benefits of mass timber from the esthetic point of view is, I don’t really have to cover it up,” said Sikstrom.

“So I can keep it exposed, adding to the beauty of the workplace itself. From a cost point of view, that’s fantastic, because it means you don’t need the needless drywall and paint and all that kind of thing.”

OPG and Bird are still exploring how possible supply chain issues will affect the project — to the extent that there are still discussions ongoing with various …….

Source: https://canada.constructconnect.com/dcn/news/projects/2022/01/opg-stresses-sustainability-with-mass-timber-hq-project

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