^View from NE on Queen
^View from W on Queen
^Typical floor plan
Just went to one of Adam Vaughan's Ward 20 development proposal meetings. This meeting was to have featured proposals for 3 properties on Queen between Simcoe and Peter: 215, 226 and 335 Queen Street West. The 335 Queen presenters cancelled at the last minute, but apparently already have Ctte of Adjument approval for a boutique hotel.
The proposal for 215 Queen W was designed (and presented) by Dermot Sweeney of & Co. architects. The site, directly across from the new Canada Life tower, is currently home to the 100x100 ft. surface parking lot on the south side of Queen immediately adjacent to the CIBC branch at the SW corner of Queen and Simcoe. The proposal is for a 15-storey LEED platinum office building with 2-storey retail at its base.
There are too many green details to fully enumerate right now, but generally the building will reflect the technologies being employed by & Co. at other office buildings it has done (eg. Microsoft) or is doing (eg. Royal Bank building beside the CBC and Telus Tower by the ACC). Unfortunately, despite the site's proximity to Enwave's Simcoe/Adelaide plant, the 215 Queen proposal does not envision incorporating Enwave into the building's HVAC system.
The north (Queen St.) and south (laneway) faces are all glass, while the east and west faces appear to be some kind of textured metal. Although the building is bounded on both sides by party wall constraints, the renderings show that the east face will have some windows (with internal sprinklers to protect the CIBC heritage building against fire) and the west face will have no windows per se and will instead house the elevator shafts and stairwells. The stairwells, running up the south end of the west face, will be encased in glass that is to act as a "green chimney" that will naturally capture and re-utilize the buidling's hot-air exhaust.