Ontario Construction News staff writer
Infrastructure Canada has announced federal funding up to $7.7 million to convert an old fire station into green community space in the Town of Bolton.
The new Humber River Centre will be a multi-use community centre with an innovation hub/maker space, a commercial kitchen, meeting rooms and a large multi-use space for events, programming and farmers’ markets.
“The Humber River Centre will be a central hub for Bolton that will help attract investment and visitors to downtown while supporting residents and entrepreneurs with innovation spaces for community programs,” said Brampton East MP Maninder Sidhu. “A sustaiable inclusive community centre, which, combined with a more climate resilient design, will benefit residents for years to come.”
Building improvements include installing LED lighting, air source heat pumps and energy recovery ventilators along with insulative windows and doors, increased roof insulation, on-demand electric water heaters and a building automation system.
Renovations are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29.5 tonnes per year and fuel consumption by 56.2 per cent.
With climate change in mind, the town will implement additional softscaping design practices, including planting native pollinator-friendly plants and trees to absorb excess water, and landscaping techniques to enhance stormwater filtration and interior climate control, will ensure that the facility remains comfortable year-round while reducing the risk posed by flooding events.
“Funding will help transform our old Fire Hall into an energy efficient, low carbon community space that will enhance the lives of residents, community groups and underserved populations,” said Caledon Mayor Annette Groves. “The Humber River Centre will showcase climate resilient architecture and is a testament to our dedication towards reducing emissions and taking climate action.”