The City of Greater Sudbury has secured $61,800 through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund toward the Junction East Cultural Hub project.
These funds, endowed by the federal government, are earmarked for a feasibility study to pursue a net-zero carbon emissions option for the library/art gallery building proposed for construction next to the Sudbury Theatre Centre.
“Our government is pleased to support sustainable infrastructure in communities across Canada,” Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in a media release. “Today’s investment is an important step in the development of a net-zero art gallery and library in the City of Greater Sudbury. This is a great example of community-driven innovation and climate action.”
This study was conducted last year and included public engagement sessions and workshops with community organizations, staff and partners. The city received notification it had received the FCM funding on Nov. 2, 2021, and the FCM publicly announced the funding this week.
Grant Peters and Michael Pelton from Fluent Group Consulting Engineers Inc. presented their findings to city council on March 8 of this year. A presentation highlighting their findings can be found by clicking here.
City council approved proceeding with a $98.4-million build in June, which includes a $6.6-million net-zero carbon emissions option derived from the feasibility study.
District energy, ground-source heat pumps, rooftop solar photovoltaics, building automation systems, high building envelope performance and rainwater harvesting have been included in the building’s design.
The study also investigated various green building certifications and estimated embodied greenhouse gas emissions, which assisted the architectural team in selecting low-impact and environmentally preferable materials and products.
With city council approving Junction East tonight, staff is expected to develop tender documents and detailed drawings necessary to issue a construction tender for the first quarter of 2023. The tender will be issued to the four recently prequalified bidders. A total of 10 companies took initial interest in the project, and all four of those to submit bids were prequalified. These include:
- EllisDon Corporation (Mississauga)
- Bird Construction Group (Mississauga)
- Aquicon Construction Co. Ltd. (Brampton)
- PCL Constructors Northern Ontario Inc. (Sudbury)
The building is anticipated to open in the spring of 2025.