OCAD University

OCADU receives funds from Toronto Heritage,

Better Buildings Partnership

October 15, 2010

Better Buildings Parnership Cheque Presentation

Azim Fancy, Chair, Physical Resources & Capital Assets Committee (OCADU); Victor da Rosa, Project Manager, Academic & Multi Family Residential, Energy Efficiency Office, Better Buildings Partnership; Peter Caldwell, Vice-President of Finance & Administration (OCADU); Daniel Eskin, Facilities Planning Clerk; and Peter J. Lashko, Director, of OCADU’s Facilities Planning & Management office. Photo: Lino Ragno.
OCAD University has been awarded funds from two municipal programs, including a Toronto Heritage Grant and an incentive from the Better Buildings Partnership program. Both programs are administered by the City of Toronto.

The $25,000 Toronto Heritage Grant will support the construction undertaken over the summer to preserve the George A. Reid wing, the oldest building on the OCADU campus. The wing, opened originally in September 1921, is the first building of the campus constructed at OCADU’s home beside Grange Park. Designed by George A. Reid and built through funds granted by the provincial and federal governments, it is the first building erected in Canada solely for the purpose of art education. Administered by the Heritage Preservation Services Unit of the City Planning Division, the Toronto Heritage Grant Program encourages the conservation of designated heritage properties in the City of Toronto.

The grant will be used to restore the wing’s West Portico, which served as the main entrance to the campus upon its original construction.

OCADU also received a Better Buildings Partnership incentive of $252,583.99 for its efforts to reduce electricity consumption at OCADU’s Student Centre at 51 McCaul Street. Better Buildings Partnership is a City of Toronto program that works with building owners, managers and builders to ensure that buildings achieve high energy performance and low environmental impact.

“We were able to remove 261.35 kW worth of electrical equipment from the building, thus reducing our annual consumption at the Student Centre by 1,777,475.3 kWh,” explained Daniel Eskin, Facilities Planning Clerk in OCADU’s Facilities Planning & Management office. “This is equivalent to taking 232 mid-size cars off the road, or planting 5000 trees!” The funds from this incentive will be used to continue to improve efficiencies in OCADU facilities.

© OCAD University