222 Jarvis

222jarvis-imageLocation:  City of Toronto

Project type:  Retrofit and modernization            

Construction Manager: URBACON

Project cost:  $100 million

About 222 Jarvis: 

  • The retrofit and modernization of the 455,000 square foot government building located at 222 Jarvis Street in Toronto, Ontario is one of North America’s largest ‘green’ building retrofit projects and will transform the iconic 222 Jarvis Street building into a state-of-the-art energy efficient, environmentally-sustainable LEED® certified 'green' building.

New Modern State-of-the-Art Workplace


The retrofit of 222 Jarvis entails a major shift in the allocation of space to increase efficiency while supporting innovation within an open and collaborative environment.  The project incorporates the Provincial Workplace Environment Guidelines to create and support modern office space, while complying with the Provincial Space Policy of up to 180 square feet per person. 


Welcoming Ministry of Government Services Staff 


Previously, the Ministry of Government Services had approximately 2,300 staff in 26 different locations. In March of 2013, 1300 Ministry of Government Service's (MGS) staff settled into the new state-of-the-art facility. MGS staff from Infrastructure Technology Services, Corporate Security, Government Services Cluster and Central Agencies Cluster now fully occupy the Lower Main through to the 6th Floor of the building. An additional 1000 staff will join their colleagues with the completion of the 7th, 8th and 9th Floors in March 2014.


Project Status

  Move in: Phase 3: completion (Floor 9)                           March 2014
  Project Pending
  Move in: Phase 2: completion (Floors 7 & 8)                    March 2014 
  Project Pending
  Move in: Phase 1 complete (Lower Main to 6th Floor):      March 2013
  Project Accomplished
Leasehold improvements:
March – December 2012
  Project Accomplished
Base building completion:
October 2011



Green Features

  • Use of regional materials to reduce emissions from shipping resources over long distances
  • Use of low-emitting materials including adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings and carpet, which reduce the emission of indoor air pollutants
  • Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and controls upgrades
  • State-of-the-art IT infrastructure including wireless technology to reduce the need to travel to meetings
  • Daylight and occupancy sensors which optimize energy performance
  • Power demand monitoring and reporting
  • Rain water harvesting to reduce water usage and minimize demand on municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities
  • Upgrades to the exterior of the building, including installation of thermally-sealed windows
  • Access to public transit, bicycle storage and changing rooms to encourage use of alternative modes of transportation

Accessibility Features

  • Exterior access ramps
  • Power door operators on accessibility routes
  • Accessible washrooms available on all program floors
  • Widened circulation in common spaces
  • Widened primary and secondary corridors
  • Colour and textural contrasting
  • Tactile signage
  • Elevators will meet or exceed accessibility requirements

Community Features

The retrofit of 222 Jarvis Street will help revitalize this historic downtown neighbourhood by creating just over 1,000 jobs during its duration. Ontario is getting its house in order by greening this Ontario government building which will help create green jobs, build a sustainable workplace for the future and fuel a green economy. The influx of government employees in the area will also benefit local businesses, stimulate the local economy and contribute to a sustainable community.

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