Work is well underway on the 485 Albert project, in Williamsville, Kingston. Combining amenities with a zero-carbon design, the project demonstrates the possibilities for future zero-carbon and urban intensification in Ontarian cities’ living environments.
The 6-storey mixed-use development will house 176 living units—totaling 229 bedrooms—and integrate retail and common spaces, creating a unique opportunity for residents and local businesses to live and work within their community.
Lemay in tandem with ENFORM architects have collaborated to conceptualize an integrated urban environment, inside and out, that has as low an impact on the planet as possible in respecting Podium Developments’ vision for a sustainable complex. The design is aiming for a CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Standard certification and uses a combination of mechanical, electrical, and structural strategies to achieve its sustainability goals.
Additionally, 485 Albert is designed for the health and wellness of its occupants and visitors as it targets a two-star Fitwel certification. The pedestrian-forward concept will be activated by a myriad of different spaces and activities, ranging from farmers’ markets to local shops, and dining and repose spaces.
The finished site’s sleek combination of attractive residential design and zero-carbon technologies will set it apart from all the other similar complexes in the province, setting a new standard for built environments in Ontario.