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You are here: Home  September 2009  Openings, Sales & Renos Allstream Centre a LEED Silver facility

Allstream Centre a LEED Silver facility

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TORONTO—This city now has a green angle when it pitches itself as a place to hold conventions and other large gatherings.

The Allstream Centre, slated to open in October, is being promoted as the first LEED Silver conference centre in Canada.

The 160,000-square-foot space that formerly housed the Automotive Building at Exhibition Place is being transformed into the new centre at a cost to the city of $47-million.

On top of this, naming rights money paid by MTS Allstream, a division of Manitoba Telecom Services, covers the cost of making a LEED Silver structure.

Centre users will be served high quality food by a company called Cerise Fine Catering. This is a partnership of a Toronto luxury boutique lodging property, the Windsor Arms Hotel, with Centre Plate Catering, the company that handles foodservice for the Direct Energy Centre, The Royal Winter Fair and the Molson Indy.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation means the centre’s design, materials and furnishings meet high environmental standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council. Projects in more than 30 countries now have LEED certification.

The Allstream Centre will use 100 per cent green power from Direct Energy, and the kitchen is filled with energy saving equipment.

Furnishings throughout the centre are all Greenguard certified, meaning they give off only low, safe emissions of toxic volatile organic compounds. The same goes for carpets, paint, varnishes and fabrics in the centre.

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