TORONTO, ON., July 23, 2020 — Today, Mayor Tory along with officials from Waterfront Toronto, developer Hines, as well representatives from the provincial and federal government gathered at 261 Queens Quay East to celebrate the the groundbreaking of T3 Bayside. The idea behind the mass-timber constructed office complex is to provide creative energy while limiting its environmental footprint.
Attendees at the launch included project representatives Avi Tesciuba, Senior Managing Director and Country Head, Hines Canada, along with George Zegarac, President and CEO, Waterfront Toronto. They were joined by Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Laurie Scott, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure; and Toronto Mayor John Tory.
Designed by world-renowned Danish architecture firm 3XN, T3 Bayside is the latest in a series of creative modern workplaces built with Hines’ visionary T3 concept: Timber, Talent, Technology. Phase I will bring 251,000 sq. ft. of contemporary, innovative office space to Downtown Toronto’s eastern waterfront in early 2023.
A planned twin building to Phase I sits adjacent to the site and will bring another 251,000 sq. ft. to Hines’ community for innovation. This provides companies the opportunity to craft an authentic campus experience with shared amenities and work spaces connected via a retail plaza between buildings.
T3, which stands for Timber, Talent and Technology is the brainchild of the Hines development team with the goal of creating a workplace that embodies the charm of former brick-and-beam construction, while also providing wellness-focused design, leading-edge technologies and a superior amenity platform – all housed within an environmentally responsible structure.
T3 Bayside which fronts on Queens Quay East is part of a grand Quayside waterfront development along Toronto’s shoreline between Sherbourne and Parliament. The Downtown East area offers companies access to exclusive restaurants, shopping, beautiful scenery and a wealth of experiences in their community. Four condos, daycare, parks, a leash-free dog park, retail amenities and a shuttle station to Union are also planned.
The development is part of the evolving East Bayfront district, explained as Toronto’s newest and most dynamic live-work-play neighborhood and hot spot for technology and creative companies.
Hines says they wanted to create a workplace that reflects the culture that companies so carefully craft and perfectly aligns with their ecological and corporate goals. A workplace that enhances employee lifestyle and health, while remaining connected in every possible way – technologically, collaboratively and locally.
Wood means wellness
Hines sees wood as elemental and authentic, infusing the workplace with a warm energy, and bringing buildings to life.
Sourced from young trees to maintain sustainable forestry practices, the timber used in T3 is one of the most ecological and renewable building materials. It takes just 15 minutes to grow the amount of wood used in T3, but the benefits are abundant:
- T3 will store 3,886 metric tons of carbon dioxide
- T3 will take the equivalent of 2,708 cars off the road
- T3 avoids 6,655 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions
Replacing concrete & steel – both significant carbon emitters – timber absorbs and sequesters carbon, significantly reducing our environmental impact.
The offices will feature large, double-height spaces enveloped with natural wood, impactful views and natural light bring the outside in, connecting tenants with nature and creating an atmosphere that fosters well-being.
Each space inside T3 Bayside has been designed with a biophilic approach, connecting people to nature with the goal of improving health, elevating mood, and enhancing productivity.
With T3 Bayside Hines takes the loft-style office and turns it up a notch with spaces designed for optimal collaboration. Common social areas will abound, fostering a greater sense of camaraderie and community. A fully modern fitness facility keeps your people in work-life balance. And your team and clients alike will relish the sights, sounds and tastes to be found on the stunning rooftop deck.
A statement green rooftop with spectacular views
The office towers will feature stunning 360-degree rooftops overlooking gorgeous sightlines of the lake and city.
Perimeter walkways connect to a rooftop bar surrounded by a lush green roof and vine wall creating a communal, social atmosphere.
A wealth of seating options — inviting couches that stimulate collaboration and teamwork; benches along the perimeter for uninterrupted views of the thriving neighbourhood below; and relaxed private seating options — help draw your focus and let your creativity flow.
Spacious lobby with coffee bar
When you enter the office you will step into the striking lobby, where timber and glass frames a spacious open atrium alight with engaging conversation. Entrance ways lead to vibrant outdoor space with unobstructed views of the water, to the retail plaza and to Queens Quay East with future-planned LRT.
A bright and inviting in-lobby coffee bar offers tenants an energetic space to meet and socialize during the day, increasing spontaneous conversations and collaboration.
Other features of T3 include a state-of-the-art fitness facility with dedicated fitness and cycle areas featuring a sunlight-filled, at-grade bike locker room and club quality change rooms — all accessible via a tenant-only entrance located directly across from the Martin Goodman Trail.
There will also be a premier lounge where expansive timber connects tenants to nature, while sunlight fills the space with warm, natural light. Tenants can work privately, meet with clients or hold refreshing team meetings — fostering a greater sense of camaraderie and community.
A modern floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall creates a sunlight-filled collaborative space in the dedicated tenant conference centre. With presentation-ready technologies and bench seating, tenants are always prepared for virtual conferences, townhalls, team summits, or hosted events.
The location of T3 Bayside allows commuters to skip the downtown congestion with direct access to the DVP and Gardiner Expressway, along with ample car and EV-ready parking facilities.
Or for a healthier commute, the Martin Goodman Trail is adjacent to the T3 Bayside with indoor and outdoor bike stalls available.
T3 Bayside just might be the perfect place to build your company’s future.
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