James Bay's Capital Park project an environmental leader with LEED Platinum and Gold buildings
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
Published October 9, 2019
As climate action and environmental sustainability is elevated to a top-of-mind issue among Victorians and local civic leaders, development partners Concert Properties and Jawl Properties have recently completed two office buildings within James Bay’s mixed-use Capital Park community which will soon join the ranks of Canada’s most environmentally-progressive buildings.
Situated at 525 and 555 Superior Street adjacent to the British Columbia Legislature, Capital Park’s five-storey office buildings
are under review by the Canada Green Building Council for their environmentally-forward design elements and construction methods.
Pending the outcome of the comprehensive certification process, the Council is expected to qualify the new-builds at the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) organization’s highest measure known as a 'Platinum' level of green building. Once certified, their designation will increase Victoria’s number of environmentally-leading LEED Platinum buildings from four to six.
Concert Properties’ and Jawl Properties’ six-acre Capital Park development, bordered by Menzies, Michigan and Superior streets, is rising at a time when global awareness of environmental impacts is at an all-time high and the need for leadership on multiple fronts becomes necessary.
To encourage local change, the City of Victoria has committed to an 80% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions and 100% reliance on renewable energy by 2050, and in turn Capital Park has embraced environmental sustainability across all phases of the community which include rental
homes, as well as retail spaces.
The community’s final phase, Capital Park Residences
, made up of two condominium buildings and a boutique collection of townhomes, is currently under construction. Once complete in the spring of 2021, Capital Park Residences will deliver 106 condominium suites and seven townhomes targeting LEED Gold certification. The sustainable design incorporates a host of forward-thinking environmental features that include provisions for electric vehicle charging stations at every parking stall – with four initially-enabled resident charging stations and four visitor charging stations – as well as green roofs and extensive landscaping utilizing local flora.
With a wide variety of layouts ranging from 548 square foot one-bedroom condominiums to nearly 1,800 square foot three-bedroom penthouses and townhomes, Capital Park’s ownership opportunities present a wide spectrum of environmentally-forward urban living opportunities in one of Victoria’s most walkable and cycling-friendly neighbourhoods.
To learn more about the Capital Park Residences and the Capital Park development, you can visit the project's presentation centre at 665 Douglas Street, open daily between noon and 5PM (except Fridays), or by viewing Capital Park's website here
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