2023 GFD 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner – The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) New Headquarters and Multi-Tenant Commercial Building | Moriyama Teshima Architects

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) Headquarters and Multi-Tenant Commercial Building is a progressive 3-storey, 124,000 SF mass timber project that uses net-zero strategies, and will seamlessly integrate commercial opportunities with the relocation and revitalization of the OSSTF’s office centre in Toronto. The building is intended to house the headquarters of the OSSTF and represents all the educators, educational assistants, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counselors and many other education professionals in the secondary school system in Ontario, as well as additional tenants. All design decisions were rigorously assessed for long-term value, health and wellness of employees, and operational savings.

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Gold 🏆 Winner
Global Future Design Awards 2023

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) New Headquarters and Multi-Tenant Commercial Building
Office Building (Under Construction)

Moriyama Teshima Architects

Carol Phillips

Design Team
Carol Phillips (Partner in Charge), Phil Silverstein (Project Manager and Job Captain), Gord Doherty (Construction Administrator), Cathy McMahon (Architect), Corey Brown (Architect), Deya Iskandarova (Architect), Emmanuel Awuah (Architectural Technologist), Maya Desai (Urban Designer), Sean Robbins (BIM Manager)

Project Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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Overlooking the Don Valley ravine landscape, the building is a highly sustainable, financially viable, and innovative new workplace that is on target for LEED Platinum certification and high-energy performance levels at 67 kWhr/m2/year. Designed to the highest environmental standards, the facility is built on a foundation of social, environmental, and financial sustainability.

Despite perceived premiums for a mass timber structure, after thorough analysis, the OSSTF went forward with a mass timber LEED Platinum solution that also invested in naturalized restoration of the ravine edge. Constructed out of cross laminated timber (CLT) floor slabs and glue laminated timber (GLT) beams and columns, structural components have been sourced nationally where possible, and demonstrate a robust, honest, yet innovative application of natural materials.

The mass timber structure of the building uses a 9m x 9m grid of glulam columns, beams, and purlins with a CLT infill panel for the general floor system. This is an optimal grid for office layouts and was chosen for its optimization of the timber volume. Flexibility for tenants and future changes is facilitated using a raised floor system that also assists with acoustics and wire control and is a fully integrated UFAD system delivery.

The new Multi-Tenant Commercial Building is spatially divided to house the OSSTF Headquarters as well as two floors of leasable tenant space. Joined by a central atrium, the building will offer abundant outside views, light, openness, and numerous opportunities for spontaneous interactions between the OSSTF staff and tenants. Furthermore, shareable spaces on the ground floor include the lobby, café, and ground floor terrace, and features a multipurpose, convertible Event Space; this space will be shared not only by the building occupants, but by outside groups, providing opportunities for engagement with the wider community.

The architecture is inspired by WELL and Passive House design standards and promotes health and wellness at every level, prioritizing democratic access to light and views as well as access to outdoor space and communal connection to the ravine. The exposed timber environment, beyond the commitment to renewable, carbon sequestering construction, creates an enveloping connection to nature in the daily life of the employees.

This highly efficient facility will ensure the OSSTF functions as a hub that continues to support public education in the province, provide healthy workplace environments for its staff and visitors, and responsibly meet the organization’s goals of financial resiliency.