Tricar’s River Mill Condos will connect to Guelph’s Galt District Energy System


Central facility will provide hot water, heating and air conditioning to units

Guelph, On, August 26, 2014 — River Mill Condominiums will be the first residential building in Guelph to be heated and cooled by district energy.

The Tricar Group, an environmentally responsible builder, announced today that its 18-storey condo development in Guelph’s downtown core will be supplied with heating, hot water, and air conditioning by the Galt District Energy System.

Buildings connected to a district energy system don’t need individual furnaces, air conditioning units, or water heaters. Instead, an underground network of pipes installed alongside water, electricity, and other utilities, allows multiple buildings to share energy for heating, cooling, and hot water—minimizing energy consumption and producing less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional systems.

As a result, River Mill residents will benefit from the reliability, convenience and lower fuel costs associated with district energy.

Starting this fall, insulated, underground pipes will be installed along Macdonell, Woolwich and Wellington streets. These pipes will transport hot and chilled water in a closed loop system to the River Mill site where they will pass through a heat exchanger located in an energy transfer station in the new condominium building.

The heating and air conditioning equipment in the 139 condominium suites will look the same as conventional equipment. Individual programmable thermostats will enable residents to monitor and control the temperature in their units to ensure comfort.

The Sleeman Centre, which serves as the central heating and cooling plant for the Galt District Energy System, owned and operated by Envida Community Energy Inc., uses natural gas to heat water in boilers for space heating, and has a central chilling unit to chill water for cooling.

The addition of Tricar’s River Mill Condominiums development to the system is an important step in Guelph’s plans to build North America’s first city-wide district energy network to supply at least 50 per cent of the community’s heating needs in the next 30 years.

Several key partners, including Envida Community Energy Inc., are key implementers of Guelph’s award-winning Community Energy Initiative—making better use of local energy sources, creating local jobs and keeping more energy dollars in Guelph.

Quotes

“At Tricar we have long prided ourselves on being innovators in the high rise condominium industry and have always been committed to improving communities on economic, cultural and environmental levels. To have an opportunity to further raise the bar environmentally through the use of sustainable technology in the form of district energy is something we are very excited about. We are proud to be working with Envida Community Energy and the City of Guelph to bring an innovative and green technology to a great residential development in the downtown core.”

- Adam Carapella, Vice President Operations, The Tricar Group

“Congratulations to Tricar for leading the way with Guelph’s first residential building to be heated and cooled through a district energy system. This reflects not only Tricar’s commitment to corporate citizenship and environmental sustainability, but also their confidence that district energy makes good business sense. This system provides reliable, cost competitive, and clean heating and cooling while consuming less energy – a prime example of doing more with less.”

- Karen Farbridge, Mayor, City of Guelph

“Tricar is to be commended on their commitment to the environment. By incorporating district energy into their building design and architecture they are proving that by combining a desire to seek out cleaner energy solutions with some advance planning it is possible to achieve luxury living with a reduced carbon footprint.”

- Barry Chuddy, Chief Executive Officer, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.

About The Tricar Group
tricar.com
The Tricar Group has been developing and managing award-winning multi-family high-rise buildings for almost 30 years. We are committed to fostering long-term relationships with the communities in which we build. We have dedicated ourselves to create projects that enhance the cultural, social, environmental and economic fabric of the area and have been a driving force in the revitalization of downtown cores. It’s who we are as a responsible builder.

Tricar has an impressive portfolio that has grown to over 5000 quality homes across Southwestern Ontario including both luxury condominiums and premier high-rise apartment rentals. Our innovative and quality craftsmanship have earned us numerous awards for architecture and design excellence and our personal, dedicated attention to customer care has earned us the honour as Builder of the Year in Ontario by Tarion Warranty Corporation.

About the City of Guelph
guelph.ca
Located about 100 kilometres west of Toronto, Ontario, Guelph is a growing, diverse and vibrant community of more than 120,000 people. Guelph’s community partners and business leaders are making a difference locally and globally in agri-food, technology, environmental enterprise and advanced manufacturing industries. The city’s healthy local economy, thriving arts and culture scene, charming neighbourhoods, parks and green spaces make Guelph among the most livable cities in Canada.

About Envida Community Energy Inc.
envida.ca
Owned by Guelph Hydro Inc., Envida Community Energy is the primary implementer and key developer of high-efficiency, low-carbon energy projects that are assisting the City of Guelph in achieving targets set out in the Guelph Community Energy Initiative while facilitating economic development in the community. The company operates a 100-kilowatt solar facility, the Eastview Landfill Biogas Plant and district energy facilities in the Sleeman Centre and the Hanlon Creek Business Park in Guelph. A combined heat and power facility is now under development in the Hanlon Creek Business Park.

About Guelph Hydro Inc.
guelphhydroinc.com
Owned by Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. which is in turn owned by the City of Guelph, Guelph Hydro Inc. is helping to create a reliable, diversified and sustainable energy supply to ensure the long-term competitiveness and prosperity of the communities it serves—Guelph and Rockwood.

Materials available
District Energy – Backgrounder
Guelph District Energy Strategic Plan
Envida District Energy Facility at Sleeman Centre – Backgrounder
Galt District Energy System, Guelph – Backgrounder
Galt District Energy System, Guelph – Illustration

Photos available upon request
District energy system at the Sleeman Centre

Media contacts

Adam Carapella, VP Operations
The Tricar Group
519-652-8900 extension 119
acarapella@tricar.com
tricar.com

Rob Kerr, General Manager
Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.
519-822-1260 extension 2079
rob.kerr@guelph.ca
guelph.ca/energy

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Kortright and Edinburgh Roads Intersection

 

Intersection to pedestrian crossing on Kortright R

 

The project

This project is being undertaken by Capital Paving Inc. as part of the City of Guelph Annual Asphalt program. The work will entail:

  1. the removal and restoration of concrete curbs for drainage,
  2. removal of the existing asphalt by milling,
  3. raising manholes and re-paving of the asphalt surface, and
  4. line painting

All work will be within the City road allowance.

 

Construction timeline

Construction is expected to start on or about August 25 and continue for approximately two weeks, weather permitting.

 

Traffic impacts and night work (August 25-28 inclusive) To lessen the impact of traffic through this intersection, due to the reconstruction of the road surface, the contractor will begin work at 6:00 p.m. August 25 and will work through the night to complete the removal of the existing asphalt, grade the road and place one course of base asphalt. One lane in all directions will be maintained but delays due to equipment movement and placing of materials can be expected. There will be Police presence at all times.

 

Some noise due to backup warning devices and equipment movement can be expected but the contractor will attempt to minimize such noise.

 

Property access and parking

The contractor will make every effort possible to maintain access to homes and driveways but construction activities and equipment movement will impact some access to your property and delays should be expected.

 

City services

Waste collection will not be impacted by the construction. Please continue to place your green blue and clear waste bags or green, blue and grey carts at the curb as per your regularly scheduled time.

 

The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project.

 

For more information about the Kortright Rd. W. / Edinburgh Rd. S. project or if you require this document to be provided in an alternative format as per The Accessibility for Ontarian’s Disabilities Act, please contact:

 

Grant Ferguson

Manager of Technical Services

Engineering Services

Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment

1 Carden Street, Guelph ON N1H 3A1

T 519-822-1260 x 2251

E grant.ferguson@guelph.ca

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City demonstrates how easy it is to vote online

Gearing up for the 2014 Municipal Election

Guelph, ON, August 25, 2014 – The 2014 Municipal Election is just over two months away but eligible voters who would like a hands-on demonstration of the internet voting system are invited to attend a presentation on September 3.

“Online voting isn’t new to some Ontario municipalities but it is for Guelph. We have worked closely with our vendor to ensure the platform functions properly. This presentation will help assure the public of the voting process through a hands-on mock vote,” says Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk.

“The biggest advantage to online voting for residents is access. Electors can access the online voting platform from home, work or on the go through their mobile device. It only takes a few minutes and can be done anywhere you have access to the internet, at any time of the day.”

City staff will be joined by Dr. Nicole Goodman, Research Director, Centre for e-Democracy Assistant Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto for a presentation on alternative voting processes in place across the province, highlighting the benefits of the online voting process. Following a demonstration of the internet voting system, residents will be provided mock voter profiles which can be used to vote for mock candidates in the demo election.

The online voting presentation will be held in Council Chambers, City Hall on Tuesday, September 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Residents wishing to attend are asked to bring their own personal devise – laptop, smartphone or tablet. A limited number of computers will also be available for those without a mobile device.

For more information on the 2014 Municipal Election, visit guelph.ca/vote.

2014 Municipal Voting Options

Vote online from anywhere, on any platform, at any time.

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, midnight (12 a.m.) – Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m.

Vote early – residents can vote at any location within the city.
All advanced voting locations will offer accessible devices for voting: hand held touch pad, paddles, and sip and puff.

Date & Time: 
October 15 and 16, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
October 17 and 18, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
October 19, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Locations:  
Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Room 112
Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich Street
Stone Road Mall, 435 Stone Road West, 2nd Floor, Unit R2

Vote Election Day – residents can vote at any location within their ward. One location in each ward will offer accessible devices for voting: hand held touch pad, paddles, and sip and puff.

Date & Time:  October 27, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Locations:      please visit guelph.ca/vote for a complete list of locations

For more information

Stephen O’Brien
City Clerk
Corporate and Human Resources
Office of the City Clerk
519-519-822-1260 extension 5644
stephen.obrien@guelph.ca

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Bird Landing Subdivision – Update August 24, 2014

 

Gordon Street at Poppy Drive

 

 

The project

This project involves the extension of municipal services to the development at the above address. The work will be undertaken by in4Structure under contract to the City of Guelph. The work will entail:

  • removal of the asphalt and concrete curbs and sidewalk as required
  • excavation and installation of watermain; and
  • restoration of the road once all services have been installed and commissioned

All work will be done within the City’s right of way.

 

Construction timeline

This work will begin September 2 and is expected to be completed on or about September 5, weather permitting.

 

Traffic impacts

Four lane traffic will be reduced to two-way traffic (one lane north and one lane south) during the construction activities, which will result in traffic delays.

 

Some noise due to backup warning devices and equipment working can be expected but the contractor will attempt to minimize such noise.

 

Property access and parking

There should be no impacts to private driveways during this service lateral installation. However, traffic delays should be expected during construction activities.

 

City services

Waste collection will not be impacted by the construction. Please continue to place your green, blue and clear waste bags or green, blue and grey carts at the curb as per your regularly scheduled collection time and the contractor will arrange to move them to an appropriate collection area.

 

The City of Guelph appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project. Construction project information is available on the City’s website at guelph.ca/construction.

 

If you require this document to be provided in an alternative format as per The Accessibility for Ontarian’s Disabilities Act, please contact:

 

Grant Ferguson                                                                    Angela Kroetsch

Manager of Technical Services                                    GM BluePlan Engineering

Engineering Services                                                 330 Trillium Drive, Unit D

Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment             Kitchener, ON N2E 3J2

1 Carden Street, Guelph ON N1H 3A1                           T 519-748-1440 x 4202

T 519-822-1260 x 2251                                              E angela.kroetsch@gmblueplan.ca

E grant.ferguson@guelph.ca

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South end construction, closures and detours

 

 

Guelph, ON, August 21, 2014 – Construction projects along Gordon Street in Guelph’s south end will start today as the City continues improving infrastructure and road conditions.

Gordon Street between Edinburgh Road South and Arkell Road has been reduced to one lane in each direction. The City expects to finish installing underground water, wastewater and utility services for the condominium development at 1291 Gordon Street by August 22, weather permitting.

Clair Road between Gordon Street and Gosling Gardens, at the Birds Landing subdivision, will be completely closed to all traffic starting August 25 as the City works on the sanitary sewer and watermain and installs traffic signals. Construction at this site is expected to be completed by August 29, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

Starting September 2, construction will continue at the Birds Landing subdivision on Gordon Street between Clair Road East and Poppy Drive. Northbound and southbound traffic will be maintained with one lane in each direction while the watermain extension and connection and traffic signal updates are completed. Construction at this location is expected to be completed by September 5, weather permitting.

“Bike lanes will be closed but sidewalks will be open so people will have access to a safe crossing,” explained Grant Ferguson, project manager, Engineering Services. “We understand how difficult it can be to get around and through construction zones, and we appreciate everyone’s patience while these projects are completed.”

The City of Guelph appreciates residents’ patience, understanding and co-operation during this important work, and will post updates on guelph.ca/construction, Twitter and Facebook.

 

For more information

Grant Ferguson

Project Manager

Engineering Services

519-822-1260 extension 2251

grant.ferguson@guelph.ca

 

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Guelph makes an impression at Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference

 

Delegation meets with Provincial ministers to discuss local priorities in economic development, wellbeing, and community energy

 

GUELPH, ON, August 21, 2014 – Guelph was called “the brightest kid in the class” by Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy Bob Delaney during a meeting to discuss Guelph’s Community Energy Plan at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference. Mr. Delaney encouraged Guelph to share its community energy expertise with municipal colleagues across Ontario at an AMO session to be held next year.

The meeting was one of four that a delegation headed by Councillor June Hofland secured with Provincial cabinet ministers and officials at the conference, held August 17-20 in London.

The delegation also met with:

  • Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Minister Brad Duguid to discuss the Guelph Innovation District located on former Guelph Correctional Facility lands on York Road.
  • Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Ted McMeekin to discuss Guelph’s experience in establishing its holding company, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.
  • Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (with responsibility for Long-Term Care and Wellness) Dipika Damerla, to share information about Guelph Wellbeing.

“At each meeting, we emphasized that Guelph’s priorities – job creation, economic growth, innovation, and wellbeing – are closely aligned with the Province’s. This message was well received,” said Councillor Hofland. “I’m confident that Guelph is on the radar at Queen’s Park. From these meetings we gained Ministry contacts and commitments to follow-up on issues of concern to Guelph.”

Also at the conference, the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) met with Minister Duguid, Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca to discuss key issues. LUMCO also participated in a joint meeting with the Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario (MARCO) group. As a member of LUMCO, Guelph participated in those meetings.

In addition, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. was featured in a session called “Why Create a Local Services Company,” in which Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. General Manager Rob Kerr participated as a panellist.

 

For more information

Barbara Swartzentruber

Senior Advisor, Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
City of Guelph
519-837-5602 extension 3066

barbara.swartzentruber@guelph.ca

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Safe Semester starts August 29 in downtown Guelph

 

 

Guelph, ON, August 20, 2014 – Guelph’s Downtown Late Night Task Force will initiate the annual Safe Semester project on Friday, August 29.

 

The project is designed to create a safe and enjoyable environment for downtown patrons including the influx of students who settle in Guelph each year.

 

“With the start of each new school year, we see a significant increase in activity in our community,” says Deputy Chief of Police, Jeff DeRuyter. “In response to the increased demand for service, Safe Semester was developed with our partners to make this busy time of year a safe and positive experience for our citizens.”

 

The task force — which includes representatives from the City of Guelph, Guelph Transit, Guelph Police Service, Downtown Guelph Business Association, University of Guelph, the Downtown Residents’ Neighbourhood Association and several downtown businesses — is working to reduce conflicts between pedestrians and drivers getting in and out of downtown on weekends, and to prevent littering, public urination and other nuisances.

 

The program will run every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night until September 28.

 

What to expect downtown on weekends

 

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.:

  • Macdonell Street will be closed to traffic between the Macdonell parking lot and the West Parkade.
  • Wyndham Street will be closed to traffic between Carden Street and Cork Street.
  • One accessible portable washroom will be placed at Guelph Central Station.
  • One taxi stand will be located on the north side of Carden Street across from Guelph Central Station.
  • All parking lots will remain open and accessible.

 

“We hope the Safe Semester project will prevent collisions and increase safety for those walking and driving downtown,” says Allister McILveen, Guelph’s traffic and parking manager. “We want everyone to get home quickly and safely at the end of the night.”

 

New this year

 

Cars parked on the closed sections of Macdonell Street and Wyndham Street after 11 p.m. will be towed and impounded at the owner’s expense.

 

Late night bus service

 

Guelph Transit offers late night bus service, funded by the undergraduate and graduate student associations at the University of Guelph. The service starts on the night of Saturday, August 30, with buses traveling from Guelph Central Station to the University of Guelph and surrounding area. Late night service will run from 12:30 a.m., until the last bus leaves the University Centre at 3:30 a.m.

 

 

 

 

For more information

 

About the Safe Semester project

Jeff DeRuyter

Deputy Chief of Police

Guelph Police Service

519-824-1212 extension 7220

JDeRuyter@guelphpolice.ca

 

About road closures and parking

Allister McILveen

Manager, Traffic and Parking

City of Guelph

519-822-1260 extension 2275

allister.mcilveen@guelph.ca

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2014 Safe Semester Program

Good Morning

 

The City, in partnership with the Downtown Guelph Business Association, University of Guelph and several downtown businesses is undertaking the Safe Semester program again this year. The program will run every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from August 29 until September 28.

 

During the program the public can expect the following  between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. in the downtown:

  • Macdonell Street will be closed to traffic between the Macdonell parking lot and the West Parkade.
  • Wyndham Street will be closed to traffic between Carden Street and Cork Street.
  • One accessible portable washroom will be placed at Guelph Central Station.
  • One taxi stand will be located on the north side of Carden Street across from Guelph Central Station.
  • All parking lots will remain open and accessible.
  • Guelph Transit will offer late night bus service, starting on the night of Saturday, August 30, from Guelph Central Station to the University of Guelph and surrounding area. Late night service will run from 12:30 a.m. until the last bus leaves the University Centre at 3:30 a.m.

 

What is new this year is that cars parked on the closed sections of MacDonell Street and Wyndham Street after 11 p.m. will be towed and impounded at the owners expense.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

Allister McILveen I Manager, Traffic and Parking

Public Works Department

Operations, Transit & Emergency Services

City of Guelph

 

519-822-1260 x 2275 I F 519-822-1751

E allister.mcilveen@guelph.ca

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Guided tour will showcase Civic Precinct artworks


Members of the public invited to take part in tour and meet artist Ted Fullerton

GUELPH, ON, August 18, 2014 – To celebrate the completion of the Civic Precinct art project, members of the public are invited to a reception to meet celebrated Canadian artist Ted Fullerton.

Fullerton’s artworks—Birds of a Feather, A Bird in Hand, Bird/Watching, and Perch—were installed last month and unite City Hall, Market Square, Guelph Central Station, and the Guelph Farmer’s Market building. The sculptures establish a sightline for people to engage with the installation as they move along Carden Street.

Following a short reception at City Hall, Fullerton will lead a guided walking tour and share stories behind each sculpture’s creation.

The total budget for the art project was $150,000, approved by City Council through the 2013 capital budget process. This was the first project to be commissioned through the City’s Public Art Policy, and was coordinated by the Public Art Committee, a subcommittee of the Council-appointed Cultural Advisory Committee.

What
Meet the artist and guided walking tour

Who
Ted Fullerton

Where
Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street

When
Friday, August 22, 2014
7-8 p.m.

About Ted Fullerton

Ted Fullerton is an acclaimed artist who works in contemporary painting, printmaking and sculpture. He has achieved numerous awards such as the Juror’s Award in the CIM Centennial Art Competition and the Boston Printmaker’s Juried Exhibition award. He has exhibited his work across Canada, England, Australia, Spain, and Yugoslavia. Locally, Fullerton’s work can be seen at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Sculpture Park in Guelph, and at the Benton and Charles Street municipal parking garage in Kitchener. Fullerton lives in Tottenham, Ont., and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. To view his work, visit tedfullerton.net.

For more information

Ella Pauls
Manager of Cultural Development
Culture and Tourism
519-822-1260 extension 2589
ella.pauls@guelph.ca

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803 Gordon site servicing – Update

 August 14, 2014

Harvard Road to Oak Street

 

 

The project

This project will provide site servicing to the development at the above address. The work will be undertaken by EX-L Excavating under contract to the City of Guelph. The work will entail:

  • removal of the asphalt and concrete curbs and sidewalk as required;
  • excavation and installation of underground infrastructure; and
  • restoration of the road once all services have been installed and commissioned.

All work will be done within the City’s right of way.

 

Construction timelineREVISED

This work will begin August 18 and is expected to be completed on or about August 22, weather permitting.

 

Traffic impacts / Night work

To lessen the impact of traffic on Gordon Street, due to site servicing, the contractor will begin work at 6 p.m. August 18 and will work through the night to complete the road crossing.

One lane will remain open with temporary traffic signals providing alternating access for northbound and southbound vehicles through the closure area. This may result in delays. It is expected that two-way traffic (one lane north and one lane south), will be available starting the morning of August 19.

 

Some noise due to backup warning devices and equipment working can be expected but the contractor will attempt to minimize such noise.

 

Property access and parking

There should be no impacts to private driveways during this service lateral installation. However, traffic delays should be expected during the night work of August 18.

 

City services

Waste collection will not be impacted by the construction. Please continue to place your green, blue and clear waste bags or green, blue and grey carts at the curb as per your regularly scheduled collection time and the contractor will arrange to move them to an appropriate collection area.

 

The City of Guelph appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project. Construction project information is available on the City’s website at guelph.ca/construction.

 

If you require this document to be provided in an alternative format as per The Accessibility for Ontarian’s Disabilities Act, please contact:

 

Grant Ferguson

Manager of Technical Services

Engineering Services

Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment

1 Carden Street, Guelph ON N1H 3A1

T 519-822-1260 x 2251

E grant.ferguson@guelph.ca

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