Hines breaks ground on T3 Sterling Road office project in Toronto

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TORONTO – Hines has announced it has started construction on the first two buildings of its T3 Sterling Road project in central-west Toronto.

T3 Sterling is the latest mass timber project Hines is undertaking in Toronto following T3 Bayside. The project, in partnership with Hazelview Investments, is Hines’s third office groundbreaking in Toronto since the pandemic started in March 2020; in total, the projects represent an additional two million square feet of new office space.

“The groundbreaking of T3 Sterling Road is a testament to our belief in Toronto’s office market,” said Syl Apps, senior managing director for Hines, in a June 17 release. “Hines’s strategy has always been to invest in and deliver best-in-class, amenity-forward office spaces in key neighbourhoods, including right here in the trendy and vibrant Junction Triangle of Toronto.”

Upon completion, T3 Sterling Road will be a three-building, 415,000-square-foot “urban campus,” said Hines. The firm is partnering with The Well Living Lab, Delos and the Mayo Clinic to install technologies that reduce the risk of respiratory virus transmission throughout the workplace and meet LEED and WELL certifications.

The property will feature one acre of green space and a private park co-programmed with the Museum of Contemporary Art. Hines said the development is targeting tenants in knowledge industries such as technology, advertising, media and professional services.

Designed by DLR Group and incorporating biophilic principles, the common tenant amenities will include social workspaces and tenant collaboration areas; rooftop terraces; private balconies on each floor; floor-to-ceiling warehouse windows to maximize natural light; a club-quality fitness centre; and bike storage and end-of-trip facilities. There will also be independent retail on the ground floors.

T3 Sterling Road has a WiredScore Gold Certification and will feature 5G capacity. T3 stands for timber, transit and technology.

“We have long since recognized the viability of Toronto’s office market and, as the city continues to grow, we believe that highly amenitized office spaces will continue to perform well in the long-term,” said Michael Tsourounis, senior managing director with Hazelview Investments. “Being part of the collaboration with Hines to bring world-class offices that set new standards in building sustainability is part of who we are.”