Canmet finds Excellence in Sustainability
City of Hamilton named Canmet Materials Technology Laboratory as the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Architecture and Sustainability. GSP Group provided landscape design and construction services for the LEED Platinum project. Sustainable landscape elements include water-efficient native plants and high-albedo pavement treatments to reduce heat island effect. Sustainability included drip irrigation with greywater cisterns and site furnishings with recycled content. The project features three accessible terraces with one intensive planting area. The building is a showpiece of rehabilitating a brownfield site with sustainable technologies, such as geothermal heating and cooling, radiating in floor heating, photovoltaic cells, solar walls, solar shades, and lighting reflecting materials. The landscape materials are scrutinized for LEED compliance with the same rigor as the building elements.