TORONTO’s ‘brutal’ inverted pyramid, 222 Jarvis Street is now environmentally friendly

222 Jarvis Street is a tough building to love.  But it’s been chosen by the Ontario Government for a $100 million retrofit – one of the largest such projects in North America.  At 58,336 square metres of gross floor area, #222 is the first under the province’s Toronto Accommodation Plan, a 10-year initiative to modernize and reduce the carbon footprint of most Ontario government office buildings in the city, the majority of which are 40 to 60 years old.  The finished building will achieve LEED Gold status and stop 4,930 tonnes of CO2 going into the atmosphere each year.