Corus Quay is one of Toronto’s most significant commercial developments in the city’s downtown waterfront neighbourhood. Located on the shores of Lake Ontario and only minutes from Toronto’s city centre, Corus Quay has been a catalyst for revitalizing this new waterfront neighbourhood. Designed by internationally acclaimed Diamond Schmitt Architects, the award-winning building combines vibrant design, minimalism and efficiency. Developed by Toronto Port Lands Company, it is the Toronto headquarters of Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus Quay enabled the company to consolidate 11 different operating locations across the city, and more than 1,100 jobs, into one of the most advanced broadcast facilities in North America.
TPLC supports sustainable building. Corus Quay is LEED® Gold Certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and combines high standards of environmental, design and cost-effective operational performance. The 485,000 sq. ft. eight-storey broadcast and office development sits on a 2.4 acre site. Directly to the east is the George Brown College campus with Sugar Beach and the Redpath Sugar refinery on the west side.
Significant effort was dedicated to creating a destination for the public through public space, a café, a new waterfront restaurant and Public Art. The building’s five-storey glazed atrium forms a vibrant hub connecting ground-floor radio stations, large reception area and multiple sliding doors that open up performance stages to the public. Award-winning U.K. artists, Troika were commissioned to create three public art installations whose centerpiece is Lightning, the softly glowing massive lightning bolt suspended in the Atrium.
Redevelopment of the property began in 2007 with City of Toronto Economic Development Corporation, then operating as TEDCO, as owner and developer. TEDCO, today operating as Toronto Port Lands Company (TPLC), owned the property and had a mandate that included strategic urban development and attracting and retaining jobs in Toronto. Corus Entertainment was looking for a new home and played a key role in helping to revitalize this waterfront neighbourhood.
TPLC was landlord and devleoper of this significant waterfront landmark and responsible for predevelopment, public consultation, coordination of regulatory and planning organizations, permits and approvals and environmental remediation of the site. The building acted a buffer between industrial operations and became a catalyst for the revitalization of the East Bayfront area. The award winning project a prime example of an interactive and publicly engaged facility that fosters new business and recreational growth. TPLC retained knowledge-based jobs in Toronto, created a new destination on the waterfront, delivered the first LEED building on Toronto’s waterfront, and sold it for a profit in 2012. The project was completed on time and on budget.