October 8, 2015
by Elsa Lam
Exterior view. Image by Lemay+CHA
Developers LSR GesDev and Sotramont have officially launched the Arbora project, a residential and commercial development in Montreal’s Griffintown area. With a total surface area of 597,560 square feet, Arbora aims to become the world’s largest residential project featuring a cross-laminated timber (CLT) mass timber structure. Rental units are slated to be ready as of fall 2016 and the condos and townhouses will be completed in fall 2017.
The project includes 3 eight-storey buildings with a total of 434 condo, townhouse and rental units. The main floors will be home to commercial spaces varying in size from 1,000 to 10,000 square feet. The project is designed by architects Lemay+CHA.
Interior courtyard. Image by Lemay+CHA
The Arbora buildings will be among the first in Quebec with a structure made from CLT panels. Aiming to keep its environmental footprint to a minimum, Arbora is sourcing the wood from Nordic, a Chibougamau-based company that manages the boreal forest sustainably with the Cree Nation.
“We’ve developed solid expertise in high-quality real estate projects. In fact, one of our LEED condo projects was recently recognized as the world’s top-performing condo project by the U.S. Green Building Council,” said Marc-André Roy, President of Sotramont. “Working with LSR GesDev, we’ve once again aimed high and done our best to create a singular environment for the Arbora project.”
Site plan of Arbora.
Arbora has set itself apart by including more than 40% green space and targeting LEED Platinum certification, becoming the first real estate project in Griffintown to aim for this designation. Arbora’s sustainable features include superior airtightness, water-saving plumbing fixtures, building acoustics designed to ASTC 55 standards and a high-performance air exchanger.
For more information about the project, visit arboragriffintown.ca.