Ottawa’s Hot Spots for Electric Vehicles to Recharge
The Performance Court building, located at 150 Elgin Street, is a 360,000 square-foot office complex managed and owned by Morguard Brokerage. Morguard constructed the Performance Court to be recognized as an efficient and environmentally sustainable complex. Performance Court has attracted businesses such as the Canada Council for the Arts, Bekta and KPMG. This sustainable building has also been certified LEED Gold Core and Shell due to their high performance in water efficiency, energy consumption, indoor air quality and low carbon emissions. In addition, other awards they have received include the BOMA BEST Platinum Certification in 2016. Morguard continually encourages tenants to adopt cleaner methods of transportation by having developed highly accessible routes via walking, cycling and transit. In addition to other environmental initiatives Morguard has also added level 2 EV charging stations, allowing EV owners to charge their vehicles while at work. The Performance Court is equipped with 4 EV chargers, costing $2.50 per session plus parking costs. Two of the Four chargers are for VIRTUCAR, while the other two are for public use. The EV chargers can be accessed through the Gloucester Street entrance, and are located on level P1 of the parking garage.
Oxford Companies manages Constitutional Square which is a professional and modern setting where organizations and businesses operate. Constitution Square, located in the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict at 350 Albert Street, has level 2 electrical vehicle charging stations located on level P1 in the parking garage. These charging stations are available to both the public and work tenants of the building. The two stations are serviced by AddEnergie, and costs only $1.00/hour. Oxford Properties is a proud champion of the EcoDistrict Network and continually demonstrates a strong commitment for sustainable practices. The Constitutional Square has been awarded the BOMA Earth Award Ottawa 2016 for demonstrating excellence in addressing environmental issues and resource preservation, it was also awarded the LEED Platinum Existing Building Certification 2015 for being recognized as a sustainable site which has shown efficiency is water and energy savings, as well as showing high performance in environmental health. The addition of EV charging stations to Constitutional Square is another addition to the accomplishments of Oxford Properties in their environmental initiatives. The charging stations are a great way of promoting other companies and organizations to encourage the use of EV’s.
The World Exchange Plaza, managed and owned by Bentall Kennedy, the largest real estate investment advisor in North America, is located at 45 O’Connor Street in the core of downtown Ottawa. The World Exchange Plaza is a large complex housing many office spaces and an underground parking garage with over 1,100 spaces, including two reserved for VIRTUCAR. The two vehicles VIRTUCAR has on offer at the World Exchange Plaza are Nissan Leaf’s, located on level P1, row B and C. VIRTUCAR, Ottawa’s leader in share economy vehicles, has been in operation since 2000, and has over 100 vehicles located across Gatineau, Kingston and Ottawa. The vehicle sharing system is not only convenient and affordable, but significantly reduces GHG emissions by over 50%. Bentall Kennedy has set a great example in promoting cleaner methods of transportation by adding VIRTUCAR in the World Exchange Plaza. The World Exchange Plaza was awarded the LEED certification in October 2012 for their high performance in reducing energy consumption, waste diversion and a water intensity rate lower than the LEED baseline. In 2015, World Exchange Plaza was awarded the BOMO International Earth Award which recognized their commitment in preserving resources and addressing environmental issues.
Minto Group, a real estate development, construction and management company, has been in operation since 1955 with a commitment to providing the best real estate services to real estate owners. The Minto Place Enterprise Building, Minto’s premiere Ottawa building located at 427 Laurier Ave. W, provides two level 2 electrical vehicle charging stations in their underground parking. These charging stations, located to the immediate left of the parking garage entrance, are available 24/7 to the public and tenants free of cost, while other parking in the garage is at a fee of $4 for 30 min and $20 for a whole day. Minto has shown their commitment to the environment through the addition of EV chargers in their underground parking garage, and continue to demonstrate excellence in environmental initiatives with their current project of retrofitting Minto Place with efficient LED lighting. Minto Place is setting a great example for other organizations and institutions to adopt electric vehicle infrastructure into their complexes and push for cleaner initiatives.
Windmill Development is a real estate company which is committed to developing environmentally friendly infrastructure by limiting the use of water, energy, air and materials. Windmill Development has continuously shown their dedication to lowering their environmental footprint by achieving the LEED Platinum certification for all of their projects. One such project is Cathedral Hill, which has rooftop gardens which are available for residents to plant and grow vegetables and flowers. Cathedral Hill, managed by Windmill Development, is a luxury condominium equipped with electric vehicle charging stations. These charging stations are located at 428 Sparks Street. The residents in the Cathedral Hill are able to charge their electric vehicles in the safe proximity of their condos parking facilities. Windmill Development has promoted the use of EVs and made it easier for EV owners of Cathedral Hill to charge their cars. They continue to show their commitment to the environment by encouraging their residents to adopt alternative and cleaner methods of transportation.
National Art’s Centre
Now, patrons of the National Arts Centre (NAC) can enjoy spectacular performances, all the while feeling confident that their clean transportation choices are being supported. Charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) in the parking garage at the NAC are located on the lowest level (-3) in sector U. Four chargers are available for all patrons who own electric vehicles, providing greater access to EV owners in Ottawa’s downtown core. The NAC’s parking garage, located at 100 Elgin Street, is equipped with 4 Level 2 charging stations, as well as 4 wall outlets for 120v charging. Access to these charging stations is free of charge, for it is included in the regular price of parking. The NAC continues to demonstrate a strong commitment in reducing their environmental footprint in their operations. Environmental initiatives undertaken by the NAC include participation in Earth Day, and the retrofit of the building which will improve its energy efficiency. These new EV chargers are just another excellent example of how the NAC works towards a cleaner, and more enjoyable future for all. Now, EV owners have just one more excellent reason to appreciate Canada’s fine arts.