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Lemay designs a building materials plant focused on environmental impact

Soprema’s new manufacturing plant in Woodstock, Ontario, has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 certification for the facility’s sustainable design and focus on employee health and well-being . Photo by David Boyer

Soprema’s new manufacturing plant in Woodstock, Ontario, has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 certification for the facility’s sustainable design and focus on employee health and well-being .

The 10,015m2 (107,800 sf) was designed by the architectural firm Lemay. Inside, users benefit from common areas and exposed steel office spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light. Outside, local biodiversity is promoted by abundant green spaces, which include planted trees, ponds for stormwater management, a green inner courtyard and a hybrid reflective-green roof with terrace and garden elements .

The Woodstock location was built with local and recycled materials, and 80% of construction waste was also recycled. Its operations use 40% less water and avoid the emission of approximately 505 t (557 tonnes) of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The waterproofing and sealing materials manufacturing plant demonstrates how the industrial vocation of a structure need not be at odds with the environment. In collaboration with Soprema, Lemay has also created spaces that highlight the company’s identity and culture, the environment, the comfort and well-being of its customers and employees.


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