Windmill Development Group Ltd
Windmill Development Group has a specialized vision for their organization: the creation of a carefully-curated portfolio of “green” real estate that proves to be more sustainable and competitive in the long-term than the conventional development model.
Windmill’s founders have held senior positions in the Canadian design, construction and real estate fields for over 30 years, giving the organization a well-rounded, dynamic and knowledgeable base to work from.
For example, founding member Peter Busby is the managing director of Perkins + Will’s Vancouver office, an architectural firm with global reach.
Busby directs more than 100 employees working on projects internationally and provides sustainable design leadership to the firm’s 23 offices worldwide. He founded the Canada Green Building Council and was invested as a member of the Governor General’s Order of Canada in 2005.
Founding member Jonathan Westeinde brings a wealth of experience in corporate strategy, finance and business development relating to sustainable development practice. As part of Ledcor Construction, he founded a new national consortium focusing on green building retrofits. Prior to that, he held a senior position at a venture capital firm and was a founding partner of a venture capital services division at a major Canadian law firm. To date, Westeinde has been responsible for the complete oversight of four LEED platinum-certified mixed-use communities.
Windmill Development Group has devised a system that ensures strong ecological, social and financial returns for all their projects. All their work is conceptualized, designed and constructed to protect and enhance the surrounding community and its ecosystems, a value that’s obvious in the creation of one of their latest Toronto developments, The Plant.
Nestled into a trendy pocket of the West Queen West neighbourhood, this boutique mid-rise lets its residents grow their own food and live with a smaller footprint, without sacrificing any of the style or convenience that comes with modern condominium living.
Amenities at The Plant include an internal greenhouse, communal garden plots, a nursery and plenty of communal eating spaces, plus an industrial kitchen perfect for socializing and preparing food.
The organization is also working on an exciting development in Toronto’s Junction Triangle, featuring the restoration and conversion of a historic church into one-of-a-kind residential units.
Targeting an ambitious energy standard, Arch Lofts will feature geothermal heating and cooling, as well as an energy recovery ventilation system.
This helps the building stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, while the ERV system provides each suite with a dedicated supply of fresh air. Part of the company’s strategy for creating healthy and high-performance buildings includes harnessing innovations in land use, water, air energy, design, waste management and smart building technologies. They believe industry professionals have a responsibility to be positive agents of change, a refreshing viewpoint in the development industry and one they have backed up with results.
In Ottawa, the company has been receiving attention for their Zibi project, a 37-acre redevelopment located on the downtown Gatineau riverfront. A collaborative partnership between Windmill and the Algonquin-owned Decontie Construction Inc, the $1.2-billion transformation will not only turn an underutilized industrial site into a sustainable, mixed-use community, but they’ve committed to hiring Indigenous professionals to help with the project, building capacity by helping many of these workers obtain the necessary training, permits and licensing to work on the project.
It’s always a pleasure to see what innovations and projects this specialized firm has in the works. We look forward to working with them further as their energy-efficient and socially-conscious portfolio continues to grow and make an impact across the province.
Cathedral Hill, 428 Sparks Street, Ottawa ON
Completed in 2015, this luxurious condominium and townhome development has a total of 140 units. Offering unparalleled views of the Ottawa River, Gatineau Park and Parliament Hill, its units feature contemporary interior designs and an array of lifestyle amenities. It received a LEED gold designation for sustainable design.
2611 Queensview Drive, Ottawa, ON
This architectural marvel spans 85,000-square-feet and was designed to serve as the headquarters of Genivar, a Canadian engineering firm. An angular, sculptural building, its 35-percent more energy efficient than the Model National Energy Code calls for and features several sustainable design features.
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