North Oak Tower 3 Release Offers More Sustainable Living Options in Growing Oakville Community

Located within the master-planned Oakvillage development by Minto Communities GTA, North Oak Tower 3 brings biophilic design to a wellness-inspired complete community model


September 9, 2022, TORONTO- After achieving sell-out success in previous releases, Minto Communities launches North Oak Tower 3, a new tower within the master planned Oakvillage community which will offer a connected experience for residents. Tower 3 stands at 20-storeys with 239 units continues to extend the master planned Oakvillage community, located in the growing Trafalgar neighbourhood in Uptown Oakville with imaginative architecture by BDP Quadrangle. By prioritizing access to nature and the outdoors, biophilic design, the best in sustainable development practices, and a high-quality amenity program intended to connect residents with their neighbours, Minto Communities GTA will deliver a high-quality modern residence suitable for diverse demographics. As part of the North Oak Geo-exchange community energy system, future residents can expect up to a 70% reduction in carbon emissions and stable energy costs. A variety of floor plans in numerous configurations prioritize access to abundant natural light and views coupled with biophilic design principles that blend the exterior and interior together to celebrate the significant natural assets of the site.

“North Oak Tower 3 is a continuation of the exceptional work our team started in phases 4A and 4B of the master-planned Oakvillage community,” says Mike LaPlante, VP of Operations Minto Communities GTA. “We introduced an energy technology in a high-rise community that will sustainably heat and cool North Oak’s towers A & B and now we are expanding the system to service to tower 3. As always, we are proud to offer new homes for different community members and families to enjoy our signature wellness-inspired communities where connection is one of our central focuses.”

The varied amenity program at North Oak Tower 3 and is inspired by a blend of transitional and modernist styles with an emphasis on incorporating health, wellness, community and connecting to nature. These key themes are highlighted using biophilic design principles throughout the building to inspire calm, materials with natural textures inspired by wood, stone and fabrics to give a contemporary feel, biomorphic patterns in amenity spaces, tower exterior, suites and common elements including an art installation feature wall representing local topography at the lobby entrance. To reinforce the connection to nature, greenery is embedded in the interior and exterior amenity spaces and throughout the building landscape, linking the spaces visually and physically for a cohesive experience.

Landscape architect NAK Design Strategies incorporated a landscaped boulevard running along the Athabasca Pond to ensure residents have easy access to the surrounding natural landscapes including the pond, the extensive municipal trail network and connection to nearby commercial plazas. Supporting active transportation options, a well-designed entry plaza with bicycle racks and drop-off parking stalls is located adjacent to the main entrance with views overlooking the Athabasca Pond and the site’s pollinator garden.

With the goal of providing a flexible space to bring residents together for daily use, The Neighbourhood Gem is a distinctive glass arcade that connects the amenities and fronts onto the terraced amenity garden. It features a Lobby, a dramatic entry lounge with integrated planters, benches, and a unique feature wall, a co-working lounge, water bar, pet wash with direct access to the exterior and a bike wash and repair station located in the underground. The Neighbourhood Gem is also a resiliency feature with intentional areas intended as a meeting spot for residents in the event of an emergency. Resiliency features include back-up power for medication refrigeration and device charging, bathrooms with potable water, and heating and cooling. 

To further inspire connection and gathering, the stunning social club is embedded in a lush outdoor amenity garden featuring a firepit and seating set amongst lush planters, a common-use BBQ terrace, an outdoor workstation integrated around a stunning tree canopy, and an outdoor party room with a dramatic bar, bbq and dining table that is connected to a fire pit for intimate summer gatherings. On the exterior, North Oak Tower 3 is intentionally set-back to maximize pedestrian comfort, with decorative paving extended throughout the Oakvillage community’s east edge to slow down passing cars and a new cycling path woven throughout, leading to the other side of Trafalgar Road. 

North Oak Tower 3 will be connected to a high-performance Geo-exchange system that serves the towers in this phase of the Oakvillage community. Geo-exchange systems are a more sustainable option to provide renewable heating and cooling by leveraging the stable temperatures beneath the earth’s surface. Not only is Geo-exchange more energy efficient, it will reduce the use of fossil fuels by up to 95%, it also protects residents from rising utility costs and does not need to be switched on or off seasonally. North Oak’s Geo-exchange community energy system broke ground on March 28th 2022, and drilling for towers 4A and 4B is completed. Drilling for North Oak Tower 3 is scheduled to begin in Fall 2023.

“Sustainability is an area Minto Communities GTA will always prioritize and pursue new innovative practices to support,” says Carl Pawlowski, Project Manager, Sustainability, Minto Communities GTA. “We’re so pleased with the progress of our Geo-exchange community energy system so far and are confident this will benefit all the future residents of North Oak Tower 3. We’re also pursuing top third-party energy efficiency certifications and targets like Energy Star Multifamily certification so our community members can trust our commitment to delivering better homes.”

Interiors by Figure3, reveal suites that feel homey with attention to detail and dedication to quality. Suites are designed and constructed to be compartmentalized to avoid hot air transfer from common corridors and to reduce noise transfer within the building. The clever design is enhanced by exceptional living and sleeping, kitchen and bedroom features with an emphasis on hardware, large floor-to-ceiling windows, and a smooth ceiling finish throughout.  Suites are offered in one bedroom, one bedroom plus den with suites starting at $659,000. 

Located within the desirable and growing Oakville community, Oakvillage and North Oak Tower 3 will provide residents with a convenient urban environment with access to great nature trails and outdoor spaces. Additionally, residents will enjoy easy connections to retail, restaurants, public transit, and major highways including highway 407, 403, and QEW. The community is currently under construction with completion slated for 2027.

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For more information please visit: www.minto.com

About Minto Communities 

Minto Communities Canada, a division of the Minto Group established in 1955, is one of the premier real estate companies in Canada with a fully integrated real estate investment, development and management platform. Minto Communities has built more than 95,000 new homes, and is well recognized by the Canadian real estate industry as four-time winner of Building Industry and Land Development Association’s Green Builder of the Year, four-time winner of EnerQuality’s Ontario Green Builder of the Year award and two-time winner of the Ontario Home Builder Association’s Home Builder of the Year award. The company was named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2019.

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