Under Construction | 8868 Yonge Street, Toronto
Collecdev is proud to bring Westwood Gardens to Richmond Hill—and the development industry has responded in kind by awarding us for our ability to communicate our strategies to the community and to achieve architectural design excellence through environmentally sustainable initiatives.

Westwood Gardens

Westwood Gardens
Category Condo Ownership
Address 8868 Yonge Street, Toronto
Architect KIRKOR Architects and Planners
Status Under Construction
A comprehensive community defined by modern architecture and forward-thinking environmental features, Westwood Gardens brings urban sophistication to the centre of Richmond Hill. Served by an abundant network of cultural amenities and transit connections, the 15-storey development at 8868 Yonge Street in the sought-after Richvale neighbourhood caters to discerning homebuyers seeking a comprehensive and sustainable lifestyle.

Featuring a modern stone-clad building envelope designed by KIRKOR Architects and Planners, Westwood Gardens is crafted to meet the needs of two primary cohorts: homebuyers looking to downsize from their luxury home in the surrounding neighbourhood, and young professionals wanting to live in a central location within the Greater Toronto Area. A variety of units offer practical solutions for both of these groups, including a collection of two-storey ground-oriented townhomes replete with landscaped patios, private entrances, and bespoke interior finishes.

A carefully designed amenities program provides residents with contemporary conveniences, recreational activities, and social opportunities. The east building is themed around active lifestyles, with a sports court, weight room, and a dry sauna among the expansive list of features. A pet washing station, catering kitchen, and sprawling rooftop terraces with barbecues and dining spaces crown the experience. The approach to the west building is more subdued, with a fitness centre, yoga studio, catering kitchen, pet washing station and a media lounge available to residents.

Collecdev’s commitment to green technology and sustainable living is on full display at Westwood Gardens, where a geothermal energy system will be deployed to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by over 70 percent compared to a conventional building, also saving more than five million litres of water every year. Installation of the system will also reduce operation and maintenance costs, greatly decreasing events of unexpected energy fluctuations and equipment repairs that traditionally lead to increased condo fees over the life of the building. In contrast to variable natural gas and electricity costs, the geothermal energy system benefits from a fixed thirty-year agreement which guarantees significant stability and predictability in the building’s yearly operational budget.

Landscaped green roofs help reduce the urban heat island effect, while a high wall-to-window ratio maximizes building insulation and energy savings. A tri-sort waste chute, stormwater runoff recycling, energy efficient appliances, automated lighting sensors, and electric vehicle charging stations are green gestures that ultimately prove how development and the environment can thrive together.

Westwood Gardens is built by Collecdev Construction, a development partner embedded in the process every step of the way from preconstruction to completion. Integrated seamlessly into the development and design team, Collecdev Construction brings with it some of the best tradespersons, contractors and suppliers in the industry. We leverage these relationships to fashion a highly skilled infantry that enforces Collecdev’s unrivaled standards of workmanship. By managing the construction process, Collecdev imparts its strict safety, environmental and design metrics to the work site, enhancing project schedules and attaining extraordinary quality of construction.

Using every tool in the Collecdev toolbox, Westwood Gardens marries environmental stewardship, housing diversity and architectural excellence with an urban lifestyle compatible with its surroundings.

Sustainable Features

Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a reduced carbon footprint and reduced maintenance fees at Westwood Gardens. Featuring an innovative geothermal system that cuts harmful emissions by over 70%, living the green life has never been so easy. Learn how geothermal technology benefits residents and the planet below.
Sustainable Features
Geothermal
Energy Savings
Relative to a MNECB (Model National Energy Code for Buildings) compliant reference building, Westwood achieves a 35% energy savings
Storm Water Usage
Achieve a 50% reduction in potable water usage for irrigation by collecting and storing runoff
Energy Efficiency
Occupancy sensors on lighting installed in the parking levels and LED lighting on building exterior to reduce energy usage
Waste Sorting & Collection
Tri-sort garbage chute installed in both buildings
Urban Heat Island Reduction
Municipality heat reduction techniques used on site’s hardscape to reduce heat island effect
Building Insulation
Pre-cast stone exterior used in place of all plate glass to better insulate building leading to less extreme temperature swings, meaning that less energy is used to heat and cool the building and suites
Geothermal Economics
Because a majority of the energy for heating and cooling is coming from the earth Geothermal is also less expensive to operate and maintain, which reduces the exposure to unexpected energy fluctuations and equipment repairs which impact condo fees over the life of the building. This means that the building as a whole will enjoy lower monthly maintenance fees and long term predictability which we can all appreciate. Ontario has recently imposed a carbon tax which impacts the operating cost of buildings utilizing natural gas. Because we no longer use natural gas for space heating or fresh air the financial exposure to future carbon tax increases is greatly reduced.

The Long term the resale value of your suite should remain higher and be in higher demand. Potential buyers will appreciate that the building is comfortable, secure, affordable and a reduced carbon footprint compared to other buildings.

While the cost of energy sources like natural gas and electricity cannot be predicted, Geothermal energy is provided through a fixed long term agreement that spans over thirty years. That means a significant portion of the building’s operational budget can be predicted year over year. This predictability helps building managers reduce unforeseen costs which can impact condo fees. This arrangement also provides a performance guarantee which removes the operational burden of the geothermal system from the condo corp.
Geothermal And The Environment
Climate change and carbon reduction is top of mind and we at Collecdev want to do our part by creating a product with the lowest possible carbon footprint. By choosing Geothermal, we are helping to reduce greenhouse emissions in a significant way.

By displacing most of the natural gas usage, the building will reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by over 70% per year compared to a conventional building. That’s the equivalent of taking over 140 cars off the road every year!!

By eliminating cooling towers we also save over 5 million litres of water per year, and eliminate the need to dispose of harmful chemicals typically used by cooling towers.
Geothermal Comfort
Security is top of mind for all of us, and it is comforting to know that Geothermal is always available. The renewable energy source is directly below the building and cannot be interrupted by storms, labor disputes or other events. Even if the power goes out, emergency generators on site will keep the system running going regardless of what’s happening outside. How’s that for peace of mind? Because the Geothermal system has an infinite life span it will actually outlast the building itself.

In suite comfort is personal, which is why we believe owners should be able to decide what temperature their suite should be. In many buildings, the in suite temperature is dictated by outdoor temperatures, the season or even building managers. With our system, the owner is in full control, and heating or cooling is available on demand no matter the season or outdoor conditions. Each VRF unit controls the exact amount of cooling or heating that makes you happy. Regardless of your neighbours space or the building in general, your comfort is under you control.

Neighbourhood

From this coveted address, everything will be accessible and anything will be possible. Small town sensibility. Big city amenities. The best of all worlds, keeping you well connected, and eternally Yonge at heart.