Palace Pier lit up for less

Scott Riesebosch, president of CRS Electronics of Welland, shows where LED lighting has been installed in the hallways of the Palace Pier Condominium on Etobicoke’s waterfront. It’s believed to be the first residential building in North Anerica to adopt LED lighting which reduces energy consumption by 87 per cent.

LEDs in corridors to save 350,000 kilowatt hours per year

The hallways of the lakefront Palace Pier condominium are going green thanks to a $2-million interior renovation that includes conversion to leading-edge LED lighting.

Getting a face-lift are the building’s 44 residential hallways, each to be installed with a so-called stretch ceiling giving the illusion of a mirror, highlighted with LEDs that use almost 90 per cent less electricity than the earlier halogens.

The Humber Bay Shores condo is the first in North America to do a retrofit installation of the energy-efficient light-emitting diode technology in its corridors.

The move will save condo owners more than $180,000 in capital, maintenance and electricity costs over the next five years.

“This project will save 350,000 kilowatt hours per year,” said Scott Riesebosch, president of CRS Electronics, a Welland-based company that designs and manufactures the four-watt LED lamp used in Palace Pier.

“With LEDs, there are no gases, no mercury. LED products need to be changed less often, have less maintenance costs and less environmental waste (than halogens).”

A relatively new technology, LEDs use computer chips instead of filaments, or mercury in the case of fluorescent bulbs, to convert electricity into light.

Energy conservation is huge. The 1,300 LED-based MR16 (lamps) each require four watts, a savings of 31 watts per bulb over the earlier comparable halogen lamps.

Peter Love, Ontario’s chief energy conservation officer, lauded the effort.

“I’m calling for a conservation culture in Ontario,” Love said. “I want people to think about electricity, which is a challenge because it’s invisible. I want people to believe they can make a difference. Most importantly, I want people to act, like you’ve done here.”

The up-front cost is high – in Palace Pier’s installation $80 per LED. But future savings trump capital costs, said Mark Porter, the general manager of Palace Pier.

Porter said CRS Electronics offered the condo board a three-year warranty on the lamps, adding the building’s former halogen lights required annual replacement.

The energy conservation arm of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, greenTbiz, advised on the project, designed by Toronto design firm, Heather Ann Scott Signature Design.

Palace Pier is leading the city’s condos on green initiatives.

The 433-unit preeminent condo on Etobicoke’s waterfront was the first residential building in Canada to implement the Variable Speed Drive chiller for their air-conditioning needs, arguably the most efficient in Canada’s market.

“We’re hopeful other buildings will follow suit,” said president of the building’s board and the area’s community association Jim Lord, about the LED installation.

Palace Pier Services

The Palace Pier offers a wide range of services and they include:

  • Twenty-four hour Concierge service
  • Shuttle bus service to Union Station from 6:30 a.m. till 9:25 p.m. Monday to Friday and weekly service for shopping at Sherway Gardens, Cloverdale, Loblaws, Walmart,…

Palace Pier Restaurant

The Palace Pier offers a unique dining experience to residents and their guests. Our glass enclosed private Restaurant offers fine dining as well as simple meals after a long day at the office if preferred.

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Place Pier – The Smart Building

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Facts about Palace Pier

There are 433 suites in total, ranging in sizes from 920 to 3,595 sq feet. 47 suites are 920 sq. ft; 88 are 1258, 134 are 1553; 61 suites have a square footage of 3257, 103 are at various in-between…

Luxurious Palace Pier – 5 Star Amenities

Palace Pier is located on the southeast corner of Lakeshore Blvd. West and Place Pier Court. Palace Pier was constructed in 1979 and included an in-house restaurant and tennis courts. The building has an in-house convenient store, a party room at the top of the building, squash courts, swimming pool, exercise room, 24 hour concierge, bus service to Union Station, and valet parking. Lake views are the premium units with much higher price points.

Address: 2045 Lakeshore Blvd W., Toronto

  • 24 hour Concierge Service providing integrity and quality service to residents and guests. Daytime deliveries accepted by staff.
  • Full Security Systems – closed circuit T.V. system monitor=s common areas and provides individual suite alarm. Security guards on duty 24 hours a day.
  • Supervised underground parking for residents and visitors, Valet Parking for residents and guests.
  • Car wash bay, bicycle storage area, Daily dry cleaning service.
  • Shuttle Bus to Union Station, Loblaws, Queens Quay, St. Lawrence Market, Sherway Gardens and Cloverdale Mall.
  • Atrium Indoor Pool, Fully equipped Health Club with 2 Squash Courts, golf driving practice area, Weight Room, Aerobics Room, Saunas, Whirlpool and indoor Jogging Track, Palace Pier Spa, a relaxing environment located on your doorstep.
  • Billiard Room, Table Tennis Room. Guest Suites. Arts and Craft Room, Carpentry Room, Library. The Wurlitzer room for parties.
  • Meeting Room. Convenience food store on-site.
  • State of The Art VDSL TV system together with high speed internet.
  • Nine acres of lakefront gardens adjoining lakeshore boardwalk and pedestrian bridge over the Humber River. True Country Estate in the City on the Lake. Lakefront bicycle path at your door. Barbeque facilities – 5 barbeques with 10 picnic tables.
  • Outdoor Tennis Court and putting green.
  • Glass enclosed Continental Restaurant offering superb dining and intimate seating for 64 persons, exclusively for residents and guests.
  • Private catering services available. Roof Top Club with intimate library & bar – available for private parties. Roof Top Sun Decks.

Recent Upgrades Done In the Building

  • Main entrance canopy and main foyer renovated in 2002.
  • New elevator cabinets with new mechanics.
  • Brand New hallways throughout entire building in 2008.
  • Country Estate in the City on the Lake – given by the landscape enhancement with architectural fence around the property and gates.
  • Quiet Elegance & Prestige achieved by a totally renovated lobby with fresh flowers presented weekly.
  • Leading-edge technology – building was rewired by BELL to provide VDSL system with access to 200 digital TV channels and high speed internet access.
  • New computerized keyless security access system.
  • New energy-efficient cooling towers and chillers.
  • Integrated building automation system (IBAS).
  • Renovated & improved loading dock.
  • Renovated 4 levels of parking hallways – 2005.
  • 5 brand new barbecues & picnic tables, Tennis court recently re-surfaced.
  • New management in the restaurant, improved food and service. Private catering is available.
  • Five Star Resort on the Lake – with all luxury of modern living.

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What’s in The Neighborhood?

A lakeside location is paradise for active individuals who love the outdoors. In Toronto, the waterfront is blessed with the Martin Goodman Trail, which invites walking, jogging, bicycling and inline skating along a 22 km pathway that leads through scenic parkland as well as the 300-km Lake Ontario Greenway Waterfront Trail. Marinas, the yacht club and boating opportunities are just minutes away as well as some of the city’s finest dining, entertainment and cultural amenities, which are situated within walking distance. There is easy access to QEW and 427, seconds away from the TTC Humber loop, minutes from downtown Toronto and shops of Bloor West, Kingsway Village and Sherway Garden, as well as minutes from the airport.

Working together, the City of Toronto Parks and Recreation Department and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority have enhanced the natural environment in the area with the introduction of a new waterfront park, the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat, enhanced wetlands and fish habitats, trails and more.

Less urban than Toronto’s central waterfront, Humber Bay Shores will offer peace and tranquility for its residents, yet remain in an environment easily accessible for the busy individual.


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