City Shares Sustainability Feasibility Study Report for Junction East

The results of a Net-zero and Sustainable Design Feasibility Study conducted for the Junction East facility were presented to City Council on March 8. The findings will help create a building that is responsive to the pressures of energy price volatility, energy security issues and global climate change.

The study was led by Fluent Group, a sub-consultant of WZMH Architects, the architectural and engineering consultant for the Junction East project.

The purpose of the study was to examine potential strategies, technologies and measures to enhance Junction East's energy and sustainability performance. The study included energy modeling and examined measures required to meet certifications such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The study was conducted over the summer and fall of 2021 and expanded on feedback received during community engagement sessions. A series of workshops was held with community organizations, staff and partners to ensure the study aligned with sustainability aspirations for the facility and positioned the project to meet the goals of the City's Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP).

The study assessed the energy performance sustainability options for Junction East, as well as non-energy sustainability features that consider the site, water usage, material use and indoor environmental air quality. The study concludes that Junction East should pursue Net Zero Carbon and LEED® Silver Certification to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, demonstrate an enhanced level of environmental performance and meet global standards in green buildings.

Expected to open in 2024, Junction East will be located on the east side of Shaughnessy Street in the downtown.  It is being developed in collaboration with the Greater Sudbury Public Library, Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury Multicultural Folk Arts Association and Sudbury Theatre Centre.

A comprehensive update on the Junction East project, including recommendations on sustainability features will be presented at a special meeting of City Council on April 5, 2022.

The Sustainability Feasibility Study Report for Junction East will be available this week at

For more information on Junction East and the City's other Large Projects, visit

70 years of service

The Mackenzie Library opened in 1952, and will be 70 years old next year.

The library has provided seven decades of service, so it's no surprise that staff and community members love the building and have wonderful memories of reading in the stacks and attending programs.

However, despite renovations and repairs over the years, the building is showing its age. Several reports written since 1993 have concluded that the building needs to be replaced:

Central Library Facility: Introduction, Requirements, Overview and a Shortlist of Alternative Sites, 1993 (PDF, in English only)

The City of Greater Sudbury Main Library, Archives, and Heritage Museum Complex Program Development and Site Selection Parameters (Yallowega, Bélanger Architecture), 2014 (PDF, in English only)

Co-Location Facility and Business Plan (Lord Cultural Industries and Susan Kent), 2017 (PDF, in English only)