Ontario Die International
Founded in 1923 as a family-owned operation, Ontario Die has become a world class manufacturer of quality cutting dies with locations around the globe. Their Kitchener headquarters have been recognized with several design awards for the use of natural landscaping on the property.
Natural Landscaping throughout the property help to absorb rain and allow it to soak into the ground naturally.
A Bioswale: accepts rain falling on the parking lot and infiltrates it into the ground. The ditch-like feature is planted with native species which encourage healthy microbes that help to treat pollutants.
A Constructed Wetland takes any overflow from the bioswale and allows sediments carried by the stormwater runoff to settle. Vegetation in the wetland provide additional benefits that help improve the water quality.
Incorporated into the design is a walkway and lunch area for their employees to enjoy. Ontario Die has pressings of native flowers found on site throughout the interior of the building and makes efforts to educate their employees on the wider benefits of this approach to the community.
Location: 235 Gage Avenue, Kitchener
Maximum Capacity: 10,000L
Estimated Diversion Per Year: 495,000L
Stormwater Credit: full 45%
- The City of Kitchener 2002 Urban Design Award
- Regional Citation from the 2003 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) Professional Awards Program
Additional stormwater controls that contribute towards stormwater credits include Infiltration Galleries (23,000L), Rooftop Restrictors and Oil Grit Separators.