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7 RAIC Perspective
Is sustainable heritage architecture an oxymoron?

8 Hudson Kruse Design

Building Community: How Hudson Kruse Design is living the design dream.

13 Water World
Technological advances mean faucets are no longer just the prettiest features in the

19 Bright Lights
The lighting industry finds new ways to satisfy builders, specifiers and LEED

23 Give Us a Lift
The elevator, escalator and lift systems sector shows no signs of
slowing down.

25 Decorative Laminates 2010

Product lines that offer beauty and practicality are this year’s standard.

27 On the Level
Getting down to the nitty gritty of tile and its installation.

32 All Systems Go
With new technologies, the curtain wall and window wall sectors
are solidifying their niches.

ON THE COVER The Capital, Toronto, Ontario.

Interior Design: Hudson Kruse Design.
Contract Furniture Review 2010
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35 Iqaluit Detachment/Nunavut Operations 65 Orthopedic Surgery Centre – Royal Alexandra Hospital:
Support Building: Iqaluit, Nunavut Edmonton, Alberta

39 Engineering V Building – 71 West Lethbridge Centre: Lethbridge, Alberta

University of Waterloo: Waterloo, Ontario
73 Trent Community Sport and Recreation Centre –
43 Dr. David Suzuki Public School: Trent University: Peterborough, Ontario
Windsor, Ontario
77 Len Evans Centre of Trades & Technology –
47 Chilliwack Cultural Centre: Chilliwack, B.C. Assiniboine Community College: Brandon, Manitoba

51 Academic Building – Orillia Campus – 81 Academic Building – Canal Site – Carleton University: Ottawa, Ontario
Lakehead University: Orillia, Ontario
83 The Carlyle: New Westminster, B.C.
53 Bow Valley College Redevelopment –
Phase 2: Calgary, Alberta 85 Vita at Symphony Place: Vancouver, B.C.

57 Red Deer RCMP Detachment: 88 St. Joseph’s Health Care – Phase 2 – Ambulatory Care
Red Deer, Alberta Renovations: London, Ontario

59 Vaughan City Hall: Vaughan, Ontario 89 Villa Caritas: Edmonton, Alberta

63 West Orillia Sports Complex: Orillia, Ontario 92 Arts and Science Centre – Phase II – UBCO: Kelowna, B.C.

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OCTOBER 2010 • Volume 24 • Number 5
EDITOR Shannon Miller
Luigi Benetton
Susan M. Boyce
Robin Brunet
Godfrey Budd
Jerry Eberts
Jane Harris Zsovan
Mary Frances Hill
Laurie Jones
John T.D. Keyes
Jessica Krippendorf
by Graham Murfitt, MRAIC
Helen Lammers-Helps
Dan O’Reilly
Architecture Canada | RAIC Practice Specialist
Christine Peets
Don Procter
Sonu Purhar
Irwin Rapoport
Tiffany Sloan


Dan Reaume Photography

Suzy Williamson

Miki May
Chris Sherwood An argument can be made that the inclusion of sustainability in building design has raised the bar for
ELECTRONIC IMAGING Laura Michaels successful architecture. When it comes to carbon emissions, a groundswell of architects, engineers,
Alexander Sugden
contractors and building scientists around the world are committed to the notion that all buildings
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VICE PRESIDENT/SALES Rebecca Legge misunderstood. Sustainable is
DIRECTOR/CIRCULATION Scott Wheatley a word used everywhere with
TECHNOLOGY Carsten Arnold nearly as many meanings as
DEVELOPMENT Michael Oldewening the number of people who use
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MARKETING COORDINATOR Tim Reyes Sustaining heritage architec- development of new buildings. New
STRATEGIST Casey Crawford ture may mean preserving it for an eternity, regardless of the energy costs. buildings may need to generate more
There are really very few sustainable buildings in Canada, and the idea of one energy than they require so that they
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ACCOUNTING Rita French, Joy Ginete-Cockle,
is possibly oxy-moronic. Sustainable buildings are expected to be habitable, so contribute to the energy requirements
Terri Mason, Emily Moraga,
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turning off the heat is usually not considered. When you turn off the heating sys- of the historical buildings that help de-
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Millie Coskun, Ginger Jessamine,
Kelly Kalirai, Ruth Pisko, achieve temporary sustainability, but at great risk to the building. Upgrading and Transforming elegant and important
Isabelle Ringham, Jalline Stark,
Anny Yu adding insulation to a building assembly designed for none also puts the building heritage buildings into sustainable ar-
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANTS Jackie Lee, Heidi Strang at substantial risk. Covering a historically significant building with solar collec- chitecture is a gift and burden given to
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BUILDING COMM How Hudson Kruse Design is living the design dream
by Luigi Benetton

The fall of 1999 brought interior designer the opportunity came, I decided to Grade 5,” he recalls as he reels off other courses taken and
Trevor Kruse the opportunity to work on the (then) start the company. It was a happy ac- skills acquired at a young age, including his Grade 12 inte-
Ritz Carlton condominium project in Toronto. cident,” Kruse admits. rior design class. “I knew from the age of 10 that I wanted
The project came with a catch, though. “They asked me Hudson Kruse Design (Hudson be- to develop places for people to live.”
to set up a company and they would bring the project with ing Kruse’s mother’s maiden name), by “My family was building a new house when I was in
them,” Kruse recalls of the chance to do space planning for its principal’s estimate, devotes 70 per Grade 10,” Kruse continues. “I did the drawings, and my
suites in the top 40 floors of what is now the Trump Tower. cent of its efforts to taking condomini- father and I visited the site every day to check the process.
The project proved less than straightforward in other ways, um projects to market. The remainder What I did in school was complemented by what I did day
too. Kruse found himself bounced on and off the project as is spent on private residential proj- by day in the real world. I know that is a rare opportunity.”
project ownership and other circumstances changed. Final- ects, “going from paper to the moment When a guidance counsellor told Kruse about the two
ly, “unbeknownst to me, Ed Zeidler, of Zeidler Architects, when clients move into the houses,” interior design degree programs in Canada at the time, he
was singing my praises, and they brought me back,” Kruse Kruse says. This residential focus grew chose Ryerson University, where he completed a Bachelor of
says. “The level of support they gave me surprised me.” from Kruse’s upbringing in Swift Cur- Applied Arts in Interior Design (BAAID) in 1986.
Kruse’s “incidental” creation, Hudson Kruse Design, rent, Saskatchewan, a town of 15,000. Kruse didn’t need to look far for inspiration when choos-
proved a more stable entity despite the owner’s ambiva- “I was artistic growing up, but I was ing the subject of his fourth-year project. “I did the Sears
lence. “I never really wanted my own company, but when able to start taking drafting classes in Warehouse, right across the street from the Ryerson School

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of Interior Design,” he recalls. “I designed it about four


years before it was converted, almost exactly as I designed it
– not that they ever saw what I had done in school. When I
started my company, the developer asked me to finish com-
mon areas of the project, which were in my thesis.” The Laneway Mews Interior Design Show.
Kruse isn’t done with school. “I hope to be accepted at
the University of Minnesota for my Masters degree.”
Hudson Kruse Design has built strong relationships 12, has on the go, Kruse notes: “There rectory and his current digs, a converted warehouse across
with other developers, an accomplishment Kruse attributes isn’t enough of me to go around.” the street from his West Toronto office, it’s easy to spot
to his extracurricular activities. “I was always a diligent This approach serves as part of a Kruse’s appreciation for conversions. “Toronto has great
participator. I joined committees and clubs. I volunteered foundation for continuous develop- building stock that can be successfully converted into
for all kinds of things,” he explains. “When I moved here, ment, along with the fact that the firm homes,” he says.
I didn’t know anyone. This was my process of creating a often handles multiple projects for in- Among the awards his firm has piled up, one that’s close
strong network. After I graduated, I volunteered for the dividual developers. “These developers to his heart is the National Post Design Exchange Award
Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario help us work with great architects,” he earned for a 2005 conceptual project proposing infill
(ARIDO). I’ve worked with them in every capacity (includ- says. “Each project helps us improve. housing in Toronto’s back alleys. “It was a fun project,” he
ing president).” With each project, clients give us more says of the idea that has since garnered other awards. “I
Kruse also counts the two jobs he leeway to create better solutions.” continue to work on it as a concept that may or may not ever
held prior to starting Hudson Kruse “I have somebody from almost every happen. One of the great things about this project is it ful-
Design as important stepping stones. design school in the GTA, like Humber fills Toronto’s official plan to intensify. It protects neighbour-
He spent 11 years at Linda Boorman College, Sheridan College, Ryerson hoods without dropping condo towers on every corner.”
Interiors Ltd., where he rose to senior University, the University of Toronto. In 2007, the Chicago-based International Interior Design
designer, followed by three years at I’m trying to keep it balanced.” Association (IIDA) recognized Kruse’s work for the design
Gluckstein Design. He credits each This mix supports one of Kruse’s community by making him the first Canadian winner of
employer for helping him develop as design aims. “When you look at our the IIDA Leadership award. “It allowed me to step up and
a designer, particularly at Gluckstein’s portfolio, our projects don’t look the participate on an international level,” Kruse says.
larger firm. “There were more people I same,” he says. “My goal is not to have Kruse’s interest in his current role on several design
could compete with as colleagues who a specific vocabulary. Clients don’t school advisory councils dates back to his Ryerson days.
forced me to up my game,” he says. come to us to get the look of a Hudson “A core group of us in my class were really involved,” he
After three years with Gluckstein, Kruse solution. We change our vocab- recalls. “We spent lots of time questioning our education
other opportunities appeared and ulary to suit the project.” and what we were getting from it.”
headhunters called. “I left Gluckstein Kruse admits to a soft spot for space What Kruse called extracurricular in school he wants to
to sort through my options and settled planning. “If I could lock myself in a make “intracurricular” for today’s students, starting with
on starting Hudson Kruse Design room and space plan by hand, I would those at his firm. “When I bring in summer interns, they
when the Ritz opportunity arrived be happy,” he says, adding that his aren’t made to feel like students. They participate,” he says.
later that year,” Kruse recalls. reputation encourages other design- A common thread in these activities is the demonstra-
Boorman’s and Gluckstein’s man- ers to seek his help on space planning tion of an element of Kruse’s personality that he confesses
agement techniques also stayed with challenges. may sound trite. “Community-building – that’s what every
their former employee. “They showed Given the spaces he’s called home, part of my life is about. I don’t separate work, life or volun-
me that you have to give a certain which include a converted church teering. To me it’s one life, and I live it all the same.” ■
amount of autonomy to your staff, to let
them make decisions, to have relation-
ships with clients, and if a mistake is One Cole Street, Toronto, Ontario.
made, you stand behind the employee.
The firm comes up with solutions.”
“I have a strong team,” he continues.
“Most manage their own projects. Part
of my strategy is for them to develop
stronger relationships with clients so
clients don’t always have to contact
me. I’m hands-on when clients want
me to be, but I try to give my team a lot
of freedom. Everybody is responsible

for every part of individual projects.

I don’t want them to feel they have to
turn to me for approval.”
It’s a practical idea. Citing the rough-
ly 60 projects the firm, whose staff
numbers fluctuate between eight and

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Rubinet Faucets’ square handle Ice faucet.

Speaking to consumer preferences in faucet fin- to vandalism in that there are no sen- using the water that’s
ishes, “polished chrome is still your staple as far as the finish sors that can be scratched, broken or already flowing through
that people purchase,” says Jason Kuss, branch manager for taped over, notes Dunn. the pipes,” explains Dunn. “It’s
Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre. Robinson carries a wide Meanwhile, Delta’s new H2Optics an environmentally friendly solution
range of faucet product lines including Dornbracht, Grohe, sensing technology uses the principles to having to change batteries all the time.”
Hansgrohe, Kohler, Aquabrass, Riobel and Fluid, and Kuss of triangulation for distance mea- Kohler Canada has also introduced a Hybrid
has his finger on the pulse of the faucet industry. “On the surement to reduce false activations Energy long-life battery for touchless faucets, says Donna
contemporary side of things, we’re seeing matted whites and of touchless faucets, conserving wa- Church, manager of marketing and communications. “Our
blacks, sometimes in combination with chrome accents. ter and battery usage. And, to further Insight technology allows the battery to remain operable –
Then on the more traditional or transitional style of faucets, conserve battery power, Delta has in- literally maintenance-free – for 30 years or more. The In-
we’re seeing muted golds and bronzes.” troduced a lithium ion battery pack sight touchless technology uses an extremely low amount
But while finishes might be termed a revolving trend, it is that recharges using electricity gener- of power, so the Hybrid faucet does not fail or require main-
new technologies that are driving the quality of the “water ated by the faucet’s own water flow. tenance, even if it’s not used regularly” – a particularly
experience” forward. “There’s a continuing trend towards “With as little as six uses a day, that valuable feature in commercial applications where tradition-
digital and hands-free technology. It’s still something that’s faucet will recharge the lithium ion al touchless faucet batteries require regular replacement.
more widely used on the commercial side of things, but with battery pack for up to 10 years of use by As well, responding to the shift toward touchless fau-
technology, a lot of the time it starts on the commercial end cets in the home, Kohler has introduced several touchless
and we see it adapted to the residential end down the road.” Cura showerhead designs in its Memoirs and Purist residential lines in the
According to Kuss, the days of faucets being de rigeur in the from Aquabrass. last year. “We hear a lot from chefs about being sure to wash
home aren’t here yet, but he believes manufacturers’ grow- your hands after handling meats – [with a touchless fau-
ing inventory of touchless faucets for the home are a sign of cet] you don’t have to touch a lever and spread germs.” They
things to come. are also ideal for families with children, says Church, as
In commercial and institutional applications where touchless is easier for kids to use and prevents them from
touchless faucets are already becoming standard, techno- leaving the water running after washing their hands or get-
logical improvements are making the hardware significant- ting a glass of water.
ly more reliable, says Steve Dunn, trade channel marketing Indeed, water conservation is top of mind for most
manager, Masco Canada. Masco’s Delta brand introduced consumers, says Natalie Hess, sales manager for Nortesco
its Proximity sensing technology this spring, “and it’s Inc., importer of bath and shower fixtures from Europe for
taking electronics to a different level. We have eliminated local retailers. “Besides looking to get the most value for
any of the sensors, the optics, the eyes – the visual part of their money, consumers are going green. They want to be as
the electronics. The whole spout itself becomes the sensor. environmentally friendly as possible.”
It produces an electric field about four inches away from the In response, Nortesco’s suppliers have developed two-step
product itself, and anytime you put your hand inside the faucet cartridges which give users the option of low flow or
electric field, the faucet will turn on. When you take your full flow at the touch of a handle, explains Hess. “The lever
hand away, after two seconds, the faucet will turn off.” In ad- stops you half-way for low flow; for full flow you just keep
dition to improved ease of use, Proximity is also less prone going. You can feel it half-way through.” And though it isn’t

Technological advances mean faucets are no longer just the prettiest features in the room
by Tiffany Sloan

Moen Inc.’s ioDigital shower.

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Insight touchless faucet from Kohler Ltd.

as popular in the kitchen, it’s a growing “spa”). “It’s not just a rain head – it’s
trend in the bathroom, says Hess. more the idea of having a spa at home.
Sustainability is by no means new, It not only gives you the water, but it
but consumers’ and manufacturers’ also gives you chromatherapy and
commitment to eco-friendly practices aromatherapy,” explains marketing
is growing. The standard flow rate manager Gaelle Marrasse.
for a lavatory faucet is currently 2.2 The chromatherapy, or colour ther-
gallons per minute and 2.5 gpm for apy, is produced by multiple LED lights
showerheads. The U.S. Environmental positioned on the showerhead, which
Protection Agency’s WaterSense is flush to the ceiling. The user can
program (similar to the Energy Star choose any of 16 shades or a rotation
program) specifies a maximum water of colours. “Let’s say you want a more
flow of just 1.5 gpm for lavatory energetic shower, you might choose
faucets and 2.0 gpm for showerheads – red. If you want a soothing type of eve-
standards that Moen Inc. has met in ning shower after a hectic day at work,
its current product lines, says Timothy perhaps purple. Each colour has an
McDonough, VP, wholesale market- effect on the body,” says Marrasse. “The
ing and brand development, though colour mixes with the water – you can
he is quick to point out that using less see the water becoming all red or blue
water doesn’t have to feel like less – and you create a whole atmosphere
water. “The EPA has not only reduced in your bathroom.” In addition, users
the water flow standard but have put can choose any of three different scent
performance criteria on manufactur- cartridges – floral, energy or relaxation
ers. You can’t just reduce the flow of – to be diffused during their shower,
your water – whether it is on a lavatory making their choice of colour, scent
faucet or showerhead – you actually and water flow from the control panel.
have to make your product perform un- “The whole idea is to really capture
der low water flow,” says McDonough. all our different senses,” says Marrasse,
“That’s really important because if you noting that the Cura showerhead is a
give someone a poor shower, and they response to the trend toward the grow-
shower longer to do the same job, you ing size of residential bathrooms and
haven’t saved water.” the increasing amount of time spent in
But plumbing technology isn’t only them for relaxation.
about conservation and sustainability Also noting the demand for relax-
– it’s also about improving the expe- ation-inspiring bathrooms, Canadian
rience of water. “Digital is a big deal designer and manufacturer Rubinet
– it’s the way of the future. But it has Faucets has been doing swift busi-
to provide a value,” says McDonough, ness in floor-mount tub fillers. “There
pointing to Moen’s new ioDigital valve are a lot of freestanding bathtubs be-
as an example of how shower valves ing sold now,” says company president
are going high-tech. A remote con- Domenic Luisi, noting a shift away from
trol remembers preset preferences for sunken tubs in favour of freestanding
water flow and temperature for mul- models in the luxury market.
tiple users, turns the shower on Luxury is also the premise behind
remotely, and the unit will flash when Rubinet’s recently launched Ice prod-
the water has reached the desired uct line incorporating crystal into the
temperature. There is no handle on the handle design. Designed for both kitchen
wall inside the shower, “just a clean and bath, “we’re using Swarovski crys-
interface,” says McDonough, and the tal in a very clean, contemporary way,”
actual valve can be installed up to says Luisi. “In a sense, most every-
eight metres away from the shower for thing that’s used crystal before in fau-
accessibility. cets has been on the ornate side, a
Quebec-based Aquabrass manu- more classical type of design, whereas
facturer has also introduced a high- I think we’ve taken it and brought it to
tech showerhead called Cura (from today, and we’re using the crystal in a
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Bright Lights
by Jerry Eberts

If Alexander Graham Bell was the energy drop is immediate.”

alive today and handed a smart Peter Korsos, Luxo Lamps Ltd.’s
phone, would he recognize it as the general manager for Canada at its Dor-
extension of his original invention? val, Quebec offices, says his company
Now consider Thomas Edison and focuses on health care, industrial and
his incandescent light bulb. In 12 office task lighting. Luxo will once
decades, few truly significant changes again be manufacturing products in
occurred. Yet we are on the verge of Quebec, something the company has
using a wholly new form of electric not done for several years. “Green
light – the LED or light-emitting diode initiatives by governments and corpo-
– that is just as radically changing the rations have meant a shift in the types
world of lighting as the cell phone has of lighting people choose,” says Korsos.
changed communication. “Just 10 years ago, the attitude toward
“This is an exciting time to be in the energy efficiency in Canada was ‘so
lighting industry,” says Sheryl Keller, what?’ But today, people are very inter-
senior manager of strategic market- ested in saving energy and costs from
ing for Philips Lighting Canada in something as simple as lighting.
Markham, Ontario. “To see an inven- “About 70 per cent of a building’s Silvy Table lighting system from Luxo Lamp.
tion that is more than 120 years old fi- energy is electricity. And more than
nally changing is really amazing.” half of that is lighting. When you see a
Keller says the company, in fact the 20- or 30-storey building that is still lit
entire industry, has been anticipating at night, consider how much energy is being wasted. There are important. People need a lot of education about LEDs,
the success of LEDs for several years. are options to control how lights go on and turn themselves what parts to look for and what parts to avoid.”
The advantages of cost-savings during off. Hallway lighting, for example, can be on sensors to use Panasonic Canada does not currently market LEDs in
the long life of an LED make the higher fewer foot-candles of light when the only people in the build- Canada, but the company is one of the leaders in the compact
price worth the investment for many. ing are, say, cleaning staff. fluorescent market. John McKenzie, marketing manager,
“Compact fluorescent lights led the “Europe is way ahead of us on this issue,” says Korsos, enterprise product sales for the Mississauga-based electron-
charge,” says Keller, “and we have a “simply because power is so expensive. But with a little ics company, says many of the CFL safety issues raised in
whole portfolio of products that feature thought and consideration of short-term cost versus the recent news reports can be avoided by using only high-
energy savings, which also includes long-term payback, planning can mean money and energy quality products and manufacturing methods. “Our CFLs are
halogen, linear fluorescent ant, and savings. I would advise anyone planning lighting for an extremely safe,” says McKenzie. “For example, all Panasonic
now LEDs. The growing popularity of office or other building to get the advice of a specialist; they CFLs are approved for use in totally enclosed fixtures. Some
LEED played right into that reduction can save a company money even in the short term. And while CFLs don’t have an effective method of dissipating generated
in the carbon footprint, getting away the population is aging and we need more light to do tasks, heat and therefore perform best in an open fixture.”
from the traditional lighting technolo- consider where the light is needed. And task or cubicle light- “From a long-term point of view, CFLs make sense,” says
gies that are less efficient. ing can also be put on sensors.” Stacey Featherstone, Ontario’s regional sales manager for
“As well, energy-efficient, high- An innovator in LED general lighting for industrial and Panasonic. “However, our experience is that builders are
intensity discharge lights [HIDs] have commercial projects, RUUD Lighting Canada/BetaLED of slow to convert to CFLs in large subdivisions.”
been introduced. To give an example, Mississauga is a specialist manufacturer of LED, HID and This is surprising, considering how the public has
a popular national drug store tradition- fluorescent products. Bryan Charlebois, director of tech- embraced the CFL bulbs, varieties of which can now be
ally used PAR38 halogen lights to high- nical sales, says a little thoughtful planning can save any found with a traditional bulb shape over the coiled light
light target merchandise, but changed company a significant amount on lighting costs. inside. “Panasonic offers energy-efficient lamps with a life of
to Philips energy efficient Integrated “Consider a retail parking lot,” says Charlebois. “LED light- 15,000 hours,” says McKenzie, “conserving energy and put-
25 Watt Ceramic Metal Halide PAR38 ing technology reduces unnecessarily high light level averages ting fewer CFLs in the waste stream. There are lots of cost
lamps. There is no ballast required, so while maintaining the same or higher minimum light levels. savings with CFLs.” An additional safety feature of these
it’s a direct energy-saving retrofit with- We accomplish higher minimums because our LED lighting bulbs is that the ballast in each CFL has a cut-off circuit. If
out sacrificing light output. solutions have very good optical control with exceptional the ballast gets too hot, the circuit shuts off the power.
“We’re seeing LEDs offer more func- uniformity. Many HID systems suffer from poor uniformity. Another major manufacturer of lighting products is
tionality for many applications,” says Modern LED lighting offers energy savings, maintenance sav- Osram Sylvania Ltd., a subsidiary of Siemens AG. For more
Keller. “From a consumer perspective, ings and targeted efficacy with the light going into intended than a century, the company has introduced innovative
LED sales have been unexpectedly solid. areas. LEDs are very directional compared with HID. lighting solutions for industrial and commercial applica-
We have a new portfolio of LEDs every “There are many points to consider when purchasing or tions, as well as for homes.
six months; the technology changes specifying a LED luminaire,” Charlebois continues. “Edu- “Offering the latest in lighting technology, Sylvania LED
that much and that often. The output is cation about LEDs chip packages, luminaire thermal man- retrofit products are high-quality replacements for conven-
comparable to other light sources and agement, optical control, luminaire efficacy and warranty tional light sources – for both commercial and consumer


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applications,” says Laura Fuller, manager, com- LEDs is reassuring. “All the big manufacturers are Sylvania LED retrofit lamps.
munications and marketing services. “And they now doing regulated testing,” says Boken. “We
use existing socket specifications, so installation feel we can recommend LEDs properly now that
could not be easier. test data has become standard.”
“In addition to standard LED retrofit types, Another innovation for LEDs is that they are
Osram Sylvania has engineered versatile and now used for general lighting, something unheard
innovative area light LED retrofit kits that provide of just a couple of years ago. As well, there is one
property owners and municipalities with an LED advantage to the still-developing LED market.
retrofit alternative for existing HID luminaires.” “Almost every major manufacturer now offers a
With a focus on environmental commitment, downlight,” says Boken. “The cost is competitive


“Sylvania LED retrofit lamps are some of the most when compared to regular downlights, especially
environmentally friendly lamps on the market,” with dimming – always a bit expensive with other
says Fuller. “They are mercury-free and provide systems. But LEDs typically dim without extras.
energy savings, longer life, reliability and sustain- “Compact fluorescents are still the bread and
ability. And the full range of ECOLOGIC lamps butter on most projects,” he says. “But we are
have little or no lead in their glass or bases and specifying LED downlights more frequently,
reduced amounts of mercury in the high-intensity especially when dimming is involved, or on LEED
discharge and fluorescent lamp types.” projects with strict energy goals.”
Holophane Canada Inc. manufactures a wide Rex Dimaano, electrical project leader for The disadvantage of induction products is
range of lighting products, including many using Hemisphere Engineering Inc., says that while their bulk, but if the space being lit is a warehouse or simi-
LEDs. The company’s street and roadway lighting fluorescents are still a major option for commer- lar structure, induction is worth considering. Dimaano
products can be both decorative and functional. cial, office and residential space, over the next five describes the induction lights as being “like fluorescent
And they offer long-term cost savings. Holophane years LEDs will become an ever-greater factor in lamps that have been on steroids. Induction is a 20-year-
is reportedly the company responsible for the first the lighting industry. “Prices will come down,” old technology that offers double the life of an LED, yet
light-controlling lens, way back in 1898. Accord- says Dimaano. “They have already dropped dra- costs less. There are several businesses that have done
ing to the company: “For a century, we’ve been matically over the last three to five years.” retrofits to induction.”
showing the most appealing architectural themes Interestingly, he says an almost-forgotten Another possibility for lighting in the near future is OLED,
in a new light. We design and fabricate every technology is making a comeback: induction short for organic light-emitting diode. Used for television
components of the finished luminaire, from bal- lighting. He describes it as occupying a space and computer monitors, as well as the tiny screens in per-
lasts and mountings to complete pole systems and between the low-cost fluorescents and the sonal digital assistants, Dimaano says that “architecturally,
hardware. No matter how unusual the design, we higher-cost LEDs. “Some people are looking at it would be amazing to see OLEDs being used for lighting.
can make it a reality.” induction lighting because the prices are not as “They could be used in a space-limited area or in accent
Paul Boken, senior lighting designer for high as LEDs, but also because the life-span is areas,” he says. “The profile of these OLEDs is so thin that
Toronto’s Mulvey + Banani International Inc., longer,” says Dimaano. “Today, induction light- they are used in cell phones. The major drawback right now
says that the development of testing standards for ing is competitive.” is the price.” ■

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Give Us a Lift
by Robin Brunet

Diversification of product, geographical reach, they are also valued for superior
new market development – these are some of performance and higher rates of
the ingredients that have helped the elevator sector travel than hydraulic elevators,
grow steadily in 2010. Schindler Group is a good thanks to the MRL’s top-of-shaft
example: although it’s famous for providing elevator machine and under-slung car
and escalator systems for all environments, it’s also configuration, coupled with the
become a leader in supplying lifts for cruise liners. Delta DMPC controller (resulting in
ThyssenKrupp Elevator, meanwhile, not only speeds of 0.75m/s to 1.75 m/s).
expanded its geographical reach into Canada but Schindler Group, which in Canada
achieved rapid growth during its first five years here is busy with institutional work and
by being the only major elevator company to own and the shopping centre upgrade sector,
operate manufacturing and R&D facilities in Canada. also dominates offshore markets.
The company now dominates the new construction It is supplying 109 elevators,
market with nearly 60 per cent of new installations. escalators and moving walks for
Elevator providers make great efforts to meet the Costanera Center, a major Panoramic TWINS in ThyssenKrupp’s new corporate
energy efficiency and LEED standards. For example, urban development in Santiago, headquarters Q1 building, Essen, Germany.
depending on the project, Schindler equips its elevators Chile, in a contract worth about
with the hall-call destination system Miconic 10, which $40 million USD. The company is when braking the cabs is converted into electricity
groups passengers according to destination, thereby already supplying 86 escalators and and fed back to the power supply system. This lowers
cutting journey times and reducing journeys. At Delta moving walks for the project under a energy consumption by more than 30 per cent and
Elevator Co. Ltd., machine room-less (MRL) elevators separate agreement signed in 2008. reduces emissions.
eliminate the need for space-wasting machine The Center will contain a multi- Since its first job in Canada installing seven gearless
rooms and boost energy efficiency via counterweight storey mall and four office towers, elevators, 10 escalators and two hydraulic elevators for
configurations – a good choice for LEED points. one of which will be the tallest in the Vancouver Public Library in 1993, Fujitec Canada
Bramalea Elevator Ltd., which expanded its South America at 300 metres. It Inc. has established a reputation not only for handling
Brampton design office and manufacturing facility, will be equipped with 24 elevators, large-scale undertakings, but for the quality of the lifts
is building upon its status as a pioneer of material including 19 with two decks, which themselves. The technology comes at a price, but as
lifts and freight elevators by setting its sights on a serve two floors at the same time Fujitec Canada manager John Egan points out, “higher-
new market: automobile elevators for condominiums. and can travel up to seven metres end systems that achieve greater operational efficiency
Bramalea sales manager Puneet Mehta explains, “In per second. They will be controlled and performance don’t need to be replaced every 15
Toronto, there is growing demand from mixed-use by the Schindler ID management years, so the long-term savings can be substantial.”
condominium developers and architects for automobile and access-control system. While these higher-end systems are frequently used
elevators instead of car ramps in order to save valuable ThyssenKrupp Elevator recently in commercial applications, developers continue to
real estate space. The elevators are about 10 feet wide completed 88 installations for the recognize the value of Fujitec’s equipment for highrise
by 20 feet long and seven feet high, and are ideal for first high-speed rail route in South residences such as Shangri-La in Vancouver, Arriva in
urban sites with limited footprints.” Africa, which became operational Calgary, and the upcoming L Tower project in Toronto.
In B.C., Bramalea installed an automobile elevator in time for the 2010 Soccer World As a global leader in the manufacture, installation,
for a new multi-level ice rink complex in Fort St. John. Cup. ThyssenKrupp was already a modernization and service of vertical transportation
“It has a payload of 12,000 pounds and is used to supplier to the Gautrain rail project, systems, Fujitec produces the most advanced products.
transport Zamboni ice resurfacers from one level to whose vehicles can travel up to 160 Building on the industry-endorsed Millennium control
the next,” says Mehta, who describes business as “very kilometres per hour; the elevators base, Fujitec’s new Viridian control system now brings
good. Bramalea is booked until next March and we hope minimize platform and exit access the latest enhancements in performance and energy
to achieve a five to 10 per cent growth this year.” time. The company will also be efficiency to the marketplace.
A new research facility in Hamilton and a major involved in the construction of The Viridian Next Generation Millennium control
new parking garage in Kitchener are just two of many another route extending to Pretoria, system is at the heart of Fujitec’s new Viridian MRL
projects that have occupied Delta of late. EllisDon which will require 24 escalators product. Across the application range of capacities of
Corp. selected the company to supply lifts for the and 27 elevators for a further five up to 5,000 pounds and speeds of up to 500 feet per
Canmet research facility, which is the cornerstone of stations. Like its competitors, minute, the Viridian MRL permanent magnet gearless
McMaster University Innovation Park Melloul-Blamey ThyssenKrupp’s technological motor minimizes energy consumption when compared
Construction Inc. chose Delta to supply the elevators expertise results in energy efficient to traditional elevator systems. Fujitec’s new Viridian
for the City of Kitchener’s 500-space parking facility, systems. Most of its elevators for PMGL permanent magnet gearless system offers
which contains street-level retail space and whose the new headquarters of Deutsche energy savings of up to 30 per cent when compared
design incorporates warehouse elements. Börse in Eschborn, Germany are to traditional geared applications and up to 10 per
Delta’s MRL elevators continue to be sought by fitted with regenerative drives cent when compared with induction-type AC gearless
green-minded developers and architects. However, whereby the energy generated designs. ■


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The definition of “in” for decorative Formica Corporation’s 180fx
laminates this fall is colour and texture collection in Dark Chocolate.
– available in a range of choices in 2010. From
simple, soft colours and design to bold and exotic
tactile surfaces, there is a product for all levels of
residential, commercial and institutional clients.
Abet Laminati, a leading manufacturer of high-
pressure laminates offers the largest collection of
plastic laminates in the world. “We have more solid
colours, more wood grains, more patterns, and more
finishes than any other company worldwide,” says
Tony Damiano, president. “Our latest line, Serigrafia,
is a prime example of the unique products available
to our customers.” Serigrafia’s 16 new patterns –
created by designer Paola Navone and produced by
Abets special silk-screening techniques – emulate
exotic fabrics. These laminates have a Longline finish
– a slightly raised surface texture of vertical lines.
In addition to wall covering, the laminate can be
used on furniture or any application that does not
require a horizontal surface. When combined with the
existing Serigrafia line of 21 designs, the new silk-
screened patterns bring the number of choices to 37.
Each sheet of postforming Serigrafia is individually
silk-screened and measures 51 inches by 120 inches.
Decorative Laminates 2010
Damiano says none of the Abet Laminati solid PRODUCT LINES THAT OFFER BEAUTY AND
colours have a Pantone colour value number, which
ultimately gives specifiers another avenue to get PRACTICALITY ARE THIS YEAR’S STANDARD
exactly the tone they are looking for. “Our success
rests on the ability to bring to market products that by Laurie Jones
cannot be found elsewhere. We are also the only
manufacturer of high-pressure plastic laminates that
offers a 100 per cent recycled surfacing material.” look, texture and quality of real wood veneer. This Larch, which is a North American
Wilsonart International’s Go Straight laminate new agreement is in line with both companies’ vision native product,” says Cathy
collection takes classic solids and gives them new of setting the standard for our respective industries Barrett, design manager. “It has a
life with premium finishes: 01-Gloss and 18-Linearity. with extraordinary product offerings, exceptional straight grain, lending itself to an
“Sometimes the simplest solutions are also the best,” quality and design expertise.” emphasis on texture and a range
says Gwen Petter, Wilsonart director of surface Roseburg has also worked with other companies of colours from light to medium
design. “If you take basic black and white, or primary to provide a complete package for designers and brown earth tones, including
colours like red and blue and put an interesting contractors. Multiple components such as Duramine® Fawn, Ecru and Sorrel. The Linea
texture on them – such as stippled paint, textured decorative melamine, high-pressure laminate, rigid Series will add a contemporary,
weaves, or candy apple gloss – you have a whole thermal foil and five-piece doors, edge banding and sophisticated look to any project.”
new use for colour.” These finishes reflect the look mouldings or other complementary accessories can Also new for 2010 at Flakeboard
of an oriental cabinet in high-gloss lacquer and the all be accessed to produce a one-of-a-kind result. is the Bridge Series. The subtle
appeal of a painted wood surface or striated fabric, “With our Duramine® Designed-To-Match System, planks draw the eye from tick
she says. “The opportunity to tease the eye with high woodgrains are sharper and more realistic-looking detail areas of soft grain while
performance laminates is limitless.” thanks to an advanced paper printing process that maintaining colour consistency.
Another option from the Wilsonart Contract creates the industry’s best-looking colours and “We’ve introduced the Bridge
Laminate is the Go Wavy series. Designed to patterns,” says Troxel. Series in a vintage cream:
coordinate with sheet flooring used in education Since 1913, Formica has been producing state-of- Milltown Oak; a mocha cinnamon:
and health-care facilities, Go Wavy uses paint and the art laminate products. The company opened 2010 Ambassador Oak; and a charcoal
textiles for upholstery and cubicle curtains — a with the introduction of its Commercial High Pressure blend: Queenston Oak,” says
specific request from designers interviewed in Laminate (HPL). Formica’s new collection is focused Barrett. “This rift cut design will
developmental focus groups. The series, which on three key drivers: design and style trends, global update traditional oak looks in any
takes its inspiration from the hues found in Farmers accessibility and coordination. “Our 2010 Commercial installation.” ■
Markets and gardens, offers seven colours including High Pressure Laminate launch focuses on current
Pomegranate, Eggplant, Tangerine, Sweet Corn, style drivers and influencers, while being conscious Fiore Pop from
Sprout, Blue Agave and Kiwi. “In addition to these of usability and longevity in these economic times,” Abet Laminati’s
colour choices with a local fl avour, global influence says Gerri Chmiel, senior design manager. “Patterns Serigrafia line.
commands market attention with the full colour in the 2010 HPL collection were developed with a
spectrum in play,” says Petter. Colorbox concept where solid colours coordinate with
Roseburg Forest Products recently announced an patterns and together, harmonize with woodgrains.”
exclusive supply agreement with California Closets She says patterns and solid colours that have the
for the manufacture and distribution of Duramine same colour names are Colorbox Coordinates and
thermally fused melamine panels. These will be used bring new depth to the HPL offering. In this collection
in California Closets’ Lago® collection for its West is a new dimension of complex solid colors and the
Coast territory in the United States and Canada. “The addition of MicroDot, Sculpted and Matte finishes for
Lago® collection profiles Italian finishes comprised originality and exclusivity.
of six colour and texture paper designs,” says Rick Flakeboard Inc. has launched its Linea Series for
Troxel, product manager, marketing department. 2010, which promises new choices for designers and
“Lago’s unique grain texture and colours provide the contractors. “The Linea Series uses the Tamarack/


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From Naxos Tile – Anemone Noir tile strips.

Getting down to the nitty gritty of tile and its installation
by Sonu Purhar

As if homeowners aren’t and professionals can benefit tile edges are misaligned; this Systems’ newest underlayment
faced with enough decisions from speaking with experts at not only leads to cracks in the product, the KERDI-BOARD. The
when it comes to decorating or companies that specialize in tile material but can also create a waterproof covering acts as a
renovating their homes, it’s time manufacture and installation. safety hazard if people trip over substrate and building panel, and
to add something new to the “Ceramic tile doesn’t have to the uneven surface. Self-levelling can be used with tiles ranging
lists: ceramic tiling. No longer be scary material,” says Dave underlayments can prevent this; from mosaics to large-format
a no-frills flooring option, tile Hamilton, director of sales, most come pre-mixed and ready- size. “This board system gives
manufacture has exploded in MAPEI Inc. “There are a lot of to-pour, which make them a good builders more control by helping
recent years, with enterprising experienced professionals in this option for do-it-yourselfers. them to more quickly and easily
companies introducing new business who are available and MAPEI’s latest mortar products create ideal substrates for tiles,”
designs and materials, along with willing to help.” make installation even easier. In notes Dale Kempster, technical
innovations in underlayment, Hamilton should know: his order to create vertical designs, director, Schluter-Systems.
grouts and other preparatory company has more than 70 years’ for example, traditional mortars Specifically, “it creates a fl at, level
accoutrements needed to ensure experience in manufacturing were mixed to a stiff, hard-to- surface with precise corners,
a solid foundation. These days, a underlayments, grouts and manage consistency, and required which is immediately ready for
subtle change in tiling is all that’s preparation products for tile support from string lines or tile.” The versatile product, made
required to dramatically alter the and stone materials. And that shims – but, says Hamilton, that’s of a polystyrene foam core with
look of a home or institution. means MAPEI professionals are all changed. “Today’s technology reinforcement layers and fleece
Because ceramic is rigid and well-versed in current trends. of admixtures allows us to hold webbing, can be applied to any wall
brittle, installation requires a “Large-format tiles are especially and position tile and stone up surface; alternatively, builders can
solid foundation to prevent cracks popular,” notes Hamilton – but to 15 pounds per square foot,” use it to construct free-standing
or loosening. Underlayments, keep in mind that as tile size he explains. “And that’s without structures like tub decks and
adhesives and grouts all provide extends beyond 12-by-12-inch, having to mix to an unworkable vanities. And because gridlines
a sturdy base that anchors tiles special requirements need to be consistency.” These admixtures are printed on the surface,
and ensures durability and addressed. Floor applications, can be found in MAPEI’s Ultraflex professionals and homeowners
longevity. Though wading through for example, need to rest on a LFT, Ultralit and Adesilex P10. alike can achieve clean, precise
the hundreds of options may fl at-as-a-pancake base to avoid Ease of application is also the cuts every time.
seem daunting, homeowners lippage, which occurs when the driving force behind Schluter- Schluter-Systems combines


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state-of-the-art products with waterproof. Garett Shandler,
user-friendly installation, national sales and marketing
a principle embodied by its manager, Custom Building
latest offering, Schluter House Products Canada, recommends
( The Polyblend Grout. “This product
interactive website provides a provides colour consistency, fast
refresher (or, for newbies, an setting time and easy clean-up,” he
introduction) to all aspects of tile explains. “And it’s available in both
installation, and enables users sanded and non-sanded versions.”
to try out different combinations (Non-sanded grout works best
of tiles and profiles before with ceramic and other materials
committing to a real-life design. that can be easily damaged.)
That bevy of information is Custom Building Products isn’t
essential, especially since details all about grout. For more than 50
like proper waterproofing and years the company has offered
the need for movement joints can professional-grade products and
make all the difference to the services for a range of projects
finished product. “Choosing an involving tile and stone. Its latest
appropriate installation method is developments have focused on
just as important as selecting the making the installation process
right tiles,” Kempster points out. as smooth as possible. “We’ve
“After all, even the most beautiful, recently come out with a complete
high-end materials won’t look line of lightweight products Palace Stone from Versace.
good if they’re poorly installed.” that enable professionals to
Though underlayments work smarter, faster and more LEED certification,” Shandler adds. that the people selling or installing
receive much of the attention profitably,” says Shandler. The line Finally, he cautions that choosing your materials are knowledgeable,
when it comes to tile installation, consists of formulas made with the right surface protection is professional and, most of all,
homeowners shouldn’t forget CustomLite technology, including critical. “Stains can ruin your tile back their products with a good
about the critical last step: grout Prism, SureColor Grout and design,” he warns. “The right warranty,” advises Hamilton.
application. Used to fill the spaces MegaLite Crack Prevention Mortar sealant protects tile surfaces and Kempster agrees: “Pick products
between tiles and provide an – all of which are up to 40 per cent makes everyday clean-up easier.” from a company that offers a lot
additional layer of support, grouts lighter than equivalent market Custom Building Products offers of support,” he suggests. “When
should be durable, consistent formulas. And as a bonus, “many a line of sealers, enhancers and done properly and with the right
and, particularly if used in of these also contained recycled cleaners for all types of tiles. materials, tile installations can
kitchens, bathrooms or pool areas, materials, which qualifies them for “You should always make sure last a long time.” ■

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All Systems Go
by Godfrey Budd

The niche positions of both window and curtain low-E glazing. Many projects we’ve ten- and Delta-based Euroline Windows Inc. brands itself with
wall systems have evolved over the years, and dered in the last year have been LEED, this phrase on its website: ‘European technology, made
can today be said to occupy niches in a handful of main including Gold. They’ve been mostly in North America.’ Its Polytec 50 curtain wall system was
areas. Curtain wall is often favoured in commercial office institutional projects. The commercial developed in Germany, and, unlike many curtain wall sys-
towers, government buildings, universities, storefronts, side has dropped off everywhere,” says tems, uses a steel internal structure, not an aluminum one.
and, in Canada, the south-facing sides of upscale single- Gary Lawrence, a partner in the firm. The steel is encased in uPVC. The strength of steel means
family homes. Window wall, in recent years, has been a Recent projects for Inland have that the system’s mullions and transoms have a narrow, 50-
popular option for residential condo tower developers. included the Vancouver Convention millimetre sight line. “Frames have a small profile, and not
A slowdown in Canada’s housing market could perhaps Centre and two LEED-Gold projects, bulky. There’s not much frame to see,” says Isbrand Funk,
put the brakes on growth in the window wall sector in the the Banff Learning Centre and the president of Euroline. “The lower profile appeals to clients.”
near term, given its niche, however. But curtain wall’s out- Edmonton North Clinic. The firm’s He notes another advantage of steel: lower thermal con-
look might be rosier, partly because of potentially growing high-performance curtain wall unit- ductivity. Rehau’s Polytec 50 PHZ is one of the first curtain
demand for retrofits. Quite a few aging curtain wall build- ized system benefits from the fact wall systems certified for net-zero houses by Germany’s
ings in Canada and the U.S. could use a retrofit. With the that, “Everything is manufactured Passive House Institute. “Frames for the Polytec system can
concerns around energy efficiency and greenhouse gases, indoors. There are stringent design accommodate any amount or type of glass,” says Funk.
Greg Clarahan, president and CEO of Visionwall Solutions requirements for its thermal capacity. Ted Redlarski, president of Noram Glass, also extols
Inc., believes his company is well-positioned to take advan- Outside, it could be minus 40 Celsius, the thermal properties of steel over aluminum. Besides its
tage of this potential growth. “Our niche in the market is while inside it’s plus 20,” he says. greater strength, he says, “Steel has three times less con-
energy efficient curtain and window wall systems, and we Inland is supplying a high-perfor- ductivity than aluminum in terms of thermal breaks.”
are seeing a trend in improving curtain wall. Quite a few mance unitized curtain wall system to There are other new materials used for curtain wall
projects we’ve done are LEED certified,” he says. Calgary’s Bow Valley College expan- today, he says, citing the recent use of ceramic fritted glass
Two examples he points to are Calgary’s Water Centre, sion project. Aluminum Curtainwall on a project. “It can improve the shading efficiency of the
which has a large south-facing expanse of glass curtain Systems Inc. is Inland’s manufacturing glass,” he says. It can encompass a range of designs, only
wall, and a half-century-old building in Edmonton, now arm and includes a design and draft- limited by a designer’s skill and imagination. The process of
the Intact Insurance Building, which underwent a LEED - ing division. ceramic fritting can permanently embed a design into the
Gold-certified makeover with a new curtain wall envelope. The design and quality attributes of glass using a chemically and mechanically stable enamel
Another project that marks a trend of improving the thermal curtain and window wall systems are baking process. “Frit can be lines, dots, whatever can be
envelope of existing buildings is the new corporate head- key components of the total package, printed. It cuts heat and light entering the building, and cuts
quarters for Servus Credit Union. The new occupant of the the glare. It can also cut your bill for air-conditioning.”
building, says Clarahan, “wanted to upgrade the insulation Engineering V Building – University Another innovation that Redlarski notes is photochro-
and make it more energy efficient. We were able to improve of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. mic glass. The California Energy Commission’s consumer
the R factor by a factor of four in the window area.” Ceramic frit applied to glass web site says that windows made from this type of glass,
The company’s window, curtain wall and sloped glazing curtain wall in a diamond-shaped which changes in response to light, much as some sun-
systems are available in two basic configurations – three- pattern. Photos courtesy Shore glasses darken when exposed to bright sunlight, says that
element and four-element glazing units. The latter is for Tilbe Perkins + Will. the technology for windows is still under development. But
harsher climates and includes two clear films internally Redlarski says that some buildings in Europe are already
suspended between panes of glass to create three insulating using this kind of window. “A project in the U.K. was re-
spaces. “Our product line is about achieving good enough cently done this way,” he says. He also expects transparent
insulating values so you don’t need a baseboard heating sys- photovoltaic technologies to emerge soon, along with more
tem,” says Clarahan, referring to a recent building retrofit widespread use of unitized curtain wall systems.
that included eliminating an old system of this kind.
Visionwall has done projects across Canada, the U.S. and If not because of esthetics, innovations, new
overseas. Some of these give a sense of emerging trends. A products and slightly tweaked additions to ex-
six-storey office building in Yellowknife, for instance, in- isting product lines are emerging, as often as not, because of
cluded photovoltaics in its curtain wall system. “Although their better thermal performance. “Almost everything now

daylight hours are short, the light was better than expected is being energy-efficiency driven. The future will see a lot of
because of light reflected off the snow cover. In summer, demand for triple glazing, and ways of reducing heat loss.
there’s a lot of light. The system has outperformed its design Clients are now looking for U values of 0.35 or better,” says
objectives,” says Clarahan. Jim Lebedovich, general manager at Phoenix Glass Inc.
Demand for LEED standards and issues around thermal Two new products are a case in point. The i500 is a new
performance are also playing a role in driving activity for window wall system with a U value of 0.35, which exceeds
firms like Inland Glass & Aluminum Ltd. The firm man- requirements for 2011 under the BC Energy Efficiency Act.
ufactures curtain wall systems and provides installation Also being rolled out is the company’s i625, a new curtain
services. “The thermal performance of curtain wall has im- wall system with improved thermal performance. LEED
proved in recent years and we’re seeing more demand for standards and demand for larger modules also factored


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into the development of these new products. Although curtain wall might have manager at Durabuilt. The company has recently provided
In the continuing quest for better thermal performance, the edge on window wall with respect to window wall systems for condo projects in Edmonton and
companies are tackling the issue of thermal bridging in air penetration, he says the difference is Calgary. Two projects, Omega in Edmonton and London at
various ways. United States Aluminum has used a pour and slight. The company uses the services of Heritage Station in Calgary, include sections of punched-in
de-bridge thermal pocket to reduce thermal transmittance a third-party envelope consultant, and, windows and window wall in their envelopes.
through the metal for a new version of its 3250 series cur- says Rogalsky, “If the installers follow Ramchandari says that besides the price advantage, win-
tain wall line. “The glass is deeper with panes further apart. specs and shop drawings, the panelized dow wall’s look comes close to matching that of curtain wall
A polyurethane polymer is injected into the space between system’s mullion connections are a good – “with a 20-inch section of spandrel at the slab. Spandrel
two sections of aluminum that hold the glass. The poly strip barrier to air and water penetration.” is at the top and bottom of the window. It’s a cost-effective
runs all round the window. When using a triple glaze, an Pointing to several condo projects way to get the esthetics you’re looking for.”
extra thermal break is added,” says Gary Taylor, a market- nearing completion, he says, “Window
ing manager with the company. wall has become popular in Calgary Window wall companies are taking steps to
There’s an impressive difference in thermal performance over the last five years. It keeps costs ensure that the price advantage is backed by a
between the new and earlier versions of the 3250 series. down but offers the same look as cur- quality product. Starline Windows, which has been mak-
“The old 3250 had a U value of 0.30, while the new 3253, tain wall.” Instead of debating which ing and supplying window and door products for 40 years,
with low-E triple-glaze, and double-pour and de-bridge is better – curtain wall, window wall, launched Starline Architectural Windows Ltd. in 2002 to
thermal strip, is the new product. It has a thermal value or punched window systems – the at- focus on the highrise residential market. Its 9000 series
of the 0.18,” says Taylor. Other products, like the BT601, a titude today seems focused on which window wall system includes a range of accessory prod-
thermal storefront system, bridge a gap between blast miti- system is best overall for the applica- ucts like louvres for kitchen exhaust and fireplace vents
gation and hurricane-resistant systems. tion at hand. “Some buildings have and dampers. Peter Kuschnir, Starline’s technical manager,
Although blast mitigation and hurricane resistance are some part curtain wall and some part points to some key practices to ensure both ease and qual-
less a priority in Canada, strength is still an issue. Depend- punched windows. Window wall is big ity of on-site installation. First, whenever possible, systems
ing on the application, thicker glass and the use of lami- in condos as curtain wall is more ex- are designed so individual units don’t weigh much more
nates can add strength to curtain wall, says Jim Larkin, a pensive. Curtain wall is more common than 250 pounds. “We supply and install for the 900 series.
marketing representative for Eco-Insulating Glass. in office towers. When people ask for We have our employees do the installation, as they have our
Today’s window wall systems are now sufficiently robust window or curtain wall, we refer them training and back-up. For a good product, the installation
to successfully contend with rain in B.C. and temperature to our sister company, Phoenix,” says process and the proper on-site joining of mullions is criti-
extremes in Alberta and elsewhere. Window wall systems Gary Porter, sales and marketing man- cal. Before that, we do random water testing on windows in
at Architectural Windows and Doors can achieve a B7 win- ager at Allied Windows and Doors. the factory to ensure they are sealed,” says Kuschnir.
dow load, says Jim Rogalsky, a project coordinator with the Recent projects that Durabuilt Win- Other trends are likely on the horizon, says Steven Mur-
company. “That’s good enough for a hurricane,” he says. dows and Doors has supplied product ray, managing partner at the Burlington office of Morrison
They can also achieve the sleek, streamlined look of cur- for also bear the stamp of the mix- Hershfield Limited, an engineering consulting firm. Along
tain wall, when required. “With window wall, we can give and-match approach. The company with more photovoltaics, wood frames could be used for
the same look as curtain wall with a section of spandrel that has branched into the window wall, curtain wall and window wall systems due to their lower
passes by the slab,” says Rogalsky. says Harry Ramchandari, engineer carbon footprint and better insulating properties. ■

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F or the architects of the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police head-
quarters in Iqaluit, Nunavut,
construction of what would become an
icon in the northern capital meant work-
ing through a labyrinth of logistics, tight
schedules and exorbitant expenses.
When Peter Bull of the Edmonton-
based IBI Group Engineers and Archi-
tects, and Rodney Kirkwood of FSC
Architects and Engineers (Yellow-
knife, Iqaluit, Whitehorse) presented
a proposal for a 37,000-square-foot,
$23-million building, they knew it

had to satisfy the challenges that come

with Nunavut’s inhospitable climate
and geography.
The development had to be con-
structed to a level of security that meets
the standards of the Departmental
Security branch of the RCMP while
presenting a building that welcomes
the community. They had to respect
budget objectives while providing a
large, open space in a region where
the shipping of materials is costly.
And they had to complete it in time to
satisfy a community that considered
the headquarters long overdue. All this
had to be done despite the complicated
Iqaluit Detachment/Nunavut
timetables inherent in building during
the Arctic spring.
For decades, RCMP members
Operations Support Building
worked in three separate buildings
by Mary Frances Hill
that were built in the 1950s and 1970s. “The official opening of the Iqaluit Detachment/Nunavut were inspired by ice forms and snow packs. The interior
The physical separation took its toll Operations Support Building signifies a new and promising is crafted mostly of wood, steel and glass, with zinc and
in communication and maintenance chapter in the future of RCMP policing operations in Nu- laminated wood, as well as metal frames and cladding on
cost, says Randy Komhyr, project navut,” says Commanding Officer, Chief Superintendent the exterior.
manager with the RCMP who special- Steve McVarnock of the RCMP “V” Division. “Since Nunavut It was a long time coming, and challenges came from
izes in overseeing building projects in became its own Territory on April 1st, 1999, the demands every angle. Foremost among them was the challenge
the northwest region, including Mani- placed on ‘V’ Division RCMP in providing policing services to of heating the building economically while keeping the
toba and Nunavut. Nunavummiut have increased considerably. The RCMP has building at grade. A solution to the heating problem was
Komhyr had to balance changing ex- been very committed and engaged in meeting the current found in a thermosyphon system – a passive refrigeration
pectations and needs among the RCMP, service delivery needs of its ever-growing 32,000 perma- system that draws heat from the ground via a network of
the community and the contractors. nent residents. Now, 71 RCMP Iqaluit employees have been underground pipes, acting through a passive heat exchange
“Nothing is easy with the government, re-united and housed in a new state-of-the-art location. Our process. “This is the largest building we’ve ever done
so budgets change and requirements new building has not only increased the benefits of working using a thermosyphon system,” Kirkwood says. “Most of
change and needs change. It took [sev- all together, but has effectively enhanced our information- the energy consumption comes from pre-heating the air
en years] but what we got at the end of sharing in a vastly coordinated and timely manner.” when it comes in at 40 degrees below zero.”
the day is if not one of the nicest build- Today, the fi rst phase of the Iqaluit Detachment/ It cost five per cent of the entire budget to install the
ings, then the nicest building in the Nunavut Operations Support Building includes regional thermosyphon system. “It’s not the cheapest way of doing
Arctic.” offices, various crime and enforcement units, OCC, infor- it, but in our view it’s ridiculously expensive when you look
matics, forensics and a vehicle exam bay. It has amalgamat- at heating crawlspaces for years on end.”
ed detachment areas, a detention cell block and garage bays. RCMP members need to respond to the community’s
Finally, Phase 2 will include a combined mess and a regional needs with a large, welcoming space. At the same time,
training centre housing a firing range, locker and exercise vehicles need to move in and out with ease, and securely.
facilities dormitories, classrooms and simulator facilities. Most buildings in Iqaluit are subject to permafrost condi-
The esthetics of the interior design came about with tions that force them to be lifted on piles with their flooring
great input from the community, particularly Inuit elders, far from the ground, so as to not disturb the sensitive per-
say Bull and Kirkwood. More than seven years ago, stake- mafrost. (They are literally placed above raised crawlspaces
holders in the project met with planners and RCMP mem- that contain heating systems with drainage piping and other
bers. “During that session, a lot of our ideas were pared services that work to warm the buildings from below.)
down. One of the elders wanted us to do a building that was Raising the building off the ground would have brought
an expression of the environment they lived in – without the building’s look in line with the rest of the community,
over-designing it to look like an igloo,” Bull recalls. but would have made it difficult to use.
The elders’ vision took hold. When it opened on May 31, Another challenge lay in meeting the high price of
Nunavut residents were treated to an iconic building that acquiring the right materials. Faced with the enormous
reflected in its architecture the dense drifts and waves that costs of shipping equipment and materials by sea, build-
are part of everyday Arctic views. The building’s interiors ers decided to use the containers that carried construction
and exteriors both include bulkheads formed out of the equipment to enhance the ecological – and economic –
imagery of snow waves; handrails and simple wood designs bottom line. Once emptied, the sea-containers would have

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been shipped back, empty, to Montreal. But Kirkwood and a beacon attracting future RCMP
his team decided to use the containers to ship back con- employees who will strive to provide
struction waste. “The containers ended up being a good public safety to the Nunavummiut we
way to sort the various waste materials, such as metals, respectfully serve and protect.” ■
wood and cardboard, in a place that has almost no recy-
cling,” says Kirkwood, who adds that he hopes to use that
initiative to gain a LEED ID credit for the project. LOCATION
In terms of heating and insulation, every detail was Iqaluit, Nunavut
considered for its effectiveness and shipping cost. “Spray
insulation in this case helped with not only insulation, but Royal Canadian Mounted Police
cut down on shipping costs,” says Kirkwood. “The costs of
shipping are a function of volume and weight, so if you use DEVELOPER
Public Works & Government Services
rigid or semi-rigid insulation, it would take up more space Canada
on the barge than the lighter spray insulation.”
Another one of the biggest hurdles, says Bull, was getting ARCHITECT
FSC Architects & Engineers in
away from past practices of interior layout. “The historical association with IBI Group Architects
way of laying out these types of buildings creates a circu- Engineers
lation pattern much like a rabbit’s warren. In our design
solution, the circulation is more intuitive of a central space.
Almiq Contracting Ltd.
You’re not going round a corner and another corner to enter

an adjoining space.”
“The first three months of operation in this beautifully Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Limited
designed Iqaluit-based office has been an incredible morale MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL/
boost for all employees in Nunavut and especially to LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT
those who are fortunate to work inside this new building,” FSC Architects & Engineers
says Commanding Officer, Chief Superintendent Steve INTERIOR DESIGN CONSULTANT
McVarnock. “Pride and delight is evident in the eyes of all IBI Group
employees in this building when showcasing it to the public.” TOTAL AREA
“This historic event is the culmination of a dream that 37,000 square feet
started in 1999 by the first Commanding Officer of
Nunavut, Chief Superintendent Chris Bothe – Rtd., and it Phase 1: $18,960,000
is now a true ‘northern light to behold,’” continues Chief
Superintendent McVarnock. “I am also confident that this TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COST
$23 million
new Iqaluit Detachment/Nunavut Operations Building
will become a ‘beacon’ in the north for decades to come:

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by Laurie Jones

As 2010 begins its wind-down Mandelkau, marketing and communications. where needed to offer appropriate ergonomic lighting levels,”
quarter, contract furniture manu- In addition, EVO storage or display space is available says Leclair. fluidconcepts has teamed up with Luxo Light-
facturers can look back and be pleased above desk areas, or if installed with the lower height ing to create the technology of a cohesive workstation system
with their efforts this year. design, stand-up work surfaces are created. “EVO is an that boasts an integrated approach. Runway also offers plan-
Teknion Corporation launched its elegant, simple and efficient opportunity for contract ning flexibility as the spine can be used independently with
new Foundations Conferencing and office furnishings,” says Gary Scitthelm, president and existing workstations, and mobile/independent tables.
Casegoods lines at NeoCon 2010 and CEO. “There are pre-configured solutions, but SIMO excels Herman Miller, Inc. offers a new collection of seat-
has had positive feedback. “The Foun- in high-capacity and flexible manufacturing and can meet ing and tables to the lounge furniture category. The
dations collection draws upon a con- client needs accordingly. The tag line ‘now you don’t have collection, called Swoop, provides comfortable light-scale
temporary minimalist esthetic, paring solutions that suit a variety of office, learning, health-care,
to give an inch to save square feet’ is a perfect summation of
down furniture structure and surface the development that went into creating EVO and its impact and residential environments. Designed by Brian Kane of
to its essence to reveal an architec- in the way it has changed private office suites,” he says. Kane Design Studio in San Francisco, Swoop includes an
ture of simple horizontal and vertical The Global Group has proven that good things come upholstered modular lounge seating group, a light scale
planar elements,” says Christopher in small packages with its Princeton line of desking – the pull-up lounge chair and ottoman, and stools.
Wright, design principal, figure3. entire desk and workstation takes up a mere 50 square feet “Swoop creates functional and comfortable spaces, which
“I designed each piece to serve the or less. “We had a major launch at the NeoCon 2010 show is particularly important for higher education institutes,”
needs of a changing office landscape, with our Princeton line, showcasing a number of different says Jeff Vredevoogd, Herman Miller’s director of education
elevating the look and function of the layouts of the desking,” says Mark Campbell, vice presidentsolutions. “Young people sit, lounge and study in a number
private office and taking into account of design for the Global Group. “The basis of the Prince- of ways, while alone or interacting in a group. The contour
the diverse uses of meeting rooms in ton design involves considering where the person sits and of the seats and the mobility of the tables allow users the
the modern work environment.” works, and moving outward. ” freedom to sit or work in whatever way is best for them.”
Foundations Casegoods is a collection While Princeton comes with 250 components – includ- Steelcase Inc. has respondes to the changing workspace
of wood desks, credenzas, pedestals ing tempered glass shelves with rolling glass doors and with the media:scape™ product option. “Within a short
and modular storage walls. With con- exclusive hardware, and a utility drawer that accommodates time, media:scape has been recognized as a critical inno-
temporary design and functionality, garbage and recycling bins – it can easily be configured byvation for how it boosts collaboration,” says Lew Epstein,
Foundations Casegoods provides opti- the user or installer. “Princeton is a self-standing moduledirector, advanced development, integrated technologies.
mal storage capacity, making the most that is user friendly, and speaks to the generation coming “In the future, this solution will extend beyond facilitating
of vertical space while maximizing into the workforce,” says Campbell. “In addition to acting local face-to-face collaboration to host virtual collaboration.
floor space. An innovative character- Everything that customers already love about media:scape
as a storage area for archival material, the bench at the back
istic of the Casegoods line is the stor- will remain the same, coupled with a powerful new ability
of the unit is a place for a coworker to sit and discuss a proj-
age wall made up of various drawers, to connect people and information across distances.” ■
ect.” The tower at the end of the bench offers space to hang
cabinets and niches, ultimately creat- jackets and store bags, and provides
ing a workstation. Indirect lighting shelving at the end of the credenza. Above: from Global – Princeton. Below, Teknion’s Foundations casegoods.
fits along the top edge to give ambient fluidconcepts’ latest product, Run-
lighting capabilities and niches are wayTM, brings technology, lighting and
accented with LED lights. The finishes workstations together into one cohe-
for Foundations include high-grade sive system. “Runway is an innovative
hardwood veneers and wood solids, technology work spine that delivers
lustrous brushed metals, powder coat- ample electrical and data services to
ings and other high-tech finishes. workstations from the floor or ceiling,”
The EVO line of casegoods from says Byron Leclair, president. “The
SIMO Corporation offers a variety Runway spine also serves as supports
of workspace designs with lighter, for screens, supporting paper manage-
floating-style work surfaces that in- ment tools and storage.”
spire creativity on a smaller footprint. The Runway posts can extend
“Because people spend so much time upwards to mount efficient lighting
at work, we have incorporated addi- fixtures to deliver ambient and task
tions to the EVO furniture that make it lighting to workstations as an alter-
comfortable, such as soft-close drawer native, or to augment general lighting
slides and soft-close doors, and storage that can often be inadequate and ex-
options in either full height to accom- pensive. “One important LEED factor
modate coats or lower height that will is building lighting levels and Runway
still have room for jackets,” says Anna enables lighting to be placed and used


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Engineering V Building – University of Waterloo

by Don Procter

T he University of Waterloo’s new-

est addition, the Engineering V
(E5) building, is a six-storey
complex with a dominating presence
on campus. This first phase of a mas-
phenomenal, leading-edge, world-
class facility,” says Ron Venter, space
planning consultant for the Faculty of
The 160,000-square-foot building
a third-floor glass pedestrian bridge
which crosses the ring road to E3.
Constructing the new building and
bridge link without disrupting daily
activities at the busy campus compli-
ter plan calls for two more engineering provides office, teaching and research cated the building sequencing pro-
buildings east of the main campus. space, he says. The first two floors op- gram for general contractor Bondfield
The striking new addition to the erate as a student design centre, show- Construction Co. Road shutdowns,
university is clad in a glass curtain casing engineering projects such as traffic detours, pedestrian control
wall but it looks nothing like a com- solar and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. and after-hours construction were
mon glass box. While the first two “In my view, the first two floors are the critical to ensuring the project was
floors are faced with a transparent gems of the building,” says Venter. on time and budget, explains Steve
glass curtain wall, upper storeys fea- The building’s main entrance, on Aquino, Bondfield’s vice-president of
ture a ceramic frit applied to the glass the second floor, features a lobby with operations.
in a diamond-shaped pattern. “Using a five-storey atrium. In the middle of
four different gradients of dots, we cre- the atrium is a sculptural staircase to
ated the illusion that each rectangular upper floors. Clad in metal perforated Right: The atrium feature stair
panel of glass looks like a raised dia- acoustic panels, the staircase pro- system.
mond. From a distance, it appears as vides lighting for the atrium through
if the floors are formed out of a series a series of LED lights recessed into
of metal pyramids,” explains Andrew reveals, says Frontini. On the fourth
Frontini, principal and design direc- and fifth floors is an outdoor two-
tor, Shore Tilbe Perkins + Will, the storey “sky garden” that overlooks the
project’s chief architect. main campus.
The design was inspired by the fa- The building is the first within the
cility’s anechoic chamber, which fea- Faculty of Engineering that is located
tures an electromagnetic radiation outside the ring road circling the uni-
laboratory. The cube-shaped space is versity campus. That was an impor-
lined with carbon-fibre-coated rubber, tant step in the faculty’s masterplan
pyramid-shaped protrusions that block (Vision 2010), spearheaded by Adel
unwanted frequencies, notes Frontini. Sedra, dean of the faculty, because
The shielded room, which is support- it identified the location for the
ed by the Canadian Foundation for additional engineering facilities to be
Innovation, is used to attenuate radio constructed within the master campus
frequency and microwaves for research plan of the university, says Venter.
in wireless communications. “It’s a Linking E5 to the main campus is

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Comprised of steel box trusses forming structure because we weren’t only two to three days, points out
supported on concrete columns, the doing the typical forming repetitions, Aquino.
glass-clad bridge crosses an area used but rather manipulating formwork as It wasn’t just cold weather but also
by thousands of students daily. “It was we moved from floor to floor,” says wind that posed a hazard for the builder,
very tricky building the foundations Aquino. A three-floor open space he says, noting that because the engi-
and the structure of the bridge because designed for materials testing also neering building stands taller than
there were so many students walking threw a wrinkle into the construction surrounding campus buildings it is
underneath it,” explains Aquino. process. more exposed to the frequent winds in LOCATION
Erecting the bridge was also chal- Building the anechoic chamber the area. “There were a lot of days we 263 Phillip Street
lenging because it features a compli- wasn’t simple either. “The big issue simply couldn’t work because of it.” Waterloo, Ontario
cated sweeping curve. “It was tricky was that it had to be built on a con- Transporting materials and equip- OWNER/DEVELOPER
from a layout and production stand- crete slab resting independently of the ment for construction of the fourth University of Waterloo
point,” says the builder. “We had to rest of the building.” A “floating slab” floor outdoor garden was trying at times ARCHITECT
be bang on with our calculations to was set on engineered pads that allow because the west-facing garden faces Shore Tilbe Perkins + Will
make sure the bridge met the build- the slab to be loaded separately from railroad tracks. “We required large in partnership with
ings where it was supposed to.” To the rest of the building, thereby elimi- mobile cranes that could access the Somfay Masri Architects Inc.
accommodate the bridge connection, nating slab movement. “We had to space from the north and south. It is GENERAL CONTRACTOR
E3 required some demolition, rein- figure out how to build the floor for the one of a number of little things about Bondfield Construction Company Ltd.
forcement and retrofitting. Occupants space, then build another floor about the construction of this building that STRUCTURAL CONSULTANT
were relocated for a short period dur- eight inches above it without having really set it apart from most build- Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
ing the process. “It was a very tight access underneath.” ings,” says Aquino. MECHANICAL CONSULTANT
time frame because it had to be done Another challenge was pouring While the building isn’t LEED cer- Smith + Andersen Consulting
during the summer.” concrete during the cold winter of tified, it does incorporate a number Engineering
Typical six-storey, cast-in-place 2007/08. Before each pour, a floor of enviro-friendly features, including ELECTRICAL CONSULTANT
structures are usually easy enough was completely enclosed with tarps roof sections designed to accommo- Crossey Engineering Ltd.
for experienced builders like Bond- and the underside of the forms and date gardens and maximized natural CIVIL CONSULTANT
field, but this one was different – rebar was heated with propane-fueled light throughout the building. The MTE Consultants Inc.
partly because the five-storey atrium blowers. Once poured, each concrete ceramic-fritted glass located on the
space posed forming challenges. Fur- slab was covered with an insulated west and south-facing facades reduces GSP Group
thermore, to meet design specifica- blanket and the floor was heated for solar heat gain by 60 per cent, adds
tions that called for minimal and/or up to seven days until the concrete Frontini. A ribbon of manually oper- TOTAL AREA
160,000 square feet
column-free presentation rooms, the reached 75 per cent of its design able aluminum vents integrated into
builder had to construct “enormous, strength before forms were removed. the curtain wall provides natural ven- TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COST
$46.5 million
deep support beams” below these If the pour was done in summer, the tilation. The design, like the construc-
rooms. “Again, it complicated the forms could have been removed in tion of E5, is set to a high standard. ■

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A building named for Dr. David
Suzuki has to be more than
green – it has to change the
way people think about the world.
Windsor’s Greater Essex County Dis-
trict School Board has constructed its
newest elementary school to a level wor-
thy of the acclaimed environmentalist.
Giuliana Hinchliffe, coordinator
of engineering for the school board,
says Dr. David Suzuki Public School
replaces two smaller schools, one of DAN REAUME PHOTOGRAPHY
which had a history of environmental
stewardship. Aiming for LEED Plati-
num was logical, says Hinchliffe. “If
we want our children to strive for the
best, we have to strive for the best.”
The 58,522-square-foot, two-storey
steel structure with poured concrete
floors holds 22 classrooms, a double
gym, a music room, art room, science
room and resource centre, as well as
Dr. David Suzuki Public School
support amenities. Approximately 560 by Jessica Krippendorf
students and 35 staff members will
call the school their own.
The building is built on a north- metal panel through which air is pulled from the landfill and performing the curriculum for the students that uses
south orientation and folds in the – preheats ventilation air which is run final building flush-out. “Credits are real time, live data from the school. It
middle to create the main entrance. through a displacement system. extremely important with a LEED will launch with the school’s opening
The large opening between the two The technology was introduced in a Platinum building because you don’t in September.
components connects visually to the literal way. Recessed glass “truth win- have the luxury of making them up in “We are extremely proud,” says
north play area and is joined by a steel dows” in the floors show the insulated another category,” says Opresnik. Hinchliffe. “It’s provided an idea about
bridge that stretches through a two- in-floor heating system, and display The contractor exceeded the 75 and what technologies can be incorporated
storey atrium. “Orientation and circu- panels in the corridor provide real 50 per cent waste diversion require- into new school construction, while
lation are major drivers of the design,” time data about the mechanical sys- ments, keeping 95 per cent of the site’s still fitting into the provincial funding
says Gregory McLean, principal with tem’s performance. “Education occurs waste out of the landfill. The final model.” ■
McLean + Associates | Architects. “You everywhere,” says McLean. “We’ve de- building tightness level exceeded the
know where you are at all times.” signed no dead spaces.” requirement by 100 per cent.
Technologies not usually seen in In the lobby, a construction display Outside, the foundation landscap- LOCATION
schools like wind turbines, geother- wall provides a cross-section of the ing blurs the line between designed 6320 Raymond Avenue
mal exchange heating and rooftop exterior wall assembly. Glass piping and natural by removing the typical Windsor, Ontario
rain-water collection will be part of the that carries rainwater from the roof bed edging and letting the founda- OWNER/DEVELOPER
environmental education program. “It to a cistern for treatment and use in tion planting run out to the natural- Greater Essex County District School
isn’t meant as a cost-effective example the toilets runs floor-to-ceiling in the ized turf areas, says Gerry Bezaire, Board
of how to build a green school,” says resource room, and the mechanical principal with Bezaire & Associates ARCHITECT
Stephen Carpenter, president of Ener- rooms have windows through which Landscape Architects. “The result McLean + Associates | Architects
modal Engineering, LEED consultant. the equipment is visible. should be a landscape that looks like GENERAL CONTRACTOR
“It shows school boards across Canada The interiors incorporate cork floors it was there and the school was built Mady Contract Division Ltd.
what is possible.” in the administrative and resource around it rather than a landscape that
Preliminary modelling shows the rooms, and linoleum in the class- is defined by the shape of the building, Haddad Morgan and Associates Ltd.
school will achieve a 65 per cent en- rooms. The corridors feature polished roads and sidewalks,” says Bezaire.
ergy reduction over building code and concrete floors containing fly ash, and Bioswales, often designed for func- MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL
reduce water consumption by 63 per the millwork is made of FSC-certified tionality, are intended to look like
Smylie and Crow Associates Inc.
cent compared to the LEED baseline. bamboo plywood with low-VOCs and natural waterways planted with native
Generating 10 per cent of its demand no added formaldehyde. The living trees, shrubs and boulders. A non-irri- GEOTECHNICAL CONSULTANT
load are 171 photovoltaic panels at wall is two-storeys of plant material gated sports turf mix was selected to C.T. Soils & Materials Engineering Inc.
the entrance, which are part of a sus- grown in an irrigated wall to remove hold up to foot traffic in the play areas, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT
pended canopy system supported by a VOCs from the air. front lawn and sports fields. The build- Enermodal Engineering
branched tree structure made of steel. Opresnik Engineering acted as ing also features three green roof areas. LEED CONSULTANT
Light is brought in through the LEED consultant for Mady Contract An outdoor teaching area offers a com- Opresnik Engineering Consultants Inc.
ceilings and funneled into carved-out Division, ensuring the contractor’s posite synthetic deck surface, raised
spaces in the corridors to penetrate work complied with all environmental planters and portable potting stations R. Lucente Engineering Inc.
the lower spaces. Light shelves and requirements while staying on bud- and tables for interactive learning, says
translucent glass panels in the win- get and on schedule. “The contractor Terry Wilk, principal, Wilk Associates LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Bezaire & Associates Landscape
dows maximize natural light in all of was trying to be proactive in ensuring Landscape Architecture. Architects and Wilk Associates
the rooms, as do solar pipes and sun the spec was executed correctly and A vegetated roof area is separated Landscape Architecture Ltd.
tracker active daylighting domes. that the scheduling didn’t incur any from the rooftop classroom by a cus-
Radiant in-floor heating and cool- delays,” says Mark Opresnik, principal. tom lattice screen and an entry arbor 58,522 square feet
ing systems on both floors tie into a Mady Contract Division Ltd. had that is more industrial looking than
geothermal vertical loop that runs from to meet building air tightness and in- one typical of a residential space. TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COST
$14 million
28 wells, each 370 feet deep. A solar door air quality requirements, while The school board has spent 18
wall – essentially a black perforated diverting a specific amount of waste months developing a Web-based

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Ground Control
by Robin Brunet

Regardless of whether the con- ENFloor recently provided EFS

struction industry is emerging raised floors for gaming centres in
from a recession or heading towards a Williams Lake and Kelowna and for a
double-dip, the raised access flooring television studio in Etobicoke, Ontario.
sector remains somewhat impervious The EFS 1 and EFS 2 network floor-
to the convolutions of our economy. ing are the same in every aspect and
That’s because they’re the most cost- functionality, except the former is an
effective system for providing the all-steel hollow cavity product and the
versatility required in modern com- latter is cementitious-filled. Both can
mercial spaces. Raised floors allow be re-used, both feel solid to the tread

cables to easily be pulled along a and cause minimal echo or footfall.

distance instead of through the ceil- Also, they incorporate easy-to-install
ing; they also provide a plenum for gravity-held components designed to
cooling. provide effortless access to under-floor
Scott Alwine, marketing manager cabling: all it takes is one’s fingers, not Tecnika tile.
for Tate Access Floors Inc., says raised tools, to remove the channel panels.
floors “are still growing as a widely “We’re starting to get contracts from as
adopted product. People are still discov- far away as Saudi Arabia and Egypt,” Camino Modular Systems Inc. has InterfaceFLOR unveiled bold new
ering their benefits. In fact, we find the says Belland. “Our potential market is provided access floor systems for many offerings inspired by the 1980s Mem-
market in Canada particularly strong huge.” of the world’s leading companies and phis design movement: the colourful
as many buildings are incorporating Haworth Inc. unveiled two new prod- organizations: Air Canada, the Depart- stripes of Beale Street, the stark black
environmentally friendly features.” ucts of note at the NeoCon 2010 design ment of Defence, AT&T, Ford Motor and white lines of Union Avenue, the
Tate, whose raised floor panels have exhibition. The first is Monotile’s Tec- Company and the RCMP are just a few graphic squiggles ofDoodle and the
reduced cracking and have become nika 60-centimetre by 60-centimetre examples. The company acts as a man- fabulous black and white patterns of
one of the highest safety factors of any terrazzo tiles that are used with ufacturer of its own raised floors and a Memphis to Milan and Back. All of
raised floor system in North America, Haworth’s TecCrete under-structure distributor for Haworth, and president these offerings are part of the company’s
advises customers to consider raised and pedestal bases to create a stun- Glenn Foden points out that raised Convert design platform that feature
floors if they are bringing in new ning visual appearance. Made in Italy, floors continue to grow in popularity products made with a total recycled
technology, if they are planning to Tecnika features a marble and cement as LEED projects and standards become content ranging from 64 per cent to 75
regularly reconfigure existing technol- mixture available in a wide range of tex- more and more mainstream. Accord- per cent, including up to 35 per cent
ogy, or are uncertain of future needs. tures and colours. With this offering, ingly, Camino’s Airpath 180 is a com- post-consumer content (unheard of
“As well as their versatility, our floors Haworth’s floor product can be used in plete under-floor air solution that in- for modular carpets with such vibrant
offer a laundry list of green benefits, an entire building with different mate- cludes access flooring diffusers, perimeter colours).
not the least of which is the fact they’re rials, such as Tecnika or carpet, in dif- radiation and modular plug and play Finally, raised floor systems were
made from recycled material and FSC- ferent areas according to need. wiring; the system can contribute to initially created for data centre appli-
certified wood,” says Alwine. Esthetic Haworth’s second new product is the LEED certification points in the areas cations in the 1950s, and that applica-
considerations are important to Tate Enclose moveable wall system, which of energy and atmosphere, materials tion is of course as vital today as ever.
too: the company recently expanded its integrates with Haworth raised floors and resources, indoor environmen- Computer Room Services Corporation
range of finishes to include engineered to create a perfect transparent solution tal quality, and innovative design (CRSC), a leader in the design, build
wood, an elegant visual enhancement for office storefronts, conference spaces process. and maintenance of all types of criti-
for any office space. and iconic presentation areas. Enclose Modular carpet tiles offer much cal physical infrastructure, maintains
Dave Belland, president of ENFloor Frameless Glass enables movable wall more design freedom for raised access the position that despite how radically
Canada, says his Kamloops-based configuration in straight runs, faceted floors than broadloom carpet, plus data centres have evolved, raised floors
company is making a mark with its curves, and three way variable angle they allow building managers to re- still serve a multitude of purposes, not
lower-profile EFS systems that can be corners, as well as plinth-less sliding place any part of the covering that is the least of which is improved air flow.
adjusted to sit less than an inch and doors and full height pivot glass slab damaged or worn without disturbing However, CRSC stresses that some-
a half above the ground. “This gives doors. Made of extruded aluminum furniture or equipment. InterfaceFLOR times the systems are not beneficial
the user a lot more flexibility when frames with electrostatic powder coat Canada Inc., which sold its raised or even possible depending on ceiling
performing wiring changes and other finish, Enclose Frameless Glass glaz- flooring systems to Haworth six years restrictions. The company encourages
maintenance,” he says. “Also, by ing panels are available in clear finish, ago, has since focused its attention building owners to contact a CRSC rep-
eschewing 16-inch spaces created by privacy finishes, 10 millimetres thick, on modular carpets and become the resentative for technical advice about
traditional systems, builders save criti- 12 millimetres thick, laminated glass design leader in modular carpet tiles. raised flooring as well as to assist in
cal real estate space.” and tempered glass. At the 2010 HD Expo in Las Vegas, designing an efficient data centre. ■


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Chilliwack Cultural Centre

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Chilliwack Cultural Centre
by Jerry Eberts

T he idea of an increased and im-

proved cultural focus for the
City of Chilliwack was pro-
posed in 1999. In 2005, city council
created the Cultural Centre Advisory
residents of Chilliwack and surounding communities.
“This is the third piece in the puzzle,” says Dyck. “First
we built the Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre with aquatic
and fitness amenities in 2002. Then there was Prospera
Centre in 2004 that includes a 5,000-seat ice arena. And
Planning Committee. In 2010, the now we’re opening the Cultural Centre.”
Chilliwack Cultural Centre opens with Working with Bird Construction on the Cultural Centre
a 530-seat main theatre and a 150-seat proposal was Michael McDonald, principal and director of
recital hall. design for Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Plan-
“This has been in the works for ning Ltd. “The project had a big performing arts compo-
some time,” says Eric Dyck, project nent,” says McDonald. “That is unusual for a design-build.
manager for the City of Chilliwack. But the City of Chilliwack is a sophisticated client and has
“We had input from a variety of poten- done other buildings as design-build.”
tial user groups and that affected how Involved from the beginning of the process, McDonald
we developed the spatial and technical says his role was to create a public building that would
requirements”. make the people of Chilliwack proud. The 80-foot fly tower located above the stage holds
“It was a design-build process,” Design of the building was of paramount importance; a rigging, curtains and backdrops.
says Dyck. “One of the advantages theatre has specific design requirements that are unique.
of the design-build process is that in These aspects were worked into the equally unique design on something of such massive height,” says McDonald. “In
the prequalification process we select of the new building. fact, we used the tallest tilt-up panels ever used in Canada
several design and construction teams “The centre has an 80-foot fly tower,” says McDonald, when we built the fly tower. From an engineering and con-
who then provide their solutions to referring to that part of the building above the stage that struction point of view, our structural engineer Greg Smith,
our project requirements. In this case, holds rigging, curtains and enormous backdrops. “The fly along with Bird Construction, did an excellent job on a
we received proposals from two teams. tower is a reflection of Mount Cheam, an icon for the peo- highly technical structure.”
The Bird Construction team provided ple of Chilliwack. This is an urban building in a semi-rural As the engineer of record, Greg Smith – a principal with
the best value for the money available area, and the surrounding natural setting is important.” Burnaby-based Weiler Smith Bowers Consulting Structural
for the project.” The choice of construction materials was important, Engineers – says the biggest challenge of the project was to
The Cultural Centre – built on a city especially with a limited budget. Tilt-up concrete panels put up those tall, heavy panels.
property that was originally the Chilli- were chosen for the fly tower because of their density, which “Bird was not scared by the prospect,” says Smith. “How-
wack Fairgrounds – is the third part of provided good soundproofing as well as being economical. ever, it was challenging to put all the parts together. The
an ongoing plan to enrich the lives of “The question was whether we could use tilt-up panels tilt-up panels were up to 40 feet wide and 85 feet high, the

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Theatre interiors feature exposed structure and suspended ceilings in

response to program and acoustical requirements.
Our fleet of trucks, professional
staff, and state of the art
tallest in Canada. Bracing them was says the Chilliwack Cultural Centre is batch plant allows us
fairly intense. a first for several reasons. to provide our customers
“We had such a good team, though, “It was the first of its kind as a with a constant supply of
that the tower went up really easily – a design-build,” says Chu. “And it is the concrete. Our team takes pride
piece of cake.” tallest tilt wall construction in Canada Proud to be the in the quality and workability of
“We cut doors into the concrete – at least at the time it was built.”
supplier of all our product to ensure it meets the
panels after they were up,” says Smith. Chu praises the team, saying it was
“We had to, because of the height of good to be back working with some ready-mix and precast needs of all our residential and
the panels. If the panels had not been members, as well as welcoming new- concrete for the Chilliwack commercial clients.
solid, they could not have withstood comers. Cultural Centre
the process. So the doors were cut into “The team was wonderful,” he says.
the concrete afterwards.” “They made the project work very 7650 Arnold Road, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4H8 T: 604.823.0028
Remarkably, the fly tower went up smoothly. This was a unique project
in a single day. Smith says this saved and lots of care was taken to make sure
the project considerable time and the building suited its use. There was
money compared with putting up a nothing unusual during the construc-
steel framework and then walls. tion, but it was a unique art building.”
“The tower was the key element,” Ali Rahimpour was senior electri-
he says. “After that, we could work on cal engineer and project manager for
the stage.” Montreal-headquartered Genivar.
Terry Chu was project manager for “We did not work on the audiovi-
Toronto-based Bird Construction. He sual aspects of the building, but we
coordinated closely with the architect
as we provided the buildings electrical
infrastructure,” says Rahimpour. “We
LOCATION supplied the power for the audiovi-
9201 Corbould Street
Chilliwack, B.C. sual, power distribution, lighting, the
pathways and fire systems.”
OWNER/DEVELOPER “We always have to work closely
City of Chilliwack
with the architects on any project,”
ARCHITECT says Rahimpour. “And we have worked
Kasian Architecture Interior Design often with the mechanical engineer,
and Planning Ltd.
Cobalt Engineering.”
DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACTOR While the Chilliwack Cultural
Bird Construction Company Centre is set to open in September,
STRUCTURAL CONSULTANT there will be further additions and re-
Weiler Smith Bowers Consulting finements to the building in future.
Structural Engineers Architect Michael McDonald says
MECHANICAL CONSULTANT the collaboration on this building was
Cobalt Engineering a large part of its success, including in-
put from the local theatre group in the
Genivar planning stages.
“Overall, the team did an excellent
job on a highly technical structure,”
65,000 square feet
says McDonald. “To also do that on a
TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COST tight budget, to provide everything the
$22 million City wanted and more – that is some-
thing to be proud of.” ■

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T he 79,000-square-foot, $42-mil-
lion, three-storey Academic
Building (AB) of the new Oril-
lia campus of Lakehead University
will be the first facility of the first uni-
versity campus in North America to
be designed and built to secure LEED
Platinum certification.
Lakehead currently has its main


campus in Thunder Bay, but also main-
tains a campus in downtown Orillia.
“But it is limited in the number of
students we can accommodate,” says
Kathy Hunt, Lakehead Orillia’s com-
munications officer. “We are retaining
the downtown campus, but in order to
grow, we needed another location.”
The new campus facility is located
in the city’s newly developed west end
on a former farm property purchased
by the City of Orillia. The City donated
Academic Building
an 85-acre parcel of the land to the uni-
versity. In 2011, two new buildings will
be added to the AB: a residence for 271
Orillia Campus – Lakehead University
students and a food services building. by Irwin Rapoport
Construction began in June 2009.
The first floor contains the entrance
with the information/security desk, learning common with Moriyama & Teshima Architects he says. “The building has a ‘quiet dignity.’ It doesn’t aspire
an integrated computer laboratory and library, two lecture were awarded the design contract in to be a signature building. It’s a general academic building,
theatres, classrooms, student services and a food kiosk. early 2008. “It’s a contemporary build- so there is a combination of shared classrooms, lecture halls,
The second floor consists of classrooms and administra- ing,” says project architect Christie a very large learning common and a few specialty labs.”
tion offices, while the top floor has multi-purpose specialty Mills, a senior associate with the firm. The interior finishes feature natural light and natural ele-
labs, offices for faculty and administrators, meeting rooms, “The basic exterior material is a wheat- ments found in Ontario. “The wall of the large lecture theatre
open work spaces and seminar rooms. The AB can accom- coloured brick cladding with some is clad in an Ontario limestone and the main floor finish is a
modate up to 1,500 students and 90 faculty and staff. architectural block accents, large areas porcelain tile,” says Mills. “There are a lot of natural materi-
A key architectural feature is the learning common. This of curtain wall glazing and punched, als throughout the building such as maple wood panelling.
large open space, says Hunt, is “where faculty, staff and operable windows.” Wherever possible, we have glazed screens to provide trans-
students will be working together and interacting, which Architectural partner Daniel Tera- parency between spaces and there is a selective use of wood
supports our interdisciplinary programs and inquiry-based mura stresses that because the AB is for doors, window sills and certain feature walls.”
teaching approach.” the first building at the new campus, Each floor has a main public corridor with secondary
Brian Jeffs, Lakehead’s assistant vice-president of admin- its architectural expression will set the corridors to access smaller rooms. The floor plates were
istration and finance, notes that developing a LEED Platinum standard for future buildings. “Our goal designed to maximize the free flow of people, but also
campus was “the right and responsible thing to do. LEED was to create a building with a strong provide space where people can stop to converse. “That was
buildings are becoming the norm and Orillia wanted to set relationship to the open spaces, the an important feature,” says Teramura, “because for some
a benchmark for the construction of public sector build- history of the area and the sustainabil- time there won’t be other amenities available. The AB has to
ings. LEED Platinum has its own challenges and with con- ity that will be developed on the site,” be a place that encourages people to spend time – it will be
struction on a relatively tight timeline, the project is going a welcoming and engaging building; one that is filled with
remarkably well. Just to see this building being created and natural light, provides nice views, offers a connection to
what it means to Orillia and Simcoe County is significant. nature, and has informal social spaces for all users.”
We can’t understate the importance of what the new campus 500 University Avenue The AB makes use of geothermal heating and cooling,
will bring in terms of economic drivers to this community.” Orillia, Ontario has integrated mechanical and electrical systems for heating
David Nesbitt of MHPM Project Managers Inc. served as and cooling, energy-saving glazing, a storm-water retention
Lakehead’s project manager. The firm was involved with Lakehead University system, a gray water system and a green roof.
the project from day one in terms of developing the LEED Rick Dittmer, EllisDon’s project manager, who has experi-
Platinum plan and campus master plan for the 85-acre site; PROJECT MANAGER ence with many LEED projects, says LEED Platinum requires
MHPM Project Managers Inc.
securing the architects, engineers and the general contrac- more stringent planning and critical eye to ensure all minor
tor and sub-contractors; and heading the planning for the ARCHITECT/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT details are accounted for.
campus’s functional program. Moriyama & Teshima Architects “The mechanical systems have to be top-notch. You need
“LEED Platinum is a challenge,” he says, “but because GENERAL CONTRACTOR a whole lot of water reuse equipment and materials that you
we had been doing this from the beginning with the whole EllisDon Corporation wouldn’t have in other buildings,” he says. “The commis-
team focused on the major goal, it has been easier and STRUCTURAL CONSULTANT sioning is a lot more intense and the materials, finishes and
changes could be accommodated rapidly. Orillia continues Halcrow Yolles lighting throughout the building are increased in efficiency.
to be supportive of our sustainability goals. This includes a For example, the amount of duct work in one of the ceilings
commitment from the City early on to extend transit service ELECTRICAL CONSULTANT is almost as much as you would find in a standard building
to the site that connects it with Orillia and the downtown Crossey Engineering Ltd. with regards to fresh air requirements.”
campus.” In closing, Daniel Teramura notes, “The building takes
Nesbitt helped coordinate zoning and is involved in the 79,000 square feet advantage of just about all opportunities to improve its
design and construction. He is also involved in the procure- ecological performance. All of our projects are built on good
ment of furnishings and equipment, including the high-tech TOTAL COST sustainable design, whether they are LEED or non-LEED.
features such as video conferencing to link the AB with the $42 million The Academic Building met our expectations and we feel
Thunder Bay and downtown Orillia campuses. very good about the outcome.” ■

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I n July, the foundations for Phase 2 of Calgary’s Bow Val-
ley College expansion were rising where the Provincial
Courts of Alberta once stood. Phase 1 of the expansion,
which was completed earlier this year after five years in
development, provides the college with a facility contain-
commencing in the summer of 2006.
Phase 1 focused on a six-storey
North Campus facility that had been
constructed in 1972. The building
was shaped somewhat like an in-
ing more energy-efficient systems, more classrooms and verted pyramid, with large outdoor
expanded learning resource services. Phase 2, which is ex- plazas situated under the overhang of
pected to be complete in 2013, will consist of a seven-storey, the higher levels. “Our main idea was
204,000-square-foot new building. to reclaim 80,000 square feet of this
The expansion will double the college’s seating capacity 270,000-square-foot facility by getting
in Calgary to 6,300, and Bernard Benning, vice-president of rid of the plazas and a parking struc-
campus development, is satisfied with the progress to date. ture and adding street-level facilities in
“Things have gone extremely well considering the project their place,” says Jones. “This gave the
unfolded in a somewhat backward fashion,” he says. “Phase building a more appropriate urban feel life of the envelope. “That alone changed the appearance of
2 should really have been launched before Phase 1, which to what is, after all, an urban campus.” the facility significantly,” says Jones.
was a renovation of an existing, operational building. But we Early on, it was determined that The real challenge of Phase 1 was the interior, as the
couldn’t get our hands on the land required for Phase 2, so the 1960’s-style precast cladding of the corridors were located along the perimeter of each level.
that’s why work on the new facility is taking place now.” Brutalist-style building did not have to “The people walking through the corridors received nat-
Martin Jones, a partner with GEC Architecture, regards be revamped. However, the windows ural light but the offices and classrooms located in the
the Bow Valley College expansion as challenging but ulti- were replaced to provide greater ener- building’s core did not, so we relocated the rooms to face
mately rewarding. “Acquiring the land for Phase 2 set us gy efficiency and to extend the service the windows,” says Jones. “This required extensive demo-
back several years but was beneficial in that the new South lition of the interior.”
Campus building will be right next to the LRT transit line,” GEC added two new elevators to
he says. “Phase 1 was an enormously complicated renova- the existing bank of three lifts, turn-
tion that had to be scheduled to minimize disruption to the ing each elevator 180 degrees in its
teachers and students using the facility. It speaks volumes shaft to help create a north-south cor-
about the project manager, Duke Projects, and builders Stu- ridor through the building, which
art Olson that the work was completed on budget.” improved way-finding. A main stair-
Bow Valley College announced its plans for the two-phase well was also redesigned for easier
expansion in November of 2004, and almost a year later it access and better visibility.
received $47-million in funding for Phase 1. Several months All of these alterations caused head-
after that, a GEC schematic design was presented to and ap- aches for Duke Projects and Stuart
proved by the board of governors with the intent of work Olson. “A lot of the work had to

Bow Valley College Redevelopment – Phase 2

by Robin Brunet

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people to perform after-hours work. revamp the Provincial Courts, but with
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siderable resources to draw from.” and other factors, that would have
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Red Deer RCMP Detachment

by Laurie Jones

W hen the City of Red Deer began the process of

building a new RCMP primary detachment, the
options for a location and design were varied. But
with a collective of creative minds, the end result produced
a 95,000-square-foot building that not only houses all neces-
Another driving factor for the design of this project is
CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design),
which allows surveillance and control of unauthorized peo-
ple in the building. “As a CPTED requirement, the lobby was
designed with a round layout so there are no corners for
concrete and covered over with dif-
ferent layers of acid-etched colour so
it’s like standing on a fossil bed,” says
While the steel building features
sary components for policing, but is a standout structure that undesirables to hide,” says Garry Stephens, principal at aluminum and brick on the exterior,
honours the history of the police force and will be a func- Stephens Kozak Architects Ltd. “About halfway through the the combination of the materials’
tional resource for the community for decades. design, we took RCMP members through other facilities that strength and the artwork makes it an
“Fourteen potential sites were considered, including we had done, and discussed internal operations and some inviting structure. “We tried to select
an addition and renovations to the existing 2,400-square- options. They actually changed the way they do things inter- materials that have an enduring qual-
metre [7,872-square-foot] building across from Red Deer City nally based on these designs.” ity,” says Harold Coles, senior project
Hall,” says Bryon Jeffers, consultant for the City of Red Deer Outside the building, several safety factors are built in, manager with Chandos Construction.
and project manager for the RCMP detachment. “In the end, including the use of flagpoles in front of the lobby to prevent “Because it is a community institu-
however, we opted to go with a brand new site.” cars from being driven into the facility. “We tried to reach tional building, it needs to have a longer
“A primary reason for the location choice is its downtown that delicate balance between security and approachability, service life and provide value in terms
proximity and access to a major thoroughfare,” says Superin- not only for the public but for employees,” says Shamchuk. of low maintenance.” ■
tendent Brian Simpson of the Red Deer RCMP. “This gives it a One special feature to the new RCMP building is the
high degree of visibility and easy public access. We are really fibre optic LED star ceiling set 40 feet above the lobby floor. It
excited about our new building. The large front entrance is represents the constellation as it was in June 1875 when the LOCATION
very inviting which puts the station in a positive light and Northwest Mounted Police came to the area. “As the City of 4602 51 Avenue
Red Deer, Alberta
allows people coming in to feel comfortable, whether they are Red Deer has a requirement that one per cent of every capital
there for personal reasons or business.” project is to include public art, a tender request went out for OWNER/DEVELOPER
City of Red Deer
Rooms off the lobby will be available for commu- artistic additions to the building,” says Stephens. “The art-
nity groups such as Neighbourhood Watch, Commu- ist responsible for the unique features, Ingrid Koivukangas, ARCHITECT
nity Policing and Citizens on Patrol. “The building was came up with outstanding ideas, including the star ceiling.” Stephens Kozak Architects Ltd. in
association with ACI Architects
designed with the future in mind and extra space Notable from the building’s exterior are larger-than-
built in,” says Simpson. “There is a training suite to life photographs captured in the glass walls with a process GENERAL CONTRACTOR
accommodate ongoing requirements we have as a police ser- known as techno-graphic interlayers. “When I first drove Chandos Construction Ltd.
vice. It is a matter of economics rather than sending people into the area, I was inspired by the scenery and wondered STRUCTURAL CONSULTANT
out of town for courses. As expected, we have a large number what it was like when it was just prairie,” says Ingrid Koi- Protostatix Engineering
of cells – an unfortunate part of our industry but necessary.” vukangas, director of Koivukangas Environmental Art and Consultants Inc.
From the onset, the two-storey building with a unique, Design Inc. “I began working on an idea that would create MECHANICAL CONSULTANT
rotunda-style round lobby was designed with an open con- a sense of going back and forth in history.” She took land- Stantec Consulting Ltd.
cept to maximize natural light. The second floor also has an scape photographs from different directions going out from ELECTRICAL CONSULTANT
airy feeling with clear glass guardrails surrounding hallways. the building, then overlaid archival photographs of North- AECOM
With reveals built into the drywall, a sense of openness is west Mounted Police on horseback (from the 1870s), and one
apparent throughout several departments. RCMP member from the 1940s in a Stetson hat. “We did this Douglas Walters Landscape
“The clear spaces perform two main functions – first, to on three sides of the building, and on the front at the second Architect Ltd.
act as an organizational principle to create internal streets floor level, we inserted current photos of members in differ-
for circulation,” says Steven Shamchuk, principal at ACI/ ent uniforms. The images will become archival as well. The 95,000 square feet
SKAL Joint Ventures. “But more importantly, because of the project is called Navigating Histories.”
high space, the windows collect warm air causing a green- Adding to the lobby is a band of red on the concrete TOTAL COST
$22.5 million
house effect. This air is then drawn off into the heat recovery floor to honour the area’s First Nations people. “There are
system in the mechanical room.” Ammonite and Metasequoia fossils etched straight into the

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Vaughan City Hall

by Dan O’Reilly

W ith its distinctive 10-storey

clock tower, the soon-to-be-
completed $84.3-million,
280,000-square-foot Vaughan City Hall
signifies the rapid transformation of
That concept was inspired by the traditional Ontario town
planning where a city hall, civic square, market and cenotaph
define an identifiable civic precinct, says KPMB associate and
project architect Goran Milosevic. “But it also draws from the
tradition of the European square, or piazza,” he says, “where
the municipality from a rural area to an architecture is used to define flexible central spaces for meet- SPHERE AND THE DECISION WAS MADE TO
urban-style community. ing and celebration.” TARGET A LEED GOLD STATUS.”
Designed by Kuwabara Payne Because of the effort invested into the competition, the – GORAN MILOSEVIC
McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) basic framework of the design was in place and only a few KPMB ASSOCIATE AND
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Maystar General Contractors Inc., it will ing of the building after KPMB was selected, adds Milosevic.
replace an adjacent administration build- There was significant close work and collaboration with the
ing that will eventually be demolished. City staff to fine-tune the internal operations of the building.
“Vaughan has grown into a major One milestone change was the decision to raise the bar
urban centre and now we have an to LEED Gold instead of the original target of Silver. “As we
award-winning City Hall that will be a started to develop [the design] we were so close to Gold, and
source of civic pride for many years to felt that the Civic Centre should stand as an example of civic
come,” says Mayor Linda Jackson. leadership in the environmental sphere and the decision was
Slated to open this fall, the building, made to target a LEED Gold status.”
which will achieve a proposed LEED Achieving LEED Gold will be obtained through an array
Gold certification, will anchor a 24-acre of features including a high performance building envelope,
civic square that will ultimately consist solar shading strategies, a number of green roofs and central
of a resource library, a reflecting pool/ atrium spaces which will draw fresh air into the building and
skating rink and public gardens. reduce its reliance on mechanical systems.
The civic-centre-style campus will The building’s clock tower will be a readily identifiable
also be home to an 84-unit affordable symbol which will reinforce the its role as a community
housing complex, adjacent to the new gathering point. At the same time, the design team also
Vaughan City Hall, with ties to regional had to ensure that the building did not overwhelm adjacent
transit links. residential communities, says Milosevic.
It was KPMB’s “precinct-style” pro- It is for that reason the portions of the building clos-
posal which set it apart from several est to those communities have been restricted to three and
other submissions in a design compe- two storeys. Shaped in an L-configuration, it is comprised
tition held a few years ago, says Peter of three sections, each of which focuses on a central atrium
Berton, partner, + VG Architects, the that draws daylight deep into the middle of the building, he
City’s professional advisor on the proj- says. “Even on overcast days, there will be a minimal need of
ect. Most of the other design proposals artificial lighting.”
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“There has been an effort to provide cent homes and existing Civic Centre. City of Orillia. A special thank you to all the men
and women who with their time and energy helped
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T he West Orillia Sports Complex
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addition to two NHL-sized ice
surfaces, the complex features a food
concession area, meeting space, four
schedule created the most difficulty.
“It didn’t get started until June of 2009
and had to be completed by September
2010,” he explains. With a fast-tracked
schedule, the timing is critical, agrees
relative to the legal boundaries. An
existing naturalized storm-water
pond, complete with island and walk-
ing trails, became a focal point for the
site plan, he adds. This pre-existing
Corporation,” explains Cousins. “The
electric/battery ice resurfacers have come
a long way and many ice facilities are
moving toward this green technology
for new purchasesor as replacements
lit tennis courts, a multi-use artificial Cousins. “It’s not easy getting the key city-owned storm-water pond on an come due.”
turf sports field, two junior natural turf people together to make decisions,” he adjacent parcel of land was also used Through forward thinking, the City
soccer pitches, one senior natural turf explains, “but we are on schedule for for the storm-water management plan of Orillia has created a recreational
soccer pitch, an accessible playground, completion.” since the Sports Complex property did facility that enables maximum year-
walking and biking trails, a field house Murphy also found the tight sched- not have sufficient space for one. round use, improving the quality of
with washrooms, and parking. ule was a challenge. “Rink slabs are The natural slope of the property life for all its residents, while minimiz-
Completed in just one phase, the extremely labour-intensive and must posed another challenge. “There were ing the impact on the environment. ■
complex is located on 26 acres of land
adjacent to the new Lakehead Univer-
sity campus.
The exterior palette and building
materials used for the West Orillia
Sports Complex take cues from the
West Orillia Sports Complex
area’s history. A limestone feature wall by Helen Lammers-Helps
and wood soffits recall local materials
used on the previous farmstead, ex-
plains architect Bernard Turkewitsch of
PBK Architects Inc. Black painted steel
columns refer to the historic black-
lacquered car finish originally manu-
factured in Orillia. Green-coloured
glazing and black-and-white masonry
enhance the feature materials.
The arena itself, called Rotary
Place, boasts many special and unusu-
al features. The main corridor features
polished concrete floors made with re-
cycled glass. Sunken ice pads provide
excellent views of the ice surfaces from
the main lobby. Spectator areas have
in-floor heating using heat reclaimed
from the ice-making plant. To make
use of natural light, the arena has sev-
eral windows. Typically, ice rinks do
not have windows in the immediate

rink areas as the heat from sunlight

impacts ice quality, explains Daniel
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Don Corporation, the design-build
contractor on the project. “However,
the architect has designed the rink to
allow natural light to enter by specify-
ing a specialty glass from Europe.”
The lobby at the front end of the be built correctly the first time. Fixing seven metres of relief across the site
building is architecturally complex them later is extremely expensive and but the soccer fields required a flat sur- LOCATION
for this type of facility, adds Murphy. time-consuming.” face,” explains Michael Buske, project 100 University Avenue
“There are many angles to the wall and One of the challenges of the site manager with C.C. Tatham & Asso- Orillia, Ontario
roof structure,” he explains. plan was to give sufficient prominence ciates Ltd. “We had to make sure the OWNER/DEVELOPER
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was to come up with a design that a landscape architect with Envision- The sports complex was designed to ARCHITECT
would create a variety of recreational Tatham. “The challenge was to make sure achieve LEED Silver certification. The PBK Architects Inc.
opportunities year-round. One of the the soccer fields didn’t look like the ECO CHILL® refrigeration system is at
sports fields has artificial turf, which back door of the arena,” he says. “It the heart of it all, says Cousins. It
EllisDon Corporation
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spring and later into the fall than destinations.” This was accomplished used to maintain the ice surface, pro- STRUCTURAL/CIVIL CONSULTANT
natural turf, explains Dan Cousins, by creating a strong main entrance road viding heating in the stands and dress- C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd.
manager of facilities, City of Orillia. from University Avenue that terminates ing rooms and reducing energy costs LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Sod will be used on the sports fields on the soccer field house, while provid- and greenhouse gas emissions. Other Envision-Tatham
so they will be ready to go right away, ing access to the arena parking lot. A green features include electric ice- TOTAL AREA (ROTARY PLACE ARENA)
he adds. In addition to soccer, the arti- secondary site access also exists off of resurfacers to minimize emissions, 115,000 square feet
ficial turf pitch can be used for rugby Line 15. good public transportation access, a trail
and gridiron football. The layout of the soccer pitches system and the use of green cleaning 26 acres
All projects of this magnitude created some interesting geometry, products. “The City of Orillia has
will have some challenges. For Terry he adds. The best orientation for the ordered two new electric/battery ice TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COST
$27 million
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R esidents of Alberta who require
orthopedic surgery can soon
take advantage of a landmark
facility featuring state-of-the-art design
for quality patient care. The new Alberta
combined with the anticipated number
of patients and physicians – we were
able to come up with the number of
pre- and post-op stretcher spaces, the
number of operating rooms, and the
Health Services Orthopedic Surgery support spaces. When we determined
Centre, located in Edmonton at the an optimal length of stay for post-op
Royal Alexandra Hospital, will have patients, we were able to determine the
the ability to perform approximately number of inpatient rooms we would
4,000 joint surgeries each year at full need.”
capacity. Patients will receive health The five-storey building includes a
services at the new surgery centre in a registration area on the first floor, with
relaxing atmosphere, of which most surgical suites on the second floor, Rich Tracy, project manager at Eckert Wordell Archi-
are private inpatient rooms. “The new leaving the third and fourth floors for patient rooms. The tects, says one of the things they aimed for was combining
facility will improve accessibility for top floor houses all mechanical equipment needed to sup- pre- and post-op into one floor. “Even though these areas
patients needing hip and knee replace- port the operations of the building. In addition to the ped- are separated by space, they are connected by a centre core
ments,” says Lois Stefaniuk, site direc- way being a walkway for staff and patients, it also provides for staff as they work on both pre- and post-op patients.
tor, Royal Alexandra Hospital. “It will a service corridor for diesel fuel, steam to heat the building, HIP Architects provided local advice on the intrica-
be operated as a high-efficiency centre communications wiring, and a pneumatic tube that goes cies of living and working in the Alberta region, includ-
to maximize capacity, and we’re very from the surgery centre to the main hospital to transfer ing the challenges of weather. “Building a project of this
proud to be opening it for service to physical samples to the labs. continued on page 68
patients in the coming months.”
The Orthopedic Surgery Centre will
provide a unique environment for treat-
ment, including family-oriented recov-
ery programs for patients needing hip
Orthopedic Surgery Centre –
and knee replacements. Designing the
building meant considering special
needs of people with mobility issues.
Royal Alexandra Hospital
The original design questions required by Laurie Jones
an understanding of the methods
required to process patients efficiently
while providing quality care, which is
the goal of Alberta Health Services. “A
part of our medical practice has been
focused on both inpatient and outpa-
tient planning and design,” says Jeff
Eckert, principal at Eckert Wordell
Architects in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
“With this project in particular, we
also needed to connect the Orthopedic
Surgery Centre with the Royal Alexan-
dra Hospital, which was achieved by
including a 100-foot pedway, making
it easy to move both equipment and
The combined efforts of Eckert
Wordell, locally based HIP Architects,
and the Royal Alexandra Hospital phy-
sicians and staff, including Dr. Don
Dick, medical lead, Orthopedic Sur-
gery, Edmonton Zone, determined the
most optimum layout that would best
suit the needs of everyone involved.
Eckert says before they even began
to consider the architecture and de-
sign, they looked at the technology

that was to go into the surgical suites,

how physicians perform surgery, and
the expected patient volume. “We
took into consideration how patients
are going to arrive and researched the
technology that was going to be used
for operating. After determining this –

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T he new West Lethbridge Centre
consists of two high schools –
one a public high school and
the other the west campus of a sepa-
rate school division (Roman Catholic)
the dual-phase construction process.
The public school can accommo-
date 1,100 students, while the separate
school division high school is about
half the size with a capacity of 450.
a new community, soon to be built on
the south side of the Centre. Like the
library, the main entrance has a roof
extension to provide protection from
the elements.
consulting to the school division for
20 years. “We set up a joint venture
with Sahuri because of the size of the
project,” says Matthew. Carpets are
rubber-backed and vandal-resistant
high school – and a municipal public The library has been designed by Sahuri + Partners also worked on drywall also improves soundproof-
library. Located on a 50-acre site that Sahuri + Partners as a focal point and the public school in joint venture with ing.
includes sports fields and ample park- is beside the Centre’s main entrance. J.A. Matthew Architect Ltd. The school The separate school campus is
ing, the project of three main build- It’s also designed to optimize the use includes a locally-funded media cen- focused on science and engineering,
ings joined together, with the main of natural light, and this was done tre, available for school and commu- says Dan Westwood, a principal at
entrance and library at a central point with plenty of low-E, argon-filled dou- nity use, with capacity for 350 people. Ferrari Westwood, and includes labs
in the approximately 500-metre long ble glazing facing south at the main The number and types of classrooms, for physics, chemistery and biology.
complex, is the first of its kind in level, as well as clerestory windows. administrative space, gym, washrooms All three buildings are designed
southern Alberta. “The clerestory brings light into the and other parameters are set by the to LEED Silver standard. Sustainable
The west side of Lethbridge, where
the Centre is located on a new sub-
division, is separated from the rest
of the city by a deep valley, exten-
sive parkland and the Old Man River.
Explaining the rationale behind the
West Lethbridge Centre
new educational complex, Lea Swit- by Godfrey Budd
zer, chair of the West Lethbridge
Centre steering committee, says,
“The west side contains the univer-
sity and is growing exponentially and
there are not enough schools for the
current population.” The steering
committee represents the owners –
the two school divisions and the City
of Lethbridge.
When developing school projects,
builders, consultants and others in-
volved in the process face a range of
bureaucratic regimes across the coun-

try. Take school boards. These and their

respective powers and responsibilities
vary from one province to another and,
indeed, can vary over time within a
province, which is true of Alberta. Un-
til the mid-1990s, the province’s school
boards had the power to levy tax to
support local education, but in 1994
the government eliminated this right
for the 42 public school districts, but
not for the 17 separate ones.
Getting a new school project off
the ground can be complex in Alberta.
First, there are three departments in- centre of the library,” says Dave Illsey, province’s school project program.
volved – education, municipal affairs project manager at Sahuri + Partners Because of provincial budget
and infrastructure. Switzer says that Architecture Inc. Besides plenty of constraints, there’s less glazing for
the infrastructure department ini- daylight, the library’s natural look is the school, which has a cladding of
tially requested a P3 proposal. This also enhanced with glulam columns wheat-coloured brick and galvalume.
was done, but the province rejected it and structural support beams. The architects for the public school

as too expensive. Then the province The adjacent main entrance, which and library collaborated with Ferrari
requested a two-phase proposal. “We faces south and is about three storeys Westwood Babits Architects, the ar-
did the proposal plans and they were high, includes an expanse of south-fac- chitect for the separate school, on ma-
accepted,” says Switzer. It was under- ing curtain wall of glass and galvalum terials, but not design. “But the firm’s
stood that provincial funding for Phase running the height of the entrance look shows a connection between the
2 would be disbursed in a couple of to maximize natural light streaming two, as was intended,” says Illsey.
years. Then, after tenders were out and into the entrance and concourse area. The school flooring is mostly sheet
construction begun, the steering com- This runs south to north, and provides vinyl, but with porcelain tile used in
mittee learned that the province had connection and easy access between some of the main lobby and vestibule
decided to release funds for Phase 2 sports fields, playgrounds and outdoor areas, says Joseph Matthew, principal
sooner, in effect removing any need for teaching areas on the north side, and at J.A. Matthew, which has provided

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A wind capture device on the library
uses the natural windiness of the
region to take in air and distribute Roads had not been built, nor gas
ventilation. “Typically, this would be utilities hooked up when construction
fan-assisted,” says Munroe. started on the three-year project. The
Darren Boras, project manager for workers contended with wind and
Ward Bros Construction Ltd., says that snowdrifts in winter and, in spring,
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W hen classes began at Trent
University in September, it
was more than just the start
of a new school year. The renovated and
expanded athletic complex under con-
The new addition is being considered for LEED Silver cer-
tification. To achieve this, there are mechanical, environmen-
tal, and electrical design features in place. “There is a heat
recovery unit on each of the new air handlers so less energy
is used for heating ventilation air in the winter and cooling in
• high-efficiency light sources and lighting fixtures
with electronic ballasts;
• specially designed illumination systems and the
choice of light sources; and
• high-efficiency and high-colour-rendering lamps,
struction since July 2009 – now called the summer,” says Kristen Yee Loong, LEED consultant and as well as energy-saving electronic fluorescent
the Trent Community Sport and Recre- project manager for the Green Buildings group at Enermodal ballasts.
ation Centre – was completed. Engineering Ltd. The carbon dioxide sensors in the air han-
“There is a 22,000-square-foot addi- dlers allow for them to operate on a demand control ventila- Banulescu says floor-mounted receptacles for the equip-
tion and refurbishment to the existing tion scheme, Yee Loong says. If high levels of carbon dioxide ment in the fitness centre and cardio areas are flush with
54,000-square-foot athletics facility,” are sensed, more ventilation is provided to the space. the finished floor, offering flexibility and easy connection
says architect Duff Balmer from Shore Yee Loong says the environmental aspects for the LEED of equipment.
Tilbe Perkins + Will. “The addition design include plant species that are native or adaptive, re- To meet LEED requirements, construction materials with
includes a fitness centre, sports medi- moving the need for irrigation. Landscaping has reduced a high amount of recycled content were used as much as
cine clinic, climbing wall and a state- the amount of asphalt replacing it with softscape and light- possible in the new addition. Another consideration was
of-the-art indoor rowing tank. This coloured hardscape such as concrete. “This helps to reduce to source materials that are manufactured and extracted
new facility complements the existing the heat island effect. Furthermore, the roof of the addition within 800 kilometres of the site, thereby reducing emis-
one housing the gymnasium, aquatics is white, which also helps to reduce heat island effect.” sions associated with transportation, Yee Loong says. On-
centre, change rooms, squash courts Smith + Andersen Consulting Engineering provided site construction waste separation ensured that materials
and administrative spaces, all of which HVAC, plumbing and fire protection systems. Mechanical were diverted from landfills. The health of those using the
were upgraded as part of the project.” engineer Kevin Key says that various measures to reduce building was also taken into consideration. “Low-VOC ad-
Generous glazing provides views of water and energy consumption, including dual-flow toilets, hesives, sealants, paints and coatings are selected to ensure
the adjacent Otonabee River and the sinks and showers, were utilized. Variable-speed drives installers and building occupants are not exposed to nau-
surrounding campus, Balmer says. “In were installed wherever possible on pumps and fans in the seous, irritating odours. Long-term, VOCs react with sun-
the interior, new and existing spaces energy-recovery units. light and nitrogen in the atmosphere to form ground-level
have been designed with maximum New and renovated facility electrical designs by Mul- ozone, which is detrimental to human health, forests and
functionality and interaction in mind, vey & Banani International Inc. meet the needs of an ac- the ecosystem,” says Yee Loong.
allowing new programs to be offered tive athletic and multi-use recreational facility, according to “Maintaining an operational facility without disrupt-
to both students and the larger com- engineer Remus Banulescu. “All components are of modu- ing the client [university] while we did the shoring, under-
munity.” lar construction for fast and efficient servicing and provide pinning and excavating proved challenging,” says Diane
Along West Bank Drive, the build- flexibility for ongoing reconfigurations as well as ease of Damaso, business development co-ordinator for Graham
ing acts as a gateway element and is operation, maintenance and flexibility,” Banulescu says. Construction and Engineering Ltd. “Also, the installation
seamlessly connected to the existing “A new 600/347V power supply was provided from a cus- of the therapy tank and rowing tank were big features of
stadium field and campus pathways by tomer-owned pad mounted 13.8kV switchgear and a trans- the project.”
generous plazas and landscaped spaces. former (1000kVA, 13.8kV-600V) assembly. The switchgear This project was undertaken by the university and
“A palette of black anodized metal, pol- and transformer assembly is fed from the university’s 13.8 embraced by the community with a considerable one-
ished architectural concrete block, kV high-voltage campus distribution system.” million-dollar [$1,000,000] investment by the City of
wood and copper tie in with the strong State-of-the-art components in the addition consume Peterborough combined with on-going financial support
architectural vocabulary of the exist- minimal energy to achieve LEED Silver certification. These from Trent’s students.
ing Trent campus,” Balmer says. include: “The launch of the new Trent Community Sport and

Trent Community Sport and Recreation

Centre – Trent University
by Christine Peets

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Recreation Centre fulfilled a commit-
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of ADA Holdings, Akman Construction Ltd. and Cibinel
Architects Ltd. – was responsible for delivering the completed
project to Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, on
behalf of ACC. ADA Holdings, represented by manager Bob
Shaer, coordinated the project and provided interim financ-
sloppy; academic programs change.
Think long-term. One hundred years
is a reasonable time frame.”
“The planning and construction of
a major academic project can be three
with the opening of the Len Evans Centre of Trades & ing during the renovation/construction phase. to six years,” Cibinel continues, “and
Technology this fall. The Pine Ridge restoration required some hard slogging. by the time the doors open, you will
While the Centre – named for a former MLA who repre- More than 300 tons of concrete, brick and steel were find that the programs have evolved,
sented Brandon in the provincial legislature for 30 years – is removed from the building interior by hand before it could the stakeholders have changed and
new, it is also a hybrid. In fact, the opening of the Centre be rebuilt for use as classroom and office space. Even with the building we began designing be-
marks the second of three phases to move the entire college this considerable hurdle, for project designer and architect gins adapting already. Design for that!
from Brandon’s east end into a collection of vintage build- George Cibinel there was never any doubt that re-using the Maintaining an adaptive re-use phi-
ings in a park-like setting on the city’s North Hill. Combin- Pine Ridge building was the right choice. Cibinel and fellow losophy means saving dollars and sav-
ing 2010 building codes and construction materials with architects Gail Little and Mark Ager, along with the rest of ing the environment by capitalizing
1930s heritage to create an efficient educational facility has the design team conducted a comparative analysis of reno- on the stock of constructed buildings
proven to be an interesting and satisfying experience for vation of the building with an addition, versus constructing we have.”
everyone involved with the project. a new freestanding facility. The integrated design process Refurbishing, however, always poses
ACC was established at its existing site in the 1960s, included the development of schematic designs, outline greater challenges than building new,
with an addition completed in 1982. The college was “on specifications and class C costing. In the end, the renova- adds Victor Neudorf, the project man-
the cusp of another expansion” this past decade, explains tion-addition option won in every category. ager for Akman Construction, which
interim president and CEO Jim Brinkhurst. The options “It was the least expensive,” states Cibinel. “It made use managed the construction project. He
were to build on a parking lot beside the existing campus, of the existing Pine Ridge building well, and it created a credits good tradespeople for installing
or move the entire institution to a “magnificent” 160-acre dynamic place that was tied to the history of North Hill.” new electrical and mechanical systems
site graced with historic buildings that had served as the Cibinel brought valuable experience with other heritage in the old building without drawing
Brandon Mental Health Centre until it closed in the 1990s. buildings and academic facilities to the project. His approach attention to them, and to the painters
ACC began the relocation by moving its Culinary Arts is a good fit with the green building policy requirements for restoring the original woodwork to
program into the imposing former nurses’ residence, a set out by the provincial department of Infrastructure and an almost-new look. “One of my favou-
heritage structure. Phase 2 includes new construction plus Transportation, which owns the North Hill property and rite moments,” says Neudorf, “was
renovations to the Pine Ridge building, built in 1932, which buildings. “Don’t try to tear a building apart and change walking through Pine Ridge after the
has heritage elements. the existing fabric to get a tight fit to the functional pro- construction cleaners were finished
The North Hill Development Consortium – comprised gram,” Cibinel advises. “It doesn’t matter if the fit is a bit and seeing what the building might

New construction meets heritage building; rendering in centre shows full layout, including courtyard.

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nized, pastoral look of the hillside campus.” Construction contributed by recycling waste, installing Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram
Credit for retaining that pastoral look goes to Heather triple-glazed windows in the Pine Ridge building and
Cram, a principal in Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram, and spraying its outer walls with Icynene, a spray foam 135,000 square feet
Natasa Jucks, who were part of the integrated design team. insulation. Energy-efficient HVAC systems throughout
“The main challenge to developing a heritage site such as the building also contributed to the LEED certification, TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COST
$45 million
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ties without compromising the existing features. We incor- struction heaters were adequate for the tradespeople
porated the mature tree stock into the design and worked working inside the Pine Ridge building.
with the dramatic slope of the site, adding vegetation where The additional flexible space and the new location will
new roadways or parking were required, while maintaining serve students and instructors well, adds Brinkhurst, but
the views and vistas of the original design.” there’s another characteristic that particularly delights him. natural light. It’s a phenomenal out-
Cram adds that the site development work was part “As I walked through the old building, I noticed that almost come that gives each space something
of the overall effort to achieve LEED certification, spe- every room has natural light,” he notes. “Even a woodwork- special, and I think our students will
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by Angela Altass

C arleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, will soon

have a new academic building to house a new Mas-
ter of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering
program as well as aerospace and sustainable engineering
The vision of the architectural design
was to create a building in context and
material suitable for the university, says
Alex Rankin of GRC Architects. “Two
firms, Moriyama & Teshima Architects
The principal goal is to integrate the building within
the campus and ensure a consistent, high-quality land-
scape that blends seamlessly with the rest of the campus,
says Martha Lush of Corush Sunderland Wright. “The
Canal Building is located in the heart of the campus with
“A substantial amount of space in the building will also and GRC Architects originated their the main entrance fronting onto the principal pedestrian
be set up for graduate student growth and new academic joint venturing on the Canadian War route through the campus centre,” says Lush. “Facing the
programs or units,” says Darryl Boyce, assistant vice- Museum,” says Rankin. “This joint ven- entrance on the other side of the walkway is an interior
president of Facilities Management and Planning, Carle- ture continued for a project for Carleton courtyard with two buildings fronting onto it. The Canal
ton University. “The facility will also house programs that University, however, the project siting Building landscape must create a distinctive front entrance,
directly contribute to our academic focus on sustainability, was changed to two sites and two build- address the principal pathway and balance with the quad
environmental and health policy and regulation, and ings. This results in one called the for the University Centre and Architecture buildings. Pav-
globalization.” Canal Building and the other called the ing material is cast-in-place concrete with accent pavers,
Located alongside the Rideau Canal, the 95,000-square- River Building. Both of these have pro- low retaining walls, street furniture and lighting to provide
foot Canal Building, scheduled for substantial completion ceeded to construction with the Canal outdoor amenity spaces throughout the year. Carleton Uni-
in December, has been designed to meet a high level of Building scheduled to be finished first. versity is committed to universal access for people of all
sustainability. “The building’s sustainability has been rated Moriyama & Teshima Architects pro- mobility and the Canal Building is located on a slope, with
using the Green Globes rating system and is currently rated vided the concept design for both build- the grade change along the principal walkway of approxi-
at 5 Green Globes, which is the highest level,” says Boyce. ings. GRC Architects developed the mately half of one floor. As a result, there were significant
“We are also using the latest technology in building auto- design and construction documents for discussions with the client and the architect to establish the
mation and the automation control system will operate on the Canal Building.” finished floor and integrate the building within the land-
the IT communication network down to the field device The Canal Building links and forms scape while maintaining accessibility to all the doorways.”
level. We will be using the latest performance evaluation part of the adjacent Engineering The building’s exterior includes precast panels, Solarban
strategies published by ASHRAE to evaluate and monitor Building Complex, notes Rankin. 60 curtain wall, Carleton Ironsport Brick and aluminum
the energy and indoor environment for the operation of the “The building forms a landscape plaza composite panels.
facility.” bound by the Architecture Building “West facade fins minimize solar gain while taking
The building has been designed and built to Green Globe and the Student Commons,” he says. advantage of views to the canal,” says Rankin. “The west
standards and, as such, is a green building, says Robert “The highly visible west facade pro- facade is the most prominent facade, visible from Library
MacLean, president, R.E. Hein Construction. “Carleton duces shading from the low western Road and Colonel By Drive. The south facade is an exten-
University, like other institutions and property owners, has sun and provides a strong visible state- sion of courtyard space formed by the Architecture Building,
moved toward sustainability,” says MacLean. “The design ment to Colonel By and the western Mackenzie Building and University Centre. Stepped block
concept sought to improve the building’s energy efficiency side of the campus. A shallow L-shaped at the south facade mimics the form of University Centre
and has incorporated leading edge controls and smart form allows maximum daylight pene- and provides a friendlier scale of building for the court-
building management, an energy efficient building enve- tration to classrooms, laboratories and yard space. Clear glazing at the courtyard lends a transpar-
lope, photovoltaics and a ‘live’ roof.” offices.” ency that promotes movement through the building and a

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The main challenge of the $30.4-million project has been
LOCATION dealing with the conditions underground, says Boyce. “There
1125 Colonel By Drive was more rock on the site than expected from the geotechni-
Ottawa, Ontario cal investigation and the foundations needed to be redesigned,
OWNER which delayed the project for about six weeks,” he says.
Carleton University GRC Architects has undertaken at least four projects at
ARCHITECT Carleton over the years and is used to the exigencies of rock
GRC Architects in joint venture with profile wrinkles. “There was no difference on this building,”
Moriyama & Teshima Architects says Rankin, adding that it caused “multiple pile modifica-
GENERAL CONTRACTOR tions for construction.”
R.E. Hein Construction MacLean notes that although the building is founded on
a varied rock formation and difficult soils challenged the
Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd. early stages of the project to structurally anchor the build-
ing, the project is on track for January occupancy. “The
MECHANICAL/ finished product will be brick and precast concrete clad,
Crossey Engineering Ltd.
with large areas of glass and composite aluminum panels
suitably landscaped for its location and the enjoyment of
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Carleton’s students and faculty,” he says.
Corush Sunderland Wright
COURTESY GRC ARCHITECTS The Canal Building is a concrete building comprised of
TOTAL AREA reinforcing concrete slabs, columns and shearwalls, says
connection of spaces. Ribbon windows at the north facade 95,000 square feet Neil Johnston of Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd. “There were two
maximize natural lighting. A green roof and photovoltaic TOTAL COST main challenges for this project,” says Johnston. “Due to the
panels provide learning environments for programs housed $30.4 million varying rock elevations, we were required to use drilled bat-
within the building.” tered piles to properly seat the piles. Tying the new building
The building will be taking advantage of 10 kilowatts of tunnel with the existing pedestrian tunnel was a challenge.”
power generated by the photovoltaic panels in the roof, says The project was financially secured with government
Wally Eley of Crossey Engineering Ltd., adding that these The building has several levels of stimulus funds, says MacLean, and with those resources
systems allow the engineers of tomorrow to see green and fallow space, which had to be designed came needed employment to those who helped to design,
efficient technologies put into practice today. “An interest- for unknown future requirements, build and manage the construction of a facility that will be
ing aspect is that both the Canal and River buildings were says Eley. “Of course, there is the chal- used to educate thousands for years to come.
being designed concurrently,” says Eley. “One of the chal- lenge of working on a building in the “It is an honour for me to work for Carleton University
lenges was in dealing with existing services. We were able heart of a lively and vibrant campus,” since I have been an adjunct professor there for many years,”
to use some of the existing services but we had to bring he says. “There were traffic issues to says Rankin. “Also, Alex Leung, the project associate archi-
some power from quite far away which required feeders of deal with but overall the project has tect, Jason Moriyama and Neil Johnston are all Carleton
significant length.” gone well.” graduates.” ■


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Carlyle, another piece of the
puzzle is in place at Victo-
ria Hill, the ambitious master-planned
community under development by the
granite countertops, natural grained
cabinetry and a stainless-steel appli-
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parking garage to the fourth floor,
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Onni Group of Companies on the 65- and lounge with kitchen, meetings McBride Boulevard to Queen’s Park, features, two fir trees on the build-
acre site of the former Queen’s Park rooms and two furnished guest suites. part of the amenity package that Onni ing’s south side got special treatment.
Care Centre in New Westminster, The Carlyle, situated in the north- was required to fulfill under the master “They had significant value and were
B.C. Located on the north side of the west corner of Victoria Hill, is the plan. The walkway is a built extension protected,” he says. “Even the pathway
Fraser River, nestled between Queen’s fourth project of this master-planned of an east-west greenway that, as Jarvis between them was done in a very par-
Park and Glenbrook Ravine Park, the community designed by Chris explains, bisects a north-south green- ticular way, a sort of floating walkway
property affords residents grand views Dikeakos Architects; the firm had pre- way in the centre of the site, known that wouldn’t damage the roots.”
of metropolitan Vancouver and the viously been responsible for the low- as the Grove. These features and other For Gradowski, The Carlyle’s high-
North Shore Mountains and a vista rise condominium residences in the landscaping considerations are meant light is the Art Deco-themed, two-
to the southeast that extends as far as southwest corner, the two highrise to enhance appreciation of the site’s tiered water feature, a pair of pools
snow-capped Mount Baker in Wash- towers to the north of that, and the pastoral aspects, including many old- connected by a waterfall on the south
ington State. Glenbrook town homes on the east side growth trees and green space. face of the parkade. “The water feature
At 26 storeys, The Carlyle is the of the property. “It’s definitely a show- Details for The Carlyle’s landscape at the top, where the waterfall starts,
tallest residential building at Victo- piece project for the area,” says Brian architecture were the responsibility has a distinct character, with juxtaposi-
ria Hill, surpassing the taller of the Rowland, the project manager for The of Pawel Gradowski at Durante Kreuk tions of two elements. On the building
two adjacent highrise towers by three Carlyle at CDA. “There aren’t a lot of Ltd. “Creating spaces that were flat side, it’s very geometrical and the other
storeys, and it is also situated at the highrises along McBride, other than was a big challenge,” he says. “It was half of the pond is soft and green, with
highest point on the property. The Victoria Hill’s. The concrete structure done through a series of terraces go- native plantings. The pond basically
building presents an Art Deco facade of provides durability and isn’t as suscep- ing down clockwise. We had to con- dives from the building into nature.
reinforced concrete and glass exterior tible to moisture as stucco.” struct a lot of retaining walls. The Once the water gets to the lower pond,
walls, with over-sized balconies for One of the project’s main challenges building itself acted as a retaining there’s a series of pumps that recircu-
each unit. One-bedroom suites range had to do with terrain considerations. wall, and then we used smaller Allan lates it. It’s a very cool element.” ■
from 620 to 650 square feet, two-bed- Back in October 2007, when the two
room units (with den) are 900 to 975 towers were being completed, Chris
square feet, and the six top-floor pent- Dikeakos commented on the issue of
houses range from 915 to 1,200 square
feet. “The views are outstanding, and
they’re one of The Carlyle’s main high-
site terrain. “This was a fairly tight
property with a very awkward shape
to it,” he said. “As well, it had quite a
The Carlyle
lights,” says Beau Jarvis, Onni’s vice- steep slope from the back side to the by John T.D. Keyes
president of development. “With that front street.” Similar considerations
in mind, we built the project with applied with The Carlyle. “It’s a very
oversized balconies that can fit full- steep site along the north side, as well
sized patio furniture.” as sloping along McBride Boulevard,”
The Art Deco look and feel derives says Rowland. “It drops away with
from the set of design guidelines that quite a steep hill as you get into the
Onni inherited with the site. “Those de- Victoria Hill property. So we had two
sign guidelines came from the previous levels at grade. The project’s main en-
owner, the BC Building Corporation, try is from Ross Drive, but it also has
along with the City of New Westmin- exits at the fourth floor of the building
ster and members of the public,” says to the McBride street level. To improve
Jarvis. “Together, they went through a the look, we buried the parking garage
whole charrette process and a rezon- in the hill, so you enter at level one on
ing process, during which they figured the Ross side and go up through the
out how the site was to be developed
– the heights, the densities, and what
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buildings, improving and strengthening the integrity of the
overall neighbourhood,” says Laura Rizzo, vice-president
of marketing for Solterra Group of Companies. “The tower
portions were designed in glass and concrete with contem-
porary, elegant lines and shape mirroring a crystal being
suspended in its podium.”
Above-grade public parking, micro office spaces, hotel
space, and double height retail space at the ground level
around the perimeter are successfully combined in Vita’s
podium. Residential parking is below grade.
Amenities include a full gymnasium, hot tub, change
rooms and children’s area. A residents’ lounge offers an ala-
baster bar and custom millwork, with an open air section
that connects to an accessible rooftop with a glass gazebo.
Fulfilling the developer’s requirement to make a public art
contribution is “Cadenza” – a 120-foot-long by 25-foot-high
wall of decorative exterior glass on Vita’s podium facade cre-
ated by glass artist Lutz Haufschild. “The inspiration was a
melody,” says Rizzo. “It is broken into strands of colour and,
when lit, it echoes the rhythm of a musical rhapsody.”
Cadenza inspired a prominent art and glass theme
throughout the project. The units feature sliding glass panel
doors by Joel Berman, and custom glass pieces also appear
in the elevator lobbies and in the elevator cab. Glass cupolas
mark the ground floor entrance to the towers, and the po-
dium windows are expressed vertically over several levels.
As it connects and engages the towers, the porte cochere
doubles the drop-off space to create a more significant urban
piazza than if the buildings were working independently,
says Greg Borowski, principal, Merrick Architecture –
Borowski Sakumoto Fligg Limited. “It’s glass at ground level
and features a coffered ceiling that presents rhythms con-
nected to where the lighting is,” he says.
The multiplicity of uses is Vita’s most functionally unique
feature, says Borowski. This was also the development’s chal-
lenge. “When you have a residential tower going through
above grade public parking the structural grids sometimes
don’t align. We had to create the most effective integration of
the different structural needs at different levels.”
Working over an alleyway meant negotiating the removal
of some infrastructure poles to relieve congestion and maxi-
mize safety issues, says electrical consultant Steve Nemetz,
Nemetz (S/A) & Associates Ltd. “Once they were removed,

the building could project further to the property line,” he

says. “It maximized the usable space.”
Since the residential portion doesn’t start until level five,

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Tara Wells, principal with Portico Design Group says project manager. Granite was brought
engineered horizontal grain veneer used throughout Vita from the interior columns into the
created an upscale, linear effect. “It’s calming and sophisti- sidewalks to create continuity. “We
cated,” she says. were also allowed to carry the paving
Quartered walnut, quartered wenge and rift-cut white oak patterns across the property line and
veneers were used for the kitchen and bathroom cabinets,
says Mark Skakun, owner of Excelsior Kitchens. “Fridge
panels, side panels, and even the edge tape is done on the LOCATION


horizontal grain,” says Skakun. In the kitchens, refrigerators, 565 Smithe Street
Vancouver, B.C.
dishwashers and hood fans are integrated within the cabin-
etry, he adds. “It creates a very simple look that is actually OWNER/DEVELOPER
quite detailed.” Solterra Group of Companies
Cabinet doors operate on touch latches and channels be- ARCHITECT
tween the soft-close, full-extension drawers are used to open Merrick Architecture – Borowski
them. Upper cabinets come right to the counter and feature Sakumoto Fligg Limited.
solid wood door edging and three-quarter-inch boxes. One- STRUCTURAL CONSULTANT
inch bottom shelves on the upper cabinets house the wiring Glotman Simpson Consulting Ltd.
for puck lighting. Stainless steel apron sinks undermount on MECHANICAL CONSULTANT
the lower cabinets. SRC Engineering Consultants across the alley to create a unified pattern at the front door,”
While most of the bathrooms offer pedestal sinks, ap- says Paul. “The City recognized the importance of having
proximately 12 per floor have short depth cabinets holding Nemetz (S/A) & Associates Ltd.
the surface materials and ground materials read as one.”
a cantilevered vessel sink on a four-inch apron of solid sur- Another goal was to maximize the greenspace in the
face, giving the illusion of a thicker counter. INTERIOR DESIGN area, she says. The children’s play area, hot tub space, and
Portico Design Group
The bathroom cabinetry, constructed in the same veneers seating area feature trellising and vines to create shade on
and touch latches, is suspended eight inches from the floor CABINETRY the higher levels. Planters with vines face the laneway on
and secured with custom strapping. “Solterra really brought Excelsior Kitchens both buildings to bring a hanging garden effect into the lane.
a strong European touch to the West Coast,” says Skakun. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS Drought-tolerant planting and high-efficiency irrigation re-
Doing so also meant choosing softer, muted woods over Durante Kreuk Ltd. duce water use and shade trees on the amenity decks and on
richer tones, says Wells. Taupes, ivories and ochre are used TOTAL AREA
the streetscape help reduce the heat island effect. Planters
in the amenities spaces for a softer palette. “The end result 389,000 square feet (213,000 for Dolce; on the upper decks reduce the amount of hard surfaces and
was a marriage of palettes that blended nicely.” 176,000 for Vita) help reduce peak storm-water run-off rates.
Outside, the towers mirror each other, meaning land- “Overall, we are extremely proud of the project,” says
scape architects Durante Kreuk Ltd. had to ensure they Undisclosed Rizzo. “The end result turned out as we imagined, and the
present on the exterior in a unified way, says Amber Paul, whole neighbourhood has changed.” ■

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Left: New Ivey Eye Institute Opening Celebration - president and CEO,
Cliff Nordal, visits the new Ivey Eye Institute. Below: Ivey Eye Institute
waiting room.

D. Grant & Sons Ltd. committed to the vendor’s cost,” says Quinn. It took six
first phase. Both phases were designed months to ready the project for tender
by London-based architects Tillmann in 2007 under a build and finance
Ruth Mocellin, which has a long his- arrangement with the contractors.
tory of health-care projects in Ontario. EllisDon project manager Ryan
Principal-in-charge Tom Tillmann Simmons says the first thing he and
and his firm began working on upgrades his crew had to get used to on site “was
in 1998 and became involved in the am- the fact that we were constantly work-
bulatory care renovation in the summer ing while surrounded by occupied
of 2006. “The idea was to redesign the areas. We commenced in June 2008,
interiors to better suit individual user by which time the D. Grant crews
groups,” he says. “As a result, each floor were on site. Although we worked
wound up having a different layout, and in different wings, we often shared
this meant that the contractors had to the same sub-trades and occasion-
re-route plumbing and other services ally performed renovation in the same

from floor to floor.” areas, such as the mechanical room.”

Tillmann adds that the ambulatory At peak, 150 people from both compa-
care building had many additions and nies were working inside the building
upgrades. “The facility dates back to in negative pressure enclosures.
1892 and was built upon in the 1930s, The lack of drawings for the previ-
the ’50s, the ’60s and ’70s, but our ren- ous upgrades led to crews uncover-
ovation focused on the areas built after ing “unforeseen pipes and electrical
the 1930s. Our goal beyond tailoring conduits that we didn’t know were live
the renovations to specific user groups or not,” according to Simmons. Ellis-
was to create a new corridor system Don and D. Grant were obliged to fit
and improve wayfinding.” Complicat- more services and ducts into limited

St. Joseph’s Health ing matters for contractors was the fact
that Tillmann had the drawings for the
original facility but none for the up-
floor-to-ceiling height spaces. “I recall
the height of level five being not even
12 feet,” says Simmons. “But ultimately

Care – Phase 2 – grades that had been performed over

the decades. “These kinds of problems
are routine for renovations, but they
we got the job done, thanks partly to a
good design and the ingenuity of our
sub-trades. In fact, we finished in April
seemed bigger in this case because the ahead of schedule and on budget.”
Ambulatory Care Renovations project was so extensive,” he says. Work at St. Joseph’s isn’t over yet.
Quinn has nothing but praise for Tillmann points out that Phase 3,
by Robin Brunet the expertise of the architect and con- which will get underway next spring,
tractors, but he points out that by in- involves the demolition of 100,000
corporating Infrastructure Ontario square feet of wood frame buildings

H ealth-care projects share similar potential risks,

mainly revolving around budget overruns associ-
ated with delays, equipment selection and change
orders when the facility is handed over to the owner.
So when funding was generated to redevelop St. Joseph’s
into the planning and construction processes, remark-
able efficiencies were achieved. “The toughest part of any
health-care renovation is to avoid disrupting the normal
flow of operations or compromising the health of patients,”
he says. “Our due diligence began with asbestos removal
and the creation of 70,000 square feet
of new space. ■

Hospital, which falls under the umbrella of St. Joseph’s and infection control: we had to determine precisely what 268 Grosvenor Street
Health Care in London, the project was assigned to Infra- amount had to be removed in order to safely install new London, Ontario
structure Ontario. Infrastructure Ontario was created as a systems. We had to plan the sequential movement of reno- OWNER
Crown agency in 2005 with the aim of minimizing over- vation crews and install special air-tight tarps so as not to St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
runs and delays on large-scale health care undertakings. release any particulates into the facility.” DEVELOPER
“Although a good deal of the design work on the St. Joseph’s To avoid any issues during the commissioning of the facil- Infrastructure Ontario
Hospital renovation was underway when we were assigned ity, Infrastructure Ontario worked with the hospital to pre-
to exercise due diligence, we worked closely with the ar- select all the equipment for the new facilities and required CONSULTANT
chitects, project managers and other participants to help that the architectural plans accommodated them precisely. CM2R Inc.
ensure a smooth delivery and eliminate, if possible, any “We insisted that the hospital engage the equipment ven-
nasty surprises arising from the construction process,” says dors and that any changes to infrastructure would be at the architects Tillmann Ruth Mocellin
Infrastructure Ontario vice president Lawrence Quinn.
The redevelopment project at St. Joseph’s is multi-phased, GENERAL CONTRACTOR
EllisDon Corporation
consisting of three significant renovations to existing build-
ings. Phase 1 involved a $32.2-million redevelopment of ap- STRUCTURAL/MECHANICAL/
proximately 81,175 square feet of the 100-year-old acute/ ELECTRICAL CONSULTANT
Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon
ambulatory care facility in order to accommodate at least
10 major care delivery areas, including a new urgent care TOTAL SIZE
centre as well as other clinical support services in London. Phase 1: 81,175 square feet
Phase 2: 112,000 square feet
Phase 2 involved redevelopment of the same six-storey
building at a cost of $49.2 million to provide 112,000 feet of TOTAL COST
renovated space for services in endoscopy, ophthalmology, Phase 1: $32.2 million
ambulatory gynaecology and diabetes/endocrinology. Ellis- Phase 2: $49.2 million
Don Corporation was awarded the Phase 2 contract, while

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Villa Caritas
by Jane Harris Zsovan

S et among the mature trees on

the campus of Edmonton’s
Misericordia Community Hos-
pital, Villa Caritas, a 150-bed psychiat-
ric care centre for Alberta seniors, adds
a new dimension to this urban neigh-
bourhood. “130 beds will be dedicated
to acute psychiatric care, another 20
to transitional care. In addition, there
are five multi-purpose units equipped
with kitchenettes for life skills training
and family events,” explains Jennifer
Haggerty, VP planning and support
services for Covenant Health. The total
price tag for construction, equipment
and furnishings for the facility is $51.4
The front of the building faces 87th

Avenue. “Seniors’ facilities tend to be

set back off the street. We took the op-
posite view; that seniors still want to
be connected with what is going on in
the world,” says Peter Bull of IBI Group
Architects Engineers. The front-facing
windows from dining rooms on each
floor maintain a visual connection
with street activity. Built close up to the
avenue, the front area is landscaped
with trees, shrubs and lawns. “In
places where you place the parking out “We placed a lot of emphasis on outdoor space. We tried to maintain existing flooring at the entrance create mock
front, the patients have no connection trees and shrubbery, extensive landscaping courtyards,” notes Haggerty, adding doorsteps. The colour scheme at the
with the street,” says Bull. that healing gardens will be planted to give patients and families space for soli- entrance is carried into spacious
The three-storey steel-and-concrete tude and meditation. “We spent a lot of time saving trees. There was quite a bit of patient rooms with large windows.
structure has a small penthouse above effort inventorying trees that were removed early in construction,” agrees Bull. Common lounge areas and dining
the third level, as well as a small base- IBI Group Architects Engineers provided the architects, civil engineering and rooms facing the street also enhance
ment. Caritas Villa resembles a wood- landscape design for the project. “It was an all-encompassing project,” says Bull. the sense of hominess as well as the
frame building thanks to the recycled He notes that the design shortens the corridors and maximizes light flow from the patients’ connection with the neigh-
eight-by-eight and eight-by-ten recy- central core to the pods radiating from the central core. It also provides viewing bourhood. “We aimed to create a sense
cled telephone poles used as timber, access from the nursing station. of porch or entrance,” says Bull.
and the curved roof structure extend- Most patients are housed in four 30-bed nursing pods on the second and third “It’s not a LEED-certified facility
ing from the third-storey roof. Din- levels of Villa Caritas. On each floor, central corridors link the nursing pods to but we did build efficiency in – light
ing room windows on each level add the central reception and service area, elevators, and a dining area large enough recovery, energy efficiency, an air-
interest to the facade along the street. to serve all the residents in one shift, including those in bulky mechanical wheel- tight building envelope, heat recovery,
”It’s very unusual in appearance for a chairs. A fifth pod, on the main level houses 20 beds. Five of the main floor room energy saving components – to dem-
seniors’ facility,” says Bull. have kitchenettes which can be used for life skills practice or family events. onstrate good stewardship in line with
The exterior features beige brick and Visitors enter the building through central doors on the main level, which our key values,” says Haggerty.
stone scavenged from Pinewood, a for- steps to a spacious central receiving area. The main floor industrial kitchen, din- Cost control was a major challenge
mer maternity home torn down on the ing room and chapel accommodate the day program, spiritual, administrative for the design and construction team.
same site during the first phase of con- and support services to the patients. These cost challenges resulted in using
struction, as well as corrugated metal The interior palette is a warm blend of earth tones complemented with soft fixed-rate construction contracts and
siding. “The exterior costs are actually greens and brighter oranges. This colour scheme benefits patients with mental ill- detailed project planning. “Tenders
slightly less than a typical stucco exte- nesses such as dementia, according to Haggerty. Furnishings and materials reflect went out in 2006 at the peak of the
rior. It fits into the neighbourhood and the need for infection control – an important consideration. hot construction market. Our architect
fits into the streetscape, but is a much One challenge was ensuring that the elderly patients felt they were living in a was in touch with our vision for the
higher-end addition than many of the home-like environment. This was accomplished with warm colours, small wings facility, which meant we were able to
walk-up apartments in the neighbour- and glazing that allows the patients to view the gardens and street activity. Curved control costs without compromising,”
hood,” says Bull. bulkheads above the patient’s doorway and colour variations in the Marmoleum says Haggerty.

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She credits Chandos Construction durable through the application of a
Ltd. with its expertise in managing the protective coating. Plans to build out-
hot construction market and changing door patios from the main floor dining
requirements of the project. “Our con- room were put on hold when the villa
struction team did a really good job of was repurposed as a psychiatric facility.
getting materials,” says Haggerty. “This Bull credits the entire team’s collab-
came from having a really good rela- orative approach and, above all, Cove-
tionship with the sub trades.” nant Health’s leadership for the project’s
Chandos was well into the construc- success. “Covenant Health was abso-
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in late 2008, when Alberta Health really is in the business of finding
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this as a subtle green component of the and sinks, plus a storm-water pond to
design,” adds David Roche, develop- capture storm run-off. “The concept is
ment manager at UBC Properties Trust. to create a highly efficient, ‘living’ build-
The glass, concrete, and masonry ing, one that has very little impact on its
building appears to embrace the site’s surroundings in the long term, rather
sloped topography. A central breeze- than one that was simply built using en-
way allows pedestrians to pass through ergy reducing strategies,” Joubert says,
the building, blurring the distinction though he adds that most building ma-
between interior and exterior spaces. terials were sourced locally and virtually

“You don’t just arrive at the Centre, you all sub-trades are from the area.
flow through it,” McDonald says. “The Arts and Science Centre is part
But such flow and elegance did not of the evolving story of this univer-
come without challenges. The origi- sity; a new chapter,” says Guy Taylor,
nally planned pad foundations had to Kasian’s lead architect for the project.
be redesigned as a continuous raft/slab “By providing both casual and formal
when pockets of the excavated glacial spaces, the building itself helps foster
till liquefied. “Soil types on this site can an environment that creates the dia-
vary dramatically within a very small logue necessary for learning. When
area,” explains Willie Joubert, project students gather for lunch or study ses-
manager with general contractor Stuart sions, it stimulates creative thought.
Olson Construction. “We performed And when you have creative thought,
geotechnical testing, just as we test all that’s when learning happens.” ■
sites. The testing missed these pockets

Arts and Science Centre– by a matter of a few metres.” The soil

variation was so unusual for the area,
he adds, that geology students came to
UBC Okanagan (UBCO)
Kelowna, B.C.
Phase II – UBCO study the landscape during excavation.
Since labs/educational facilities
are among the most energy-intensive
UBC Properties Trust
by Susan M. Boyce building types, meeting the stringent ARCHITECT/INTERIOR DESIGN
requirements of 5 Green Globes (the Kasian Architecture Interior Design

T he year was 2005 when Kelowna’s a new breed of scholars. “The Arts and maximum rating possible), as well as And Planning Ltd.
Okanagan University College Science Centre creates a new precinct, the equivalent of LEED Platinum rat- GENERAL CONTRACTOR
made a transition from college to a change from the formalized space of ing already achieved by the Fipke Cen- Stuart Olson Construction
fully accredited university. Renamed the the original college into the smoother, tre (the first lab building in Canada to STRUCTURAL CONSULTANT
University of British Columbia Okana- more transparent and soft architecture achieve that rating), required extensive Bush Bohman & Partners
gan (UBCO), this new status was a cata- of the new university,” says Michael planning and detailing.
lyst for physical change and expansion McDonald, principal of Kasian Archi- The building taps into the geo-ex-
Cobalt Engineering LLP
on the campus. tecture Interior Design And Planning change groundwater energy system
First came the Charles E. Fipke Ltd. Kasian incorporated iconic details that provides energy from the Okana- ELECTRICAL CONSULTANT
Centre for Innovative Research, which – natural stones and plantings, trellises gan Aquifer that runs beneath the cam- Falcon Engineering Ltd.
opened in 2008. A series of other build- and terraced landscaping – to give a pus. Projected to reduce UBCO’s carbon GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER
ings, residences and retrofits of exist- feel that’s distinctly UBC but also dioxide emissions by more than 88 per EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd.
ing structures followed. Now two years uniquely Okanagan. cent, or 2,959 tonnes per year, the sys- LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
later, Fipke Centre’s sister building, the The facility houses two lecture the- tem is equivalent to taking 14,000 cars Perry + Associates
$40-million Arts and Science Centre is atres, classrooms, a series of research off the road over the next two decades.
opening the doors to its first semester and teaching labs, an animal care Sophisticated irrigation controls 86, 200 square feet
of students and professors. facility, and food services. There is also are tied in to a weather monitoring
The 86,000-square-foot building, an a collegium where students can relax station, and landscaping that incor- CONSTRUCTION COST
$26.85 million
unexpectedly small footprint for a between classes. “Students who might porates indigenous, drought-resistant
building of such complexity, was envi- otherwise jump in the car to head for plants reduces irrigation requirements. TOTAL PROJECT COST
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