On November 5, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Canada Chapter held a breakfast event at the University of Toronto Faculty Club. Continuing the discussion on Sustainable Vertical Urbanism that took place at the CTBUH Conference in Shanghai in October, this event’s topic was “Imports and Acquisitions”.
Over 80 local developers, engineers, architects and contractors attended the breakfast event. Richard Witt, CTBUH Canada Chair, started off the three part event by recapping the CTBUH Shanghai conference as well as announcing that next year’s CTBUH Conference will take place in New York City. Because of Toronto’s close proximity to New York City, the potential of a significant attendance from Toronto developers, engineers and architects is quite large.
Three short presentations at the breakfast event included David Ruhl from RWH Engineering who outlined the potential for use of shotcrete in foundations and beyond, Constantin Christopoulos from Kinetica/University of Toronto demonstrated the advantages of the Viscoelastic Coupling Damper (VCD) slated for use in an upcoming residential project in the city centre, and finally Tibor Kokai of RJC presented an overview of post-tensioned concrete which is a new method being used in Toronto.
To conclude the event, there was a panel discussion with developers Niall Collins (Senior Vice President of Development, Cadillac Fairview), Peter Kofman (President, Projectcore Inc.), Ben Rogowski (Executive Vice-President, Canderel) and Johann Schumacher (Vice President of Development, Oxford Properties). The developers shared their experiences and current activities in Toronto, discussing the balance between pension fund based commercial and private based residential development, and which constraints exist that allow or restrict the implementation of new construction technologies.