CTBUH Canada Breakfast Event

Imports and Acquisitions: New Tall Buildings in Toronto – MEP and Systems

On Thursday, October 4, 2016 at the University of Toronto Faculty Club the CTBUH Canada Chapter organized and held its third in a series about new and imported technologies in high-rise buildings. The event featured four technical presentations followed by a panel discussion amongst three real estate developers and a design consultant. More than 60 people attended the event.

Gerard MacDonald, Principal with Reshape Infrastructure Strategies Ltd. kicked off the technical presentations with explanations about the virtues of District Plants for clusters of neighbourhood buildings. Specific positive aspects include reliability and space savings within the individual buildings.

The audience was illuminately engaged during the discussion of Electric Viewglass by John Carpenter, Director of Eastern Canada Viewglass. The images of the four levels of tinting are made possible by the five layers of micro-electronic coatings within the insulating glass units. Say goodbye to clunky window coverings to be replaced with Dynamic Electrochromic Facades. There are many installations in Ontario, including the new Humber River Valley Hospital.

Rahul Shira, the Product Marketing Manager with Philips journeyed from Boston to participate in the event. Humancentric Lighting is based upon tunable white solutions to light the indoor environment.

Closing out the technical portion of the program was a great hat worn by presenter Imran Majeed, CEO of Advanced Building Solutions. Imran explained how to give a building HVAC system four pipe luxury at two pipe cost. The Integrated Piping System utilizes the hot and cold domestic water loops for the heating and cooling water in food grade fancoil units manufactured by Williams. Building management requires more technical competency, which is offset by lower first costs, lower maintenance costs and shorter wait times for domestic hot water.

Dan Larson, Principal with Smith + Andersen Consulting Engineers, did an excellent job moderating the panel discussion by weaving in questions about the technical presentations. The panel consisted of Subhi Alsayed, Director of Innovation at Tridel; Wells Baker, Director of Conservation and Sustainable Design at The Minto Group; Jamie Goad, Partner with Cityscape Development Corporation; and Douglas Smith, President of Smith + Andersen. Particularly relevant with Mr. Goad was the discussion about District Plants and the efforts of the past twenty years to implement same in the 13 acre Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto.

Demonstrating good synergy with the Master of Ceremony role played by Richard Witt, Chair of CTBUH Canada and Principal at Quadrangle Architects, was Anton Davies, a Founding Partner at RWDI Wind Engineers and Vice Chair of CTBUH Canada. The panelists and presenters were all recognized with hardback CTBUH Best Tall Buildings Books. The entire audience were all invited to the October 28 open house of RWDI’s new Guelph facility, with large wind tunnel laboratories that provide design guidance for the tallest buildings in the world.

CTBUH Canada acknowledges the teamwork and generous sponsorship for the event by Consulting Engineer Smith + Andersen.

Beach Club Lofts Rooftop Party

On Friday, June 12, Zen Homes Inc. hosted a Topping Off Party to celebrate completion of the concrete roof slab for Beach Club Lofts.  Among the party’s attendees were realtors, developers, builders and designers.  LCL Builds has been performing as the Construction Manager for this 50 unit boutique condominium located in Toronto’s east end Beaches neighbourhood.  This six storey development, designed by Quadrangle Architects, is expected to achieve first occupancy in October 2015.

COHO Village – Home of the Week

COHO Village, the upcoming stacked townhouse development in Cambridge, Ontario, was featured on January 29, 2015 as the Home of the Week in the realty section of the Waterloo Region Record.  LCL Builds is performing as the builder for the first phase of this new residential community.  Designed by TAES Architects, COHO Village will be constructed in three phases and will contain a total of 182 suites upon completion, covering a total gross floor area of 190,502 square feet.

The construction of COHO Village Phase I will result in 40 residential units within a gross floor area of 43,487 square feet.  All suites will come with high-end features and finishes as the standard – most of which are usually only obtained by Homeowners through costly upgrade programs. These include stainless steel kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, engineered laminate wood flooring, and central air conditioning and heating.  The residences will be available in various sizes able to accommodate all kinds of purchasers, from single professionals to families.

Situated conveniently at 350 Fisher Mills in Cambridge, COHO Village is close to shopping and recreational amenities, with easy access to Highways 401 and 24.  Plans for individual units, which have not been released yet, will be available for the public to view at the Grand Opening of the COHO Village Sales Centre on the weekend of February 7 and 8, 2015.

Construction of COHO Village Phase I will begin in April 2015 with an expected completion date in spring 2015.

Online registration is available at www.cohovillage.com to attend the Grand Opening of the COHO Village Sales Centre at 350 Fisher Mills in Cambridge on February 7 or 8, 2015.

CTBUH Canada November Chapter Event

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.

Imports and Acquisitions: New Tall Building in Toronto

CTBUH Canada Breakfast Event

On November 5, 2014, CTBUH Canada is hosting a breakfast event at the University of Toronto Faculty Club that will be the first of a three part series on new technology applications in high rise buildings in the GTA.  This first installment will focus on foundations and building structure.  There will be three short presentations by designers and contractors regarding shotcrete foundation walls, viscoelastic coupling dampers and a third surprise subject.  These emerging technologies can add value and reduce the cost of your building project.

There will be a panel of four prominent developers currently involved in the construction of some of Toronto’s largest projects that will follow the technical preamble.  Topics to be discussed include their approaches to the foundations and structural building frames in their current projects.

The doors open at 7:30 am with hot breakfast served at 8.  To register, go to http://cctbuh-iaa1.eventbrite.ca/

2014 CTBUH Leaders Meeting

The annual 2014 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat International Conference took place in Shanghai on September 16 – 18.  Mark Garland, one of the CTBUH Canada Chapter Leaders, along with other select LCL Builds personnel, were in attendance for the conference.

Regional CTBUH Representatives and Leaders met at the Grand Hyatt Conference Centre in Shanghai on September 18 to discuss various CTBUH topics.  Among the discussions were how extensive the reach of CTBUH is – at least 58% of the world’s tallest buildings have a CTBUH Council member involved.  Because of this, it is likely that those involved with CTBUH can influence urban planners and sustainability issues.  Antony Wood, CTBUH’s Executive Director, emphasized to Leaders that ‘everyone does not need to do everything, but everyone needs to do something,” whether it be sharing their technical expertise or supporting quality research.

The CTBUH Canada Chapter is the best run “country” chapter in the organization.  At the Leader’s Meeting in Shanghai, Richard Witt, the Chairman of CTBUH Canada, explained what process the Chapter went through to get started.  He stated that a successful chapter would require about four people.  CTBUH Canada conducts building tours, panel discussions and breakfast events, which allows for raising money through ticket sales and sponsorship.

Being a part of the CTBUH Canada Chapter allows for many networking opportunities.  Mark Garland, also a CTBUH Canada Leader, explained that his involvement has led to more work and contacts within the industry.

CTBUH Toronto Chapter

The Chicago based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Organization is recognized internationally as the authority on hi-rise buildings, not only for statistics, but for design and construction techniques. There are 12 working groups and committees within CTBUH comprised of international professionals that study technical aspects of hi-rise buildings and produce technical guides and professional publications. The current work group subjects include façade access, fire and safety, outrigger building frames, performance based seismic design, sustainability and several other advanced technical subjects.

Mark Garland has been active in the CTBUH for ten years and was recently selected as a Toronto City Representative along with Richard Witt of Quadrangle Architects, Agha Hasan of Yolles, and Abdel Fattah-Toukan of BKCN Engineering to launch a Canadian Chapter of the CTBUH. Executive Director of CTBUH, Antony Wood, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural breakfast event, which occurred on May 2, 2013.

In related news, the CTBUH has declared the Trump International Hotel + Tower to be the second tallest building in Canada, just behind First Canadian Place, of all buildings complete or under construction through the end of 2015. Trump stands 277 meters tall to the tip of the spire. One Bloor East, the Aura and Scotia Plaza range from 238 meters to 275 meters tall. Trump has far fewer storeys than the other buildings because the five star ceiling heights are so generous.

127 Years of Heritage

In 2013, LCL Builds celebrated its ten year anniversary in Canada, while its affiliated company Lease Crutcher Lewis in Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, advanced into its 127th year.

Noteworthy Pacific Northwest projects of the last few years have included dozens of Boeing facilities, Starbucks and Amazon corporate offices, a new laboratory for the University of Washington, and the new Downtown Seattle Four Seasons Hotel and Residences.

Lease Crutcher Lewis is a member of the Citadel organization, which offers a national contracting service to national clients such as Comcast, Bank of America, and many other corporate construction consumers.

Lease Crutcher Lewis is an industry leader in lean construction – leveraging technology and collaborative processes to wring out every efficiency and precisely meet each client’s cost, schedule and quality goals.

Steel Braced Concrete Shear Core

LCL Builds and Lease Crutcher Lewis have developed a faster, more efficient construction approach to high-rise office buildings.  If the preferred office building structural frame is structural steel, then you should contact LCL to shave months from the construction schedule and provide the delivery certainty that your office tenants are seeking.

Mark Garland is presented a paper on this patented method to construct concrete shear cores at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat World Conference 2011 in Seoul, Korea on October 12.  The innovative construction method uses redundant structural steel columns inside the thick concrete shear walls so that the office building structural steel superstructure, complete with rebar curtains, can be erected concurrently and in advance of the concrete wall placements.  LCL encourages the use of this structural framing method and is seeking to function as a construction consultant internationally.  For more information, click here.

OGCA Milestone Award for Safety

Through the years 2005 through 2010, LCL Builds performed more than 500,000 man hours of construction work.  LCL Builds was recognized at the Ontario General Contractor’s Association Annual General Meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on October 15, 2011 for concluding this significant volume of construction work with zero loss time injuries.

LCL’s Vice President of Construction says he is particularly pleased with the safety, leadership and management that is provided by the company’s consultant Safety First, the leadership exhibited by the company superintendents, and the conscientious work practices of our convenience labour trade contractors, DLB and Toran Carpentry.  Without these construction partners, we could not have achieved this milestone award.