The Well in downtown Toronto

In a city where construction is constant, developers are looking for opportunities to incorporate green energy solutions into their projects. Case in point: The Well project in Toronto. This new addition to Toronto’s downtown core will feature seven towers of mixed-use space, all sitting atop a new thermal energy facility.

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Acoustical blades provide sound control in new exposed structure headquarters

Wacom, a high-tech manufacturer of interactive pen displays, tablets, and styluses, recently moved its North American headquarters from Vancouver, Wash., to a new space in Portland, Oreg. As part of the relocation, company management desired an interior design that was far different from the traditional office space at its previous location and one that would entice prospective new employees to join the company.

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Large-format, thin-body porcelain tile installation

Large-format, thin-body porcelain tiles require special installation techniques to prevent breakage during and after setup. Special equipment may also be required when placing and adjusting these large tiles. It is always recommended installers check with the thin-body porcelain tile manufacturer before selecting and installing them to ensure compliance with specific project requirements.

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Designing a landscape for learning

The landscape architecture studio at FORREC was tasked with creating an exterior for the new student centre at York University, Toronto. This project serves as an example of the benefits of a contemporary, collaborative construction effort between the client, other stakeholders, end-users, and the design and construction teams.

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Offsite versus onsite construction

Offsite construction is becoming more prevalent in Canada due to its increased efficiency on jobsites, labour shortage, and tight project timelines. The market for prefabrication modular building systems is expected to rise as more sustainable building standards are implemented because offsite applications create less waste and use less energy.

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Designing integrated handwashing systems

An unkempt, neglected, or outdated restroom makes people think a business does not go the extra mile for its customers or really care about what people think about its brand. A commercial restroom is an opportunity to separate from the standard, not just the subpar. Building professionals can adopt these design tips to ensure a pleasant customer journey all the way inside a business’s restroom, starting with the handwashing station.

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Construction and silicosis: What you need to know

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 160 million people suffer from work-related diseases, with some two million dying annually as a result. About eight per cent of these occupational disease deaths can be directly attributed to respiratory complications. What exactly is silicosis, though, and what should design/construction professionals know to help reduce its impact on those in the industry?

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