Toronto architects mark their buildings

A new policy has been adopted by the City of Toronto to give credit to building designers.

Toronto City Council decided all new buildings of 1000 m2 (11,000 sf) will include the name of the main design architect, or architect of record, either “affixed or inscribed on the building at a location near the main entry or prominent façade of the structure.”

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Driving forward with parking facility innovation

A recent study by the International Parking Institute (IPI) shows a high demand for sustainable solutions and advances in new technology for parking facilities.

The “2011 Emerging Trends in Parking” survey of design/construction professionals, transportation agencies, urban planners, and facility management revealed an increasing demand for green and sustainable parking solutions.

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Shining a light on weather’s impact on photovoltaics

A project to identify how different weather conditions impact solar panel effectiveness has been launched between two Kingston, Ont., schools—Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College.

“The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry around the world is growing at an unprecedented rate, but there is very little available information shared about the performance of solar cells in different outdoor environments,” explained Joshua Pearce, a professor in Queen’s Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

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Artfully flipping the light switch in Vancouver

A condominium building is brightening up Vancouver with the city’s largest ever light art project. The ever-changing display of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) continually shifts between colours and designs with the time of day.

Reliance Properties’ West Pender Place condominium development overlooking Coal Harbour will feature the 24-hour display.

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Toronto’s 70-storey condo building under construction

Earlier this month, ground was broken on a mixed-use skyscraper that is set to be Toronto’s fifth tallest structure. The busy southeast corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets will be home to One Bloor Street East—a 70-storey project designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects.

The 238-m (767-ft) building, expected to be completed by 2014, will have more than 730 condominium units, along with connections to the city’s two most prominent subway lines, spa and fitness facilities, and about 9290 m2 (100,000 sf) of retail space.

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New transit centre rolls into British Columbia

Construction has begun on a new $15.6-million transit centre in Kamloops, B.C., to meet the growing number of riders.

“Kamloops is focusing on promoting transit as an alternative mode of transportation by investing in the infrastructure needed to support it, such as the recent construction of transit exchanges at Lansdowne Village and Sydney Avenue,” said Peter Milobar, the city’s mayor.

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Ontario awards recognize engineering firms

A large-scale transit project has won the Consulting Engineers of Ontario’s (CEO’s) most prestigious award, the Willis Chipman Award for excellence in consulting engineering.

The award was presented to AGM Program Managers last month for its role in the recently completed $700-million, multi-year GO Transit Rail Infrastructure Improvement Program (GO TRIP).

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USGBC lauds Canada in anticipation of Greenbuild

With registration now open for fall’s Greenbuild in Toronto, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is highlighting the host country’s impressive track record of striving for sustainability.

The group points out 378 Canadian commercial projects have earned certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, with 25 projects achieving the highest Platinum rating.

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