Award-winning consulting and design solutions firm B+H Architects (B+H) has signed a lease with Menkes Developments and TD Greystone Asset Management for 23,008 sf of office space at a heritage building in Toronto. The building on 320 Bay Street was designed by prominent Canadian architect Henry Sproatt and originated as the Canada Permanent Trust Building.
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.
A November 2016 fire destroyed the Brantford Gymnastics Academy in Ontario. A new, custom-designed structure with a standing seam roof system and insulated metal panels (IMPs) on the exterior walls was determined to be the best option, as it would meet the insurance requirements and ambitious construction timeline.
The four-storey North Bay Courthouse building in Ontario was retrofitted with a new lateral force-resisting system (LFRS). The interior steel framing and slab connections were structurally strengthened to transfer seismic loading to 13 full-height, reinforced precast concrete shear walls around the building perimeter. Further, cracked masonry joints were repointed, damaged masonry units were replaced, and an elastomeric coating was applied over the entire wall surface.
Proper specification, design, and installation of a zinc roof can provide an esthetically appealing, cost-effective, durable system capable of lasting for up to 80 years. To realize the full potential of a zinc roof, it is important to understand not only project-specific conditions, but also the material’s composition and colour palette, seam types, attachment, and installation.
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.