Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Imports and Acquisitions: New Tall
Buildings in Toronto – MEP and Systems
October 11, 2016
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TORONTO –The CTBUH Canada Chapter organized and held its third in a series of seminars 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.

Attendees enjoy breakfast before the presentation. The topic of was on "Imports and Acquisitions – MEP and Systems.”
The audience was illuminatingly 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 façades. There are already many installations in Ontario, including the new Humber River Valley Hospital.

Rahul Shira, Product Marketing Manager with Philips, journeyed from Boston to participate in the event. Shira presented on humancentric lighting, which 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. Majeed 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.
 Imran Majeed, CEO of Advanced Building Solutions.
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 Goad was the discussion about district plants and the efforts of the past 20 years to implement them in the 13-acre (5.2-hectare) Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto.

Demonstrating good synergy with the Master of Ceremony role played by CTBUH Canada Chairperson Richard Witt, Principal at Quadrangle Architects, was CTBUH Vice-Chair Anton Davies, a Founding Partner at RWDI Wind Engineers. 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.

Event participants stand for a group photo.
CTBUH Canada acknowledges the teamwork and generous sponsorship for the event by Smith + Andersen Consulting Engineers.
Majeed, Imran Advanced Buildings Solutions
Winokur, Gregory AEC Consultants
Brennen, Phil Broccolini
Bowen, Shawna City of Toronto
Parakh, James City of Toronto
Goad, Jamie Cityscape Development
Carpenter, John Eastern Canada Viewglass
Lord, Jim Ecovert Sustainability Consultants
Allahyari, Ali EllisDon
Quattrociocchi, Rob EllisDon
Smith, Sean Entuitive
Settino, Victor First Gulf Corporation
Corazza, Enzo G + C Architects
Graziani, Berardo G + C Architects
Siddique, Afzal HEC Montréal
Foo, Joel Kinetica
Montgomery, Michael Kinetica
Garland, Laura LCL Builds
Garland, Mark LCL Builds
Getmantsev, Andrey LCL Builds
Jerez, Jess LCL Builds
Kidd, Hugh LCL Builds
Hart, Sean Ledcor
McCarthy, Jay Ledcor
Skara, Goran Ledcor
Gorczyca, Michal Ludvik Architecture
Wakil, Neil Neilas Inc
Gloge, Klaus PCL Constructors Canada Inc
Lapidus, Philip Philips Lighting Canada
Shira, Rahul Philips Lighting Canada
Turkienicz, Oren Pinemount Holdings Ltd
Kazemi, Sami Quadrangle Architects
Witt, Richard Quadrangle Architects
FitzGerald, Graham Read Jones Christoffersen
Kokia, Tibor Read Jones Christoffersen
MacLean, Kevin Read Jones Christoffersen
MacDonald, Gerard Reshape Infrastructure Strategies Ltd
Romanov, Adam Romanov Romanov Architects
Romanov, Anna Romanov Romanov Architects
Romanov, John Romanov Romanov Architects
Carrizo, Sebastian RWDI
Davies, Anton RWDI
Law, Brandon RWDI
Correa, Rafael Smith + Andersen
Larson, Dan Smith + Andersen
MacInnes, Lana Smith + Andersen
McKague, Daniel Smith + Andersen
Sharples, Kevin Smith + Andersen
Smith, Douglas Smith + Andersen
Bocchicchio, Mariano Starlight Investments Ltd
Baker, Wells The Minto Group
Bastow, Phil The Mitchell Partnership Inc
Callaghan, Reg The Mitchell Partnership Inc
Shen, Shaoyong Time Development Inc
Alsayed, Subhi Tridel
Sonnenberg, Ted Turner Construction
Olsen, Geoff View | Dynamic Glass