CTBUH Chapter Event

CTBUH Canada Presents: Accelerated Delivery of Multi-Storey Residential Buildings

Wednesday, 31 May 2023 | The Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street | Toronto

Join the CTBUH Canada Chapter for a networking breakfast and panel discussion on the currently under construction, Kingsley Square Condominium in Newmarket. This program is for designers, developers and contractors who build multi-storey residential buildings.  

Since 2019 General Contractor GCL Builds has been practicing a procurement program called “Design Assist Contracting” on its condominium and rental apartment building projects.  The design assist trade contract categories include: concrete formwork, windows, façade panels, balcony guards and dividers, full scope mechanical and electrical.  When combined with traditional early award trade contracts for shoring, window washing systems and elevators, as much as 70% of the hard cost of the project can be bound with firm trade contacts, in advance of a building permit level design.

The president of GCL Builds, Mark Garland, will present the program.  Following will be a panel discussion with the developer, mechanical design engineer, and mechanical trade contractor of the currently under construction, Kingsley Square Condominium in Newmarket.  Kingsley Square was designed by Kohn Partnership Architects, and is a twin 15 storey building with 326 residential units and two levels of below grade parking.

Arrival time prior to 7:30am is still in time to enjoy the delicious hot breakfast and network with 100 or so colleagues of your industry. Tickets are limited, register now!




Hugh Magennis, Briarwood Homes

Hugh Magennis is a development and construction manager for Briarwood Development, leading development approvals and construction for Briarwood’s high rise division.  Hugh is directly responsible for Kingsley Square in Newmarket, a twin 15 storey, 326 unit condominium development.

From 1988 through 2014, Hugh was the owner of Granleigh Construction Ltd, performing all of the construction for Invar Building Corporation.  Noteworthy multi storey residential projects included One Post Road, Nautica and 100 Yorkville.

Briarwood had been a development partner on the Nautica condominium project.  Hugh joined Briarwood in 2014 and is instrumental in creating and delivering profitable real estate developments.


Mark Garland, GCL Builds

Mark Garland has been a construction professional since 1978.  He has worked in leadership roles in three companies during this period.  Construction projects that Mark has supervised have spanned the globe from Alaska to the US Pacific Northwest, Canada, Asia and New Zealand.  He has a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington.

Early in his career, Mark oversaw the construction of numerous high-rise office buildings as project manager in downtown Seattle, including the 56-story 1201 Third Avenue Building designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox.

In Auckland, New Zealand, Mark was executive in charge of the ASB Bank Centre, a 38-story project of which the six level basement was constructed from the top down.  Mark has also consulted on projects in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

In 1992 Mark joined Lease Crutcher Lewis in Seattle, Washington, and played an influential role in growing the company’s diversity and revenues. Lease Crutcher Lewis is a fourth generation employee owned construction company with offices in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.  Since 2003, Mark has operated out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  The Toronto business of Lease Crutcher Lewis spun off in 2009 to become an autonomous company.  Mark is currently the President of GCL Builds Limited, a Canadian construction management and general contracting company.  He was the principal in charge of the 60 storey St, Regis Toronto, formally Trump International Hotel + Tower.  The building is 280m tall, with an iconic building top, including a 25 meter glass spire and a titanium clad quarter-dome roof.

Mark is a co-inventor of a patented method to construct concrete shear cores for high rise office buildings.  Mark specializes in design and construction advice during the predevelopment phase of real estate projects.


Matthew VanGilst, Callidus Engineering

Matthew VanGilst leads Callidus’ multi-unit residential practice as a mechanical engineer and project manager and Principal in Charge.  Working with a range of clients in purpose built rental, affordable housing and market condos Matthew has led projects through the design, procurement and construction phases of projects.  Callidus’ portfolio of multi-unit residential projects includes more than 150 buildings with construction contracts including design build, stipulated sum contracts, time and materials, negotiated bids by repeat contractors and design assist tendering. 

Matthew is one of the founding principals of Callidus Engineering, completing a range of MUR projects since 2005.  He has a Bachelors of Applied Science from University of Waterloo and a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University.


Steve Frisoni, Frisoni Mechanical

Steve Frisoni has had a life long passion for plumbing work.  This led to the formation of Frisoni Mechanical in 2010.

After obtaining a Construction Management Diploma from George Brown College in Toronto, Steve started in the mechanical construction field in the plumber apprenticeship program and progressed to journey and master level.  With additional personal qualifications of sprinkler fitter and a gas license, Steve has grown Frisoni Mechanical into a full scope mechanical contractor performing all work scopes related to HVAC, plumbing and fire sprinklers.

Frisoni Mechanical is popular and enjoys a healthy mix of multi-family residential and ICI projects.  Frisoni has a focus on private sector real estate projects and is called upon by clients and designers to offer state of the art mechanical solutions in current day building designs.