Our Digital Services team is heading to the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas next week to attend workshops, learn about the latest trends and network with other subject matter experts. HH Angus is a certified AWS Partner and our team includes members accredited as both Cloud Practitioners and Cloud Economics partners.

Digital Services team member, Augusto Valdivia, commented that “HH Angus is technology agnostic with respect to implementing smart buildings solutions across our clients’ infrastructure portfolio. We achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) certification to leverage cloud-based solutions to help our clients integrate disparate building systems, sensors, and assets so they can have access to real-time insights in order to make better decisions, efficiently manage daily building operations, and stay on track to meet sustainability goals.”

If you are at the conference, or if you can’t attend but would like to hear about conference highlights, you can connect with @augustovaldivia. Our team can explain how we help modernize traditional building management with data analytics and the cloud.   

Design for commercial buildings is primarily concerned with creating the most suitable environment for people-oriented spaces. Almost forty years ago, HH Angus created a specialized division for tenant work to address the fast-paced schedule of the commercial fitout sector. Our in-house designers and engineers understand the priorities and objectives of commercial clients, as well as the speed-to-market factor that is inherent in this type of work. Today, our successful relationships in this market are a result of following a few simple rules: respond quickly, provide total client support, deliver solutions with long-term value, and always keep focused on one important goal - the client's peace of mind.  

What's a Fitout?

A fitout is the customized interior design of empty building space to make it suitable for a tenant’s intended use. From office space and medical clinics to pharmaceutical and landmark locations, our scope of work often includes designing and servicing a variety of spaces such as offices, meeting rooms, food service areas, AV installations, washrooms, breakout rooms, showrooms, and specialized clinic spaces and many others. Systems to be designed may include mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, audio visual, security, communications, IMIT, IoT, lighting, and life safety, as well as providing designs that meet LEED®, WELL™, Fitwel and WiredScore standards. 

Wildeboer Dellelce

The Cooperators

Sam Cabral, Associate Director and Tenant Services Leader, points to the deep experience of our team in delivering successful projects for our clients: “Our clients are highly creative in visualizing future working spaces that are often designed to provide a ‘wow’ factor for clients who visit the space and for employees who work in them.

“Our design and engineering team plays an important role in collaborating with the interior design team during the early stages of the project, where we are able to share our expertise in achieving the desired functionality and prominence of the electrical and mechanical systems. Lighting and ductwork are excellent examples of this. Lighting plays a very important role in the client’s vision and the ambiance of the space; it also contributes to occupant comfort and provides an opportunity for energy savings. Similarly, ductwork can be used as a design element in exposed areas or strategically concealed to meet the aesthetics of the space. Our team has deep experience working in a variety of office spaces and they are always prepared to provide options and solutions to successfully meet the client’s vision”.

Teknion

Holt Renfrew

COVID Changed Everything

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how the workplace functions.” said Andy Crosson. Andy is an Associate Director in the firm’s Angus Connect division and has a background of 25+ years in design and project management in the commercial sector. Companies must provide a safe, yet flexible environment for staff and visitors, which often means different types of spaces than before the pandemic, requiring a new workplace design strategy and significant investment in new technology and systems. Our tenant team can provide technology consulting services for desk hoteling systems, room booking system design and collaboration space AV design. 

“A successful desk hoteling and room booking system will provide a simple-to use-interface, secure integration with corporate IT platforms, and analytical information on space and room usage patterns to inform future space planning decisions.  Collaboration spaces were traditionally not designed for the hybrid meetings which have become the new normal. Our team can help with AV designs that seek to provide a comparable experience for remote attendees to that of the in-person attendees.”

HH Angus’ fitout team also assisted our clients in mitigating health concerns during the pandemic. Jimmy Ma recently joined the management team for HH Angus’ Tenant Services group and noted, “Throughout the pandemic, our mechanical tenant department has been assisting our clients with landlord upgrades. These include HVAC filtration systems and UV lighting within compartment units in commercial towers, as well as carbon dioxide sensors tied to building automation systems to control fresh air supply demand loads… all with a view to providing safer and healthier workspaces for tenants.”

Serving Clients Nationally

Our dedicated team works with interior designers, end users and contractors across Canada to achieve the end client’s vision for interior fitout and design.  We’re currently working with clients across Canada, including The Cooperators in Montreal, Markham, Guelph, and Edmonton; Novartis in Montreal; TD Bank in Ottawa; and AstraZeneca in Toronto.

Dayne Perry, based in our Vancouver office, is a Manager in HH Angus’ Commercial Division and directs many of our Tenant Services projects: "The team has a unique understanding of what it takes to deliver custom design on an accelerated schedule in order to ensure occupancy takes place as quickly as possible. With our expanding offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa, we’re able to provide trusted local services to our long-standing clients across the country, and we’re particularly excited to be seeing heightened interest from clients in exploring more sustainable solutions for their spaces.

Penguin

Lexis Nexis

Sweating the Details

Jimmy Ma identified one attribute of the Tenant team that’s really appreciated by clients - a strong focus on getting the details right: “One thing that’s been proven over and over in fitout projects is the importance of always paying close attention to the specifics of the project, taking time to understand the client’s needs, and being available to address issues that inevitably arise during construction - all this goes to the purpose of avoiding stress for our clients. I think this is one of the keys to our success in this sector.”

Whether it’s multiple storeys or a single floor or office, in new or existing spaces, our designers and engineers deliver solutions and long-term value to enhance our clients’ investment.

Kohler

eBay

For more information on our fitout and lighting services, or to discuss your fitout needs, please contact:

Sam Cabral, C.Tech, Principal
Associate Director, Commercial Division
Sam.cabral@hhangus.com

Dayne Perry
Manager, Commercial Division
Dayne.perry@hhangus.com

Andy Crosson, P.Eng.
Associate Director, Angus Connect
Andy.crosson@hhangus.com

Jimmy Ma
Manager, Commercial Division
Jimmy.ma@hhangus.com

*Hero image - AstraZeneca fitout

We’re pleased to announce that Eric Suderman has been promoted to Associate Director in HH Angus’ Health Division. Eric is a Principal of the firm and oversees healthcare projects across the country. He has deep project management and design experience on major infrastructure projects, additions, renovations, compliance and P3 pursuits.

Eric is a trusted and respected leader, and collaborates with many healthcare clients, including Trillium Health Partners, Kingston Health Sciences, Quinte Health, and North Bay Regional Health Centre, among others. He is highly accountable, both personally and on a team level, committed to quality design and to understanding both client and project business goals, budgets and schedules.

Some of Eric’s current and recent projects include:

  • Trillium Health Partners – Infrastructure and renovation projects at the Mississauga Hospital, Queensway Health Centre, and Credit Valley Hospital
  • Quinte Healthcare – Infrastructure and renovation projects at Belleville General Hospital, Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, and Trenton Memorial Hospital
  • Kingston Health Sciences Centre - Infrastructure upgrade projects at Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital
  • North Bay Regional Health Centre

Health Division Director Kim Spencer has worked with Eric since he first joined HH Angus as a new graduate in 2004: “Eric has proven himself as a consistently positive, collaborative team leader, who brings a “can do” attitude to each project, is always willing to help, and encourages the same attitude in his team – a tremendous attribute for both HH Angus and our clients!”

Congratulations, Eric!

To find out how our health team can help deliver your next project, contact Eric at eric.suderman@hhangus.com or Kim at kim.spencer@hhangus.com for more information.

We’re delighted to introduce Andy Crosson, the newest member of our Angus Connect division. Andy joins us as Associate Director and, while based in our Vancouver office, he will be working with clients and on projects throughout Western Canada and across the country. Angus Connect is HH Angus’ multidisciplinary team providing a full suite of technology consulting and engineering services, from strategic technology planning and roadmap development to the design and implementation of digital healthcare facilities, smart campuses and smart office buildings.

Andy has a background of 25+ years in design and project management for clients in North America, the UK and the Middle East, and brings a wealth of experience in design, management and delivery of complex projects. A licensed electrical engineer, he specializes in smart buildings, telecommunications, audio visual, network and security design for clients across the commercial, healthcare, institutional, education, mission critical and aviation sectors. Just a few of Andy’s portfolio highlights include:

  • ‘The Stack’ for Oxford Properties in Vancouver – a 37-storey, 500,000 ft2 LEED Platinum commercial tower
  • Centennial Yards in Atlanta Georgia – featuring connectivity master planning for an 8 million ft2 mixed use development
  • Lululemon Store Support Centre in Vancouver – ICAT and smart building systems design for a new build, 600,000 ft2 LEED Platinum, WELL Platinum and Zero Carbon office building
  • Leicester City King Stadium in the UK – a new build 30,000-seat Premier League Stadium.

“Andy has an excellent grasp of not only the opportunities digital technology can offer to building owners, but also the practical implications of their implementation in design and construction – from new construction to renovations/retrofits of existing buildings”, commented Megan Angus, HH Angus’ VP of Strategy and Digital Services. “We’re thrilled to have Andy join our team and leverage his extensive experience and expertise in his leadership role in Angus Connect.”

Welcome, Andy! 

If you’d like to explore how the Angus Connect team can help your organization navigate the planning and implementation of technology in your project‒from intelligent building systems, mobile applications and wearables to smart office applications, contact Andy at andy.crosson@hhangus.com or Megan Angus at megan.angus@hhangus.com.

HH Angus is a proud sponsor and presenter at the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES) Conference on September 17-21, 2022 in Toronto. Two members of our firm will be presenting two different topics at the conference this year.

Akira Jones, Director of our Digital Services group, will be presenting on “The Future of Hospitals: Harnessing Smart Buildings Technologies and Data to Improve Patient Care and Facilities Operations” (September 19, 12:00 – 12:30PM, Track 4B).

This discussion will explore an approach to smart hospital solutions that implement purpose-built small-scale systems on a scalable platform to address specific challenges typically faced by an existing healthcare facility. Akira will use a real-world example to illustrate the opportunities and key considerations focused on updating existing infrastructure.

Marianne Lee will be co-presenting with Jessica Fullerton (The Ottawa Hospital) on “There is Something in the Water. Do you Know What it is and How it Can Hurt You?” (September 20, 13:15 – 13:45, Track 8B).

Plumbing systems in Canadian health care facilities (HCFs) are being recognized for the critical role they play in the day-to-day operations of the HCF. They can be sources of various infectious disease transmission such as CPE and legionella. As such, they must be designed, operated and maintained to contribute to patient and worker safety. This presentation will provide an overview to better understand which various pathogens are present within the plumbing system, the signs and symptoms of an outbreak, and how proper design and on-going maintenance can mitigate the risk in existing, new and renovated HCFs.

Click on the link below to learn more about the conference program and how to register.

https://ches.org/conferences-and-events/2022-ifhe-ches-conference/2022-program.html