Toronto Waterfront Campus
WPP Group's building is part of the largest urban revitalization project in North AMerica, bringing together new businesses, restaurants, and transport connections.
Work Design Magazine March 28, 2023
This cutting-edge project on Toronto’s downtown waterfront represents an evolution in commercial office development and reinvents how employees work together in Toronto’s rapidly evolving creative and technology sectors. The new space merges a large number of WPP’s operating companies and 2,000 employees into the top seven floors of the Waterfront Innovation Centre at the city’s iconic ‘Sugar Beach’. HH Angus provided engineering consulting services for this 220,000 ft2 tenant fitout project. WPP is the anchor tenant for the Waterfront Innovation Centre.
The fitout included raised floors for underfloor HVAC systems and is targeting LEED Platinum certification. On each floor, the design features a café, hub and IT equipment room, with one single Main Communications Room.
The 8th floor has a custom production area with very specific acoustic requirements. Our mechanical team worked closely with the acoustical consultant to provide a design that meets the strict acoustic requirements for video and audio production and recording. This was achieved through careful placement of fan-powered boxes equipped with silencers. The production area includes multimedia studios, photo studios and a print lab. Lighting control for these rooms is enhanced with tunable lighting, allowing users to adjust the colour temperature in real time.
The 10th floor is the client-facing floor and includes meeting rooms with fully-integrated AV, smart lighting control, open ceiling design concept (industrial design), a large point-of-sale catering kitchen with back of house facilities and an outdoor terrace.
Our communications team designed several interconnecting fibre risers to provide the client with the most cost effective solution and full redundancy to meet their current and future needs, and to ensure the system will continue to operate in the event of external critical failures.
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Communications Design
220,000 ft2 colocation project unifying up to 40 different companies | Seven-floor fitout | Status: Completed 2022
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
WELL design principles | Pressurized raised floor systems with underfloor HVAC systems | Rigorous acoustic requirements for audio and video recording | Redundant interconnecting communications fibre risers to ensure system will operate in the event of external critical failures
Image courtesy of Menkes Developments Ltd.
Porter Aviation Holdings
Montréal Saint-Hubert Airport Terminal
Porter Aviation Holdings Inc., in partnership with Montréal Saint-Hubert Airport, is developing a new zero carbon terminal to serve 4 million+ passengers annually.
Terminal construction begins mid-2023, with completion scheduled for late 2024. The terminal is being designed by Scott Associates Architects Inc., with HH Angus providing mechanical and electrical engineering services for the 20,000 m2 (225,000 ft2) terminal building (YHU). All systems will be designed to fully operate on electric power.
Features of the new facility include:
- Modern design aesthetic, featuring natural light and high-quality materials
- 21,000 m2 (225,000 ft2)
- 9 bridged aircraft gates
- Lounge-style seating for all passengers
- Food and beverage concessions, and retail vendors
- A net-zero facility with all building systems to fully operate on electric power
- State-of-the-art passenger and baggage processing, and security installations
Porter will continue expanding its existing operations at the Trudeau Airport (YUL) in Montréal, while introducing a Canada-wide network at the YHU airport. The airline intends to connect YHU with both of its Toronto hubs - Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). The new terminal will also be open to other airlines.
The YHU terminal development is modeled after the successful revitalization of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport that Porter has been a part of since 2006. After decades of declining passenger service at the island airport, Porter's commitment to YTZ was the catalyst for route developments and infrastructure investments that led to the airport serving nearly three million passengers annually, across more than 20 routes and producing $3 billion in annual economic impact. The YHU terminal will also provide faster passenger processing, resulting in travel time savings.
HH Angus is also working with Scott Associates Architects on Porter Aviation's two new massive aircraft hangars at the Ottawa Airport, scheduled for completion in early 2024. They are part of a series of projects to revitalize the Ottawa Airport so that it can accommodate increased air travel demand in the National Capital Region. We were also involved with the original revitalization of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, as well as its further expansion in 2014, and have been working with Porter Aviation since its inception.
To read the full press release, click the link below: Porter developing modern passenger terminal at convenient Montréal Saint-Hubert Airport and launching new air service (newswire.ca)
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering
Zero carbon airport terminal | 9 bridged gates | Status: Ongoing
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
225,000 ft2 | All systems designed to fully operate on electric power
Image courtesy of Scott Associates Architects
Porter Aviation Holdings
Ottawa Airport Hangars
Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. is building two massive aircraft hangars at the Ottawa International Airport. At 150,000+ square feet and $65 million, the project is designed by Scott Associates Architects. PCL is acting as construction manager together with Span Construction & Engineering. HH Angus is providing mechanical and electrical engineering to the project, as well as ICAT and security design.
The Porter hangars are being constructed in two phases - the first is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023, and the second shortly after, in 2024. They are part of a series of projects to revitalize the Ottawa Airport, so that it can accommodate increased air travel demand in the National Capital Region. The hangars will span approximately 86 metres, and will be able to house several aircraft, along with various repair and parts modification shops.
One of the project's key design criteria is to exceed current energy efficiency standards, in line with the airport's commitment to net-zero operations by 2040 or sooner.
HH Angus is also working with Scott Associates Architects on Porter Aviation's Saint-Hubert Airport Terminal project, a new zero-carbon terminal that will serve an estimated four million passengers annually. We were also involved with the original revitalization of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport that was completed in 2011, as well as its further expansion in 2014, and have been working with Porter Aviation since its inception.
Click here for a one-minute video of the hangar topping off.
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | ICAT Design | Security Design
Status: Completion 2024
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
150,000+ square feet | Energy efficient design
Image and video courtesy of Porter Airlines.
Vancouver's Oakridge Centre is a visionary mixed-use redevelopment of approximately 4.3 million square feet, plus residential areas. The work will be completed in two phases and will encompass a vibrant mix of retail, office, residential, cultural, and civic spaces, along with a landscaped rooftop park.
HH Angus provided fire protection Engineer of Record design services for approximately 2.5 million ft2 of the retail, parkade and service areas, as well as peer review of the central plant engineering.
An interesting aspect of our project scope is the multiple water parcels and phasing, which meant needing to design each section with expansion in mind. Our project design work is being completed entirely in Revit, with a program called Autosprink that allows us to place the sprinkler heads and then connect them to provide highly-detailed hydraulic calculations. This involves laying out heads, branches and mains, and performing all calculations to present for sprinkler permits. The design also includes multiple fire pumps and a back-up cistern to store water on-site for use in the event of waterflow emergency.
The project requires a strong focus on effective communication. Our team's seamless collaboration with multiple partners and consultants through open and inclusive communication channels encouraged the flow of information and ideas, fostering creative problem-solving and innovative solutions. These often required coming up with alternative code-compliant solutions.
Despite only joining the project during design development, we successfully applied cutting-edge software and project management techniques to deliver our assigned scope within the designated time frame. As a result, we have been awarded additional project scope and the opportunity to further contribute to the overall success of the project.
Fire Protection, Phase 1A & B | District energy plant peer review
2,600 residences | Office space for 3,000 workers across multiple towers | 2.5 million ft2 of retail, parkade and service areas | Status: Completion estimated for 2027
Vancouver, British Columbia
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Our team's close collaboration with multiple partners and consultants through open and inclusive communication channels encouraged productive flow of information and ideas, fostering creative problem-solving and innovative solutions
Photos courtesy of Adamson Associates Architects.
Efficient resource allocation
Given the vast scale of the project, it has been important to identify critical resource needs and to optimize their deployment in order to avoid bottlenecks.
The Co-operators’ Headquarters renovation in Guelph, Ontario covers three floors totalling 226,000 ft2, and including a data centre, cafeteria, fitness centre, conference rooms, and three-storey open atrium.
The building will feature an all-electric design to eliminate direct carbon emissions from any on-site source. This means that the company will not need to undertake any retrofits or decarbonization plans to achieve net zero targets. The building is being designed to be highly energy-efficient and to minimize indirect annual carbon emissions from electricity.
Any remaining emissions will be offset through high-quality carbon offsets or carbon-free renewable energy sources. The construction process will also meaningfully reduce or offset “embodied carbon” emissions resulting from the manufacture, transportation, and disposal of all building materials.
The Canada Green Building Council has identified the building sector as Canada’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG). Presently, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings are responsible for 17% of Canada’s GHG emissions, and this figure approaches 30% when building materials and construction processes are taken into account.
Despite an aggressive construction schedule, the project will overcome the challenges of integrating an all-electric design and achieving Zero Carbon Building certification. It will also surpass goals for energy and GHG savings beyond the Ontario Building Code’s all-electric baseline and heating load reduction minimum for new builds. The building also features a rooftop solar array and a high-efficiency water source, showcasing innovative approaches to sustainable design.
The building’s low-impact features include:
- Energy and GHG savings are 40% greater than the Ontario Building Code’s all-electric baseline
- 60% reduced heating load, which surpasses the minimum code requirement for new office builds
- A 282 kW rooftop solar array that will produce ~ 9% of the building’s annual total energy
- Automatic window tinting to reduce glare and save energy
- A highly-insulated and airtight envelope to conserve energy
- High-efficiency water source technology to recover and redistribute heat throughout the building
- LED lighting equipped with occupancy and daylight harvesting sensors that turn on only when needed
Read CaGBC's feature article about The Co-operators Guelph Headquarters.
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | IMIT Consulting | Lighting Design
226,000 ft2 | Status: Completion estimated for 2024 | Targeting LEED Gold and WELL Platinum certifications | LED lighting | Daylight harvesting
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Energy and GHG savings 40% greater than all-electric OBC standard | Building designed to achieve net-zero through all-electric design, without retrofits or decarbonization | Targeting reduced embodied carbon emissions during construction, minimizing carbon footprint
Zero carbon building
The building aims to attain ‘zero carbon building – design standard’ certification as well as LEED Gold and WELL Platinum certifications.
There is also a plan to offset embodied carbon emissions resulting from construction, manufacturing, transportation and disposal of all building materials.