University of Toronto

Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Canada’s largest pharmacy school, this 167,000 ft2 teaching and research facility includes practice laboratories, research facilities, a resource centre, lecture theatres and offices for faculty, staff and graduate students. The building is 16 storeys (13 above and three below grade), and supports the academic, research and teaching needs of more than 1,300 people daily.

A ‘repeatable’ environment is fundamental in research facilities. By designing steady and stable environmental conditions, experiments can be repeated without data corruption.

Program space includes 23 labs for pharmaceutical research. Laboratory features include distribution of lab gases, on-site nitrogen generation, Type II Reverse Osmosis water, and a ganged fume hood system sized to accommodate 65 fume hoods, complete with variable volume control and glycol heat recovery systems.

Conservation measures were applied to the laboratory systems to minimize energy use while meeting stringent laboratory standards. Separate plumbing systems were designed to avoid contamination by lab waste and to collect rainwater for distribution to the Winter Garden.

Signature ‘floating’ pods anchor the lighting design for the building’s dramatic five-storey atrium. Theatre-inspired lighting is computer controlled by a dimming system that changes the evening lighting every 15 minutes. Rather than attach luminaires to the pods themselves, which would have compromised the architect’s vision, the dramatic lighting comes from 128 – 375 watt and 300 watt quartz halogen lamps attached to black theatre pipes mounted on the vertical mullions. The fixtures can be moved up or down and become part of the spatial experience. 

A 12-storey central atrium brings sunlight deep into the core in other parts of the building. For the upper perimeter, a high window system enables less expensive, concealed wall-wash lighting. Echoing the geometry of the interior architecture, LEDs were fixed into the handrails of hallways and bridges for emergency lighting.

Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Lighting Design  

Size: 167,000 ft2 | Status: Completed 2006

Toronto, Ontario

23 labs for pharmaceutical reserch | Practice laboratories, research facilities, resource centre, lecture theatres, and offices for faculty, staff and graduate students | Signature floating pods lighting design | Energy conservation measures implemented | 12 storey atrium

Designed for flexibility

As with all research centres, we design for future uses of the space. We plan for flexibility, to allow for future IT development, or to enable the space to be retrofitted quickly and cost-effectively.

Award-winning lighting

The Pharmacy Building has been honoured with numerous international awards and press coverage and, in 2009, the Toronto Star newspaper named the Leslie Dan lighted pods as one of “175 Reasons to Love Toronto”.  At dusk, the pods mimic the setting sun, bursting with fiery reds and deep blues. Colours advance through a palette of hues, starting on one pod and flowing to the other.

Humber College

Student Welcome & Resource Centre

The Student Welcome and Resource Centre at Humber College provides a high-visibility landmark gateway to the campus, and a highly accessible focal gathering place for students and the public.

The campus gateway is a standalone facility at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, an historic agricultural parkland on the shores of Lake Ontario.

As the mechanical and electrical engineering consultant on the Planning, Design and Compliance (PDC) team, HH Angus contributed to the development of a detailed space program, room layouts and adjacencies, including space data sheets.

Our project scope included developing the design brief and schematic plans for a comprehensive PSOS (Project Specific Output Specifications). The PDC team reviewed all design submissions to ensure full compliance with the original schematic design and PSOS.

The PDC team submitted all necessary planning documents to facilitate development. This included completion of massing and setback drawings to support discussions with city planning to obtain feedback to inform the RFP. The team also attended public meetings and open houses to represent Humber’s interests and answer design-related questions.

Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | PDC team

Size: 43,500 ft2 | Status: Completed 2017

Toronto, Ontario

Detailed space program, room layouts and adjacencies, including space data sheets | Design brief and schematic plan for comprehensive PSOS | Sustainable design strategies included green roof and large areas of landscaping | Certified LEED silver

Engineering for occupant comfort

Certified LEED Silver, the four-story structure houses 43,500 ft2 of space for student services, cultural facilities, and wellness programs.

Working with nature 

Sustainable design strategies included a green roof and large areas of landscaping. Full-height glazing on the east and north elevations maximize daylight harvesting while metal sunscreens and shade trees reduce solar gain in summer.

Queen’s University

School of Medicine

The Queen’s University School of Medicine is a state-of-the-art multifaceted facility. This project updates, consolidates, expands and relocates the teaching, research, administrative and student facilities, which had previously been scattered across several buildings. The greenfield project was built to ensure sustained teaching and research excellence.

The building is 128,260 ft2 on five levels, plus a mechanical penthouse, and consists of a teaching facility comprising medical teaching spaces, simulation labs and surgical/technical skills labs, autopsy, microbiology and biochemistry labs and support spaces, physiology/pharmacology and support spaces, anatomy and dissection labs, two teaching theatres, medical teaching facilities and study rooms.

The design of this leading-edge facility included a fitout to enable electronic mannequins in the simulation labs, and medical gas installations to permit students to perform simulated procedures. Mechanical specifications encompassed special exhaust equipment in the autopsy rooms to evacuate chemicals used in autopsy processes and body preservation, as well as a fitout for body storage.

Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering

Size: 128,260 ft2 | Status: Completed 2011

Kingston, Ontario

Mechanical penthouse | Teaching facility comprising medical teaching spaces, distinctive labs and support spaces
| Fitout to enable electronic mannequins and medical gas installations 

University of Toronto

Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research

University of Toronto institutions are world leaders in the quest to find the link between genes and disease. The Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (CCBR) is an innovative, multidisciplinary facility and the first of its kind in Canada: an advanced research centre capable of competing with the world’s top research and development institutions. 

The CCBR was designed as a highly functional, flexible and technically advanced research facility that reflects the University’s status as a world leader in the field of genome research while, at the same time, recognizing the historical importance of its neighbouring buildings.

As a sustainable and green building, the CCBR showcased the use of new and emerging materials as key elements. The double façade curtain wall was one of these unique features. It supports natural ventilation on the south side, circulating air and promoting cooling in hot weather, and acting as a thermal sink in subzero conditions. This stack effect, controlled by variable dampers, considerably reduces the heating and cooling load on the mechanical systems. The curtain wall reduces noise infiltration and decreases heat loss, with the outer leaf of the double façade functioning as a shield to buffer the interior from the urban wind tunnel of the adjacent College Street, a major city thoroughfare.

Energy conserving measures were applied to the laboratory systems to minimize energy use while meeting stringent laboratory standards. Separate plumbing systems were developed to avoid contamination of the environment by laboratory waste and to collect rainwater for distribution to the Winter Garden.

HH Angus met the challenges of this unique facility by designing and engineering systems that will allow this building to stand the test of time as an example of innovative sustainable design. 

Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | CCTV | Security and Communications | Preliminary Vertical
 Transportation Review

Size: 221,000 ft2 | Status: Completed 2006

Toronto, Ontario

Double faç
ade curtain wall was introduced to reduce noise infiltration & decrease heat loss | Energy conservation measures | Full Building Automation System designed

Integrating new and old

The CCBR is a 13-storey glass tower surrounded by historical buildings. With a gross floor area of 221,010 ft2, it is an outstanding example of sustainable design, comprising a range of variable space requirements: highly controlled laboratory floors are located beside naturally ventilated public spaces like the Winter Garden.

Improving efficiency with BAS

A full building automation system was designed for this building.

Siemens Canada

Algonquin College Trigeneration Plant

HH Angus was retained to design a trigeneration plant for Ottawa’s Algonquin College. Our scope included review of Siemens’ PSUI application to IESO, and assisting with their application. Because the existing central utility plant (CUP) was not large enough to accommodate new plant systems, our team developed a pre-engineered building to be built adjacent to the existing CUP.

As Prime Consultant, HH Angus retained Milman and Associates to undertake the required structural engineering, including a roof design to accommodate the cooling towers, rad cooler and transformer. An additional mezzanine was added to house auxiliary equipment.

In order to maximize the usable heat during summer months, a 350 ton absorption chiller, using double effect flue gas and hot water, was detailed. The 2 MW reciprocating trigeneration plant features selective catalytic reduction units and a heat recovery boiler.

Some project challenges included:

  • Integrating and commissioning a trigeneration system into an operating facility
  • Noise constraints due to proximity of CUP to College operations
  • Space constraints due to pre-engineered building
  • Footprint was maxed out based on site restrictions; HH Angus had to take into account future co-gen, chiller and ancillaries
  • Ongoing upgrades in CUP heating and cooling, which HH Angus coordinated with another consultant
  • Operating flexibility required for both parallel and island operation
  • Solutions included: designed mezzanines in the existing CUP to house equipment and accommodate new, pre-engineered building for the second cogen and chiller; and rigorous scheduling coordination with Utility and College operations staff

Prime Consultant | Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering

Status: Completed 2017

Ottawa, Ontario

Review of PSUI application to IESO | 350-ton absorption chiller | 2 MW reciprocating trigen plant with selective catalytic reduction units & heat recovery boiler

Minimizing Disruption

All new equipment was connected to existing systems, with electrical connections restricted to well-planned shutdowns, resulting in minimal disruption to the ongoing operations of the campus.