Ministry of the Solicitor General | Infrastructure Ontario
Thunder Bay Correctional Complex (TBCC)
The TBCC involves replacement of aging jail and correctional facilities with a new 345-bed, multipurpose complex. Both the existing Thunder Bay Jail and Thunder Bay Correctional Facility are among the oldest provincially-run adult correctional facilities, built in 1928 and 1965 respectively.
The new TBCC updates automation and technology to address issues of health, safety and security, and introduces efficiencies around design, technology, and the use of space. HH Angus is providing mechanical consulting engineering and vertical transportation consulting to the EllisDon Infrastructure Justice design team.
The TBCC is targeting LEED Silver certification and LEED Resilient Design pilot credits through the United States Green Building Council. The design focuses on energy efficiency, healthy indoor environments and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The complex will also include views of nature, allow ample natural light and feature dedicated Indigenous cultural spaces, such as smudging space and sweat and teaching lodges.
The new facility is the first of its kind for an Ontario correctional facility, incorporating design features that promote rehabilitation of inmates. It will also improve access to programming, living conditions and education, while updating automation and technology.
The TBCC project has presented several challenges to our design team, including a compressed schedule and the involvement of numerous stakeholders. It has also been interesting on a technical level: mechanically, the various modes of operation and interconnection of systems are quite complex, necessitating a high degree of flexibility within the capacity of the mechanical equipment. The building construction featured a precast exterior with block walls, requiring very close coordination with trades to align openings and allow access for equipment.
Due to the secure nature of the facility, the mechanical system was integrated seamlessly into the architectural features, all accessible equipment is provided in a secure location, and all building systems interact
with the BAS.
The facility will include a connection to an existing 50-inmate facility — the Thunder Bay Modular Built Facility — located southeast of the TBCC and currently under construction. The project also involves the design and construction of a 4,000 ft2 wastewater treatment facility to allow for a fully self-sufficient and self-contained facility.
Mechanical Engineering | Vertical Transportation
$1.2 billion | 345-bed, multipurpose facility | 164,000 ft2 | Completion expected in 2026
KEY SCOPE ELEMENT
Design required careful consideration of all inmate-accessible areas | Compressed schedule | Close collaboration with trades to ensure pre-cast exterior elements align accurately with equipment access openings
Ontario Ministry of Health
Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion (OAHPP)
(Sheila Basrur Centre)
Following the 2003 SARS outbreak, Public Health Ontario needed a site to bring together academic, clinical, public health and government experts on infection control and prevention. HH Angus was instrumental in providing a high quality, energy-saving workplace to meet LEED-CI Silver standards, key to highlighting PHO's commitment to sustainable practices.
A new 250kW natural gas-fired generator installed on the roof is the heart of the command centre. Its purpose is to exclusively back up the Electrical and Supplemental HVAC systems serving the command centre. As the area has unusual 416/240V service, special voltage requirements were engineered to facilitate both lighting and power equipment. Harmonic-type transformers provided clean, non-distorted power to two distribution panels, 80KVA UPS, receptacle, lighting panels and HVAC units. The 80KVA UPS unit provides 30 minutes of non-interrupted power to the command centre to allow the generator to start and reach full load capacity.
Since the original building did not meet LEED HVAC requirements, we provided detailed and well-thought-out designs to meet LEED criteria. High efficiency fixtures reduced the burden on city water supply and waste water systems. In addition, lighting was a major component for the LEED-CI Silver criteria, with glare and contrast ratio control, linear fluorescent direct/indirect lighting systems, LED downlights, and daylight harvesting.
Information technology infrastructure was key to the successful long-term functioning of this facility. The infrastructure included telecommunications rooms, conduits, cable support systems and structured cabling systems. The IT rooms house all of the building’s telecommunications fiber optics and copper backbone systems, horizontal cabling system and networking equipment, including telephone, data and video services. In the meeting spaces, the large display wall is intended for daily presentation requirements but, in the case of an emergency response scenario, the room will serve as a 24x7 mission critical war room.
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Communications Design | Lighting Design
Status: Completed 2009 | 40,000 ft2 | 250kW natural gas generator for emergency back up power | 416/240 volt service required special engineering for lighting and power | 80 KVA UPS
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
250kW natural gas-fired generator | Achieving LEED requirements, particularly for HVAC and Lighting | IT infrastructure
City of Toronto
Nathan Phillips Square - Indian Residential School
The City of Toronto is revitalizing areas of its landmark Nathan Phillips Square at New City Hall. As part of the improvements, a new Teaching, Learning, Sharing, and Healing space is being designed and constructed to pay homage to Indian Residential School Survivors.
The project consists of upgrades to existing surfaces with all new landscaping, including a water feature, large sculpture and public building.
HH Angus’ scope features a full technical audit and inventory report to document all infrastructure and equipment impacted by the project; power supply for new landscape and other LED lighting fixtures; connection of new area drainage to existing storm systems in the parking level; mechanical and electrical services for new 450 ft2 teaching lodge and design of security systems for public spaces and the teaching lodge.
HH Angus is also developing and preparing a commissioning plan for all mechanical and electrical equipment being installed during the project.
One of the interesting challenges of this project is working with multiple stakeholders to ensure the vision of all parties for the project is realized.
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Security Design | IMIT Design | Commissioning
Status: Ongoing | New sharing and healing space | Teaching lodge | New landscaping
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Technical audit | Inventory Report | Power supply | Connection to drainage area in underground parking level | M&E services for new teaching lodge | Design of security systems
Canadian War Museum
The Canadian War Museum is a unique and historically important project, with a signature design appropriate to its purpose. Situated on Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats, on the bank of the Ottawa River, this world-class facility is a major attraction for Canadian and international visitors.
Inspired by countless acts of Canadian bravery in conflict zones around the world, Architect Raymond Moriyama created a design which blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. The building features a landscaped roof - low-maintenance, self-seeding, and fully accessible. The Memorial Hall is strategically located at the intersection of two axes. One aligns the Memorial with the Parliament Building’s Peace Tower, and the other is the solar azimuth at precisely 11:00 am on November 11 - Remembrance Day - when 11 precisely-oriented rods capture the sun’s rays at that poignant moment for Canadians, symbolizing spiritual rejuvenation and a new beginning.
The vertical transportation system includes five (5) passenger elevators and one (1) freight elevator to accommodate movement of large artifacts.
The elevator system design for this project required that special consideration be given to the site location and its geological characteristics. All elevators are of the “holeless” hydraulic type, with special design features to attain the travel distances required, within very tight overhead allowances.
The Canadian war museum is an affiliate of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and houses 440,000 ft2 of exhibit, archive and office space, as well as a 4,200 ft2 theatre.
Vertical Transportation Consulting
Status: Completed 2002
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Elevator Design | 5 passenger elevators and 1 freight elevator
Peel Regional Police
The renovation project customized this building for policing and admin functions. Originally, the building had been designed for pharmaceutical research labs and support spaces.
HH Angus was engaged to provide M&E and IMIT consulting engineering for the partial renovation of this existing Peel Regional Police facility. The building has a gross area of ~ 91,000 ft2, with the renovated area totaling ~ 70,000 ft2.
The project involved replacing two boilers and heat pumps, along with the installation of a new make-up air unit on the roof. These service the entire building’s hydronic heating, while the new make-up air unit serves the basement area. As well, part of the contract was to upgrade mechanical systems to suit new load, due to changes in office floor layout and function.
Among the challenges of the project was the requirement for multiple site surveys in order to confirm the existing equipment on site. The project was also completed under a very aggressive schedule in order to meet the targeted occupancy date.
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Lighting Design | IMIT Consulting
Renovated space size: 70,000 ft2 | Status: Completed 2019
Peel Region, GTA, Ontario
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Extensive mechanical upgrades and replacements | Multiple site surveys to overcome lack of as-built drawings | Fast-track schedule
Images courtesy of CS&P Architects Inc.