Hudson Pacific Properties

Burrard Exchange

Burrard Exchange adds to HH Angus’ growing portfolio of commercial, healthcare and mission critical work in Vancouver and the broader BC region.

In September 2021, Hudson Pacific Properties, in partnership with Blackstone Real Estate, unveiled plans for the addition of a hybrid mass timber 16-storey office and retail development to downtown Vancouver’s Bentall Centre, adding 450,000 ft2 of office and retail space within the complex.

Once approved, the new building, called Burrard Exchange, will be one of North America’s tallest exposed mass timber office buildings. The mass timber construction technique will support the project’s sustainability goals and reduce embodied carbon.

HH Angus is providing mechanical and electrical engineering, IT/communications, and energy modeling consulting services for this exciting new commercial project. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is the design architect and Adamson Associates Architects is the architect of record.

"Our team is excited to be part of this project for a number of reasons." said Kevin O’Neill, Commercial Division Director at HH Angus: "That the project will set a new benchmark for green construction in Vancouver and the innovative use of mass timber are key highlights for us. We’re thrilled to be working with Hudson Pacific Properties, KPF and Adamson Associates on this development."

To read Hudson Pacific Properties’ full press release, click here.

HH Angus provided consulting engineering services to another timber project completed in 2020 – Oakville Fire Station 8 – which used cross-laminated timber in its construction.  One of the special considerations of using timber is that it requires both expertise and unusually close coordination between the M&E designers and the structural designers since, unlike drywall, wood openings cannot be adjusted once cut.

Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | IT/Communications Design | Energy Modeling

Size: 450,000 ft2 | Office/Retail Development | Reduced embodied carbon when operational | Status: Completion TBA

Vancouver, British Columbia

Hybrid mass timber |16 storeys

Plan extérieur du Burrard Exchange
Exterior shot of the Burrard Exchange


Mass Timber Construction

Burrard Exchange will be Hudson Pacific Properties’ first mass timber development and builds on the momentum of other mass timber projects in British Columbia.

Renderings courtesy of Hudson Pacific Properties

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment

BMO Field Expansion

HH Angus and Associates provided mechanical and electrical consulting engineering for renovations to BMO Field. Home to the TFC, Toronto’s MLS football team, the existing facility quickly outgrew its amenities, a testament to the team’s popularity.

The BMO Field facility expansion featured: 8,400 additional seats, new washrooms and concession stands; 12 new executive suites; 2 party suites; a loge box; new full-service kitchen for restaurants, suites and clubs; 2 new private clubs (accommodating 230 / 420 patrons); expansion of the Rogers Club from 500 to 750 patrons, plus upgraded finishes and improved food, beverage and washroom facilities; a new, larger full HD video board; new loading dock; support spaces; and a new concourse at the south end of the stadium, creating one continuous concourse on the upper level. The project was drafted in REVIT, although it is not a true BIM project.

Some of the project challenges included coordination of the design package with the realities of site constraints and energy goals. HH Angus had dealt with these challenges in the past and had a depth of experience in Construction Management, P3, and Integrated Project Delivery methods, as well as having a firm grasp of the complexities associated with coordinating the design across multiple Revit models and with multiple firms.

The accelerated construction schedule presented a significant challenge. Work that traditionally occurs sequentially had to be delivered concurrently, which put pressure on the design team to accommodate not only increased coordination, but also a high number of changes from the original design intent.

One of the unique engineering considerations was the winterization of washrooms and concession areas. These areas are exposed directly to the elements during the winter and the facility management team did not want to drain the domestic system at the end of every season, as they had to do with the existing concourse areas.

Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Energy Modeling | Lighting Design | Security and Communications Design

Size: 150,700 ft2 
| Status: Completed Phase 1 - 2015  &      Phase 2 - 2016

Toronto, Ontario

Renovation and expansion  | Unique considerations included winterization of washrooms and concession areas to eliminate draining the domestic system at the end of each year


Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning

“This investment in the Research and Learning Tower will help ensure that Canada remains a world leader in health research, and that we will continue to make discoveries that benefit children around the world.”
– Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology

HH Angus provided mechanical and electrical consulting engineering for this 740,000 ft2 high-rise research and educational facility. This building enhanced the overall campus of SickKids, which totals over 2,500,000 ft2. SickKids is a landmark hospital and renowned internationally as a world-class institution.

The facility has been certified LEED® Gold. Energy modeling indicated a significant improvement over the minimum energy performance required by the program. Systems were segregated to achieve significant thermal reuse within the facility. The option to integrate a waste heat recovery system from the neighbouring district heating provider was incorporated into the design to realize even greater energy efficiency in future.

The building services design supported the main objectives for the new facility:

  • Consolidate the Research Institute into a cohesive unit
  • Integrate research functions with the hospital
  • Provide flexibility for future change
  • Maximize functionality and efficiency
  • Share support functions
  • Utilize current technologies and infrastructure, including a plan for increased security for highly specialized spaces such as Containment Level 3
  • Incorporate exemplary sustainable “Green” building design concepts and system
  • Create a high-tech, cost-effective space for evolving state-of-the-art technologies

The interesting design challenges inherent in this high-rise lab building contributed to both the complexity and enjoyment of the design process, including a 1½ storey vivarium and 40,000 ft2 of educational space.

Quote source: SickKids

Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | IT & Communication Design | Vertical Transportation | Lighting Design

Size: 740,000 ft2 with 40,000 ft2 educational space | Status: Completed 2013

Toronto, Ontario

Complex systems design for a tight downtown urban space |
1.5 storey vivarium | LEED Gold Certified | Incorporated options to permit a future waste heat recovery system


Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning, ICAT

Creative solutions were required to accommodate the extremely intense and sophisticated computer systems within the architectural constraints of this building.

Angus Connect provided a Canadian first — the design and implementation of an HPC-High Performance data centre in a healthcare research facility.

Our recommended technical solution involved an overhead communications wiring system design, using multiple cable trays with an integral cable access management system. This innovative system design solution resulted in considerable space savings over a conventional system. A conventional raised floor communications cabling system was not an option due to space restrictions.

This Data Centre, which supports data cabinets with high performance servers that use 60 KW load, required very large and fully redundant Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) and emergency generator systems to support the critical loads.

The facility has been certified LEED® Gold. The shell and core design were already well along when the Hospital’s High Performance computing group announced their intention to locate all of their high performance computing equipment into the new Data Centre.

Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering 
| IT Communications Design |  Lightining Design

Size: 740,000 ft2  | Status: Completed 2013

Toronto, Ontario

Introduced innovative system solutions for urban-space saving, along with sophisticated computer systems | LEED Gold Certified

Penticton Regional Hospital

David E. Kampe Patient Care Tower

This project involved the design, construction, financing and maintenance of a new patient care tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.

The HH Angus team designed all new mechanical facilities – such as boiler plants and chiller plants – to post disaster requirements, in order to comply with provincial regulations. Also, BC’s Wood First Act required that sustainable materials be used throughout the building. The winning design included widespread use of wood elements to create a warm, tranquil environment for patients and visitors.

As part of Interior Health’s commitment to sustainability and green buildings, the new patient care tower was designed and constructed to achieve LEED® Gold and was certified in 2021.

In 2022, the patient care tower project and contractor EllisDon were honoured with a Silver Excellence Award from the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, in the category of ‘General Contractors - Tenant Improvement - Over $15 Million.’

Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Vertical Transportation | Energy Modeling | ICAT Consulting

Size: 287,500 ft2 | Status: Completed 2019

Penticton, British Columbia

Boiler plants and chiller plants |  New ambulatory care centre | 480-stall parkade | Renovations to expand ER | LEED Gold Certified

Design for comprehensive services

The Tower features an ambulatory care centre, surgical services centre, 84 medical/surgical inpatient beds in single patient rooms, a new medical device reprocessing unit, and program space for the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine.

Enabling consolidation

The Tower enhances access to services and improves patient care through consolidation of programs that were previously dispersed throughout the hospital.

New and renovated spaces

The project included two phases, Phase 1 being the design and construction of the new tower and 480-stall parkade. Phase 2 comprises renovations to the existing hospital to create an expanded ER  almost four times the size of the original ER, as well as renovations to the pharmacy stores and support areas.

— Images courtesy of Mark Yoo