Service: Information and Communications Technology
Hudson Pacific Properties
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
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Hybrid mass timber |16 storeys
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
"The goal of AstraZeneca's iWORK workplace strategy is to create facilities that meet expectations of how a great place to work should look and feel."
AZ Workplace Strategy Guidelines
A further goal of the fitout was to use available space more efficiently to create more collaborative, vibrant working environments to achieve a science-driven, patient-focused culture and mindset.
HH Angus provided M&E consulting engineering and IMIT communications design to the project, which presented a number of interesting challenges requiring thoughtful solutions. Among the challenges was an aggressive schedule. The team worked efficiently and collaboratively to meet the project deadlines.
The project did not allow for core drilling to feed workstations or standalone furniture. To address this, the design team and engineers had to be strategic in using perimeter and under-carpet raceways to conceal wiring. A new lighting design was implemented throughout the 5th floor, and provided a sophisticated wireless lighting control system, complete with daylight harvesting and an occupancy setting, independent of the base building control system.
During the schematic design phase, our team noted several deficiencies within the existing base building system affecting the project’s location. We requested the team have a complete site audit done by a local air balancing contractor, which identified several issues with duct connections, system operation and controls. Through this process, we were able to rectify many issues prior to the close-out phase of our project. This resulted in an efficient transition for the client, saving them both time and money.
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | IMIT Consulting
Size: 72,000 ft2 designed for two floors of tenant fitout (one floor constructed) | Status: Completed 2021
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Open floor layout accommodated despite base building risers | Base building deficiencies identified, saving client time and money | Team exceeded contract obligations in protecting client from added costs due to COVID pandemic and to ensure timely project completion
Open concept design
The client had expressed a preference for an open floor layout; however, several of the base building risers were in locations not conducive to the planned interior design. In order to accommodate the client’s wishes, we proactively identified a new shaft location, and re-routed various systems to deliver the floor layout desired by the client.
The COVID 19 pandemic began in the midst of construction. The project team reacted immediately during these challenging times by providing effective and responsive coordination virtually. The team worked through construction-related delays, and helped mitigate supply distribution delays by using local contacts to expedite shipping to meet the client-requested deadlines.
Toronto Transit Commission
Waterfront East LRT - Union Station and Queens Quay Link
The existing streetcar service begins underground at Union Station, extends south under Bay Street towards Queens Quay Station, and continues west under Queens Quay before surfacing at the portal just west of Harbour Square. The expansion will include for a new portal on Queens Quay West, between Bay and Yonge Streets, to allow for service expansion eastward along the surface of Queens Quay West.
HH Angus was engaged to provide mechanical and electrical consulting services for Preliminary Design Engineering for the Waterfront East LRT project. The work includes a Baseline Design (~ 30% design completion), a Class 3 AACE Construction Cost Estimate, and Level 3 project delivery schedule. This is to accommodate the growth and future passenger volume as part of Toronto’s waterfront revitalization project for the expansion of the existing Union and Queens Quay LRT Stations, and a new running tunnel and portal.
The upgrade will expand on the single track Union Streetcar Loop with a split unloading and boarding platform to become a side-platform station, with each platform capable of accommodating two vehicles simultaneously. An additional by-pass track with special trackwork on the outside of the passenger boarding/unloading track will also be accommodated within the station.
The existing side platform at the Queens Quay station will also be upgraded to accommodate two vehicles simultaneously boarding/unloading at each platform. In addition, the station will provide access to the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Toronto’s downtown underground PATH network.
The tunnel ventilation solution—providing at-grade ventilation shafts within a land-locked congested downtown area—required a thorough understanding of various design criteria, as well as meticulous coordination with Architectural, Structural and Civil Utilities disciplines. The final design would entail further computational design analysis beyond the scope of this project in order to address a design variance.
For the overhead catenary system, the team drew on involvement with previous projects (where we were not the designer of said system) to adapt and provide a tailored solution for the unique project requirement of traction power delivery within stations, tunnels, portals, above-grade and transitions in between, working closely with Civil Trackway and Structural disciplines.
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Plumbing Design | Security & Communications Design | Vertical Transportation Consulting
Upgraded and expanded LRT | Status: 30% design completed
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Waterfront revitalization project | Baseline Design (~ 30% design completion) | Class 3 AACE Construction Cost Estimate | Level 3 project delivery schedule
*Renderings courtesy of Strasman Architects Inc.
Innisfil Health Partners
Rizzardo Health & Wellness Centre
"[This is] a building designed with an aim of having the highest health standards, engaging the community, and being flexible to meet changing needs." *
The community health hub, an outreach of Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Barrie, serves the towns of Innisfil and northern Bradford/West Gwillimbury. Among its many offerings are blood services, pharmacy, walk-in clinic, radiology, dental clinic, café/community kitchen, interactive kitchen, doctors’ offices, mental health services, physiotherapy, etc. HH Angus provided M&E and ICAT services to the base building and site, along with full tenant fitout.
Mechanical engineering | Electrical engineering | Lighting Design | IMIT consultant | AV, communications, security design
Size: 41,000 ft2 | Status: Completed 2019
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Multiple healthcare and community
services | Double high atrium, full glass
walls | Flexible design to allow adaptive use to meet community needs
The Rizzardo Health Centre was designed with flexibility in mind, to allow its services and spaces to adapt to evolving community care needs.
Protecting client interests
One of the challenges of this project was a change in procurement method during the execution of the work, from stipulated sum to design build. Part of our value to the client in this situation was in protecting them from added costs.
*Bradford Today, Miriam King, March 21, 2019
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation
Pickering Casino Resort
The Pickering Casino Resort is being built in two phases - the first includes gaming and dining facilities, and the second features an entertainment venue and hotel.
HH Angus was engaged to provide electrical engineering and design services and supporting infrastructure for security, AV, IT/communications, and lighting for this 330,000 ft2 greenfield development. When complete, the complex will include a 250-room hotel, a gaming facility accommodating approximately 2,350 slots, 100 gaming tables, 167 Live Dealer Stadium Gaming terminals, a variety of dining options, retail space, and a 2,500-seat multi-purpose performance venue.
This project was fast tracked with a very aggressive schedule. As the site previously was a field, our key challenge was to lay the infrastructure in place to support a world-class casino (power, telecom, traffic, lighting, water, civil engineering, etc.). We accomplished this task with the help of our design assist partner Guild Electric. HH Angus and Guild worked very closely from Day One to represent the client at all levels of design. Together, we approached the utility companies, vendors, and supply chain to ensure we could achieve the aggressive schedule.
Among the key electrical engineering elements are:
- Encapsulated below-grade generator room and main electrical distribution
- Campus electrical distribution system is fully concrete encased below the casino floor. This required a high level of coordination prior to the concrete pour
- Intelligent and fully addressable lighting control system. Utilized for aesthetics, security, and life safety
- Strategic early works planning and coordination with electrical utility to allow temporary power and permanent power to derive from the same service; this was a significant cost saving for the owner
- Emergency power distribution supplemented by uninterruptible power supplies ensure the casino and critical services can continue to operate independently of the utility grid for a prolonged period of time
- 2000+ security cameras and necessary IT infrastructure was designed to support access control, intrusion, CCTV, panic duress, coordination with OPP and AGCO.
Electrical Engineering | IMIT Consulting | Lighting Design | Feasibility Study
Design/Build | Fast Track (Design Assist) | 330,000 ft2 greenfield development | Strategic early works planning resulted in cost savings for client | Status: Phase 1 completion 2021, Phase 2 completion estimated 2023
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Gaming facility, hotel and performance venue | Solar carport and parkade EV charging | Emergency power and UPS for prolonged power supply independent of utility grid | 2000+ security cameras
Parking amenities include a solar carport and integrated EV charging stations. HH Angus worked with VCT Group on these features, designing the infrastructure to allow the photo voltaic system to tie into the electrical network. The surface parking area will accommodate approximately 1,675 cars and the parking structure will provide for another 3,000 cars.
Creating a seamless and luxurious customer experience was a key success factor in the project, and Angus Connect worked closely with the owner on the IT systems, which will support the customer experience and enhance the security and efficiency of the casino operations.