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 | 450,000 ft2 | Completion expected in 2026

Eastern Canada

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

Niagara Health System | Infrastructure Ontario 

New South Niagara Hospital

New South Niagara Hospital is targeting LEED Silver certification and is being designed to be Canada’s first WELL-certified healthcare facility. The project was recently nominated for two CCPPP awards for excellence in public-private partnerships.

HH Angus is part of the design team under EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare, the proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the new South Niagara Health Hospital project. The EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare team includes:

  • Leads: EllisDon Capital Inc. & Plenary Americas LP
  • Design Team: Parkin Architects Ltd. & Adamson Associates Architects
  • Construction Team: EllisDon Corporation
  • Financial Advisor: EllisDon Capital Inc.

HH Angus is providing consulting services for mechanical engineering and conveyance systems (automated guided vehicles, autonomous mobile robots, and vertical transportation) as part of the design team.

The new facility will be a full acute care hospital with 24/7 Emergency Department, diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical services. The latter will include medical, surgical, and intensive care inpatient beds. Also included will be ambulatory services; post-acute Complex Continuing Care (CCC) Inpatient services; and Centres of Excellence specializing in stroke, complex care, geriatric/psychogeriatrics, and wellness in aging.

The new hospital will integrate technology that supports innovation in and delivery of high-quality healthcare and will be designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The design will also work toward being the first WELL™-certified healthcare facility in Canada.

Mechanical Engineering | Conveyance Systems Consulting (AGVs, AMRs and Vertical Transportation)

Completion: Estimated for 2028 | Full acute care hospital | Targeting LEED Silver and WELL Certifications

Eastern Canada

~1.2 million ft2 | 469 beds, 8 ORs, 42 hemodialysis stations, 2 MRIs | AGV, AMR and VT planning and design | Mechanical engineering

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

Toronto, Ontario


Waterfront revitalization project | Baseline Design (~ 30% design completion) | Class 3 AACE Construction Cost Estimate | Level 3 project delivery schedule

Night scene of the canopy
Aerial view of the canopy

*Renderings courtesy of Strasman Architects Inc.

GO Transit

Erindale GO Station Parking Structure

The 6-level parking structure, on Rathburn Road West in Mississauga ON, provides 1,740 parking spaces for GO Transit patrons.

Engaged as the Vertical Transportation (VT) consultant on this project, a design-build led by Kenaidan Contracting,  HH Angus was responsible for overseeing the team’s effort in the development of vertical transportation system requirements. These included design coordination, tender and eventual participation in shop drawing reviews, progress field reviews, and acceptance services, with support from other direct report team members. HH Angus coordinated all stages of the VT work to ensure appropriate quality control standards were maintained through all phases of the project, and identified related work requirements associated with the elevating devices, permitting coordination of these with the remaining Design Team disciplines.

Six machine room less (MRL) traction elevators were provided - four in the Parking Garage, and two additional units serving the elevated pedestrian bridge connection down to track level.

Vertical Transportation Consulting

Award winning project | 6 storey parking structure | 6 machine room less traction elevators | Status: Completed 2014

Erindale (Greater Toronto), Ontario

Development of vertical transportation system requirements | Identification of work requirements associated with elevating devices 

Exterior shot of Erindale GO Station Parking Structure

Award-winning project

The project was honoured with the 2014 International Parking Institute’s (IPI) Award of Merit and the 2014 City of Mississauga Urban Design Award of Merit.

Images courtesy of Kenaidan Contracting Ltd.

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

Ottawa, Ontario

Elevator Design | 5 passenger elevators and 1 freight elevator