Issue 13 - September | October 2008 

Loblaw Companies Ltd. Headquarters

Careful design delivers high quality work space on large scale

This new 51,100 m2 head office building, located on a 9.9 hectare site, represents a major initiative in Loblaw's ongoing commitment to the environment and its employees. The client's objective was to provide a high quality work environment, one that would embody and reflect the company's own philosophy of sourcing with integrity, making positive differences in the community and in the way we operate culturally, socially and environmentally at work and at home. » Read more

Advertisers in this Issue

Canadian Institute Steel Construction
Canadian Precast Concrete Institute
CGC Inc.
Dryvit Systems Canada
Eco Insulating
Enbridge Gas Distribution

Inline Fiberglass
Legrand North America
Masco Canada / Delta Brand
McQuay International
Niagara Protective Coating
Pollard Windows

Spark Modern Fires
Teknion Furniture Systems
Thermotech Fiberglass
Western Archrib

 UBC Chemistry Centre

Past and present coexist comfortably in heritage laboratory renovation

The design team took advantage of the building's location, large operable windows, and relatively narrow floor plate » Read more

 Woodward Ave. Environmental Laboratory

Low environmental impact and high indoor air quality drive design

Wastewater-testing / maintains a low profile in keeping with the scale of its residential neighbours, and the use of exterior materials such as wood siding, brick and stucco further strengthens this connection. » Read more



Tech Note: Building envelopes

The basics start with environmental loads

An understanding of building envelope physics, external environments, envelope systems and their interactions is necessary to design energy-efficient and durable buildings. » Read more

Tech Note: Sustainable sites

New rating systems will change our ways

The Living Site and Infrastructure Challenge promise to bring many new ideas to the table, thus making a substantial contribution to the evolution of design practice in the coming decade. » Read more