Dario Montoni started Montoni Group 20 years ago with a desire to modernize the construction industry’s methods. Montoni has become a real estate leader in Quebec and Eastern Canada by demonstrating a commitment to design LEED-rated buildings on a commercial scale. The company has made Canada’s 50 Best-Managed Companies list 15 years running and has been a member of the Best-Managed Companies’ prestigious Platinum Club since 2007.
Locally-inspired architecture with a global reach
This is the first of two articles featuring the work of emerging practices from across the country, whose vision of sustainability embraces holistic solutions implemented at a small scale. The work gives physical form to the emerging culture of cooperation and collaboration that is the foundation of social sustainability. Local in its inspiration, this work nonetheless illustrates the
transformative power of architecture, and plants the seeds of civic ecologies whose principles are global in scope.
By Jim Taggart, SABMag editor
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Dramatic neighbourhood stadium pursues ecological restoration and high embodied energy
The land now occupied by the St-Michel Environmental Complex has a long history of human intervention: being used first as a mining centre, then as a dumping site.
The impacts have been both ecological and symbolic, with environmental neglect translating into negative public perception. Today, in an era of rehabilitation and regeneration, this location is now destined to become one of Montreal’s biggest parks with a focus on the environment and ecological restoration.
By Gilles Saucier
Modernist, modular design comes to cottage country
Picture a mid 20th century Case Study house overlooking Los Angeles; the flat roof and glass walls, the refinement of form and Modernist ideals. Now transpose those forms and philosophies into the 21st Century amid the lakes and forests of the Canadian Shield in Haliburton, Ontario. MAFCOHOUSE is a contemporary building system that harks back to the architecture of Richard Neutra and Pierre Koenig but which also meets the environmental aspirations of today’s clients and building codes.
By Will Jones
Designing Interior Environments
that Support Human Health
Although we have known for a long time that Canadians spend over 90% of their time indoors, only recently have we consciously begun to design environments that not only meet health and safety regulations, but also actually improve occupant health and wellbeing.
By Kaitlyn Gillis
and Michelle Biggar
Innovative thinking derives maximum benefit
from construction budget
King Edward Villa is a six-storey mixed-use building located in east Vancouver. The ground floor commercial space and the single level of underground parking are constructed in concrete, with five storeys of wood frame construction housing 77 rental apartments above.
By Jim Taggart
Top energy performer employs thermal mass of precast concrete
A proven product like precast hollow core slabs have gained new functionality and added value through their integration with the heating and cooling system of the Hyde Park Public School in Barrie, Ontario. Technology from Toronto-based Termobuild converted the precast floors into part of the HVAC system. The thermal mass of the hollow core slabs allows the building to tap into low-grade energy such as the body heat of students, or to pre-cool the building at night by storing most of the daytime cooling needs in the floors.
By Jack Laken
President and CEO of LiteZone Glass Inc. in Nisku, Alberta [www.litezone.ca] has come up with what may be the world’s best-performing insulating glass, an achievement recognized by the Canada Green Building Council which recently awarded the company its 2016 Green Building Product of the Year Award.
The Helen Schuler Nature Centre
Nestled in the Oldman River valley in Lethbridge, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre [HSNC] has been attracting local and international attention from visitors and living roof enthusiasts since its completion in 2013. On the roof of the building, a 200m2 green roof serves as an outdoor gathering space, living classroom, teems with insect and bird life, and provides a spectacular showcase for landscaping with native species.
By Michael Magnan