Archive for the ‘Building Case Studies’ Category

Interview with Dario Montoni

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

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.

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Sustainability from the ground up

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

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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Stade de Soccer de Montréal

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

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

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SABMag on high-performance housing: MAFCOHOUSE

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

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

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King Edward Villa

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

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

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Hyde Park Public School

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

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

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Living Roofs: The secrets to success

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

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

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Bella Bella multi-unit

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Modular Passive House construction a pioneering effort

Bella Bella is a small community located on Campbell Island between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. Approximately 90% of its 1,500 residents belong to the Heiltsuk First Nation.

By Peter Treuheit

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Advanced Research Complex

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Sleek lab and office meets exacting performance needs

The new Advanced Research Complex [ARC] at the University of Ottawa is the hub of cutting-edge Photonics and Geo-Sciences Research in Canada. Located on a tight urban site, the building houses two separate research programs – the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Advanced Photonics and the relocation of its Geo-Science department into state-of-the-art laboratories. In addition to the laboratories, the facility includes academic and student offices together with associated administrative spaces serving personnel from both the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering.

By COLE+Associates Architects Inc.

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The Mosaic Centre

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Edmonton office goes for triple play of net zero, LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge

The Mosaic ‘Family’ comprises several employee-owned companies whose stated purpose is to create role model organizations that effect positive social change through business. In keeping with their philosophy, this 2,812m2 building provides the Mosaic Family not only with office space but employee amenities including a child-care facility, wellness centre, lounge areas, game rooms, a restaurant and an outdoor terrace.

By Kent McKay

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