Public Spaces

Single-use professional sports venues

Single-use professional sports venues falter

Ottawa and Calgary are two current Canadian examples where pressure is mounting to abandon major arenas still far from the end of their structural life cycles and build anew.
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An upscale co-working space in Old Montreal

A sensitive design intervention transformed a space once occupied by a bank into headquarters for a tech start-up, complete with co-working space.
Albion Library

Albion Library first with trans-friendly signage

The new Albion Library, opened earlier this summer, is the first of Toronto’s 102 branches to introduce gender-neutral washrooms.
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Top 14 stories to watch in 2017

Last year, the commercial real estate industry faced a number of diverse challenges and successes that are expected to develop throughout 2017. Here, REMI’s award-winning
Waterdown Library and Civic Centre

Library facility reads like ‘fragment’ of its landscape

The new Waterdown Library and Civic Centre is designed to read like a ‘fragment’ of the Niagara Escarpment over which it cantilevers.
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Toronto island airport expansion up in the air

Toronto city council voted to begin talks with the Toronto Port Authority and Transport Canada to look at a possible Toronto island airport expansion.
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Fire safety planning

For building managers, a thorough and up-to-date fire safety plan is vital for both the safety of occupants and the preservation of the premises.
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Ontario’s move toward accessibility

New accessibility regulations and innovative ideas are transforming Ontario's infrastructure.
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Bird control for building managers

Property managers can lose thousands of dollars and clients due to birds roosting and nesting on their buildings.
FirstService Residential

Ontario elevator strike refuses to lift

Talks between Ontario’s elevator technician union and management cannot seem to get off the ground floor.
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Solar solutions

Waste heat recovery is an exciting renewable energy technology. Waste heat recovery units add to the efficiency of building energy needs ...
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Round two for Toronto’s zoning bylaw

Toronto’s harmonized zoning bylaw draft is nearing completion and City staff is optimistic the rules will meet the approval of both Toronto council and property owners. But they may have reason to be wary; the City’s previous attempt at a ...
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LED lighting retrofit

To get the greatest value out of a LED lighting retrofit, ask about a manufacturer’s product testing, quality control and sustainability practices.
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Ontario and Israel cooperate on water technology

Ontario’s burgeoning water technology industry is in step with efforts in other countries to build international ties and learn from innovative efforts in areas where freshwater is a scarce commodity.
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The touch-free route to better restrooms

Touch-free systems can provide a safer, cleaner and more pleasant restroom environment, and research shows 90 per cent of patrons prefer these options.
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Reducing the risk of Legionella

Any water source in a building that can be aerosolized may be a Legionella risk, particularly where the water is dirty, remains still or is not exposed to a ...
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Intellectual properties

Building automation systems enable buildings to generate limitless data and information on nearly every aspect of a building and then share it among systems to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire facility.