Design

condo hotel

CondoBusiness

Landscaping a new condo hotel in Vaughan

While designing the condo hotel grounds, the approach was to reduce high maintenance turf areas with trees, shrubs and perennials that will maintain their beauty against snow, salt and wind.
Accessibility carries a simple business case

Canadian Property Management

Accessibility carries a simple business case

Many commercial real estate operators are making the simple business case for buildings that are functional for all potential users. It’s a quest that can begin with simple investigations, simple low-cost measures and simple mindfulness.
Glenbow Museum

REMI Network

Calgary’s Glenbow Museum begins massive overhaul

Calgary's Glenbow Museum kicked-off a three-year, $120-million renovation that will eliminate barriers to accessibility never considered when the building was designed in the 1970s.
outdoor dining

REMI Network

New handbook proposes designs for safe outdoor dining

Researchers at Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism have created a design handbook that envisions new ways to enjoy safe outdoor dining in Ottawa during and after pandemic restrictions.
Swimming pools were a buoyant property upgrade option in 2020

Design Quarterly

Buoyant property upgrade option makes a splash

Ontario’s Municipal Property Assessment Corporation reports a 53 per cent upsurge in the number of swimming pool permits issued in the province last year.
Indigenous

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Indigenous voices hushed in planning processes

Indigenous communities across Canada continue to be sidelined or completely excluded from initial planning phases of new developments and renovations.
U.S. looks to UK's BIM expertise

REMI Network

U.S. looks to United Kingdom’s BIM expertise

Building sciences practitioners in the United States are looking to the United Kingdom for guidance as they develop a national building information management (BIM) program aligned with international standards.
Canadian students make finals of Urban Land Institute design competition

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Canadian students in design competition finals

This year, 105 teams from 61 universities in Canada, the United States and Singapore took up the challenge to forge a mixed-use, mixed-income scheme for the East Village neighbourhood in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
Passive House philosophy

REMI Network

Quest to capture Passive House philosophy

The winning effort will be incorporated into a planned year of active messaging on the theme that energy efficiency is the foremost step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Permeable plaza surrounding Chambly cultural centre wins design award

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Permeable plaza earns plaudits for Chambly, QC

Pôle culturel de Chambly took top honours for a commercial project incorporating a variety of hardscape products, with the city recognized as both the contractor and designer.
accessible homes

REMI Network

New standard for accessible homes announced

The a new, national standard for affordable, adaptable and accessible homes will form the foundation of a new Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification module.
Niagara Welland Commons

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Niagara Welland Commons comes to light

Crafted into a mix of interconnected brick buildings circa 1970, Niagara Welland Commons brings natural light to a decades-old campus.
Reina

CondoBusiness

Design revealed for Reina condo in Etobicoke

Canada’s first all-female development team offers new visuals of Reina, a condo tower planned for Etobicoke.
IES opens lighting design resources to students

Canadian Facility Management & Design

IES opens lighting design resources to students

Students enrolled in a lighting design program at a participating post-secondary institution will get free access to the Illuminating Engineering Society’s archived research materials.
proposed code changes

CondoBusiness

Sights and sounds of proposed code changes

A package of proposed changes to Canada's National Building Code aims to improve navigability and safety in large buildings for people with mobility, vision and/or hearing constraints.
Colliers

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Windows and doors in the net-zero frame

A wider selection of high-performance windows and doors is expected to hit the market as Canada's National Energy Code continues to push the envelope toward net-zero-energy-ready development.
IREM award

Design Quarterly

Prize to celebrate elegant energy efficiency

Any building that has attained Passive House, Low Energy or EnerPHit for existing building retrofit certification is eligible for the international architecture competition.