Toronto 2017 CanBIM Tours

September 28th, 2017
7am - 3pm

Autodesk Office:

MaRS Discovery District

For the design of a new office and research space in the MaRS Innovation District of Toronto, we pushed the limits of generative design for architecture. We started with high-level goals and constraints and then used the power of computation to generate, evaluate, and evolve thousands of design options. The result is a high-performing and novel work environment for Autodesk that would not have been possible to create without this approach.

University of Toronto:

Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship 

The Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CEIE) is a project within the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto. The building is an eight-storey (above grade) cast-in-place concrete structure with two levels underground (one level of parking and one level of student club space). An auditorium on the ground floor will serve as an interactive undergraduate classroom. The six storeys above will feature interactive and multifunctional teaching facilities, clusters of design studios that will serve to promote student teamwork and graduate level administrative nerve centres. These spaces will be conditioned throughout with in-floor air distribution. An atrium runs through the centre of the building from levels five to eight; allowing for open collaboration between all levels and specialities within the facility.

Located on a tight footprint on the St. George Campus, adjacent to Convocation Hall, safety is of utmost priority as the site is adjacent to a high traffic pedestrian walkway. Bird has installed a chain-link fence and double swinging gate to control access and site security.

York University:

New Student Centre

The York University New Student Centre project is located on the York University Keele Campus at the corner of Pond and Sentinel Road. The building is four stories high including the mechanical penthouse and comprises a predominantly steel structure. The 126,000 square foot New Student Centre consists of numerous multi-functional and interactive spaces in order to meet the needs of the student community. The project incorporates spaces designed to satisfy the most critical needs — meeting rooms, group study areas, conferencing space and a multi-faith prayer space. The Student centre also incorporates a lot of glazing on its façade which creates a fluent connection between its interior and exterior environments. Bicycle parking, showers, green roofs, high performance glazing/curtainwall, gender-neutral washrooms and extensive use of natural lighting are some examples of the LEED sustainability standard this structure is striving for. 

Autodesk Tour Presenter

John Locke

Sr. Principal Research Scientist, Autodesk

John Locke is an architect and Principal Research Scientist with The Living, part of Autodesk Research. He has extensive experience developing significant architectural works which display a deep understanding between a project's form, material and urban context. Most recently, he has managed the office's competition winning entry at the PS1 MoMA in Queens, New York and is currently working on the Princeton Laboratory for Embodied Computation as well as Living Light, an interactive, public installation to be installed in New York's East River.


John holds a graduate architecture degree from Columbia University in New York. At Columbia, he is currently an Adjunct Professor where his research focuses on the political and social implications of public design.

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 Bird Tour Presenter

Robert Alzuarde

Virtual Construction Coordinator, Bird Construction

Robert is responsible for all 3D modelling co-ordination, review, and validation of the BIM process. He analyzes modeling content from different disciplines to validate the level of detail for each project phase. He also creates and combines multiple construction models in order to mitigate risk and forecast building sequence. Robert has a strong work ethic and communication skills which makes him a definite asset to the project team. 

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EllisDon Tour Presenter

Kristi Fico

VDC Coordinator, EllisDon

Kristi joined the EllisDon family in 2014 as summer co-op student working at our head office and on site at our Union Station project. Her responsibilities included modelling HVAC and electrical systems, facilitating with the start-up and implementation of BIM process on a project level. She created project specific protocols regarding communication and data exchange, nomenclature, format, 3D workspace orientation to ensure interoperability as required.


She is currently working on the York University New Student Center project. Working with Building Information Modeling (BIM) on projects, Kristi’s role is to implement BIM tools to provide the necessary balance between technology, innovation and economic efficiency, and to offer appropriate and innovative solutions to construction problems. Kristi has strong technical and interpersonal skills and is an invaluable member of any project team.

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