Toronto 2017 CanBIM Tours
September 28th, 2017
7am - 3pm
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.
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.