ISSUE 37 - September | October  2012 

See the digital version of this issue of SABMag for extended versions of the articles as well as new material.

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Morrison Hershfield

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Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institure



BC Hydro

Lassonde Mining Innovation Centre - Heritage building gets state-of-the-art expansion

Sited within the previously unused attic space of the historically designated 1904 Mining Building on the University of Toronto’s Downtown campus, the Lassonde Centre accommodates 100 undergraduate engineering and 24 graduate students within a highly flexible studio environment. Synthesizing heritage resources and state-of-the-art sustainability systems, the Centre adaptively reuses existing space, transforming it into a high performance environment for next generation learning. Exceeding client mandated LEED Silver requirements, the project is tracking towards high LEED Gold standing.   Read more

Hillcrest Centre - Former Olympic venue transforms to engage the public

This project, which began life as the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Curling Centre, was designed
from the outset to be converted to legacy use as a joint Aquatic Centre and Community Centre
complex. This meant that the facility had to be designed to meet the Vancouver Organizing
Committee’s requirements for staging the 2010 Winter Olympics curling events yet at
the same time embody strategies for the long-term community use of the building.   Read More


CEU ARTICLE Healthy Materials - Strategies to improve product specifications

Within the last decade, environmental health has become an increasingly important decision making factor for practitioners within the green building community. The USGBC with its LEED Green Building Rating System brought issues surrounding indoor environmental quality and material health to the forefront of design dialogues.  Even more so, proposed changes to LEED v4 could bring about greater market transparency if proposed credits on “Material Ingredient Reporting” and “Avoidance of Chemicals of Concern” are accepted after the next round of public comment. Read More

TheArchitecture of engagement

We ask our readers’ views on human-centred approach to sustainability

In May 2012, we received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, to conduct interactive research on urban design and  building projects that represent of a more holistic and human centred approach to sustainability. This work is being undertaken in the belief that we must shift our focus from technological fixes to true cultural change if we are to secure a sustainable future. We’re asking you, our readers, to contribute your ideas and insights to this project which we are launching under the title ‘The Architecture of Engagement’.  Read More

VIEWPOINT - Time for the Wrecking Ball?

Deciding the Fate of Aging Buildings

How do organizations decide whether to continue investing in facilities?  It takes a strategic approach based on accurate data. If a building is less critical, it's no longer serving the purpose for which it was built, or if its condition is so poor that the cost of improvements is too high, it is time to plan for disposition. On the other hand, a key asset could be targeted for investments to improve the condition and proactively renew systems. How should building owners and facility managers decide a building's fate? The vital element is understanding, through accurate data and analysis, the state, function, and user population of buildings.  Read More

HARNESSING THE SUN - Solar technologies adapted to the Canadian climate

Of all the sources of renewable energy available to us, solar energy is arguably the most flexible and least controversial. Solar technology can be deployed at any scale large or small, and can be effective both in rural and urban environments. Although solar panels are often constructed of high embodied energy materials such as steel and glass, the energy they produce over their service life greatly exceeds that required for their manufacture.  Read More