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We have also had the pleasure of collaborating with the following clients
CN Tower Reboot
Phase I Complete
The CN Tower renovation, led by a Design-Build team comprised of PCL Construction, Cumulus and MackayWong, aims to upgrade the Canadian landmark and create a world-renowned viewing experience. The design concept revolves around the idea of uncluttering and releasing the perimeter edge of the observation level to maximize the impact of views and provide universal access for everyone, including those with mobility challenges. Reflective surfaces are added to extend the height of the space, and a flexible distributed audio-visual solution with infrastructure that accommodates scalability is included. A new glass floor has also been installed directly above the Tower’s original glass floor, providing a two-tier vertical view toward the ground.
Time capsule and signage displays have been added to provide educational content to visitors. Food and beverage areas are divided into three hubs – the “Waterfront Hub”, the “City Hub” and the “Lake Hub” – based on their location. Dispersing food and beverage from the former single restaurant, which took up more than half of the level and only generated 3% of the Tower's revenues, has made the space more suitable for multiple events of varying sizes and types.
Demand for early morning visits, late night corporate events, product launches and community announcements have already surpassed expectation – this is a testament to the business case approach championed by the Design-Build team. The Cumulus design has effectively transformed the CN Tower into a highly flexible and accessible event venue where Toronto’s coming of age is literally reflected in one of its most iconic structures.
Cumulus often delivers projects in a Design-Build model, working collaborative with the Contractor and other design team members. This has been the case with PCL on several recent projects, including the Kaschechewan Modular Homes, Raffi Jewellers Retail Locations and Windsor Regional Hospital CT PET Suite (PCL Agile).
North, Central and Southwest Bundles
Regional Construction Managers
sites from Chatham to Kenora
Cumulus, in association with McKayWong (Interior Branding Consultant), is leading the planning and design for 14 Gateway Casinos and Entertainment facilities across Ontario as part of the Government of Ontario’s OLG Modernization. Deriving land feasibility, navigating municipal approvals, design innovation and facilitation of public/private partnerships illustrate the key added value offered by our team.
The design team has been working with Gateway in a multi-site, fast-track delivery model, requiring immense collaboration among the greater project team. Each of the 14 locations has a unique program, schedule and sensitivity to the different communities in which they are being built. These factors have required the design team to undertake a great amount of research and user group consultation, and utilize an important and effective flow of open communication with Gateway and all other proponents.
Centreline Design is Associate Architect on select locations part of the North Bundle.
The Yorkville Village project (formerly Hazelton Lanes) is a multi-phased redevelopment and renovation of an urban shopping centre comprised of several discrete projects and construction phases. The projects range in size and include a full upgrade of the mechanical systems, complete rethink of the interior layout and feature skylight, new entry and facade replacement along Avenue Road, and the introduction of a new mall entrance with Yorkville Avenue frontage.
As part of the early design, the team developed an eight-phase approach to the mall renovation. The plan was then refined with the Construction Manager to include life safety measures for each phase and outlined temporary work that needed to be completed prior to implementation of each of the phases. The mechanical penthouse reconstruction and equipment replacement was expedited so that the work could be completed during the shoulder seasons. The mechanical penthouse was designed so that new equipment could be installed without completely decommissioning the existing equipment all within a very tight urban condition.
Renderings courtesy of First Capital Realty.
Retail and Mixed-Use
Ranging from 1,000 sf to 800,000 sf
A relationship that was forged more than 10 years ago by Principal and Director Sheldon Catarino*, Cumulus Architects maintains a diverse and expanding portfolio of First Capital projects, characterized by high-end tenant fit-outs for luxury brands, large scale mixed-use projects and master planning for new developments. This collaboration includes designing, renovating and revitalizing prominent retail and commercial addresses, as well as designing feasibility proposals that leverage new development as a means to maximize the potential of First Capital's existing properties. Projects within the GTA include 3080 Yonge Street Mixed-Use Development*, KingsClub Mixed-Use Development*, 85 Hanna Avenue Freshii, 85 Hanna Avenue Office* and 120 Lynn Williams Retail Development*.
*Sheldon Catarino was Principal in Charge at Kasian Architecture Inc. and led all phases of the project. He continued on at Cumulus Architects Inc. as Lead Design Advisor during some of these projects' construction.
The Rocket Condominiums
Cumulus has partnered with GH3 Architects (Prime Consultant) to produce construction documentation for two condominium buildings at 36 and 36R Tippet Road in Toronto. The Tippet project combines both condominium and rental units with shared amenity and service spaces at a major transit hub - Wilson Subway Station. In order to mitigate the complexities of planning and balancing the needs of both new buildings and a shared below grade parking structure, the project team has been working on a collaborative and digitally-hosted BIM model through Autodesk 360. Working within a cloud-based model, the project team has been able to streamline the coordination of building systems and design modifications.
Library Art Gallery and Convention & Performance Centre
LOCATION SIZE STATUS
Sudbury, ON 153,200 sf Site Design Complete
Cumulus, in association with Centreline Design, is working closely with the City of Greater Sudbury on an integrated site design for its downtown Library Art Gallery (92,700 square feet) as well as Convention & Performance Centre (60,500 square feet) on the former Community Arena site and surrounding area. The project advances a coordinated and comprehensive development approach for the two important projects. An option for a hotel is also proposed, realizing its value in conjunction with the Convention Centre.
The integrated site design used collaborative design charrettes involving user groups from the Library, Art Galley and Convention & Performance Centre, as well as other City employees and local Sudbury groups. These charrettes explored site opportunities that create a vibrant downtown core and urban destination.
This community hub celebrates the formerly underutilized downtown area. Visitors can enjoy the impressive art collection housed in the Library Art Gallery; attend a play at the Performance Centre; relax in the large green space and spill-out cafe; or simply people-watch on the bustling pedestrian street. This is an exciting and important new development for the largest city in Northern Ontario.
York Region Rapid Transit - VIVA Bus Stations
York Region, ON
As the Architect on WSP's Owner’s Engineer team, Cumulus provided peer review for three new VIVA stations - Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, Cornell and Pioneer Village. The team performed technical review of the design through all phases, focusing on site approach, accessibility and code compliance, and meeting VIVA standards.
This project is part of a larger Ontario transportation initiative to help manage congestion, support the region’s economy and strengthen connections between communities. This project plays an important role in expanding the transit network in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and provides benefits for the people of Vaughan and Richmond Hill who need to move within York Region.
Images courtesy of York Region Transit.
Proposed Ontario Science Centre Mobility Hub
With the introduction of the new Eglinton LRT line connecting the downtown core to the Don Mills-Eglinton intersection, as well as the proposed development of the neighbouring Celestica Lands, the site of the existing Ontario Science Centre (OSC) holds great potential to become both a mobility hub and community centre for the East York region.
Cumulus envisioned a mixed-use master plan to harness this potential through redevelopment of the existing OSC as well as introduction of new facilities and urban densification with residential and commercial high-rises overlooking the ravine. Suggested use focuses on leveraging synergies between the OSC, technological innovation and the community.
Titan Krios Laboratory
Situated at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, the Titan Krios Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) facility is a partnership project between three academic institutions – SickKids Research Institute, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and University of Toronto. The Titan Krios is tailored for use in protein and cellular imaging. Its versatility ensures the ability to perform advanced experiments of today, as well as address future research problems. It is the most powerful and flexible high resolution microscope of its kind in the healthcare imaging field.
The designed space that houses this instrument requires specific environmental controls, including a dedicated HVAC system for constant temperature regulation and low humidity, and a magnetic field cancellation system to compensate for the slowly varying magnetic fields found throughout Toronto. Cumulus incorporated these specifications into a design that is both highly advanced and user friendly.
Schematic Design Complete
The space in the existing SickKids Hospital's Burton Wing consists of 12,000 square feet of floor space that has been partially demolished for the new Modular Clinic. SickKids established a state of the art solution that allows them to trial the results of their innovation in the new Clinic. The Modular Clinic achieves flexibility of function, provides improved patient and family care, and creates an incubator of change for the long-term delivery of ambulatory care.
This project is about physical solutions but also about engaging SickKids in creating a measurable change in care delivery with more stringent operational goals. An array of programs has been selected for the new Modular Clinic redevelopment based on their current success in hosting multidisciplinary clinics.
Base Building Upgrades
Cumulus has also worked with SickKids to make a number of improvements to the Peter Giligan Centre for Research and Learning (PGCRL) that address lobby security, occupational health and safety, and environmental comfort. Modifications include cost effective retrofits to the south facing glazing that reduce glare while preserving views and respecting the building’s original aesthetic. A new stainless steel bench solution was also added at the building's south and east stone base to provide a more comfortable sitting space for the general public.
Queen St. Campus,
Cumulus Architects led the design for this Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) project to build a staff Wellness Centre at the Queen West campus' Community Hall. Areas include a yoga studio, fitness complex and quiet rooms. This project uses biophilic design and colour therapy principles to create a warm and friendly environment for the hospital staff's daily wellness and rehabilitation.
As a long-standing client, Cumulus has completed many projects and studies for CAMH, most recently being the Neuroinformatics Department Workplace Strategy and Queen Street West Campus Mall Study. CAMH's next major project, and one of its most significant in recent years, is the Phase 1D Redevelopment - a new, highly specialized Forensics Building. Cumulus is currently teamed with Medical Architecture from the UK and Chefurka Consulting, working on the Master Plan/Program stage of the Phase 1D Redevelopment.
New Downtown Site
43,000 sf Urban Park
16,000 sf Podium
6,400 sf Residential
Responding to Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre's (HUCCHC) need for a new downtown site, Cumulus initiated a redevelopment proposal for the Beasley neighbourhood in Hamilton. This redevelopment was designed to provide a new facility for the community health organization, while at the same time fulfilling a need for public park space, parking, residential units and associated amenities. Some of the foreseen benefits of the redevelopment included:
- Potential for dormant, underutilized City-owned site is realized via the development catalyst;
- Planned park implementation is accelerated vs. waiting for development charges to fund future park years away;
- Synergies between program elements are appropriate for the neighbourhood and community;
- Leverage social programs with integrated development vs. commercialization of public assets (i.e provision of supportive housing collocated with HUCCHC and allied partners such as Hamilton Health Sciences, Mohawk College and McMaster University);
- Anticipated support from the Beasley neighbourhood community by retaining and fostering the pre-existing relationship with HUCCHC;
- Promotion of mixed-use supportive redevelopment that is compatible with the Beasley Neighbourhood Plan; and
- Support an established community service that offers a pragmatic approach to the needs of disadvantaged urban population.
CT - Complete
MRI - Under Construction
Cumulus led a design team to add a third MRI exam room to the diagnostic suite at Humber River Hospital. An existing conference room was modified with new magnetic shielding to protect an adjacent public corridor from magnetic fields, while new radiofrequency shielding partitions were added to protect the new magnet against image distortion.
Due to the current capacity of the diagnostic suite, the equipment supporting the MRI unit was placed separately between an expanded equipment room, a repurposed linen room, a repurposed storage room and a remote electrical room. The mechanical and electrical design was unique in that system layouts and equipment interconnections were often pushed to their limits and required thorough investigation of impacts to the existing hospital facilities.
Cumulus led the design team to transform an existing multi-purpose procedure room at Humber River Hospital into a dedicated room to house their new Discovery HD GSI CT equipment. The scope of work included design of additional layers of led shielding for walls, doors and viewing windows, a new overhead Unistrut system to accommodate additional ceiling mounted devices, and modifications to the existing sprinkler, HVAC and electrical systems to suit the new CT and control room.
121 Avenue Road Condominium
Site Plan Application
Located in Yorkville, at the corner of Avenue Road and Webster Avenue, Cumulus is working with Zinc Developments on this eight-storey luxury condominium with retail at grade. Proposing only 11 freehold residential units, each in one- or two-bedroom layouts, this building takes the traditional street neighbourhood and turns it vertical. Residents will enjoy the space of a detached home with the convenience of indoor amenities, a rooftop patio, automated parking stackers and 24/7 security.
Zinc reduced the original 14-storey building to eight storeys to create a development that is sensitive to the residential homes immediately to the east, while enhancing the pedestrian realm and improving vehicular access and parking. The new condo has been designed to suit its site at a place where residential meets urban.
Operation Grow is a project of many programs. Providing support to women in the Midland area, the facility becomes a place for personal development, security and empowerment. With the goal of becoming a self-sustaining facility, vertical farming and associated retail allow for guests to develop knowledge and pride in responsibility while giving back to the community. A shared kitchen and yoga room provide liberating spaces to dissolve food insecurity and enhance sense of self.
Through the work of Huronia Transition Homes, women can be employed with a living wage, increase their knowledge of growing sustainable food sources and develop assets to build economic resiliency. Operation Grow provides a comfortable space for women to build peer relationships, confidence, dignity and autonomy.