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 the 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).
Casino and Entertainment Centres
- North and Southwest Bundles
Regional Construction Managers
sites from Chatham to Kenora
Cumulus 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 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.
Various Retail and Mixed-Use
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.
Cumulus' other projects with First Capital Realty include:
- 3080 Yonge Street Mixed-Use Development*
- KingsClub Mixed-Use Development*
- 85 Hanna Avenue Freshii
- 85 Hanna Avenue Office*
- 120 Lynn Williams Retail Development*
*Sheldon Catarino was Principal in Charge at Kasian Architecture Inc. and led all phases of the project. He continues on at Cumulus Architects Inc. as Lead Design Advisor during the project's construction.
The Rocket Condominiums
Cumulus Architects 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 digitally cloud-based model, the project team has been able to streamline the coordination of various building systems and design modifications.
Library Art Gallery and Convention & Performance Centre
LOCATION SIZE STATUS
Sudbury, ON 153,200 sf Site Design Complete
Cumulus has been 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 intent of the project is to advance a coordinated and comprehensive development approach for the two important projects. An option for a hotel has also been proposed, realizing its value in conjunction with the Convention Centre.
The integrated site design commenced with collaborative design charrettes involving user groups from the existing Library and Art Gallery, as well as other City employees and local Sudbury groups. The intent of these charrettes was to explore site opportunities that create a vibrant downtown core and urban destination, through the help of those that know Sudbury best.
The outcome is a community hub that welcomes the visitor with a glass box winter garden serving as an entrance into the Library Art Gallery buildings. The visitor is then guided, via a pedestrian street, through the site, consisting of a sculpture garden, large outdoor green space and spill-out cafe with stair seating. This is an exciting and important new development for the largest city in Northern Ontario.
Cumulus' other projects with the City of Greater Sudubry include:
- Kingsway Sports and Entertainment Centre (one of three stakeholders)
York Region Rapid Transit - VIVA Bus Stations
York Region, ON
Cumulus was the Architect on WSP's Owner’s Engineer team providing peer review for three new VIVA stations. The role required interfacing with each of the discrete design teams for the Vaughn Metropolitan Centre, Cornell and Pioneer Village stations. The Owner’s Engineer role focused on technical review of Schematic Design, Design Development and Construction Documents on behalf of York Regional Transit, and encompassed site approach, AODA and Code Compliance, as well as specific YRT VIVA standards.
Images courtesy of York Regional 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) is poised 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 partial renovation of the existing OSC as well as introduction of new facilities and urban densification with residential and commercial high-rises overlooking the ravines. Suggested use mix focuses on leveraging synergies between the OSC, technological innovation and the community.
Titan Krios Laboratory
To be 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 revolutionary cryo-based technology and stability permits a full range of semi-automated applications, including 2D electron crystallography, single particle analysis, cryo electron microscopy, and dual-axis cellular tomography of frozen hydrated cell organelles and cells. Cryo techniques preserve sample integrity by maintaining the sample in its natural condition and state. The Titan Krios’ versatility ensures the ability to perform today’s experiments as well as address new research problems in the future. It is the most powerful and flexible high resolution electron microscope for 3D characterization of biological samples. The innovative enclosed platform combines excellent optical performance and thermal and mechanical stability with a high throughput sample loader.
The designed space that houses this instrument requires specific environmental controls. These controls will include a dedicated HVAC system for constant temperature and low humidity (<20% RH at 21 degrees Celsius) and a magnetic field cancellation system to compensate for the slowly varying pseudo-DC magnetic fields found throughout Toronto.
Schematic Design Complete
The space in the existing SickKids Hospital's Burton Wing consists of 12,000 square feet of floor space that will be partially demolished for the new Modular Clinic. SickKids intends to establish a state of the art solution that will allow the organization to trial the results of their deign innovation. The goal of the solution is to achieve flexibility of function, provide improved patient and family care and create an incubator of change for the long-term delivery of ambulatory care. This project is about physical solutions but also about engaging the organization 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.
Various 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 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 was the prime consultant for the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to build a staff Wellness Centre at the Queen West campus' Community Hall. Programs include a yoga studio, fitness studio and quiet rooms. This project uses biophilic design and colour therapy principals to create a warm and friendly environment for the hospital staff's daily wellness and rehabilitation.
Cumulus' other projects with CAMH include:
- Phase 1D Redevelopment (Master Plan/Program)
- Neuroinformatics Office Renovation
- Mall Study
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 (CHC) 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 CHC, 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 CHC 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 Hamilton Urban Core CHC;
- 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.
MRI and CT Suites
1,400 sf combined
MRI - in Construction
Cumulus Architects is led a design team to add a third MRI exam room to the diagnostic suite at the 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 soiled 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 Architects was the prime consultant to design and renovate an existing multi-purpose procedure room at the Humber River hospital into a dedicated room to house their new Discovery HD GSI CT equipment. Scope of work included design of additional layers of lead shielding for walls, doors and viewing windows, new overhead Unistrut system to accommodate additional ceiling mounted devices, and modifications of the existing sprinkler, HVAC and electrical systems to suit the new CT and control room.