PROGRAM

Office

 

Location

Toronto, ON

 

Size

10,000 sf

 

Status

Design Development


Paying tribute to the Toronto Laneway House architype, the Dupont Laneway Office is set on a small triangular site tucked within one of Toronto’s few non rectangular blocks.  The unusually deep lots on this block has created an informal laneway condition for pedestrians and parking access.  This mix of pedestrian and vehicular traffic contribute to the densification of the City’s downtown core and creates an interesting urban fabric with a sense of discovery.

Taking advantage of the new provisions for timber construction in the Ontario Building Code, this proposed five storey 10,000sf office (929sqm) is meant to capture the spirit of the beloved small turn of the century industrial buildings. The syncopated window pattern is meant to complement the diversity provided by the backs of the neighboring mixed use buildings. The building envelope was also designed to incorporate and accept urban graffiti art.

PROGRA

Retail

 

Location

Toronto, ON

 

Size

260,000 sf

 

Status

 Complete

 

The project is a multi-phased redevelopment and renovation of an urban shopping center comprised of several discrete projects and construction phases. The projects range in size and include a complete upgrade of the mechanical systems, a complete rethinking of the interior layout and feature skylight, a 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 we developed an 8 phase approach to the mall renovation. The plan was then refined with the CM to include temporary life safety measures for each of the phases of work and outlined temporary work that needed to 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.

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 Adviser during the project's construction. 

Renderings courtesy of First Capital Realty.

PROGRAM

Transit

 

Location

York Region, ON

 

Status

Complete

 

Cumulus is the Architect on MMM/WSP’s Owner’s Engineer team providing Design Review for 3 new VIVA stations.  The role requires interfacing with each of the discrete design teams for the Vaughn Metropolitan Centre, Cornell and Pioneer Village stations.  The Owner’s Engineer role focuses on technical review of Schematic Design, Design Development and Construction Documents  on behalf of York Regional Transit, and encompasses site approach, AODA and Code Compliance, as well as particular YRT VIVA standards.

Images courtesy of York Regional Transit

PROGRAM

Retail Development / Tenant Fit-out

 

Location

Toronto

 

Size

Various

 

Status

Complete


Cumulus Architects maintains a diverse and expanding portfolio of retail projects, characterized by high-end tenant fit-outs for luxury jewelry, fashion and housewares brands. Cumulus' experience includes designing, renovating and revitalizing prominent retail addresses, as well as designing feasibility proposals that leverage new retail development as a means to maximize the potential of our client's existing commercial and institutional properties.

PROGRAM

Healthcare/
Institution

 

Location

Toronto, ON

 

Size

1,450 sf Titan Krios Lab

12,000 sf Modular Clinic

 

Status

Complete

Schematic Design Complete


Titan Krios laboratory

To be situated at the PGCRL, the Titan Krios Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) facility is a partnership project between three academic institutions – SickKids Research Institute, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PMCC), and the 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 and 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 biologicals 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 dedicated HVAC system for constant temperature and low humidity (<20% RH at 21 degrees Celsius), and magnetic field cancellation system to compensate for the slowly varying pseudo-DC magnetic fields found throughout Toronto.

Modular Clinic

The space in the existing SickKids Hospital's Burton Wing consists of 12,000 CGSF of floor space that will be partially demolished for the new Modular Clinic. SickKids intends to establish a state of 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.

Base building retrofit

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, as well as a new stainless steel bench solution is at the building's south and east stone base to provide a more comfortable sitting space for the general public.

Program

Residential

 

Location

Toronto, ON

 

Size

305,000 sf

 

Status

Under Construction


Cumulus Architects has partnered with GH3 Architects (Prime Consultant) to produce construction documentation for two condominium buildings at 36 and 36R Tippet Rd in Toronto. The Tippet project combines both condo 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 shared 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. 

PROGRAM

Mixed-use

 

Location

Toronto, ON

 

Size

45,000 sf

 

Status

Preliminary Design


Cumulus has partnered with Trillium Housing and the Royal Canadian Legion to redevelop Branch no. 11 on Dawes Avenue.  Trillium Housing’s affordable home ownership model is the catalyst for densification and transformation of this site into a transit oriented mixed use development adjacent to the new relief line GO Station at Main & Gerrard.  This partnership will reinvent Branch no. 11 in ways that respect the commemorative role of the Legion, offer state of the art amenities for the next generation of Legion membership and  broaden community engagement.

PROGRAM

Institution/
Mixed Use

 

Location

Hamilton, ON

 

Size

43,000 sqft Urban Park

16,000 sqft Podium

6,400 sqft Residential

 

Status

Schematic Design


Base building retrofit

Responding to Hamilton Urban Core Comunity Health Centre's (CHC) need for a new downtown site, Cumulus initiated a redevelopment proposal for the Beasley neighbourhood in Hamilton. 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.

Benefits

-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 integrated development vs. commercialization of public assets (i.e provision of supportive housing collocated with CHC and allied partners such as HHS, Mohawk and McMaster)

- Anticipated support from the Beasley neighbourhood community by retaining and fostering the pre-existing relationship with HUC CHC

- Promotion of mixed-use supportive redevelopment that is compatible with the Beasley Neighbourhood Plan

- Support an established community service that offers a pragmatic approach to the needs of disadvantaged urban population

 

PROGRAM

Vertical Farm/Wellness

 

Location

Midland, ON

 

Size

7,000 sf

 

Status

Complete


Operation Grow is a project of many programs. Providing support to women in the Midland area, this transition home 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 community kitchen and yoga room provide liberating spaces to dissolve food insecurity and enhance sense of self.

Through the work of Huronia Transitional Homes women can be employed with a living wage, increase their knowledge on growing sustainable food sources and develop assets to building economic resiliency. Operation grow provides a comfortable space for women to build peer-relationships, confidence, dignity and autonomy. 

 

PROGRAM

Healthcare/Wellness

 

Location

Queen St. Campus, Toronto, ON

 

Size

2,500 sf

 

Status

Complete


Cumulus Architects is the prime consultant for CAMH Hospital 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.

program

Mixed Use/Institution

 

Location

Toronto, ON

 

Size

N/A

 

Status

Proposal

 

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 is poised to become both a mobility and community for the East York region.

Cumulus envisions a mixed-use master plan to harness this potential through partial renovation of the existing Science Centre 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.

 

program

Hospitality

 

Location

Toronto, ON

 

Size

13,000 sf

 

Status

Phase I Complete

 

Cumulus led the renovations of the lookout level at CN Tower. For more information, visit the CN Tower webpage.

PROGRAM

Healthcare/
Diagnostic Imaging

 

Location

Toronto, ON

 

Size

1,400 sf combined

 

Status

CT- Complete

MRI - in Construction


MRI Suite

Cumulus Architects lead 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 RF 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.

HRH MRI_Diagram Final.jpg

CT Suite

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.