Toronto, Ontario Canada
Design Architect: NADAAA Inc; Executive Architect: Adamson and Associates; Heritage Architect: E.R.A. Architects Inc.
University of Toronto
10,000 m2 / 100,000 ft2
Structural Engineering and Building Envelope Consultant
Following LEED® Standards
The University of Toronto has transformed one of the city’s landmark icons into the new home of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.
Located on the southwest edge of the downtown University of Toronto campus, the 1874 historic Knox College building was renovated and expanded to suit the requirements of the faculty while retaining and respecting the building’s history and grandeur. The roof, windows, and walls were restored to their original state while enhancing the performance of the building for it to provide a comfort level matching today’s standard for occupants.
Challenge: The University’s stringent schedule required a portion of the building to remain occupied during the demolition phase and the construction of the new addition.
Solution: Entuitive helped to orchestrate the work schedule so that the building envelope for the occupied area was not compromised during any phase of the project. The plan kept large portions of the budget from being spent on temporary construction.
Challenge: The structural work had to respect the interior and exterior fabric of the building, which is designated as historically significant. In addition, there was a requirement to bring natural light to the centre of the third-floor studio space.
Solution: A seamless collaboration with the Design Architect, Heritage Architect, and the Contractor to develop repair/restoration strategies that were economical, constructible, and minimized the impact on the building fabric. To address the introduction of natural light, a saw-tooth roof profile was designed to allow for the incorporation of skylights in the cantilevered steel trusses above the third-floor studio space. The use of natural daylight will realize energy savings that amount to 54% less emissions than would otherwise be needed.