45,000 m² (500,000 ft²)
Structural Engineering Consultant
To save millions in lease and operating costs, Ontario’s ever-expanding York Region will consolidate main administration services, council, courts and police services into one fully-owned building.
The design team explored several options for this amalgamation, including: erecting one building for all departments; and erecting several buildings on the same site. Several sizes of floor plate were also considered. Entuitive contributed to this analysis in several ways including providing economical framing solutions for the different building options very quickly, drawing on our experience with this type of building.
The project will achieve LEED Gold status thanks in part to its concrete construction, since concrete’s thermal mass lowers load on mechanical systems, acting as a heat and cooling sink.
Challenge: Since the site is located on a flood plain, soils and ground water conditions provided challenges for the foundation and substructure design
Solution: Rarely-occuring floods in the area won’t reach the ground floor, located as it is above the high-water mark of those floods. Ground water will drain away, so hydrostatic pressure won’t be an issue and builders won’t have to “tank” the building