Integrating Services to Provide Maximum Value: SOE & Façade Retention
Entuitive is committed to a holistic and integrated suite of services that meets, and exceeds, the expectations of our clients throughout the asset lifecycle. One of the many ways we bring this to life is through the integration of our structural engineering service with our support of excavation (SOE) and façade retention expertise.
Our integrated construction engineering team provides shoring, façade retention, and SOE services to our owner and contractor clients across sectors, including residential buildings, high-rises, and institutional buildings, ensuring safe and successful construction from start to finish.
In our view, bringing these services together provides many benefits that could not be achieved separately.
Integrated Efficiency For Our Contractor Clients
We believe that providing an integrated suite of services creates value that is equal to more than the sum of its parts. By leveraging both our structural and construction engineering experience on a project, our team can act as a single point of contact for our contractor clients. The benefit to contractors is the simplification of communication as well as design and construction efficiencies.
By having one consultant and therefore one point of contact, communication can be streamlined to established workflows between structural and shoring engineers. This also reduces the number of coordination hours required, as well as the likelihood of miscommunication. Additionally, we see a significant reduction in the time needed to onboard a new consultant.
Design & Construction That’s on Time & on Budget
In terms of design and construction efficiencies, it is often possible to integrate temporary works into permanent structure design. This can result in dramatic savings in both time and money for our clients while also reducing the project’s carbon footprint. When we know how our clients intend to construct a structure, we can collaborate with them to identify opportunities for efficiencies that will enable them to complete their work on time and on budget.
By engaging our team early on in the project process, contractors and owners can have an integrated design experience from the start, when efficiencies can make the most difference.
Delivering Projects of All Sizes
In addition to the benefits of this integration, our team has decades of experience delivering projects of all sizes in all sectors. This multi-sector expertise enables us to understand the complex requirements of many project types, which we can then leverage to the benefit of our contractor clients. Innovations and solutions to structural and construction challenges that we’ve delivered on one project can then translate to the next one. It’s this living, evolving experience that allows us to integrate structural with construction engineering and provide the maximum value to our clients.
Keep reading to learn about just a few of the SOE and façade retention projects we’ve delivered.
Edmonton Government Centre Power Distribution System Upgrades, Edmonton, Canada
Our team is currently providing shoring, support of excavation, and structural services to the Edmonton GCPU project, currently under construction. This project includes various critical facilities used by the province to serve the public. To prevent unpractical and unacceptable outages, all new systems are being upgraded as part of the Province’s multi-year plan.
Due to the limited available space and high loads, construction of the foundation walls was a challenge. Our team overcame this challenge by integrating the permanent foundation wall and temporary support of excavation to be able to manage the loads and save space in the below-grade structure.
Pears Condominium, Toronto, Canada
The Pears Condominium at 183 Avenue Road in Toronto is a nine-storey development with 24 units, two levels of parking, and approximately 122,000 ft². Our team is currently providing temporary façade retention engineering for this development, which is adjacent to a registered heritage building.
As per the approved conservation plan for this heritage building, we are supporting a portion of the façade on the sides of the building.
Harbord Student Residence, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Our team is currently providing shoring and support of excavation services to the new Harbord Student Residence at the University of Toronto, which is currently under construction. This nine-storey residence of approximately 1,250 m² includes one level of underground facilities as well as a pedestrian tunnel.
The new building will be connected to the existing residence building through an underground tunnel. The traffic and utilities, which are passing at the tunnel area, shall be maintained during construction. We are also providing the client with the design of temporary traffic decks and utility support as well.
Hart House Additions, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
U of T’s Hart House is currently undergoing infrastructure and accessibility upgrades. Entuitive is providing construction engineering services on this project, including support of excavation, underpinning design, and temporary traffic decking. This work includes addition of a 7-meter, below-grade facility adjacent to the existing heritage building, which requires underpinning the existing heritage façade. Access to this site will be maintained during the construction period.
A Full Suite of Construction Engineering Services
Our Construction Engineering team has decades of experience in the full range of CE services, from support of excavation to utilities support, temporary traffic decks, bridges, façade retention, and more. This helps prevent our owner and contractor clients from having to break down their work into different packages and allows them to benefit from the innovative, integrated solutions our team can offer. Our multi-sector, integrated expertise enables us to provide structural and construction efficiencies to our clients.
To learn more about how Entuitive can assist in an integrated structural/CE capacity, reach out to Mohammad Mirmoezi.