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London: “We need to have pilot projects up and running. We want to be leaders, not followers.”

The city is moving ahead as quickly as possible to get a solar panel pilot project started on public buildings.

The city’s investment and economic prosperity committee will on Monday ask an outside company, Ameresco Canada, to put together a plan that will give green energy companies a framework to bid on solar panel projects.

In July, London-based solar energy company German Solar Corp. told the committee they were ready to mount panels on 10 city rooftops as part of a pilot project.

The project would create 337 jobs in eight years, 219 skilled-labour jobs and 108 operations and maintenance positions in 20 years, the company president predicted.

Another 1,200 jobs would be created indirectly, the company said.

“We’ve had two or three companies that are interested in putting panels on public property,” said Joe Swan, chair of the investment and economic prosperity committee.

“We need to come up with a licensing fee to lease the space, figure out the cost of installation and the return on investment.

“The marketplace is ready to implement these and the city hasn’t developed a framework.”

Ameresco Canada will develop the framework so the project gets off the ground, Swan said.

“This got support from council to move as quickly as possible,” Swan said.

“We need to have pilot projects up and running. We want to be leaders, not followers, in this.”

Source: The London Free Press


September 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment


Driving by going east on Sunningdale

Driving by going east on Sunningdale


Here are a couple more pictures I received for the new community center. One is a GIF i created with images I received from a SketchUp render, it is a drive by of the proposed building on its site. The other image is of the material proposed to be used.

Materials to be used on the exterior of the new community center

Materials to be used on the exterior of the new community center

February 19, 2009 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

A Changing Hespeler Skyline


Shawky Fahel, a local developer in Waterloo Region has bought the existing American Standard building in Hespeler and has grand plans for the redesign of the factory’s site. The first draft plan includes approximately 95 housing units and 7,000 square feet of retail space fronting Queen Street. Fahel is also thinking that part of the building might become “transitional housing” for seniors who want to leave their homes, but aren’t ready to move into a nursing home.

With its location on Speed River, the building will be turned into 34 apartment units with studios and storage units on the ground floor. A second large stone building at the east end of the property will be remodeled to incorporate 33 apartment units. Adjacent to it and running along the south side of the property, will be another two-storey stone building with 12 townhouse units. A fourth large building facing Queen Street will be saved and re-used with 16 residential condominium units at the rear of the building and retail/commercial space on Queen Street.

The project is now dubbed 1847 Riverbank, and “keeps the four best-crafted buildings in this industrial campus”, while demolishing the centre of the existing structure to create a two-storey, 141 space parking structure with rooftop terrace.

We want condominiums and mixed use. The building lends itself very well to that,” Fahel said. It’s amazing to finally here those words come out of a developers mouth in the Region.

The site currently is contaminated but has been described as being “manageable” and GSP Group will be working with the ministry over the next six to eight months to complete the required record of site condition.

Construction is slated to start at the beginning of 2010 and Fahel said the apartments will be competitively priced.

Finally Hespeler you have something to be proud of other than your hockey.


February 18, 2009 at 9:41 pm 1 comment

North London Community Recreation Centre & Library

After many years of being underserviced in the recreation department, the YMCA, London Public Library and The City of London, have partnered to bring North London a Community center. The building was designed by Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners in Association with Cornerstone Architecture. It will be a two story contemporary style building on a site just East of the Adelaide and Sunningdale intersection.

Plans call for;

  • 8,000 Sqf Library
  • 12,000 Sqf Fitness Center
  • Aquatics Center with six-lane 25metre pool + a leisure pool with adjustable floor and splash features.
  • Double Gymnasium
  • Five  multi-purpose rooms
  • Child mind room
  • Future trail system for pedestrians and cyclists

Not only will this facility be a first in North end of the city, it is also planned to be the first Sustainable (with possible LEED certification)Community Center in London. Some of the sustainable design features are

  • Protection of Open Space
  • Energy Efficient Design
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Green Roof
  • Water Conservation
  • Natural Light
  • Use of Local Materials

A few interesting details to note;

The library will occupy the southern most  portion of the building adjacent to Sunningdale Rd E. , it will feature large spans of glass to allow for passive light. The green roof will be over the library.

The Aquatics Center will occupy the space just north of the library on the east side of the building. This space is also planned to have as much natural light as possible, accomplished by large spans of glass on the East wall (facing the proposed SWM pond)

The Grand Lobby and welcome center seems to be a pretty interesting space that connects the library, the YMCA and the Aquatics Center. It is a two storey space with lots of natural light and windows looking into the Aquatics Center, the YMCA work out gym(on the second floor) and the library. The plans also show table seating as well as comfy lounge type seating in this space. 

The YMCA portion of the building will be separated onto two floors the first floor having double gym and multi-purpose rooms. The second floor is to have one of the most unique features of any gym in London, the “serrated” windows on the second floor of the west side seen in the plan are position so that those working out have a nice view of the Downtown (thanks to the location being in North London, which on this site in particular, is fairly higher in elevation than the downtown). There will also be a track which circles the double gym on the lower floor (see plans for details)

My Point of view – From and Urban Design Perspective

Personally I really like contemporary architecture so this building in my eyes is great, and the added fact that I might be a candidate for LEEDscertification make it all the better!I have to give props to the City for finally jumping on the Sustainable building band wagon-FINALLY!   However I do have to point out a few things that should have been addressed.. In times where city hall is pushing developers to create better a public realm with built form oriented to the street, this building has done a poor job! One thing the parking lot will still be a very dominant feature on the streetscape- on the plan it shows that it will actually be larger in width than the building itself! – 2nd the main entrance is focused on the parking lot! what’s up with that!? I don’t think people would decide not to go to the center if the door would have been 40 more steps from their cars- What about those who walk? bike or take the bus? Sure the design demonstrates what they call and “Active Forecourt” but how active will this space really be? seeing as there’s no focal point and it doesn’t lead anywhere- It would have been really nice to see the front doors right on Sunningdale. Then again creating this “Active Forecourt” or urban plaza is also a first for a city Community Center it could have been worse- there could have been no sidewalk connection with a just grass, a berm or even worse the PARKING LOT!

Now on to the MANY Images! 🙂 🙂 🙂




February 14, 2009 at 12:08 am 4 comments

Proposed Development at Dundas and English (In The Old East Village)

As we all know Medallion ( a Toronto based developer) had submitted an application for the southern part of the Dundas/Lyle/King/Hewitt block.  A developer from out of town had actually bought and assembled a few properties in one of the poorest neighborhoods in London; The Old East Village (or as some may called it EOA). They bought the properties probably because they were cheap and possibly because they saw potential in this neighborhood which was once a thriving shopping district. Now another OUT OF TOWN developer, also based in Toronto, Terrasan sees potential in the rebirth of this neighborhood. Originally they had purchased only the two properties directly to the west of English/Dundas Street corner from the city(these are brownfield sites). A couple months later they came back to the table and this time with a proposal almost 3 times as large encompassing several other properties (including the site of the Embassy).

Here’s what they are proposing to do as per the letter sent to the area residents :

726-748 Dundas Street – The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to permit the construction an 8-storey mixed use residential/commercial building withan increase in the permitted density of the siteto accommodate 150 residential units and a reduction in the minimum front yard depth. Possible amendment to the Zoning By-law Z.-1 FROM a Business District Commercial Special Provision (BDC(19)-D250-H46) Zone which permits a broad range commercial uses and residential uses TO a Business District Commercial Special Provision Bonus (BDC(_)-B-(_)) Zone to increase the permitted density of the siteand reduce the minimum front yard depth. In the alternative, Council may also consider an amendment to the Zoning By-law Z.-1 TO a Business District Commercial Special Provision (BDC(_)-D470-H46) Zone to increase the permitted density of the siteand reduce the minimum front yard depth.
File: Z-7544 Planner: Michael Tomazincic

I have attached 3 images; two elevations and 1 site plan. 

The building has 154 Condo units and has 9 floors in total – 3 storey podium, 5 storey tower Topped with a slanted roof with dormers.

–  ground floor retail

– 7 residential floors (2 podium 5 tower)

– 1 amenity(including greenroof)/mechanical floor

The materials include  Renaissance Stone on the podium portion, Brick on the tower portion and a Metal roof. The building also includes a tarace on the 4th floor (on top of the podium), a Green Roof on the top floor, Underground Parking, Hiden-in-building Garbage and bike storage, a wide pedestrian walkway between the west property line and the building bringing the pedestrian to the  interior courtyard which is the location of the residential entrance lobby. The ground floor retail will have individual entrances off of Dundas St as well as English St (includinga corner entrance), there will also be offices and service commercial on the rear portion of the ground floor accessed from an interal hallway.

Personally I believe that this development is great news for  the revitalization of the Old East Village neighborhood, the building design is not the best but it does incorporate several important Urban Design Principals such as Stepping back after the 3rd storey(creating a podium and continuing the existing street wall), Bringing the building to the lot line, Using a variety of materials and architectural features, Having individual entrances to ground floor retail right off the side walk, Has hidden parking (underground), Creating a mid-block connection to the municipal parking lot to the north of the property, Also the proposed building fits fairly well within the current urban fabric.

A couple things I would like to see changed is how the building addressesthe corner, judging from the southelevation it seems like the ground floor is on an angle, having a corner site they should use the  to their advantage, maybe mimic what was done on the building on the east side of the intersection. The other thing is that I found the podium to be extremely plane with little or no articulation it looks like a simple “box”.

What do you think about this development?

January 17, 2009 at 12:27 am 8 comments

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