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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

New Provincial Courthouse to Cost Taxpayers Lots of $$$

he new provincial mega-courthouse slated for the Duke and Frederick Street block in Kitchener will cost taxpayers an estimated $379 million over the next three decades.

The consolidated courthouse will bring the region’s three provincial courts — two in downtown Kitchener and another in Cambridge — under one roof.

The multistory building will contain 30 courtrooms, 38 judicial rooms and eight conference settlement rooms. It will meet environmental benchmarks set out by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system and include a three-story atrium to bring in natural light. It will also have a high-tech accessibility component, with infrared hearing assistance as well as barrier-free witnesses boxes and spectator seating areas.

The province estimates that at the peak of construction 250 workers will be employed at the site and the project will indirectly support thousands of other jobs. The building and the court workers who use it will also help boost Kitchener’s downtown intensification efforts.


March 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

THE “Greenest” Building at University of Western Ontario

The $22 million Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion is set to open its environmentally friendly doors on UWO’s campus.

October 5, 2009 at 3:47 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

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

Cambridge’s New City Hall

Ok, so I’m a little late on the news front for this, but Cambridge’s new City Hall is truely jaw-dropping.


Interior view of Cambridges new City Hall

Interior view, including "living wall", of Cambridge's new City Hall

The new $30-million Cambridge City Hall is now officially the greenest city hall in Canada.


The Canada Green Building Council certified the structure with its gold LEED standard on July 31, 2008. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (more information can be found here: What is LEED?).


Cambridge’s City Hall building incorporates features of sustainable design and is the wave of the future in the field of architecture. The building has eco-friendly features such as a four-storey (110m2) “living wall” of tropical plants, which provides cleaner air. There is also a green roof and rain collection system used for toilets that will save two million litres of water a year. The city expects to save $150,000 a year in utility bills because 75 per cent of the light is natural and an atrium allows natural drafts to cool the building without turning on air conditioning. More than 3,000 plants were utilized for the new City Hall and the landscaping around the building is comprised exclusively of native or naturalized species which do not require irrigation.


And in other news… Guelph’s new City Hall looks like garbage.

Outside view of the new City Hall including the old City Hall on the left.

Outside view of the new City Hall including the old City Hall on the left.

Image: Daily Commercial News and Construction Record

September 23, 2008 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

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