Show(s): Construct Canada, Homebuilder & Renovator Expo, PM Expo
Location: South Building
Credits: Accreditation(s): OAA
Stream(s): New Products, Technologies & Innovations, Project Design, Delivery & Best Practices
T126 – Windows are important elements to the design and building envelope. Architects, designers and engineers are continually improving new buildings to meet environmental and technical challenges in maintaining optimal building performance, and occupant needs. Builders and developers are challenged with competing in the market with existing stock, and meeting market demand for design and functionality in multi-residential buildings while fitting into existing communities. What are the trends in multi-residential building design for the use of fenestration? What are key design elements and technical specifications that architects and engineers need to consider in maintaining building integrity?
Sarah Gray, Project Principal, Practice Director Building Sciences at WSP in Canada (formerly Halsall Associates)
M.Sc., P.Eng., CAHP
Sarah Gray is a Project Principal and Building Sciences Practice Director for WSP Halsall, a multi-discipline engineering and consulting firm. Sarah is based in the Greater Toronto Area and has worked with many Condominium Boards in the GTA, including leading their Performance Audits, Reserve Fund Studies, and restoration/repair projects for garages and exterior cladding. She enjoys working in partnership with Condo Boards and Property Managers to first understand the corporation’s objectives, then present options for funding and repair scenarios. Sarah has a Bachelor degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a professional member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.
Marco VanderMaas, Design Director at Quadrangle Architects
Growing up above his parents’ store in the Netherlands provided Marco with exposure to city living and an appreciation of the urban lifestyle from an early age. This also gave him an acute understanding of urban density and the effect that it has on a community. Marco’s family immigrated to St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1986. Moving from an established urban community to a suburban life style inspired him to pursue a career in architecture. As a result, he became determined to make a difference and be a part of transforming the way people live. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Science in 1994 and subsequently received a Bachelor of Architecture, both from the University of Waterloo. After his studies, Marco worked in a variety disciplines within design firms in Toronto. His approach towards architecture, built out of this experience, utilizes practical, creative and hands-on problem-solving tactics to accomplish a project’s goals. Marco joined Quadrangle in 2009 as a Senior Designer, became Design Director in 2011 and was appointed to the role of Associate in 2012. He is an invaluable resource for multi-unit residential and mixed-use commercial buildings. He seeks to be inspired by client requirements and each project’s unique set of circumstances. In return, he seeks to inspire the project architects and client through the exploration of ideas, sustainability and materiality. As an Associate and the firm’s Design Director, Marco collaborates with the client and project team throughout a project’s development to encourage a consistency and quality to the architecture. A major aspect of his role is to act as internal design critique on numerous projects across the firm, including: the Dundas and Shorncliffe Development, a 182,500 square metre mixed-use project that will bring much needed density to an area of urban sprawl; EC11, a four-storey wood frame construction development; 36 Hazelton, a mid-rise high luxury condominium; and 66 Isabella Street, a new 23 storey urban infill project comprised of market driven rental units. In addition to his work with Quadrangle, Marco has consulted on the changes to the 6 storey mid-rise wood-frame Ontario building code for Wood WORKS!, a project of the Canadian Wood Council, and contributed to the Wood Solutions in Mid-Rise Construction Report. Continuing this relationship, Marco was a member of the jury for the 2010 Wood WORK! Awards program.
Peter Zimmerman, Director of Development at Dream Asset Management Corporation