Newsletter Issue No. 2

University of Toronto Health Sciences Complex

Photos of completed building, SWM pond, and construction progress.

MGM was retained by the University of Toronto, through Kongats Architects to provide civil engineering services for the construction of the new Health Sciences Complex located on their Mississauga campus. This award-winning, 65,000 sq. ft. academic facility houses the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, the Department of Biomedical Communications, and the Department of Anthropology and Forensics. Since completion, this project has received LEED Gold Certification and numerous awards such as the 2012 OAA Design Excellence Award, the 2013 ARCHITIZER Special Medal in Architecture, and the 2012 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.

Stormwater management quality controls for the site were provided by a centralized downstream wet pond that was designed by MGM. The design includes a diversion structure for maintenance operations and weir gates that allow researchers to control flows to the pond to examine the impacts of full flow through different scenarios. To assist in the project obtaining LEED Gold, MGM in collaboration with the project mechanical engineers, provided design of a rainwater harvesting and reuse system that uses collected stormwater for use in plumbing fixtures throughout the building. 

KING Toronto

Renders of proposed building and photos of construction progression.

KING Toronto Condos is a redevelopment project of 485- 539 King Street West by renowned designer Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) for Westbank Corp. and Allied Properties REIT, currently under construction. MGM was retained to provide civil engineering services for this project, which includes the construction of a mixed-use development composed of a permitter block of residential, retail, and boutique office spaces, surrounding a central public plaza situated over four underground parking levels. The public plaza will include a hardscaped courtyard with a water feature, an intensive landscaped gathering and seating areas. 

As this development is located within the heart of Toronto’s downtown King West neighbourhood, a vital design goal for the site engineering was to compliment the elegant architectural design while meeting the City’s stringent stormwater management requirements. Low-Impact Design (LID) principles were used throughout the design to focus on water retention and re-use. Specifically, drainage features were integrated into the landscaping and courtyard design, and rain garden planters and green roofs systems were included throughout the site to significantly increase stormwater retention and reduce runoff. Excess stormwater runoff will be collected and utilized for the building’s internal plumbing and external irrigation. The LID components enabled the site to achieve water retention objectives that far exceeded the City’s standards while ensuring the aesthetic, green-focused architecture and site design remained uncompromised. 

Pheasant Run Park

Photos of completed splash pad and playground features within Pheasant Run Park.

MGM was retained by the City of Mississauga, through Baker Turner Inc., to provide civil engineering services for the redevelopment of Pheasant Run Park located at 4140 Pheasant Run, Mississauga. This project included the integration of a newly acquired section of land previously owned by the neighbouring school, and the construction of new park facilities that are geared to creating a functional, safe, and vibrant community park. Proposed site improvements included a spray pad, outdoor skating rink, soccer pitch, seating, reconstructed parking lot, open lawn areas, and landscaping throughout the park. 

MGM provided design of the water supply to the spray pad feature in accordance with Regional standards, as well as retrofit and decommissioning of existing on-site services to suit the proposed development. Within the design, grassed swale area was used as a bio-treatment and infiltration feature for water treatment and groundwater recharge for excess water run-off from the spray pad feature. 

Bronte Street & Main Street Professional Centre

Photos of finished building and construction progress.

MGM was retained by Green Propeller Design Inc. to provide civil engineering services for the design and construction of a 4-storey commercial building located at 6 Bronte Street, Milton, Ontario. The building is occupied by office and retail spaces, as well as a medical clinic, with an underground parking garage.

In order to maximize the development site area of 0.3 hectares, a high degree of coordination between architect and consultant team was required. Site grading was designed to accommodate the extended surface driveway and parking lot which is positioned through a portion of the building’s ground floor and to account for the access ramp to the underground parking area. The site design also was done to allow for the future turning lane expansion at the adjacent intersection. 

Toyota Parts Distribution Facility

Photos of completed building and truck bay.

MGM was retained by Leeswood Construction to provide civil engineering services for the design and construction of a new Toyota Parts Distribution Facility located on an undeveloped 12.1 hectare site located on the northwest corner of Baseline Road and Lambs Road in Clarington, Ontario. The development included the construction of a 32,894 sq.m. automotive parts depot and offices building, passenger vehicle parking, truck access and loading areas. This project received LEED Gold and Net Zero Carbon Certification.

MGM designed the stormwater management (SWM) pond for this industrial development to meet the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority stringent SWM design requirements including the requirement for stacked storage. To satisfy this requirement, the SWM pond was designed to capture and control successive rainfall events, providing both flood and water quality protection for the site. Additionally, Low-Impact Design (LIC) principles were utilized to reduce impact on the storm sewer system and SWM pond. This was done by directed surface flows towards bioswales and landscape features prior to collection into the storm sewer system which promoted pollutant removal and infiltration. A 25,000-litre cistern was also included within the design to supply the facility’s low-flow washroom features with runoff collected from the roof, saving more than 325,000 litres of water per year.

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