Secure Facilities Projects
We played a major role in many secure facility buildings such as: Canadian Chancery, Warsaw, Poland; Peel Region Headquarters & Police Facility, Brampton; Planning Design & Compliance for the Forensic Services Complex, Toronto; Toronto Police Traffic Services at 9 Hanna Avenue; Pharma Medica Research Inc. – New Clinical Facility, Scarborough; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE and the University of Toronto – Long Term High Density Library Storage Facility, Downsview. In the past, we have completed projects for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces including: Curtis Hall, North York; CFB Borden Aircraft Refinishing Training Facility; CFB Trenton Maintenance Hangar Extension; L. Col George Taylor Denison Armoury Fitness Facility, Toronto.
Additional Secure Facilities Projects
- Forensic Services Complex (Planning Design and Compliance Only), Toronto
The Forensic Services complex is a joint facility for the Ontario Chief Coroner and the Centre for Forensic Sciences located in Downsview, Toronto. Facilities of the new complex include larger autopsy and body storage areas, office area, specimen storage and refrigeration, forensic laboratories for biology, chemistry, document and photo analysis, electronics, firearms, and toxicology.
The programming and concept phase of the project included assessing and preparing a needs analysis, functional requirements, space analysis, Room Data Sheets, Blocking Massing & Stacking, preliminary schematic design, building engineering requirements, location and site selection criteria, and cost estimates.
- Pharma Medica Research Inc. – New Clinical Facility, Scarborough
The facility incorporates 6 study clinics. Within the secure clinics there are nursing stations, dining area, volunteer library, washroom and bathing facilities and centrifuge / lab facilities. All of the clinics face onto naturally lit planted interior atriums. The facility also boasts a call centre, commercial laundry, diesel generator that provides one week of back-up power for the entire facility, cafeteria and executive offices. The building includes natural light for most spaces including diffusion glass for office and computer areas, two central interior gardens, solar shades, bioswale storm water management, preplanned solar domestic hot water preheat, and an enthalpy wheel for heat recovery. Even the gardens were designed to use native plantings without the need for additional water.
- Toronto Police Traffic Services at 9 Hanna Avenue, Toronto
Originally Quinn Dressel Associates’ project at Hanna Avenue was a new Telco Hotel, but this developed into a project for the Toronto Police Traffic Services. The Project consisted of a 58,000 sq. ft. office space built up within the centre of the existing building, mainly at the south side on both the ground and second floors. A 40,000 sq. ft. automotive repair facility occupies the east side of the ground floor. The north-central part of the building is devoted to allowing vehicular access to upper floors, and a secure transfer area. The remainder of the ground floor is used for car parking, as is the east and west ends of the second floor. The roof area was modified to accommodate approximately 70 cars, and mechanical units for the building Traffic Services Department.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Arab of Emirates
This $80M project consists of a seven-storey office building of approximately 33,000 sq. m. with one level underground for mechanical and electrical services, and minimal V.I.P parking.
The building is an administrative centre consisting of five interlinked building blocks: three office wings enclosing the 7-storey atrium and a central circulation corridor. Each office wing is connected to the central circulation corridor by a bridge spanning across the atrium space. Each block, except the atrium has a mechanical penthouse. There is one partial basement level below grade for parking, and some mechanical and electrical services. The structural system accommodated the building functions, its architectural design and the building services requirements.
- University of Toronto – Long Term High Density Library Storage Facility, Toronto
A single -storey warehouse-type structure to accommodate book storage. The initial phase called for two storage modules of 11,000 square feet each for two million books stored on three 9’ high levels of racking. An adjacent area of 4,000 sq. ft. to facilitate shipping and receiving as well as processing, assembly, storage and administrative functions.
- Department of National Defence – Curtis Hall, Toronto
A new third floor addition measuring approximately 13.72m x 22.87m (45' x 75') above the existing two storey building. The existing roof consisted of precast concrete units spanning between steel beams supported on a steel girder and column system. The intention was to utilize the existing roof as a floor and to construct a new roof above with side walls of lightweight construction consisting of lightweight roof with 4-ply waterproof membrane on metal deck on open web steel joists spanning 13.72m (45') across the building between external columns. Quinn Dressel Associates provided a solution which reduced the scope of work, and therefore costs, dramatically.
The original intention for the roof to floor conversion was to remove the existing 110 mm deep precast concrete roof channel slabs and replace them with 150 mm concrete on metal deck on the existing steel beams, involving evacuation of the building during demolition/construction.
Quinn Dressel Associates carefully assessed the project to determine the necessity of the original Scope of Work. A load test was conducted to determine the load-carrying capacity; the slab was found to be adequate to support additional loads. The safe soil bearing capacity - originally rated as 190 kPa - had been upgraded to support the increased load that would arise from the additional floor.
The construction load was monitored during construction to ensure it did not exceed the slab capacity. The roof configuration required some alteration – the roof of the adjacent building was also been checked, with additional structural members installed to increase the capacity for the snow loading.
Quinn Dressel Associates’ known reputation for innovative and imaginative structural solutions was instrumental in a major cost saving for the Department of National Defence both in actual construction costs and in time, as no evacuation of the building was required.