Award Magazine | December 2017

With the completion of 1075 Pandora, Victoria in B.C. obtains what many say is long overdue: a badly needed addition to the city’s apartment rental pool. But equally importantly, the 134-unit purpose-built complex has already been credited for raising the bar with regards to what rental units can be.

Award Magazine | December 2017
Jeff Rabinovitch, MSc, P.Eng., LEED® AP BD+C | Principal

A shift in thinking proves green building design doesn’t have to cost more: “Studies like the Canada Green Building Council’s new A Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada have been a real game changer. The paper talks to sustainable building solutions that vary dramatically from province to province. The key message is, depending on what market you are in and what area, building renewal has more value depending on the region of Canada you are in,” explains Jeff Rabinovitch, principal at RJC Engineers.

PARKER Magazine | 4th Quarter 2017
Chris Davis BSc, P.Eng., CEng, MICE, MIStructE, LEED AP | Principal

The right parking plan is critical for the success of a parkade project - It strongly influences the budget and ultimatley, the long term success for the owner. Determining an optimal plan requires careful, thoughtful design with experience and expertise in parking planning, but it also requires a fundamental understanding of how structural systems are integrated.

Award Magazine | December 2017

Named “Legato” – Italian for music notes that are tied together to create a smooth transition from one note to another – one of Victoria, B.C.’s newest buildings is an 18-storey condominium by Alpha Project Developments Ltd. that aims to be much more than just a residence, but a complete lifestyle experience.

Award Magazine | October 2017

Construction for this major modernization project started late August 2015 and had continued in phases since then while occupied by staff and students. The main priority of the modernization was to replace the existing mechanical and electrical systems as they were near the end of their life expectancy. These new systems have been designed for the next 30 to 40 years. Functionally, the design addressed serious program deficiencies affecting school operations through additions and program changes.

Award Magazine | August 2017
Nick Trovato, BSc, MEng, P.Eng., FEC, FGC(Hon) | Managing Principal

Highly efficient building envelopes are key to meeting new standards. The word “holistic” may be overused as a definition of considering something in its entirety, but it perfectly describes how building energy efficiency in Canada is approached in 2017 – with envelopes seen as the key element in achieving that efficiency.

Award Magazine | June 2017
Terry Bergen, CTech, CCCA, LEED® AP | Managing Principal

Entering a new era of sustainable design strategies. Net zero has become a bit of a buzz word in the sustainable buildings market. However, experts in the sector will tell you that while net zero energy goals certainly have their place, there is a lot more going on behind the scenes when it comes to sustainable design strategies.

Condo Business | November 2016
Jamie Murphy, LEED® AP, CCCA, RET, PL (Eng) | Principal

Budgeting is a process of developing a financial plan for the corporation's activities for a given period of time. Budgets are an important tool to the success of any corporation as this gives the Board of Directors an understanding of how those activities affect the units finically.

CONCRETE REPAIR BULLETIN | September/October 2016
Daryl Prefontaine BSc, MEng, P.Eng. | Principal

The harsh environmental conditions inside wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) can cause significant deterioration and damage to the reinforced concrete structures that are necessary for the longterm operation of these facilities. In most municipalities and jurisdictions, the reality is that the existing sewer pipe network flows to only one location and there are no alternate sewage transport or treatment infrastructures available as a secondary backup in the event of the collapse or failure of a critical structural component.

TMS Journal | December 2015
Nick Trovato BSc, MEng, P.Eng., FEC, FGC(Hon) | Managing Principal

Guidelines currently used by designers to estimate the unrestrained vertical deformations of masonry are based on laboratory observations of individual units (MSJC (2011), NRC (2010), ASTM (2010), BIA (2006), CEN (2005), NCMA (2005), CSA (2004)). However, research has shown that the effects of the mortar joints on the overall deformation of masonry walls are significant (Jessop (1980)). The presence of mortar joints should not be ignored when analyzing a masonry assemblage, particularly where the behavior of the units is dissimilar to the behavior of the mortar.