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OAA Headquarters Renovation Timeline

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Sept 2019

Grand opening for OAA members

May-Aug 2019

Ongoing site repair. PV panels to be installed.

April 2019


March 2019

Occupancy review. Finishes on second floor continue.

February 2019

Interior finishes continue. Apron installed on building exterior.

January 2019

Finishes and life safety systems completed

Dec 2018

All base building systems & mechanical distribution completed

Nov 2018

Work on interior finishes began

Oct 2018

Windows removed and replaced

Sep 2018

Heat pump and interior mechanical/electrical systems updated/installed

Aug 2018

Exterior soffit replaced

Jul 2018

250 ton crane erected

June 2018

Drilling Complete

Evacuation of west parking lot complete

May 2018

Drilling of bore holes for ground source exchange system

HVAC rework

Apr 2018

Construction Continues

Mar 2018

Construction Begins

Mar 2018

Construction begins with the 12-month schedule maintained.

Site signage has been designed, with the permits now being finalized.

Supplement infographic published in The Toronto Star on March 30. It features a custom infographic explaining the net zero carbon goals for the OAA Headquarters and shows how architects are leading change.

Feb 2018

Demolition Begins

Jan 2018

Preparation for Construction


Contract Signed with Contractor

OAA Relocates Temporarily

December 2017

Contract with MJ Dixon Construction Limited signed
Construction schedule developed

November 2017

Special meeting of Council to approve a revised total project budget ($8,510,685.00) and select MJ Dixon Construction Limited as General Contractor for the Renovation Project

October 2017

Tender closes on October 5

September 2017

OAA Headquarters relocates to 1 Duncan Mill Road, North York

Tender Documents sent to 5 prequalified General Contractors

Council directs Building Committee to develop and issue an RFP for a consultant to make recommendations for establishing a purposeful collection of architectural artifacts for display in the renovated building

August 2017

Council approves a revised construction cost estimate and the following design refinements from the original scope. Reduce: Eliminate Ice Tank, Removal of Boiler, Reduction of some minor mechanical elements, reduction in internal glazing for meeting rooms.

Additional Scope: Updating washrooms, Server Room location

Summer 2017

Design refined to address options for extra space originally allocated to OAA’s tenant, Pro-Demnity

July 2017

Pro-Demnity Insurance Co. decides to relocate to new permanent space

May 2017

RAIC/OAA Festival presents detail of the OAA Building as part of the Friday Plenary session.

Council approves: interior design principles, direction to staff to coordinate move in early September.


Building Committee focus on Interior Reno

Building Committee Final Phase Study and Analysis

November 2016

Building Committee Member Sheena Sharp presents project to Construct Canada as part of NRC’s session on climate change and energy retrofits NRC’s product supplier network attended Workshop on OAA HQ. 60 industry representatives, government and suppliers attended

Blower Door Test conducted on OAA HQ on November 10

September 2016

Council Approves statement of intent for OAA Renew + Refresh Building Project:

Summer 2016

Building Committee focuses on interior renovations

June 2016

OAA Council gives final approval on design development for Net-Zero carbon outcome

May 2016

National Research Council Partnership formed.

February 2016

Building Committee oversees final phase of study and analysis of four options for the building’s mechanical systems, including a third-party review and design and detailed cost analysis.


Presentation to OAA Membership

Presentation and decision to Council

May 2015

OAA Conference: Building Update Presentation

April 2015

Council reviews final report of design development phase of the project
Resulting project costs over than estimate in 2014

February 2015

Presentation and decision making at Council’s February planning session

January 2015

Council presented with reports on:
Sustainable Edge: Building Model finalized
Indoor Air Quality Report
Cost Estimator Report
Design Refinement of the interior


Construction Manager finalized

Design Development Phase

December 2014

Construction Manager selection finalized by Building Committee

November 2014

Construction Manager interviews

September- October 2014

Design Development Phase continues: detailed drawings

September 2014

RFP for Construction Manager issued

June 2014

Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) meets with Committee to review renovations and funding opportunities

May 2014

Building Committee Presentation to OAA Membership at OAA Conference on May 9.

March 2014

Council presented with analysis of two proposed options: Base Building vs. Net-Zero Option A: Approve Design Direction Option B: Give Building Committee direction to pursue alternate goal.

February 2014

Council request additional information on:
A. Confirm if lighing retrofit proceed independently of Net-Zero package.
B. Review and adjust ‘base’ to ensure the following: allow maintenance of existing systems if they come to ‘end of life’ and do not include PV.
C. Prepare detailed budgets for Bsae Case and Net-Zero case
D. Prepare Return on Investment
E. Prepare sensitivity analysis on energy costs.

January 2014

Final Report by Lighting Consultant received.


Council approve Architect’s proposal

Lighting Consultant present Energy Model

November/ December 2013

Committee approve proposal from Architect David Fujiwara and Sustainable Edge to complete work

Lighting Design presented to Council

Final OAA Headquarters Daylighting Report delivered to Council

November 2013

Council allocates up to $50,000 and direct Building Committee to proceed with Design development

August 2013

Lighting Consultant present results of Energy Model to Building Committee

July 2013

Charette held as forum for discussion around proposed Tempered Displacement Ventilation System.

June 2013

Council approves Architect David Fujiwara and Sustainable Edge Ltd. to proceed work requried to develop Energy Model related to the Tempered Displacement Ventilation System.

Lighting Consultant Deborah Gottesman to work on lighting design and specifications for retrofit.


Council meets with Architect

‘Green’ Consulting Work Begins

December 2012

OAA Council Agreed in principle to move forward with renovations

November 2012

Council presentation by Architect David Fujiwara

May 2012

Consulting work for Stage 2 of the 2030 Challenge starts

April 9, 2012

‘Blower door test’ and thermographic scanningwas conducted in the evening. Initial results showed the building is sealed quite well.

March 2012

Initial Studies demonstrate a reduction in energy use of 50% from 2010 building could be possible. Second stage study will be conducted to bring 50% to zero.

Preliminary Proposal for second stage submitted by Architect.


OAA Council goes green by adopting ‘2030’ Challenge

March 2009

The OAA Council demonstrated its strong support for going ‘green’ by adopting the 2030 Challenge on March 5, 2009.

More information on 2030 Challenge here: