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Click on the boxes’ icons to learn more about the OAA Headquarters Renovation process.
Grand opening for OAA members
Ongoing site repair. PV panels to be installed.
Occupancy review. Finishes on second floor continue.
Interior finishes continue. Apron installed on building exterior.
Finishes and life safety systems completed
All base building systems & mechanical distribution completed
Work on interior finishes began
Windows removed and replaced
Heat pump and interior mechanical/electrical systems updated/installed
Exterior soffit replaced
250 ton crane erected
Evacuation of west parking lot complete
Drilling of bore holes for ground source exchange system
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.
Preparation for Construction
Contract Signed with Contractor
OAA Relocates Temporarily
Contract with MJ Dixon Construction Limited signed
Construction schedule developed
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
Tender closes on October 5
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
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
Design refined to address options for extra space originally allocated to OAA’s tenant, Pro-Demnity
Pro-Demnity Insurance Co. decides to relocate to new permanent space
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
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
Council Approves statement of intent for OAA Renew + Refresh Building Project:
Building Committee focuses on interior renovations
OAA Council gives final approval on design development for Net-Zero carbon outcome
National Research Council Partnership formed.
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
OAA Conference: Building Update Presentation
Council reviews final report of design development phase of the project
Resulting project costs over than estimate in 2014
Presentation and decision making at Council’s February planning session
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
Construction Manager selection finalized by Building Committee
Construction Manager interviews
Design Development Phase continues: detailed drawings
RFP for Construction Manager issued
Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) meets with Committee to review renovations and funding opportunities
Building Committee Presentation to OAA Membership at OAA Conference on May 9.
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.
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.
Final Report by Lighting Consultant received.
Council approve Architect’s proposal
Lighting Consultant present Energy Model
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
Council allocates up to $50,000 and direct Building Committee to proceed with Design development
Lighting Consultant present results of Energy Model to Building Committee
Charette held as forum for discussion around proposed Tempered Displacement Ventilation System.
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
OAA Council Agreed in principle to move forward with renovations
Council presentation by Architect David Fujiwara
Consulting work for Stage 2 of the 2030 Challenge starts
‘Blower door test’ and thermographic scanningwas conducted in the evening. Initial results showed the building is sealed quite well.
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
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: