Honda Canada Headquarters Training & Distribution Centre
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Honda Canada Headquarters Training & Distribution Centre

Markham, Canada

Designed in collaboration with HOK Architects, the new Honda Canada national headquarters 53-acre campus is located along Highway 404 in Markham’s West Development District. The Campus consists of a 138,000sf 4-storey office building, a 85,000sf Service Engineering/Training Maintenance Garage, Product Resource Centre with a secure compound for 70 test vehicles and a 226,000sf Parts Distribution Centre with 14-bay shipping receiving facility and the 910-car parking lot. A major national logistics centre for the global corporation, service engineering technical and maintenance training facilities, diverse product support as well as the research and development activities with over 50 automotive, diagnostic and service bays for various automotive, motorcycle and marine...

Gore Meadows Community Centre & Library
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Gore Meadows Community Centre & Library

Brampton, Canada

Located on a 143-acre rural site, the new Gore Meadows Community & Sports Centre is a unique multi-programmed facility containing over 300,000 s.f. for the residents of a rapidly growing multi-cultural district in Brampton.  Inspired by the agricultural and natural landscape, both the site and building design reflects a modern attitude to design, yet is mindful of its past heritage.  Reminiscent of the adjacent farmers’ fields, the site design is an abstract expression of linearly planted bands of selected vegetation that include perennial flower beds, framed by grids of bushes and treed orchards.  This landscape is also the foreground for the building’s main exterior feature, a multi-directional curved glass wall simulating the undulations of...

Vaughan Civic Centre Public Resource Library
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Vaughan Civic Centre Public Resource Library

Vaughan, ON

On the northern outskirts of Toronto, Vaughan Civic Centre is a new administrative campus of municipal buildings within one of Canada’s fasting growing cities.  With the recent completion of the Civic Centre, the next phase of development slated to take place is the construction of a new centralized Resource Library.  This new library will be a stand-alone building with strong urban design ties to the Civic Centre, yet at the same time asserting it’s own distinct architecture and identity.  The planning of the library is both outward and inward looking and is based on a courtyard typology to create a green oasis at its centre.  A multi-storey marketplace comprised of book retail, café, community info panels and the library’s main service desk will greet...

River City Phase 3
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River City Phase 3

Toronto, ON

River City has raised the bar for large-scale residential development in Toronto, encouraging a fresh design direction for architects and developers. Entering pre construction late this summer, phase three is slated to be the most impressive addition to the award-winning complex. Situated at the mouth of the Don River the LEED Gold, mixed-use development has been turning heads since breaking ground four years ago. Designed in collaboration with Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, phase three brings over three hundred residential units to a 29-storey tower situated immediately south of the elevated roadway which cuts across the site and over the river. The tower is striking from any angle - on one side a dark textured façade draws on the industrial nature of the area’s...

Bill Crothers School for Athletics
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Bill Crothers School for Athletics

Markham, Canada

This unique $36M facility addresses the needs of high performance athletes, as well as those students pursuing a life-style regimen based on a healthy, active lifestyle.  The 1800 students attending this 220,000 sf school are supported by extensive athletic facilities that include three double gymnasiums, varsity calibre training facilities, plyometrics and aerobics studios, coaching centre and physiology labs.  Exterior facilities include an 8-lane synthetic surface track, artificial turf football field and soccer fields capable of hosting provincial calibre events within the 30-acre site.  The “Healthy” mandate goes beyond simply physical activity and includes a concern for environmental quality and the health of the wider environment - thus a LEED Silver...

DAMAC Maison Tower
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DAMAC Maison Tower

Dubai, UAE

The Burjside Boulevard tower is located in the Downtown District of Dubai offering guests and residents alike, breathtaking views of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.  Burjside is Damac Properties' first serviced apartment project for short or long term guests seeking a home away from home, and will be managed as per five-star international standards.  The 49 storey building bridges the divide between high-end residential apartments and luxury five-star hotels and includes an entire floor dedicated to leisure amenities. The temperature controlled swimming pool will be the centre piece of the leisure floor, with a fine cuisine restaurant and lounge overlooking the pool.  Accommodation design includes a choice of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, all with...

Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University
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Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University

Toronto, Canada

The concept design for the Bergeron Centre is fully rooted in the academic mission of the school and translated into a design that is bold, original and iconic.  With a University mandate to create a world-class facility, the building was conceptualized as one that is rooted like a “Rock” in the landscape of the campus and yet limitless like a “Cloud”.  Those metaphors were instrumental in the development of the building’s architecture and have subsequently been adopted by the school’s faculty and students when describing it.   Particularly notable is the unique façade of the Cloud panels on the upper levels of the building where a scale-less aesthetic of tessellated glass and aluminum panels will be like any other on campus.  It’s shimmering...

Air Canada International Systems Operations Centre
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Air Canada International Systems Operations Centre

Greater Toronto Area

ZAS provided full design consultant services to design and engineer a new 4 storey building on a green field site. The building houses a critical 24-hour systems operations centre (SOC) as well as general administrative functions, training rooms, meeting rooms and lunchrooms. The design of this building is based on the critical requirements of the operational floor. The location and layout of the operational floor dictates the floor space and adjacencies of the other facilities in this new building. The intent of the design was to create a highly efficient operational floor as well as an enjoyable environment for the occupants. The clarity and openness of the space, material selection and access to daylight along with the support amenities provide an incentive for...

Digital Media Lab, University of Waterloo – Stratford Campus
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Digital Media Lab, University of Waterloo – Stratford Campus

Stratford, Canada

The Digital Media Lab building represents a significant first step in the phased development of the New Stratford Campus for the University of Waterloo.  While the programming focus will be digital media, the campus will capitalize on emerging technologies as it grows to become one of the most exciting, dynamic educational environments in North America.  The Digital Media building will house faculty, staff and students in the Master of Digital Innovation (MDI) program and the Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) program along with a Centre of Excellence in digital media commercialization and research.  The 45,000 square foot, three-storey facility is located on a brown field site and is inspired by the industrial and railway heritage the adjacent industrial...

Gyptech New Head Office
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Gyptech New Head Office

Burlington, ON

Gypsum Technologies Inc required a new Head Office that would reflect the character of Muskoka.  Our approach to this design challenge was to provide a building that is contextually sensitive to the unique features of the site and its proximity to the escarpment and provides visual impact through the use of contrasting, natural materials and innovative design features.  The building has been carefully placed on the low grade southeastern portion of the site in order to emphasize its exposure to King Forest Court and King Rd.  The overall intent of the design features demonstrate a unique combination of environment and technology. The building’s exterior structural features of contrasting stone, wood and glass that follows the existing downward slope of the natural...

Vellore Village Joint-Use Complex
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Vellore Village Joint-Use Complex

Woodbridge, Canada

This exciting new educational/recreational complex integrates a new secondary school and community centre within a 35-acre district park.  One of the largest projects of its type in Ontario, the complex is designed to maximize the sharing of facilities, yet maintain their own distinctive character and identity for each owner.  The building is organized along an interior street that links both major entrances and provides access to shared areas of the complex which includes a major aquatic complex, cafeteria, four gymnasiums, visual arts, music and theatre arts rooms.  This linear organization of the major program spaces becomes the common, integrated area for the complex, anchored at either end by administrative areas. The district park contains a broad range of...

HSBC Main Branch
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HSBC Main Branch

Vancouver, BC

HSBC retained ZAS for the redesign of their Vancouver Main branch and Premier banking location that was to be designed and constructed in less than 6 months. The project consisted of seven floors of an office tower location in downtown Vancouver. The branch is one of the busiest in Canada for HSBC and was required to remain operational during construction. This multi-phased project was designed to meet the need of HSBC international design guidelines and be open for the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Numerous design challenges required a full time clerk of works from our office to ensure a smooth delivery of the construction detail information to the site, city, and communication with HSBC staff.   The project area was relatively small making movement within a confined...