Govan Brown


  Square Footage: 180,772
  Market Sector: Institutional/Government
  Architect/Designer: Melillo Architect/Bennett Design
  Electrical Engineer: Francis Sim, P.Eng
  Mechanical Engineer: Francis Sim, P.Eng
  Landlord: Davport

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Toronto Hydro enlisted the services of Govan Brown in 2007 when they sought to convert a pre-existing Scarborough warehouse into a facility fit with garage, office space and locker room amenities. In total the new space amounted to be 180,772 square feet and took approximately two months to complete. Despite the drawings being incomplete by the start of construction, the overall goal of converting this old warehouse into a modern facility was accomplished. The project had three main areas of focus; 55,000 square feet dedicated to open office

space, 15,000 square feet for marshalling space with associated showers and lockers, and finally, a 110,000 square foot garage. All of these areas required extensive mechanical and electrical system updates. For example, the garage required a sophisticated gas extraction system to be able to properly recycle the emissions of large vehicles. Furthermore, the garage required extensive modification to the pre-case building envelope to accommodate new vehicular entrances. Another challenge included having to combat an aggressive  schedule,  which we capably

did with foresight and organization. By establishing a schedule consisting of 3 shifts a day, 7 days a week, the construction process was completed in just two months. Other forethought paid to the project included the procurement of long-lead items as well as the pre-selection of trades for bidding; all done despite the lack of completed shop drawings. Our ability to organize and properly tender ensured the successful and timely completion of this project. The Toronto Hydro Milner project was executed, on schedule and under budget.