Housing the Nomad

A company out of the UK has developed a unique concept in mobile architecture.  Take a look at Weburbanist.com’s  article on this engineering marvel by the aptly named company, Tenfold Engineering.  Click here for the story.

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Toronto Port Lands Redevelopment

The much awaited announcement that the Toronto Port Lands development proposal has finally been given the go-ahead to proceed was welcome news  for city planners and private developers alike.  With a much needed flood protection plan in place,  construction of what is promised to be a virtually new downtown community is set to start materializing over the next few years.  Accommodating residential units, parklands and businesses, this $1.25 billion dollar project has been rubber-stamped and the work is moving from the boardroom to the site. Read Edward Keenan’s article from the Toronto Star on this exciting project here



Toronto will be hosting the 2017 Invictus Games from Sept. 23 – 30th.  Founded in 2015 this international competition brings focus to the unconquerable spirit of injured and wounded service men and women from all around the globe.   For more information on how you can get involved, or for tickets to the events, click here  (The games  motto “I AM’ is inspired by the poem Invictus written by William Ernest Henley). 


Together in today’s world

Toronto is not unique in its skyrocketing real estate prices. Lack of affordable housing is a worldwide problem that has city planners and architects across the globe scrambling to find viable solutions for.   The Vitra Design Museum in Germany is currently host to an exhibit called “Together” which shows how society has used creative means to solve housing shortages in the past and how we can apply the same principles to the present day housing crunch.    It is a thought provoking exhibit with an eye to the future of communal living and working.  Read more by clicking here



Candian Canoe Museum

In the June addition of Canadian Architect Magazine, there is an article on how the  Ontario Government is investing $9 million on upgrading the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough.  The project  promises to bring tourist dollars and generate employment opportunities for the Greater Peterborough area.  For more on this truly Canadian themed museum, read the article here

Safe Lodgings

Most of us take great care to ensure the safety and security of our homes and family.  However architect Robert Koniecny realized one family’s desire to live in a fortress-like home, just outside of Warsaw,  where the term “safe house” takes on a whole new meaning.     Click here for the story.


A Clearer Vision thanks to 3D Renderings

Buying a new home or condo has always left something to the imagination when envisioning exactly how the end product will translate into actual living space.  Due to limitations of  one-dimensional floor plans, picturing the layout of your living space could be somewhat uninspiring.  Thankfully, 3-D architectural software has changed all that.  We are now able to offer our customers digital renderings of not only the exterior but the interior of their spaces to allow for finishes, appliances, furniture and even placement of artwork to be presented in a 3-dimensional format.  It is virtually, the next best thing to be there!

Give us a call or email  info@groveinc.ca to ask about converting your drawings into 3-D reality.

West Don Lands Project receives worldwide recognition

Finalists have been named for the Urban Land Institute’s Global Awards for Excellence and Toronto’s own West Don Lands is among this prestigious group.  A mixed-use development, the West Don Lands rejuvenation has a lot to be proud of.   A pedestrian focused community with parks, housing for a diverse demographic, transit, accessibility, and a YMCA community centre are all comfortably integrated into a sustainable environment.   With developers around the globe vying for an opportunity to be recognized for this award, Toronto has much to be proud of for this internationally acclaimed success.

More on ULI’s nomination of this redevelopment can be found by reading here

Click here to learn more about the diversity of this waterfront community of Toronto.


Permit Us

Often the process of permit procurement can be a daunting task without the proper drawings in place.  A homeowner may feel overwhelmed by the process necessary to obtain a permit to renovate or add onto an existing home.  Grove’s team of engineering professionals can provide expert advice and prepare permit-ready drawings from the simplest deck to a custom renovation.  Call or email today for information on how we can help you with your renovation plans.

Net Zero Construction

We found an interesting article by Patrick Sisson regarding Net Zero building standards and its substantial growth in North America.  Net Zero refers to sustainable construction where the  goal is to have the building produce as much energy as it uses.   More than 8,000 new units were built across US and Canada last year and the numbers continue to rise.  Click here to read more on this exciting initiative.





How Green it Is


The impact of global warming is happening now, and Grove Project Management is proud of our commitment to ensuring our projects meet and exceed current environmental standards and recommendations.  Our Fallingbrook project located on Kingston Road in the Beach, is one such project which successfully incorporated a green roof into the design.  The project which was completed in 2009, was the first condominium building on Kingston Road to effectively integrate green roof technology into its build.    Science is still perfecting this technology every day and Grove will be striving to utilize this vital tool while incorporating other key green standards into current and future projects.

Read here how the University of Toronto’s GRIT lab are working to perfect Green Roof technology to adapt to different building applications, as the ever changing growth of the city demands.



Life is not always a Beach

With the recent flooding and the lake at record high levels, many people seeking a respite from the heat may be well advised to check the water before venturing in.  Pollution, contaminants and the inability to accurately monitor the water quality of Lake Ontario until water levels recede,  are giving cause to close many beaches and the City of Toronto is advising people to avoid diving in.    Read more here and check the status of the water quality at  your favourite beach before taking the plunge.



Squatter’s Rights

We have all heard the term “squatter’s rights” and immediately conjure up images of persons of an undesirable nature moving into a vacant home or cottage and refusing to move out once discovered.  Many of us never think that squatters rights could affect the properties we currently own and live in.  Think again.  You may have squatters on your property right now and are not even aware of it.  Tim Duggan offers up some interesting facts concerning the conundrum surrounding this age-old legal principle which can still be cause for concern in property ownership today.  Find out more by reading Tim’s article here




Toronto East Neighbourhood Murals

Local artists are invited to submit their entries for consideration for the murals to be featured as part of the Bell Box Murals Project.  The deadline for submission is Friday, June 30th, check out the requirements for submission in the flyer above.


Our Beech House project is progressing well and we are anticipating reaching the 1st floor level by late summer.  We are looking forward to the building shell being up and enclosed by early 2018.    The team is  working diligently to qualify the Beech House for the Toronto Tier II Green Standard and we are all excited to be  part of this green initiative.   This voluntary commitment to higher environmental standards than the mandatory Tier I Green Standard has a rigorous list of must-do’s in order to qualify.   To read more on this program,  click here

We will be posting monthly updates on the progress of construction, so check our Blog page regularly to keep updated and informed!

Thinking outside the book

In the March/April 2017 edition of Urbanland Magazine, the Scarborough Civic Centre library was recognized as one of the top 10 public libraries worldwide for improving links to the community while enhancing the pedestrian realm.

A collaborative design by three top Toronto architectural firms, the 100th branch of the Toronto Public Library opened its doors in 2015 after much anticipation by the community.  The wait was well worth it.  The design consists of 4 long, horizontal units each topped with a vegetated roof.  Clerestory windows provide views of the ornamental plantings, and expansive glazing and high ceilings stream in the daylight.  Connected to the civic centre by a new walkway, the library is a welcomed addition to this diversified community.

We are excited to see one of our city’s unique architectural gems being recognized alongside its counterparts worldwide.  For more information on the library, click here


Canada brings home the Gold for Copper.

The North American Copper in Architecture awards were recently handed out and Canadians proudly brought home a total  of 5 awards in three categories, New Construction, Restoration and Ornamental.  The beauty and sustainable characteristics of copper showcase the viability of this material in both contemporary and traditional applications.  Find out which  Canadian buildings won recognition here 


GM Mobility Hub

GM has submitted plans for a 7 acre, 882,540 sq. ft. centre on Eastern Avenue with front facings to Lakeshore Avenue East.   The development will house 2 GM dealerships, a sales and marketing centre, research and development facilities as well as a service centre.  It will also be able to accommodate 3,000 new jobs.  Find out more by clicking here



The Masonic Temple

With The Concert Hall at the Masonic Temple slated to reopen this June, we thought a little history on this iconic building was in order.  We found this great article written by Doug Taylor a few years ago giving the reader better insight into the foundations of this beautiful building. Check it out here.