U of T expansion to the Robarts Library

A vast expansion to the Robarts Library at the U of T  is underway with an aim of completion for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Increasing current study space by approximately 25%, the new addition will incorporate sustainable design features including a rain recycling  system, along with a green roof and other environmentally conscious features.  For more information read here

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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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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

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

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 

 

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.