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York University – The Accolade Project

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York University – The Accolade Project

Client: York University and Bregman + Hamann Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Project Status: The project was successfully completed in the spring of 2006.

Project Description:

R.V. Anderson Associates Limited was retained by York University to prepare a preliminary site servicing feasibility study for the Accolade Project. RVA was further retained by the design-build team consisting of PCL Constructors Canada Inc. and Bregman + Hamann Architects for the detailed design, approvals and construction review of the site services, grading and stormwater management facilities.

The $107.5 million Accolade Project consists of two performing arts buildings with a combined floor area of 358,000 ft2 for York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. The West Accolade building contains mainly classrooms and lecture halls, and the East Accolade building contains mainly two 325-seat theatres, a 500-seat lecture hall, classrooms and recording studios. The buildings are located on two separate sites with a combined site area of 1.8 ha within York University’s Keele Campus.

The main challenge from a site servicing point of view was to design on-site stormwater storage facilities without reducing the building’s footprints that covered most of the site. Since rooftop storage was not allowed, a combination of oversized storm sewers, a small landscaped area and a loading dock area were used to create the required storage. For water quality control an oil/grit separator was designed to treat the runoff from the loading dock area. In addition to the stormwater management facilities, building connections to the sanitary sewers and watermains were designed, and the alignment of a 215 m long high voltage electrical duct bank was designed and coordinated with Toronto Hydro.


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