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WSP’s Buildings Experts to Lead Seminars at the Largest Industry Event


On November 29 and 30, WSP’s Buildings experts will be leading seminars at the the 2017 Buildings Show in Toronto. WSP is also a proud sponsor of the International Architectural Roundtable which will discuss the topic of “Cities and Densification: Weaving Our New Urban Fabric.” 

Learn more about our seminars:  

NOVEMBER 29, 2017

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Google Canada’s Engineering and Development Team Headquarters: A LEED v4 Case Study 
Meaghan Kahnert, Manager, New Development

Meaghan Kahnert

LEED v4 is a significant change from its predecessor. This session will share the lessons learned from Google Canada’s LEED ID+C v4 Silver certified Engineering & Development Team Headquarters, one of the first Canadian projects to pursue and certify with LEED v4. Located in a heritage building in Kitchener-Waterloo, the adaptive reuse office pioneers methods for human and environmental sustainability through historic preservation, employee well-being, and an industry-leading materials selection process. The session will present an overview of the challenges faced and strategies employed by the project team. Concepts illustrated will help prepare project owners, design team members and builders for the realities of LEED v4.


1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Design and Construction of Parapet Assemblies That Work 
Scott Armstrong, Project Director, Building Sciences

Scott Armstrong

Look (up) around your city and you’ll notice that building shapes are complex and cladding systems often soar above the roof level and beyond adjacent facades. Parapet extensions, wing walls, and similar features create unique challenges for design and construction teams. Successful parapet design means knowing “How to Stop.” Case studies from several newly- and recently-constructed mid- and high-rise buildings will be used to demonstrate the detrimental effects of poorly conceived or constructed parapet assemblies, design guidelines for parapet construction, and proven methods for achieving durable parapet and wing wall assemblies. This session will include an overview of retrofit strategies to address chronic parapet performance issues. This session is suited to Architects, Designers, Building Owners, Building Enclosure Specialists, Contractors, and Manufacturers with general knowledge of cladding systems, roofs, building physics, and HVAC.


NOVEMBER 30, 2017

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Curtain Wall Failures and Rehabilitation Strategies 
Scott Armstrong, Project Director, Building Sciences and Andrea Yee, Senior Project Manager, Building Sciences

Urban centres are full of mid- and late-century buildings, many of which are exhibiting evidence of aging and performance degradation. These problems can be highly visible and present a commercial risk to building owners and managers. This session will explore typical symptoms of deterioration and options for maintaining, repairing, or upgrading common high-rise cladding systems. The speakers will discuss the unique challenges of working on occupied buildings in a tight urban setting and the strategies to transform aging building façades.

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Attracting Top Tenants: How Healthy Buildings Certifications Are Transforming Real Estate 
Mark Bessoudo, Manager of Research, Sustainability and Energy

The WELL Building Standard and Fitwel certification programs have begun a paradigm shift in the building industry towards focusing on occupant health and wellness, first and foremost. While there are still only a handful of projects registered in Canada, occupant wellness has established a strong footing in the minds of building industry professionals – but what does it really take to get certified? What are the differences between certification programs? During this presentation, we will share project experience on WELL, RESET and Fitwel projects.

About the Buildings Show 

The Buildings Show is the largest industry exposition in Canada with more than 30,500 trade professionals attending the event annually to discover new innovations across the building industry and source the latest materials, product, tools and technologies.