Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects won a international competition to design the new Etobicoke Civic Centre to be located on the former Westwood Theatre lands at the Six Points intersection at Kipling, Bloor & Dundas in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke.
The new Complex will feature a cluster of buildings of different sizes, arranged to shelter a public square from cold prevailing winds. The development was planned to increase pedestrian activity in the area, after research conducted by the architects found that temperatures in Toronto were perceived as too cold for 60% of the year. The architects claim that site analysis and local thermal studies have allowed them to prolong the period during which pedestrians can comfortably occupy the square by up to five weeks each year.
When construction is complete the Civic Centre will feature:
- Municipal Offices (including office, council chambers, art gallery, public meeting room and other gathering and civic function areas);
- A Recreation Centre (including natatorium and double gymnasium)
- Community Services (including a health clinic; employment & social service centre; prayer room, food & retail court; a Public Library, and a Childcare Centre)
HGC Engineering is providing comprehensive acoustical services to what is sure to become be a new civic landmark in the greater Toronto area.
Acoustical Engineering Services being delivered include:
- Acoustical Assessment and Optimization of Main Spaces
- Building Services Noise and Vibration control (HVAC Systems, Pumps, Compactors, Generators, etc)
- Acoustical Privacy Between Offices, Meeting Rooms, Public Areas
- Acoustical Design and Treatment of Public Areas for Freedom from Distraction