Author: McIntosh Perry

McIntosh Perry Project Wins CEO Creative Solutions Award

McIntosh Perry came home winners from the 2017 Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) Award Gala.

Ice Accumulation on Sloped Roofs

Winter weather means ice and snow build up on your building's roof. Leaving this unchecked can lead to serious issue.

Air Quality

Even though condominiums built after 1990 are more air tight than older ones, occupants still need to ensure that they operate the air handling system for the health and safety of their families.

Building Envelope Maintenance

The first impression one gets of a well maintained building is the way its exterior envelope looks. Giving the exterior cladding a face lift when it is needed makes a very old building look young and attractive and hence adds to the value of the building and individual units. Before you undertake any repairs, you... Read more »

Trio Of McIntosh Perry Engineers Takes Top CSCE Prize For Bridge Innovation

Three engineers with McIntosh Perry are being honoured nationally for their roles in advancing the way bridges are constructed and replaced in Ontario. Clifford Lam, Quazi Islam and Bala Tharmabala, are part of a team receiving a Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Excellence in Innovation in Civil Engineering award at the end of May for... Read more »

Hot Weather Concreting

On occasion during periods of hot summer weather, a testing company may report a low compressive strength test result and subsequent tests carried out on cores removed from the concrete appear to confirm the initial low test results. Often, further testing reveals that the concrete was satisfactory at the time of delivery and that, with the... Read more »

Why Concrete Cracks

While concrete has an impressive track record for durability, as demonstrated by such buildings as the Pantheon, it nonetheless has properties that make the development of cracks inevitable. Drying Shrinkage Concrete is a mixture of aggregate and cement paste; as the cement paste sets and hardens, it shrinks by as much as 25mm in 30cm.... Read more »

Roof Maintenance – Protecting Your Building’s Largest Asset

While no one has ever identified the nail whose lack caused a kingdom to be lost, it is well known that a poorly maintained roof can prove extremely costly. Occupants complain and eventually when their clothes or kitchen or computer network or collection of files is soaked once too often, move out or blame the... Read more »

The M Word – Mould in Fan Coil Units

By Jeff Jeffcoatt, P.Eng., BDS, RCM Vice President, Condominium/Strata Group A Four Letter Word Some property managers treat the discovery of mould in their buildings as being akin to using a four letter word (and I guess that is true of you Americanize the spelling to mold) but the fact is it does exist and it needs... Read more »

The Power of Oversight

As we live in an era where there are more and more specialists and super-salesmen promoting products claiming to improve our living conditions and environment, it is important to step back and fully review what is being offered and why. Will it meet our expectations? How can it be implemented – and at what cost?... Read more »