Building Services

60 Year Reserve Fund Studies

Condominiums, strata corporations, and coproprietors across Canada use reserve fund studies to guide their plans for future funding. In Ontario, the Condominium Act states the reserve fund needs to be adequate and updated every three years. The minimum prescribed duration is 30-years; however, at McIntosh Perry we’ve realized that a 30-year time frame misses several long-lived expensive items.... Read more »

Cranes Boom In Toronto Amidst The Pandemic

Toronto streets may not be filled with people but if you look up, you may notice a surprising number of cranes. According to RLB’s Q1 2021 Crane Index, Toronto has 208 cranes for both residential and mixed-used projects which is up from 84 cranes from their previous count. 20,000 condominiums started in 2020 and account for... Read more »

Community & Stakeholder Engagement

At McIntosh Perry, we know that community engagement is a key factor in building great communities, and that the success of any project depends on keeping the public and stakeholders informed. Starting by developing a thorough understanding of the project, we craft clear communication and create opportunities for all involved parties to share informed feedback... Read more »

Balcony Repairs

Most residential buildings have balconies.  These areas are an urban oasis for people to enjoy the vistas of high-rise living, get a breath of fresh air, or simply carry on a casual conversation with their neighbours.  They are an important part of the day-to-day fabric of building vibrant, caring, and cohesive communities in dense urban... Read more »

Luiz Leon & Associates Ltd. is Now McIntosh Perry

We’re excited to announce that Luiz Leon & Associates Ltd. has re-branded to McIntosh Perry. Based in Surrey B.C., Luiz Leon & Associates Ltd., has been offering dynamic and progressive structural engineering services to architects, developers, general contractors and government clients since 1995. Luiz Leon & Associates joined the McIntosh Perry family of companies in... Read more »

Toronto Condos Drive Crane Boom

Offering a glimmer of hope in a volatile market, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) tops the North American Crane Index with 27 per cent of the cranes on the continent, handily beating other major urban areas such as Los Angeles and New York. The report, created by RLB, tracks the number of cranes in Q1... Read more »

McIntosh Perry Wins Ontario Concrete Award for Structural Design Innovation

The Ontario Concrete Industry awarded The Gay Lea Distribution Facility – Freezer Building a 2019 Ontario Concrete Award in the Structural Design Innovation category. McIntosh Perry is the Engineer of Record for the project and is honoured to have been part of the dynamic and forward-thinking team that included Orlando Corporation (Owner-Architect), United Floor Inc.... Read more »

Materials, Methods and Design of FRC/UHPC Courses

Learn about Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) and Fibre Reinforced Concrete (FRC) and how it relates to creating quality, sustainable, durable infrastructure and buildings resulting in very long service life with significantly less mass. UHPC with FRC was created to allow designers, stakeholders and those in the construction industry to provide extended lifespan infrastructure and building... Read more »

Increase in Cranes in Toronto’s Downtown

Construction is ramping up in downtown Toronto. The city has the most cranes not just in Canada, but in North America, according to a recent article from blogTO.  As of RLB’s July 2019 Crane Index, Toronto has 120 cranes for both residential and mixed-used projects which is up from 104 in January.   “The spring season has seen an increase in cranes in Toronto’s downtown; however, most... Read more »

Green Bins Mandatory in Ottawa Apartment Buildings?

Driven by pressure from the provincial government’s Food and Organic Waste Framework last year, the City of Ottawa is debating making green bin programs mandatory at multi-residential dwellings, according to a recent article from the CBC.  The City launched a voluntary green bin program nine years ago, but only 29 per cent, or 500 of... Read more »