HPAC Magazine

Smart Buildings: Connecting components and the trades

From rendering, to ribbon cutting, to operations, Canadian building projects have never relied more on technology. Smart buildings, which give owners access to a near limitless stream of data, are on the rise across the country.

This new approach to building is recalibrating owner demands on general contractors during the construction phase, as well as leading GCs to set new benchmarks for their subcontractors.

High-cost buildings, such as hospitals and big-ticket office towers, have been the first to go smart, but falling costs for sensors and software, coupled with promising returns, mean smart buildings are likely to become increasingly common across Canada in the years to come.

This past March experts from three leaders in the space — Black and McDonald, EllisDon and Modern Niagara — convened with David Kennedy, Editor of On-Site magazine, to look at the ways smart buildings are forcing job sites to evolve and share some of the steps GCs and subs need to take to ensure they aren’t left behind.

And last Fall marked the substantial completion of the new Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital just north of Toronto. Doug Picklyk, Editor of HPAC magazine reports on the client’s smart hospital vision and the collaborative approach and smart construction technologies employed by the GC and subs to complete this smart building project on time.

Read it all here in this special edition presented by On-Site, HPAC and Electrical Business, and sponsored by Procore:



Watch the full panel discussion presented by On-Site, HPAC and Electrical Business magazines, and sponsored by Procore:

Our panellists:

    • Colin Flock, vice-president of operations, Facilities Services, EllisDon
    • Erica Brabon, director, Energy & Sustainability, Facility Services, Black & McDonald
    • Sam Boyajian, vice-president, Integrated Building Technology, Modern Niagara
    • David Kennedy, editor, On-Site (moderator)