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John Street Roundhouse

Critical to powering the ever-expanding energy needs of the GTA, Copeland Transformer Station is nestled underneath heritage train superstructure John Street Roundhouse in the busiest area of downtown Toronto.


Client
Toronto Hydro, State Building Group & City of Toronto
Location
Toronto, ON
119,996 sq ft Size
Ongoing Status

Located in Toronto’s bustling entertainment district, John Street Roundhouse and its park, across from the Rogers Centre and the CN Tower, bring steam-era railway facilities to life. IBI helped restore three historic railway buildings, including Don Station, which was most active in the 1920’s as a stop between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, as well as numerous working rail structures on-site, few of which still exist today.

Built in 1929 by Canadian Pacific Railway, and used as a track switching station for the Union Station rail yard until 1982, the Roundhouse now houses Steam Whistle Brewery, the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre Museum and a “railway village” within the park. Some of the manual switches are still operational within the facility and it stands as one of the oldest existing railway structures in Canada.

Working with the City, IBI prepared a Heritage Impact Assessment and Conservation Plan that balanced the heritage resources of this semi-circular, timber-framed brick railway building with requirements to achieve a contemporary, sustainable retail space that celebrated its heritage.

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Excellence in Project Development and Building Scale

2010

Brownie Awards,
By Canadian Urban Institute

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Best Adaptive Reuse of a Heritage Building

2010

Brownie Awards,
By Canadian Urban Institute

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Award of Excellence

2011

Toronto Heritage Awards,
By Toronto & City of Toronto

Trevor McIntyre

Global Director, Placemaking & International
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON
We have passed the point where half of the world's population is living in cities. If we as planners and designers want to continue to fight urban sprawl, then we need to focus on maintaining a high quality of green infrastructure in our cities and in particular around transit. The public realm, including parks, streets, shared streets and public plazas need to be designed to maximize the human experience. How we animate those spaces, and manage them with a mix of good design and technology will dictate the quality of life in our future cities.

Trevor McIntyre is Global Director, Placemaking & International. He is responsible for International operational results, including financial performance, professional and technical excellence, staff motivation and development, and client satisfaction. He is a Landscape Architect and member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture and the American Society of Landscape Architecture.

Trevor has been a leading planner, landscape architect, and urban designer for more than 20 years, with projects in Canada, USA, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. He leads the Toronto IBI Group design practice in community planning and design, master planning, and landscape architecture. He has a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph.