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Vaughan Metropolitan Centre - KPMG Office Tower


Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects
Renderings by Diamond Schmitt Architects

This project is the first building that begins the formation of the new downtown core of Vaughan which has been made possible by the extension of the Yonge-University subway line. The project consists of a 16-storey core and shell office building with ground floor retail and an additional two-storey retail wing. The facility will also have surface parking, an exterior civic plaza, and two levels of underground parking which will be connected to the adjacent new Toronto Transit Commission subway station, surface parking and an exterior civic plaza/square.

S + A Services Included:


In order to meet the project's strict energy targets required for LEED Gold certification, the building's primary heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems include magnetic bearing chillers with variable primary flow pumping, condensing boilers with variable secondary flow pumping on an outside air temperature reset schedule, and a variable flow 100% outside air enthalpy recovery air handler serving compartment units with demand control ventilation. In addition, cooling towers are capable of operating in a free cooling mode to meet the building's chilled water requirements in shoulder and winter seasons without the use of the chillers.

Improved indoor air quality and thermal comfort is achieved through the use of under floor air distribution on all office floors, demand control ventilation, and minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) 13 filters on all air handlers and compartment units. The building uses low flow plumbing fixtures in conjunction with reclaimed rain water stored in a cistern in the parking level to minimize potable water usage. A fully redundant condenser water system, complete with free cooling capabilities, has been provided for retail suites and tenant process loads. The infrastructure for a complete tenant metering system has been incorporated into the building design.


Electrical services included the complete power distribution, fire alarm, and lighting design. The power distribution for the building is designed with a new incoming high voltage service using two high voltage transformers connected to a double-ended switchboard. The two transformers and double-ended switchboard are configured in a main-tie-main configuration with the tie breaker normally open, where each transformer is sized to carry 50% of the total building load. This allows for 100% redundancy in case one of the transformers fails. The lobby and exterior lighting is designed using energy efficient LED luminaires. The typical office floor lighting is designed with energy efficient fluorescent luminaires utilizing "quick-connect" plugs for flexibility and ease of tenant improvements/renovations during future fit-up. The exterior lighting is designed to minimize light trespass beyond the property line ensuring compliance with LEED light pollution requirements. The fire alarm system is designed using a fully addressable, two-stage system with data gathering panels (DGP) located every five floors; this allows for maximum flexibility during tenant improvements and future renovations to the office floors.


Communications services included design and construction administration for a common structured cabling infrastructure to support an integrated building systems network. The building systems network is comprised of such systems as audiovisual, access control, closed-circuit television (CCTV) monitoring, lighting control, data and telephony.


Security services include the complete design of state-of-the-art turnkey security systems which include; video surveillance (CCTV), electronic card access control, intrusion detection, duress alarm and intercom throughout the facility. Design services also include the design of an integrated fibre-optic, internet protocol (IP) data network, complete with IP data switches. The IP data network is designed with multiple virtual local area networks (VLANs) to facilitate implementation and integration of all security systems as well as an audiovisual system, lighting control system, building automation system (BAS), and all future building IP connected systems.


Smith + Andersen provided the design and project management services to understand the client's needs and audio visual (AV) requirements. The AV systems were planned with an integrated design approach to connect to the common building network for building system integration. Space requirements were coordinated with the design team for head-end equipment and speakers to ensure the system was both functional and aesthetically pleasing.


The lighting design goal is to provide an energy-efficient lighting system which uses light emitting diode (LED) and fluorescent sources and is designed to the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) standards. Exterior lighting exclusively uses LED lighting to illuminate the surface parking lot and exterior plaza/civic square space.


Vaughan, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 320,000 sq ft

Completion Year