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Designed by B+H Architects
Rendering by B+H Architects
Located near Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood, Manulife Centre is currently undergoing an exciting redevelopment that will help transform the building and its surroundings. The revitalization will include a replacement of the existing façade with a glass façade and will add 38,000 square feet of new retail space on the ground floor and second floor. Upon completion, Manulife Centre will be home to various tenants including Canada's first Eataly - a project Smith + Andersen is also providing mechanical services for.
The heating and cooling demand for the new glass façade is an ultra-low profile HVAC design featuring four-pipe fan coil units. Supply air is delivered to the space through a trench recessed in the slab below, and return air slots are inconspicuously located on the side of the ceiling bulkhead. Chiller plant upgrades and an added air handling unit allow for the current mechanical systems to meet increased cooling and ventilation demands. The new façade comes with large, newly renovated entrances that are being provided with dedicated vestibule pressurization air handling units to limit the infiltration of unwanted outdoor air. The project demolition scope and new scope is carefully planned to permit the large-scale renovation while limiting the impact to current and future retail tenant operations.