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It’s All About the Plan: Capital One Toronto

For some projects, the challenges that pop up in the field can be the biggest hurdles. For others, the real problem-solving comes before construction begins. When Capital One wanted to consolidate its Toronto offices under one roof, the biggest challenge was time. They had just under a year to get through the design and construction of 120,000sf over 5 storeys AND move their staff from the old space to the new. "It was a very tight timeframe," says Hany Younan, project manager for Govan Brown, who Capital One hired to lead construction....

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Historic Transformation: Twenty St. James’s Street

London’s St. James’s Street has long been a desirable address, home to aristocrats, dignitaries and cultural institutions for centuries. With its rich history, however, the street’s buildings don’t quite have the same repositioning opportunities as those in other areas of Central London. Historic conservation codes restrict building heights, materials and other features to keep new construction in line with the neighbourhood’s special character. But over the last two years, investment trust WELPUT and its advisors, Grafton Advisors, have transformed Twenty St. James’s Street, preserving its history while updating its features and...

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BEHIND THE CURTAIN: Building Villanova’s Performing Arts Center

  Villanova University is in the midst of a major capital campaign that will, as the university puts it, “ignite change” on campus. A central focus of the campaign is to redevelop the southern area of campus along Lancaster Avenue. The former surface parking lot will eventually boast student housing, retail, dining and a Performing Arts Center (PAC)—the crown jewel of the development. The PAC will include two theaters, classrooms, a dance studio and costume and scenery shops. But while every construction project has special features and challenges, building a theater comes...

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