The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre - KPMG Office Tower project comprises a 15-storey, 605,000-square-foot office tower (with a concrete structure and raised floor system) atop a two-storey retail podium, with two levels of underground parking, extensive landscaping, a pedestrian tunnel connecting to the adjacent TTC subway station, and the construction of two municipal rights-of-way. The project is registered to achieve LEED Gold certification.
The site’s high water table created challenges balancing parking count requirements with the desire to create as much structured parking as possible, while still satisfying the project proforma. An early decision on the parking solution was essential as it, quite literally, formed the base of the design of the entire project. To find a solution that would consider all of the drivers and outcomes, PCL established a short series of focus groups, bringing together all project disciplines with input into, and interest in, the parking solution. To facilitate discussion and evaluate options, PCL created a number of financial and schedule models, which enabled the group to quickly identify potential solutions and establish criteria for decision making. In a very short period of time, PCL led the team through more than 16 possible options, which led to the selection of the scheme currently under construction.