If you look at the photo links I provided this is rarely the case in Europe. They build an external glass wall (which does not need to be particularly airtight or even double paned) and then 2-6ft in they build a second wall which contains both glass and non-glass elements.
Alternatively they also do building within a building, which is to create an entire glass enclosure and within it place one or more buildings. Again if you remember that the R value per inch of air is not far from that of pink insulation, imagine the R value of a 20 ft deep air enclosure*.
* Yes, R value is not perfectly linear at widths greater than 24 inches. Even accounting for this the R-value provided by this type of design is amazing. To top it off it creates a magnificent atrium to be enjoyed by the people who work in the building (let's not forget about those).
From another CBC article: As John Straube points out, what glass does really well is conduct heat. "A little experiment anyone can do at home is get a glass for drinking. Pour boiling water into it, and try and pick it up. You'll burn yourself."
This analogy is bogus, as any one who has had a latte on a tall glass without burning yourself knows. Glass is an amazing insulator, in fact it is way better than pink insulation per inch of material. Problem is one can easily place 4 inches of pink stuff on the wall surrounded by plywood and siding on the outside and drywall on the inside, whereas cost factors mean that glass usually stops around 1/2" width max and there is nothing around it, inside or outside of it.
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I have not confirmed this personally. However I recently heard that the latest revision to the Ontario Building Code Limits the about of Glazing on a building to 40% for double glazed panes and 60% for triple glazed panes. So in essence you are not going to see buildings completely covered in glass the way we used to. There definitely will be a lot more spandrel and Concrete in the future
That is not what the amended code says. It stipulates that "where the glazing to wall ratio exceeds 22%" certain additional performance specifications need to be met. As well so long as you meet Energy star efficiency specifications, no matter how, your building is within code.
Lastly the proper term for what is energy inefficient is "glass wall" or "curtain wall" as opposed to the "glass enclosures" that I keep bringing up.
Both the apartment & condo tower are on the 15th floor...
March 29, 2013
March 30, 2013
So is the building in the front the Delta hotel as of a few days ago??? I wonder how far they are along,drywalling yet??? Etc..
I'm a little confused too...it looks like the hotel will have balconies? Is this true?
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I believe the condos are the square based building (on the left in the second and third pictures) and the apartments are the longer rectangular building (on the right) and the Delta is only visible in the first photo on the far left (almost complete)
Edit: Trogdor took care of it.
I see it now... it is mostly hidden behind the Seagram lofts.
April 15, 2013
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I drive past the Hotel every so often and from the outside it looks like for the last few months no work has taken place there.
Reposting UrbanWaterloo's photo from early February as a comparison:
I agree that the outside isn't much different. Based on the big yellow debris chute (and multiple opened windows), there is work going on on the interior, though.
I really noticed the increased crane height (apartment building) walking west on Bridgeport Road this morning. Here's an update from the site...
April 17, 2013
I was re-reading this article previously posted in this thread about the cancelled office tower:
"The cancelled office tower had a construction value of $40 million, according to a Region of Waterloo building report.Mayor Brenda Halloran said the office tower isn’t out of the works.
“The office tower is planned for a future phase, as are other residential components of this project,” Halloran said.
“This is a multi-phase development project which is one of the largest in Ontario and a perfect fit for a community like ours."
It's really too bad that one of the office towers was cancelled, I really thought that was an important part of the project. Is the quote above from the mayor just misunderstanding the question? It says they cancelled 1 of the office towers.
Has there been any pricing on the condos leaked yet?
The view down the Laurel Trail from UW Campus.
I cycled past the condo tower yesterday and it struck me how "cheap" the pre-form panels looked. I hoped whaetver finishing touches go on here will remedy the issue but it is not looking good right now.
I've spoken with a few people who have mentioned this condo tower as somewhere they would consider moving into. These are random conversations that aren't usually even about condos or housing. I think the location alone will bring in some people, however, I agree that it doesn't look all that appealing quite yet. I do like the profile of the building, perhaps not in contrast to the behemoth that will be next door, but that's more a problem with the apartment tower's girth that the slender condo tower.
Also, the whole "if you don't want your view to be ruined then buy somewhere overlooking a park" comes into play. In Waterloo that seems like it would be less of an issue, but it can happen, as it probably will for some of those who bought at 144park.
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May 3 2013,
The crane height for the first condo tower was increased this week, if you look close in the pictures you can see a couple more pieces that have yet to be installed.
Both buildings are really coming along.