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Community Readiness

Symposium 2018

401: Growing Up: Economics of Tall Building Design in Mid-Sized Cities

October 11, 2018

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Ontario’s mid-sized cities are growing up and the demand for tall buildings is high. However, there are many contextual, social and economic factors that challenge the design standards established by Canada’s larger metropolitan areas. Not all communities are suited for compact point towers, or have a local industry whose product is compatible with a prescribed tower shape, size or height. In developing Tall Building Guidelines, the City of Kitchener sought local market intelligence and tested various proformas to understand how to elevate the design quality of its tall buildings, while remaining financially practical and viable for the local development industry.
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to implement tall building design guidelines in mid-sized cities, and the realities of development proformas
  • Understand how to secure substantial design changes, without sacrificing financial viability
  • Gain knowledge about how a flexible, scalable approach to tall building design creates options for a variety of building sizes, types and price ranges