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H.H. Angus & Associates

Established by company founder Harry Holborn Angus, the business continues to be known not only for its commitment to quality, clients and staff, but for its solid industry reputation and abilities to research, adapt, and implement unique and innovative building solutions and engineering services – in Canada and across the globe.

Serving a diverse range of clients in the healthcare, technology, energy and commercial sectors, HH Angus & Associates continues to build on its reputation as one of Canada’s preeminent mechanical and electrical consulting engineering service firms. Providing a combination of industry experience and a willingness to embrace innovation, the company’s capacity to provide a comprehensive range of solutions for clients covers everything from initial concept through to design and project management, technical support, commissioning and many other services.

By concentrating its engineering consulting efforts and expertise on four divisions – Commercial, Energy, Healthcare, and Industrial – HH Angus is able to leverage the best results for its customers. Whether designing systems for a new building or retrofitting an existing structure, the company prides itself on working closely with clients, architects, and other stakeholders. At the forefront of technology and innovation, HH Angus undertakes a wide variety of projects, ranging from heating and cooling plants to power generation, renewable energy systems, direct energy systems, security and communications, and much more for commercial applications, manufacturing facilities, hospitals, data centres, and others.

“Every one of our divisions has opportunities for growth,” says Barbara Bradley, Vice President Marketing and Business Development, MBA, Principal, and a member of HH Angus’ Senior Management team. “In our Energy Division for example, we are seeing an uptick in the electrical infrastructure work. We’ve introduced some new services, specifically to energy conservation and mining, so we’re seeing some interesting growth opportunities there.”

The most active area of the company is its Commercial division. When a business endures for decades, as HH Angus has, there is a strong likelihood of revisiting past projects; this happened recently with the Toronto-Dominion Centre Tower. Originally completed in 1967, the year of Canada’s Centennial, the TD tower is noteworthy for a number of reasons. Designed by acclaimed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the structure was Canada’s first skyscraper, and remains a downtown icon. When the project was first conceived, HH Angus served as the original mechanical and electrical consulting engineer to owners Cadillac Fairview. The building not only paved the way for other office towers in Toronto, but fostered a 40+ year relationship between the company and the owner. Most recently the work has centred on infrastructure renewal for the TD Centre. With the help of HH Angus, Cadillac Fairview’s building at 100 Wellington Street West has become LEED® EB Platinum certified, making it the third out of six towers to be certified, with two others – at 79 Wellington Street West, and 77 King Street West – becoming certified LEED® Gold.

“Cadillac Fairview realized that they needed to work on the building to remain competitive with newer structures in downtown Toronto,” comments Ms. Bradley, who has been at HHA for four years, where she directs business development, communications and marketing. “They came to us looking to renew their infrastructure.” Although the buildings were state-of-the-art at the time of construction, technologies change, and the owners wished to make the spaces more comfortable and attractive for occupants. Single pane windows were replaced with thermal panes, reducing heat loss, while heating sources were relocated, resulting in freed-up space for tenants with no effect to perimeter heating. These and other initiatives will eventually see the TD Centre certified LEED® Gold overall. “This is a philosophy that HH Angus has had for a long, long time,” says Ms. Bradley. “Why would you design a building in any way, other than to be sustainable? Why would you be an energy hog if you have the ability to do it in another manner? We have always adhered to that philosophy, and pushed the envelope.”

Keeping Pace with Technology

In order to maintain its competitive edge and serve clients the best it can, HH Angus works closely with a number of manufacturers of green products such as LED lighting. Since 1980, the company has maintained its own division focused on lighting, and remains committed to exploring and implementing new means of power generation, along with providing consultation and other services.

“We work with the new technologies that are coming out,” says Tom Halpenny, VP Operations, P.Eng., LEED® AP, CED, and Principal. In recent years, there has been a push for energy sources to become decentralized and self-sustaining, which Mr. Halpenny believes will only increase over the next decade. Some structures, such as hospitals with backup power sources, can already operate on their own for two to three days without any power source from a utility. “In Toronto, we are finding the power utility is not as reliable as it used to be, and I believe these decentralized sources of energy will hit the residential market before they hit the commercial and institutional markets.”

Active in a number of areas, HH Angus has already worked on bio projects using methane gas generated from landfill sites for power, along with localized heating and cooling for buildings, renewable energy sources, and solar projects; the company is also investigating variations of wind technology for power generation. Many projects with which HH Angus is involved, in fact, are led by technological innovations. Even when the company was founded in 1919, electricity was not widely used, yet the company advocated its use, along with that of air-conditioning. While keeping up with changes in technology can be a challenge, HH Angus prides itself on remaining at the forefront.

“Technology today is at a very high level, because of the obsolescence of technology introduced 25 to 30 years ago,” explains Mr. Halpenny. “Today, it is completely different from what it was back then, and the advent of digital tools has changed what we’re seeing in the technology market sector. So each one of our sectors has opportunities for growth, and we are trying to capitalize on those opportunities.” Decades ago, data centres were massive entities, often occupying entire rooms or whole floors. Today, many of these centres have become obsolete, as technological innovations have rendered them smaller than ever before. While some of the company’s clients address their data centre needs as they arise, others are looking toward the future and retrofitting operations to make them more reliable. To this end, some of HH Angus’ goals are to ensure clients receive reliable power and cooling capabilities for their data centres.

Repeat Business

With a staff of 250 highly trained employees, including 50 licensed professional engineers and 60 LEED® Accredited Professionals, HH Angus proves its worth with every project. “We employ very bright people,” says Ms. Bradley, “and the result of their work is that some of our clients have been with us for 70 years. We have about a 70 percent retention rate with clients, which is very high. It’s about earning their trust; and our people deliver, so it is the right formula.” About 40 of the company’s staff members have been with HH Angus for over two decades – several have, in fact, been with the company for over 40 years – and they lend their experience to enthusiastic new employees. Thus the company can build on its foundation of well-researched ideas backed by innovative and flexible solutions to enable projects to be completed on time and on budget.

A company of “firsts,” HH Angus continues to change the landscape of buildings, not only in Canada but worldwide, as clients seek to improve their capabilities to make buildings operate more efficiently, more economically, and with greater attention to the environment and sustainability. Over the years, HH Angus’ pioneering innovations and achievements have included the world’s first high-speed moving sidewalk (Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Mississauga, Ontario); the first to use 100 percent fresh air flow in a healthcare facility (North Bay Regional Healthcare Centre, Ontario); the first combination MRI and Cardiac Catheterization lab in Canada (Sunnybrook Health Science Centre Imaging Research Centre for Cardiac Intervention, Toronto, Ontario); and pioneering the first sports stadium in Canada with a fully retractable motorized roof, Toronto’s SkyDome (now Rogers Centre). Despite these many innovations, the company remains proactive, acknowledging its past achievements but continually looking toward the future.

Taking on a range of projects across all of Canada’s provinces, the company has also worked in locations such as Russia and the Caribbean, and worked on the design of a number of buildings for Canary Wharf in London, some of them through long-time Canadian client Olympia and York. “This speaks to our retention,” comments Ms. Bradley. “Our clients retain us, and take us to these locations to utilize our services. We have developed a strong enough relationship with our clients that they trust the advice that we’re going to give them, and they feel comfortable enough building a site outside their normal locations.”

While the company serves in different capacities depending on the project, it prefers to be hired by the client, as it gives the team a direct line of communication. “We like to be directly involved from the beginning for the planning stage, so if the architect is already hired, we would try to get on the architect’s team,” explains Mr. Halpenny. “In a lot of cases, the whole design team is procured at the same time, so we would be bidding to architects at the initial stage and be part of the team.”

Particularly active in the healthcare field, HH Angus is currently involved with client CHUM Collectif on the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) project. With Phase I set to be completed in 2015, followed by Phase II in 2019, the company is responsible for all mechanical, electrical, and security engineering at the site of the University of Montreal Hospital Centre, which is poised to be the biggest P3 project in North America. With over 50 staffers from HH Angus engaged in the design concept and development, along with designing and reviewing site preparation works, the massive state-of-the-art hospital will occupy over 286,000 square metres of floor space and more than two and a half city blocks when completed. The site will feature a substantial emergency department, a 20 storey acute care block, 775 beds in single rooms, and a full cancer centre, along with office space, a large amphitheatre, ambulatory care clinics, and more.

As one of the first companies in its industry to recognize the need for the design of sustainable buildings, HH Angus & Associates Limited remains committed to the ideal set forth by company founder Harry Holborn Angus almost 100 years ago. As a strategic partner, the company delivers not only top-notch mechanical and electrical engineering designs, but project management skills, lighting, vertical transportation, analysis and strategic planning.

In the words of company President and CEO Harry Angus, “A building is a legacy, not just for today, but for the years ahead. We help our clients define their facilities for the future, by delivering flexible, energy efficient and sustainable designs that are nimble enough to serve the needs of today’s stakeholders, as well as generations and technologies to come.”

May 25, 2020, 4:08 PM EDT