The Amazing Brentwood is a 28-acre master planned community designed to integrate high-rise luxury homes with rapid transit connections, office space, shopping, dining, entertainment, and other amenities. When completed, the development will include 11 residential towers containing 6,000 homes. By combining the renewal of existing buildings with the construction of many new buildings, the project will transform the area from a dated mall to an elevated centerpiece for the region. The architecture will reflect movement and action, featuring flying boxes, vertical elements on the glazing, and awe-inspiring ombre panels.

Our team has thus far been involved in several phase 1 aspects of the project. Our scope has included energy modeling for the residential towers, building enclosure consulting, and façade structural and façade engineering on the first 3 towers and commercial areas. We assisted the curtain wall manufacturers by designing the both façade and structural details for the project. We also used the research findings from our Belmont project to utilize the low thermal conductivity clips, to attach the cladding and suite heat recovery ventilators – making the Amazing Brentwood one of the first large-scale projects to adopt these innovative approaches to meet the project requirements.

We worked collaboratively with the project team and the trade contractors to efficiently implement the work. The project team encountered some unique challenges throughout the process, whether it be related to the complex expansion joint arrangements between the buildings and existing mall facility, incorporating flexibility in the building façades to allow for the commercial tenants to implement their branding as part of the final project, or innovative approaches to allow the incorporation of large balconies for the benefit of the residents to enjoy the outdoor towering space above the commercial facility.

We are currently finishing our work on the first three towers scheduled to be completed by 2021.


October 8, 2019


SHAPE Properties



General Contractor:

EllisDon, Axiom Builders

Our Role:

Building Enclosure Consultant, Façade Designer, Structural Glazing Engineer, Energy Consultant

Key Services

Concept Review
Construction Document Review
Façade Development and Engineering
Procurement Consulting
Building Enclosure Commissioning
Design Assistance
Code Compliance
Maintenance and Planning

Before material and systems selections are finalized, our clients benefit from a review of the building enclosure design strategies at a conceptual level. This review provides an opportunity to reflect upon the performance expectations and fundamental building science strategies behind the selection of appropriate solutions. Experience shows that changes made at the conceptual stage of building enclosure design have far greater cost-to-benefit impact than those made during late design or construction. A typical concept review considers the following:

  • Environmental loads
  • Energy performance targets and compliance options
  • Life cycle expectations
  • Constructability, sequencing, and complexity of detailing
  • Structural support
  • Risk analysis

Warren Knowles | P.Eng.

Principal, Senior Building Science Specialist
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Brian Hubbs | P.Eng., BEP

Principal, Senior Building Science Specialist
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Rob Orlowski | AScT

Associate, Facade Specialist
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Eric Catania | P.Eng.

Principal, Senior Energy & Climate Engineer
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David Vadocz | P.Eng.

Principal, Façade Structural Specialist
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