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Toronto Old City Hall HVAC Upgrades

Job Type:

Heating and Cooling System Upgrade

Owner:

City of Toronto

General Contractor:

The Atlas Corporation

Approximate Value:

$20 Million

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Bird Mechanical’s scope of work involved installing a newly designed heating and cooling system throughout the entire 500,000 square foot complex currently used by the Government of Ontario as a courthouse. This project was scheduled to be completed in a six-year time frame. The work was completed throughout the building while it continued to run as a fully operational courthouse. The new heating and cooling system was fed from the Enwave Steam and Deep Lake Cooling distribution systems. They are piped through several heat exchangers in the basement and attic of the facility. The services are distributed throughout the building using newly installed piping systems. In order to get these services to each of the floors, old existing duct shafts were modified and used to minimize disturbing the heritage status of the facility’s interior. Each floor had several new air handling units installed to distribute the new heating and cooling throughout the offices and court rooms.

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William Osler Health System

Job Type:

Etobicoke General Hospital Early Works Project

Owner:

William Osler Health System

General Contractor:

Bird Mechanical Ltd.

Consultant:

Stantec Architecture

Approximate Value:

$10.7 Million

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Bird Mechanical was awarded the contract for the William Osler Health System Etobicoke General Hospital Early Works Project. The scope of work involved upgrades and expansion to the current heating and cooling systems in order to prepare for the future hospital expansion project. Bird Mechanical managed this project as the general contractor and was responsible for the subtrades including, but not limited to, electrical, civil, structural, site services, medical gases, fire protection, building automation, demolition and asbestos removal. Bird Mechanical was responsible for supplying all labour and materials for all mechanical work for ventilation; boilers which included two new 200HP boilers; a heating system including two 20hp pumps with VFD’s; two steam plate and frame heat exchangers; four 600 ton chillers; a new cooling system including three 50hp pumps, three 40ph pumps, three 30hp pumps, two 125hp pumps, two 25hp pumps, and one 75hp pump all with VFD’s; a new 800 ton BAC cooling tower including a winder operation option; two heat exchangers for free cooling upgrades on the cooling tower and condenser water system; upgrades on the high pressure steam system, water treatment, building HVAC, C.S.A, plumbing and gas. We completed a 105m underground directional bore for 12” HDPE drainage pipe, as well as, the installation of 600 feet of 8” domestic cold water stainless steel line to feed the new patient tower which was under construction at the time. We reworked the storm lines and tie-in connection of buried condenser water piping. Bird Mechanical coordinated extensive shutdowns for the tie-ins. Each shutdown affected the entire needs of the hospital and operating rooms. Bird Mechanical and EGH worked together to schedule shutdown times to minimize the effect to the staff and patients, and to keep the hospital in working order.

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The Hospital for Sick Children

Job Type:

Chiller & Cooling Tower Replacement

Owner:

The Hospital for Sick Children

General Contractor:

Bird Mechanical Ltd.

Approximate Value:

$7.7 Million

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Bird Mechanical Ltd. completed the removal of the Elm Wing chillers and cooling towers. We installed three 1,400 ton chillers along with new cooling towers. This job came across several unique situations in order to remove and replace the existing chillers and cooling towers. First, in order to get the chillers three stories underground there had to be a custom transport truck trailer built so that the chillers could fit in the parking garage. Secondly, to remove and replace the old cooling towers using a 350 ton crane, Bird Mechanical had to coordinate with the hospital to have the air-ambulance rerouted to different hospitals because the lift took place on and around the hospital’s helipad. Finally, to connect the cooling towers to the chillers, a 26 foot riser pipe was run vertically up the side of the hospital.

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Toronto Police Headquarters Generator Upgrades

Job Type:

Generator and UPS Upgrade

Owner:

City of Toronto

General Contractor:

Bird Mechanical Ltd.

Approximate Value:

$5 Million

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For this project, Bird Mechanical Ltd. completed an overhaul of the facilities backup power system by installing two new 1.75 MW emergency generator’s with complete UPS back-up fully controlled by ASCO panels. Since space was at a premium in the facility, one of the generators radiator systems had to be installed on the roof of the building. Four stainless steel glycol lines were run from the generator to the remote radiator which was over twelve floors away. The system included all associated pumps, tanks, heat exchangers and is one of the largest remote radiator systems ever installed to date. All this work was completed within the operational facility while ensuring that one generator was always online, in case emergency power was required in the building.

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Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension

Job Type:

Subway Extension

Owner:

Toronto Transit Commission

General Contractor:

Ellis Don

Consultant:

ARUP Foster + Partners

Approximate Value:

$4.9 Million

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Bird Mechanical was awarded the contract as the mechanical contractor for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) York University Subway Station Construction Project. The scope of work included the supply of all labour, materials, layout, shop drawings, equipment, pipe fabrication and heat tracing to facilitate the mechanical scope. Major work areas included multiple mechanical rooms and service areas throughout the station. Major equipment installations included all air handling units, hot water tanks, heat pump units, drainage pumps for track and station, commercial fans, and subway exhaust ventilation fans. Bird Mechanical was also responsible for all testing and commissioning. Coordination with all trades was key to ensure the project ran smoothly, delivered on time and on budget. Bird Mechanical worked with the General Contractor to manage the scheduled milestones and constraints reaching substantial completion.

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Union Gas

Job Type:

New Office & Training Centre

Owner:

Union Gas Limited

General Contractor:

Aecon Buildings

Approximate Value:

$4.6 Million

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Bird Mechanical was the mechanical contractor working for Aecon Construction for the new Union Gas training facility located in Hamilton. Bird Mechanical was responsible for the completion of the mechanical scope, which included many specialty items. One specialty was the requirement for a mock subdivision built for testing gas feed hookups with relocated training equipment that was moved from the Chatam location to Hamilton. Bird Mechanical installed a tube leak system in a training field (approximately 12,000ft. of tube leak cables 2,000ft of buried gas piping) so the trainers could set up the underground tasks. The scope also included new sanitary and storm drainage for the new 2-story building, a fluid cooler, control valves, interior gas facility, and all HVAC.

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University of Toronto

Job Type:

Boiler Fuel Handling/Controls Upgrades Central Steam Plant Phase 1,2,3

Owner:

University of Toronto

General Contractor:

Bird Mechanical Ltd.

Approximate Value:

$4.2 Million

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Bird Mechanical Ltd. upgraded the fuel handling equipment, safety and combustion control systems and related instrumentation for the five natural gas and oil fired boilers in University of Toronto’s Central Steam Plant. This project was phased over 3 years to schedule around heating season so the operation was not affected. Bird Mechanical’s team worked closely with the Consultants and University of Toronto to facilitate this complicated project and ensure that the plant continued to be operational at all times. All the piping that feeds the boilers (oil, natural gas and steam lines) were replaced and new controlled devices were installed to automate the boilers through a new DCS control system.

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City of Toronto – Data Centre

Job Type:

Data Centre – New Chiller Installation

Owner:

City of Toronto

General Contractor:

Bird Mechanical Ltd.

Consultant:

SNC-Lavalin Inc

Approximate Value:

$4 Million

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Bird Mechanical upgraded the cooling system for the City of Toronto Data Centre in a critical facility. The work was completed in multiple phases to ensure there was enough cooling capacity and redundancy for the building without interruptions, as it is operational 24/7. Bird Mechanical replaced three existing 350 ton chillers, cooling towers, heat exchangers and pumps. All new chilled water and condenser water piping were completed by using stainless steel piping. Temporary PVC piping was utilized during the change to ensure that all systems are working during the construction phases. The chillers were installed and commissioned one at a time and had to be hoisted through an opening within the roof. Bird Mechanical installed a temporary enclosure through the roof opening and made this an access point for all materials and equipment going out and coming in. Once everything was installed and commissioned, the permanent roof enclosure was reinstated.

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CF Eaton Centre Galleria Chiller Plant

Job Type:

Heating Cooling Plant Retrofit Project

Owner:

Cadillac Fairview

General Contractor:

Bird Mechanical Ltd.

Consultant:

Andronowski & Associates Ltd

Approximate Value:

$4 Million

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Bird Mechanical was awarded the contract for the Cadillac Fairview Toronto Eaton Centre Heating Cooling Plant Retrofit Project Phase I, II and III. The scope of work included the replacement of the existing chillers and heat pumps in the mechanical room by phases. To allow for minimal disruption to our client and the business operations, we replaced one heat pump and chiller at a time. This left all other chillers and heat pumps in the mechanical room operational while the unit being worked on was out of service during the mall’s hours of operation. Each new chiller that was installed was tested and once performance was met, we proceeded with the next phase and installation of the next chiller. Once both of the new chillers were installed and tested, we preceded with the installation of the new primary chilled water pumps and the condenser water pumps. In addition to the above-noted scope, Bird Mechanical also managed subtrades for the electrical, civil and insulation scope. Phase I involved the removal of two 1200 ton chillers and the supply and installation of a 1000 ton Trane chiller. In Phase II, we removed three 1200 ton chillers and installed three 1200 ton Trane chillers. Phase III involved the removal of twenty-one existing pumps, and the supply and installation of twelve new pumps: six 100hp, three 150hp, and three 125hp in their place.

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Enercare Centre Co Gen Installation

Job Type:

Co-Gen Installation

Owner:

The Board of Governors of Exhibition Place

General Contractor:

Bird Mechanical Ltd.

Approximate Value:

$2.7 Million

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Bird Mechanical was awarded the mechanical contract to install a Caterpillar G3520E 2233 HP generator, a York 220 ton absorption chiller, and a BAC Crossflow cooling tower. In order to install the generator and cooling tower an 800 ton crane had to be used to lift the 100,000 lbs generator and 18,000 lbs cooling tower onto the roof of the kitchen at the Direct Energy Centre.

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Enercare Centre – New Chiller Installation

Job Type:

New Chiller Installation

Owner:

City of Toronto – Exhibition Place

General Contractor:

Bird Mechanical Ltd.

Approximate Value:

$2.2 Million

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Bird Mechanical was awarded the mechanical contract for the Enercare Exhibition Place Chiller Installation Project. Bird Mechanical was responsible for installing one 1250 York Chiller, 300 HP condenser water pumps and a 60 HP chilled water pump. In addition, we were responsible for changing the main condenser water piping to group the six chillers together. This allowed full control of all six chillers, three towers and the upgraded control system which all work together to isolate the cooling system on demand. Upon completion and installation of the equipment and the system, we conducted and completed all testing and commissioning to ensure the system was running effectively and efficiently.

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Capitol Buildings, 317 Adelaide Street West

Job Type:

Cooling Tower Addition & Mechanical Upgrades

Owner:

Capitol Buildings

General Contractor:

Bird Mechanical Ltd.

Consultant:

Lam & Associates Ltd.

Approximate Value:

$1.7 Million

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Bird Mechanical was awarded the project for the Cooling Tower Addition and Mechanical Upgrades at 317 Adelaide Street West, Toronto. The project included mechanical piping, HVAC, electrical wiring, controls, balancing and all testing and commissioning. Working as a general contractor, Bird Mechanical was responsible for the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and subtrade work for the limited space heritage building. Bird Mechanical installed a self-contained pre-fabricated complete mechanical room box on the roof connecting to the piping throughout the building. The box included new domestic and heating boilers, heat exchangers, tanks and pumps to serve the new condenser water loop. The box was delivered in two sections and weighs approximately 40,000lbs each. The sections had to be hoisted into a new structure built in the roof. The existing building had split air conditioning units installed throughout the building. To simplify the conditioning needs; this new mechanical room now serves new heat pumps throughout the building. In order to connect the system, Bird Mechanical cored through all the levels and ran new condenser, domestic cold water, domestic hot water and plumbing drainage risers, all of which were tied to the new mechanical room box.

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Teck Metals Process Piping Skids

Job Type:

Pipe Prefabrication

Owner:

Teck Metals

General Contractor:

Bird Mechanical Ltd.

Approximate Value:

$1.2 Million

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Bird Mechanical was awarded the contract as the mechanical contractor for Teck Metals Ltd. The scope of work included the supply and installation of all the mechanical and electrical equipment, including erection, piping, wiring and brick work. Bird Mechanical fabricated three closed loop cooling water distribution header modular skids, in addition to the testing and commissioning of the system.

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CAMH Upgrades

Job Type:

Heating & Cooling Upgrades

Owner:

Centre for Addiction & Mental Health

General Contractor:

Bird Mechanical Ltd.

Approximate Value:

$1 Million

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Bird Mechanical was awarded the contract for the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health Heating and Cooling Upgrades. The scope of work involved the supply of labour, materials, and equipment for the installation of the chiller, cooling tower, all associated piping, valves, pressure gages, heat exchangers, hangers, electrical, insulation, balancing, demolition, testing and commissioning.

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