case Studies

The Bright Building

Key Personnel
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Kurt Ruhland, P.Eng.
Vice President
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Steve Shugg
Manager, Geomatics & OLS | Kitchener
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Tania Krysa, P.Eng., LEED AP
Manager, Building Restoration | Burlington
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Project Overview

Positioned as a groundbreaking advancement for high-rises in Ontario, The Bright Building by Hip Developments stands out as Kitchener’s first all-electric multi-residential structure. Located in Midtown Kitchener, this residence consists of 18 stories, 228 units, a 2-level underground parking garage and includes a variety of sustainable technologies. 

The Bright Building was designed from the outset with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind and includes EV charging for every parking spot, light dimming capabilities for every light fixture, and the reduction of complex infrastructure such as piping and boiler rooms.  

To heat and cool the units, the building utilizes air-source heat pumps, high-efficiency windows and building envelopes, and on-demand water heaters. More specifically, this multi-residential tower does not utilize any natural gas or fossil fuels.  

Not only does the Bright Building promote sustainable condo living, but it has also become a trailblazer in the development industry for promoting environmentally conscious methods of design. 

MTE’s Involvement

Our team was brought onto the project to provide survey services for the plan of Condominium, Structural engineering and Building Science consulting. 

MTE was responsible for providing comprehensive structural engineering design services, which encompassed the creation of detailed drawings for the cast in place parking and foundations, as well as contract administration and construction oversight throughout the project’s duration. The building is comprised of two levels of underground parking, incorporating both cast in place and precast concrete, with 18-stories of residential units also predominantly constructed using precast concrete.  

Collaborating closely with Stubbes Precast, MTE contributed structural engineering expertise to the design and detailing of all precast elements, including walls, beams, columns, and connections. Utilizing advanced 3D modeling software, the building underwent thorough analysis to ascertain its behavior and to determine the design forces necessary for effectively transferring loads from the tower through the cast in place parking down to the foundation. 

MTE’s Indoor Environments team conducted health and safety assessments of building materials for the project. Additionally, our Building Restoration teams offered design consultation and construction review services for the waterproofing system of the 2-storey parking garage.  

Architect: Martin Simmons Sweers 

Renderings provided by Martin Simmons Sweers