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DELIVERING GLOBAL DESIGN SOLUTIONS


OVERVIEW

NORR is the Consulting Services Division and flagship brand of the

NORR serves clients in four primary project areas:

Ingenium Group of companies. Founded in Toronto in 1938 and now with offices also in Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC, Sacramento,

COMMERCIAL

Ottawa, Kingston, Calgary, Vancouver, New Delhi, Dubai, and Abu

NORR designers provide the intelligence needed to engage the global

Dhabi, NORR offers fullservice architecture, engineering, planning

commercial economy competitively and creatively through new

and i nterior design, providing truly integrated solutions for a wide

developments, retrofits, upgrades and renovation projects that focus

range

on maximizing the client’s return on investment.

of

transportation,

commercial,

public/institutional

and

lifestyle projects. The NORR brand provides a wellhoned balance of design, t echnology and management skills.

TRANSPORTATION With experience far beyond design and engineering, the reduction

As the legacy firm of John B. Parkin Associates, NORR has a proud

of carbon dioxide emissions, noise pollution and resolving other

history of serving clients who demand design excellence and unique

environmental issues are integral aspects of the firm’s work. In

solutions to complex requirements. At various stages of its evolution,

addition, NORR offers insightful strategies for the management of

NORR has worked on some of Canada’s most architecturally significant

facilities in a controlled and sustainable manner.

projects, including Toronto’s City Hall, the TorontoDominion Center, Ford of Canada Headquarters and Toronto’s Rogers Center (SkyDome).

PUBLIC BUILDINGS

More recently, the firm has been responsible for the multi award

NORR is committed to designing timeless public architecture that

winning plaza at the Peace Bridge USA/Canada border crossing and the

responds to cultural, aesthetic and budgetary goals. The firm’s

redevelopment of the historic Automotive Exhibition Building into the

rational, enduring design solutions to complex issues result in

stateoftheart Allstream Center, conference and exhibition facility.

exceptional

buildings,

enhancing

the

infrastructure

of

the

communities they serve. NORR also boasts an impressive history in international work from its middle east base of operations in the UAE and a network of offices in

LIFESTYLE

the UK. NORR has been delivering quality design and development

Whether designing worldclass resorts or community shopping

solutions across the Middle East and Europe. Among the firm’s many

centers, NORR focuses on the clients’ business goals as well as the

noteworthy Middle East projects, NORR served as Architect of Record,

lifestyle and aspirations of the market being served. NORR’s designs

responsible for construction administration and project execution, on

interpret and support these objectives.

the Burj Khalifa project, recognized as the tallest building in the world at completion.

MEDIA CITY OFFICE DEVELOPMENT

AIR CANADA FITUP  TERMINAL 1 TPIA

THE LANDINGS RESORT


OVERVIEW

WELLINGTON BUILDING, WATCH HOUSE RETAIL, MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY  FACULTY OF MEDICINE

COLLINS BAY INSTITUTION, SOLE VITA RESORT, CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

CHIPS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, GENERAL MOTORS CENTER, AL HITMI COMPLEX


SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Everywhere that NORR does business, it endeavors to make a

SUSTAINABILITY  A CONCEPT WHOSE TIME HAS COME

definitive contribution to the development and maintenance of

Sustainable development is no longer a dream but increasingly it has

sustainable practices in the built environment.

become a practical reality. As companies, institutions and individuals all ponder the health of our planet, energy, water and indoor

A WORLD OF EXPERIENCE

environmental comfort and health issues have all come to the fore.

At NORR we bring together the growing resources and experience of

At NORR, sustainability considerations are second nature primarily

our network of offices to deliver Sustainability Consulting Services

due to our integrated design process. Holistic thinking is the norm,

using an integrated sustainable design approach. Our growing

not the exception. From green building design principles in new

portfolio of LEED® certified projects (both completed and underway)

structures to evaluating and retrofitting older buildings, we are at

is proof that our integrated approach is successful in meeting our

the forefront of bringing cost effective solutions to our clients,

clients’ needs.

ensuring that their developments have a competitive edge.

As a leader in integrated design for sustainability, NORR was

Our corporate commitment to leadership in meeting clients needs

responsible for one of Toronto’s first LEED® certified buildings, the

means that we continue to develop, test and fine tune our skills and

awardwinning, light and freshair filled, SAS Headquarters. Other

knowledge in sustainable architecture and engineering solutions.

notable green building projects for which NORR has been responsible include the ongoing work on the Canadian Plaza at the Blue Water Bridge border crossing, the Allstream Center – Canada’s greenest convention center, and the Calgary Courts Center – one of North America’s largest consolidated justice facilities as well as numerous other rated commercial and institutional projects across North America and around the world.

SAS HEADQUARTERS

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW, SMALL ANIMAL HOSPITAL

COLEMAN A YOUNG MUNICIPAL CENTER AUDITORIUM


SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

A PRACTICAL APPROACH

Our LEED® Accredited Sustainability Specialists enhance their project

As a fully integrated architectural, engineering and interior design

team’s ability to achieve our client’s project objectives through a

firm, we understand the importance of incorporating green building

variety of multidisciplinary and integrated services, which include:

design principles that align with, and are responsive to, our clients’ project goals, schedules and budgets.

Architecture and building engineering

Energy and water usage studies

We pride ourselves on the delivery of creative, cost effective,

Design and supervision of remedial improvements

technically sophisticated and sustainable solutions.

Waste audits and improvement planning

Sustainable operations and maintenance through LEED® EBOM

ALLSTREAM CENTER  CONVENTION FACILITY, RIDEAU VALLEY CONSERVATION AUTHORITY

Sustainable office fitouts and LEED® for commercial interiors

Ecotransportation planning

Sustainability awareness and staff training

Sustainable procurement and corporate policies

GREEN HOTEL

CALGARY COURTS COMPLEX, OJIBWAY NATURE CENTER


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As the global market for commercial buildings, whether residential,

RESIDENTIAL

office, hotel or industrial, continues to shift and evolve, our clients

NORR understands that in the context of today’s economic

strive to ensure their facilities remain both relevant to needs and

environment, developers are looking for ways to differentiate their

competitive. This is of particular importance for clients with existing

buildings from those of their competitors. While the design of high

real estate who are looking to reduce operating costs while at the

density condominium and apartment buildings has traditionally been

same time refresh the image and competitiveness of their portfolio in

less imaginative than the design of other building types, the need for

the market. NORR is actively involved in retrofit, upgrading and

brand identity has resulted in projects within this segment that now

renovation projects that focus on maximizing return on investment.

embrace style and individuality. Our designers are working with

For example the renovations to the exterior and public spaces in the

developers to explore new architectural statements within the urban

Hudson Bay Center in Toronto succeeded in helping to reposition this

context while also addressing the needs of ever more sophisticated

strategically located asset within its uptown marketplace.

residents who are demanding buildings that offer modern amenities, comfort and convenience.

Our commercial capabilities are comprehensive and include the ability to provide a full range of inhouse services to new construction,

OFFICE

tenant fitup and building retrofit projects. In addition, we have the

We are proud to have been involved in a wide variety of iconic office

experience to offer a range of project delivery strategies based on the

facilities like the Ford Canada Headquarters in Oakville and Simcoe

needs of our clients.

Place in downtown Toronto. NORR has also achieved unprecedented success while competing in the international arena against many of

NORR’s designers provide the intelligence and expertise needed to

the leading commercial firms in the world. It is in this robust, highly

engage the commercial economy competitively and creatively and to

competitive forum that we have continued to develop, finetune and

create a finished product that is focused on maximizing the client’s

test our skills and knowledge of commercial real estate.

return on investment, improving productivity and managing real estate costs.

SIMCOE PLACE  OFFICE

THE WAVES  RESIDENTIAL

QUADRUS CENTER


COMMERCIAL

HOTEL

INDUSTRIAL

With the changing needs of their guests, hotels are being pressured

Fast delivery of flexible, cost effective space is critical to

to offer a variety of new facilities and services in order to attract and

manufacturers. Staying competitive in today’s industrial sector means

retain guests. Today’s hotels will often need to incorporate the latest

employing bestinclass processes and procedures in the marketplace.

in stateoftheart inroom technology services, sophisticated business

The challenge to manufactures is to be relentless in the pursuit of

and leisure facilities, along with banquet and conference facilities.

operational excellence by continuously adapting new technologies

Discriminating business and vacation guests expect their hotel to truly

and investing in people, product, research and development. The

be their ‘home away from home.’

challenge to designers and implementors, is to create a space that meets the needs of today while also preparing for the potential of change in needs and/or technology in the future.

EMIRATES TOWERS  OFFICE / HOTEL

SOLE VITA RESORT, THE JAMES HOTEL

CELESTICA  MANUFACTURING & TESTING FACILITIES, SCOTIABANK CLIENT SERVICES


PUBLIC BUILDINGS

Public Buildings are an important element in the infrastructure of

EDUCATION

communities both large and small. NORR is committed to designing

Primary, secondary and postsecondary educational institutions each

timeless public architecture that responds to cultural, aesthetic and

have their own particular challenges in fulfilling their mandates. One

budgetary goals. Our public sector clients benefit from rational and

common element is that effective planning for the 21st century involves

enduring, design solutions comprising elegant and appropriate

“thinking beyond today.” Schools are expensive to build and maintain

responses to complex issues resulting in exceptional buildings.

and the challenge will always be to balance the demand for quality education with budgetary realities. NORR’s methodology in the design

NORR has demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in delivering

of educational facilities involves a sophisticated level of programming,

excellent long term solutions in our projects. As designers, we look to

a thorough understanding of building science and the educational

identify evolving attitudes and practices in order to understand how

mission of the school with a view to the future.

they might affect physical settings. Our strength is in supporting our clients’ institutions by creating environments that facilitate their needs

JUSTICE

both now and into the future.

Justice facilities are the cornerstones of a civilized society. They represent the delivery of our judicial system, where law and order is

As greater emphasis is placed on the need for technically advanced

determined and administered. They are often seen as a fixed point on

and sustainable facilities, decisions must be made regarding older

which society is built, yet they are actually constantly evolving to meet

properties that have served their intended purpose and must either

the needs of the dynamic body of law. Today’s justice facilities are

be revitalized, replaced or sold. Traditional building qualities such as

expected to be highly visible buildings, expressing the importance of

durability, functionality, safety and economy are being supplemented

law and order in society, but they also demand security, accessibility and

with initiatives relating to energy, sustainability and indoor

transparency.

environmental quality. Court and law enforcement facilities present unique physical challenges The building of a public facility is subject to a variety of constraints

to designers. They each have sophisticated spatial programming

and conflicting demands, including political factors, financial realities,

requirements that must be met to achieve multiple zones of separate

spatial and technical limitations, historical considerations, and public

yet interacting areas of circulation for the different user groups within

opinion. Our firm has the experience and multi disciplinary approach

a given facility (i.e. guards, prisoners, public, judges and lawyers).

needed to guide clients through this maze of requirements to reach their goal.

DEGROOTE CENTER  MCMASTER UNIVERSITY

CALGARY COURTS COMPLEX

GENERAL MOTORS CENTER


PUBLIC BUILDINGS

GOVERNMENT

SPORTS & RECREATION

With rising public expectations for faster, better and more

The iconic rink of the 50’s that served as a community focal point is

responsive access to government services, and greater than ever

undergoing a transformation to meet the demands of today’s users.

scrutiny of public expenditures, egovernment makes economic

Many old rinks are being retrofitted or replaced to accommodate new

sense. In order to make this a reality, communication technology

or additional leisure and community needs such as multiple ice pads,

needs to be infused and integrated into new and existing

fitness centers, swimming pools, multi purpose spaces for group

government buildings alike. NORR is wellqualified to assist in the

activities and landscaped outdoor spaces for sports and recreation.

development of appropriate facility strategies and the design of wellintegrated and adaptive facilities that are responsive to the

These new multifunctional entertainment venues are capable of

changes they will experience throughout their life cycle.

hosting a wide spectrum of recreation, sports, arts, cultural and heritage opportunities and as such are more practical for use by the entire community. This new destination facility restores the ‘rink’ to its place as a community focal point, and also creates a center of civic pride.

AURORA COMMUNITY CENTER

ALLSTREAM CENTER, RENFREW COUNTY COURTHOUSE

CANADIAN EMBASSY  ANKARA


TRANSPORTATION

One of the major challenges facing all levels of government is

AVIATION

keeping up with the public demand to maintain, upgrade or provide

The Aviation Sector faces a variety of challenges and uncertainties to

new transportation and infrastructure within an environment of

maintain future growth. Airport operators are under pressure to

multiple priorities and limited budgets.

provide increased security, efficient passenger and cargo processing, constant upgrading of infrastructure while at the same time

With decades of work serving clients in the transportation sector, our

providing lower costs to airlines, suppliers, and the traveling public.

experience goes far beyond design and engineering. Today, the

The advent of newer aircraft, such as the Airbus A380, will demand

reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, elimination of noise pollution

enhanced/upgraded facilities designed to accommodate the new

and resolution of other environmental issues are all integral aspects

designs including, enhanced bridges and larger facilities to process

of our work.

passengers and baggage. To remain profitable airlines and the aviation industry will be constantly reinventing themselves, forming

Today’s transportation nodes are open more hours each day and

alliances and cost cutting within an everescalating framework.

service more daily transfers of passengers and goods than ever before in transportation history. This increase in volume has placed many

With our years of consulting experience in the Aviation industry,

older, less flexible, facilities of various types in danger of slowing the

NORR understands the pressures on the industry and how they affect

movement of people and/or goods to a virtual crawl. Overcrowding

our clients and we are able to offer indepth design systems and

and increased passenger/traffic wait times in transit can result in a

strategies to help manage, sustain and upgrade aviation facilities in

variety of costly economic problems.

a controlled and secure manner.

The solution is simple  build better/more efficient transportation nodes that incorporate flexibility in their design for future system expansion. The trick, and something NORR has become highly adept in accomplishing, is that you have to be able to accomplish this upgrade in the transportation system with little or no negative effect on the current traffic flow.

WESTJET HANGAR  TPIA

EVANSTON TRANSPORTATION CENTER

ROTTERDAM CENTRAL


TRANSPORTATION

BORDER CROSSINGS

TRANSIT

Border crossings share a number of functional similarities to airport

Rising gas prices, traffic gridlock, the effects of smog and pollution

terminals in that both require a level of security not common to some

on public health all speak to the need for public transit, which is vital

other project types, they both deal with a varying volumes of people

to a healthy, sustainable city. Working people, students, parents,

and goods which move through the facilities and require surveillance

senior citizens and large employers are among those who understand

and flow management and both airports and border crossings

that our interconnected urban life would be unimaginable without

operate on a near 24/7 operation schedule. This makes project

public transit.

scheduling and staging critical to the success of virtually any project. NORR has developed its project planning and implementing skills to

Building public infrastructure including subway and railway stations

a high degree of accuracy. Assuring our clients the daily functionality

is often subject to a variety of constraints and conflicting demands,

they require while accomplishing the goal of improved/increased

including political factors, financial realities, spatial and technical

traffic flow  on time and on budget.

limitations, historical considerations, and public opinion. NORR has the experience and multidisciplinary approach needed to assist transit clients in achieving their goals.

TORONTO PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (TPIA)

SHEPPARD / YONGE SUBWAY STATION, PEACE BRIDGE BORDER CROSSING

UNION STATION


LIFESTYLE

Whether designing a worldclass resort or a community shopping

RESORT

center, we focus on and respond to our client’s business goals as well

NORR has a rich history in the resort and hospitality industry

as the lifestyle and aspirations of the market to be served. By

internationally having worked for some of the world’s most successful

understanding both our client and their customers, our architects,

hotel and resort developers. We bring the highest international

engineers and planners are able to come up with creative solutions

standards and blend this expertise with specific local requirements,

that meet both our client’s development criteria and the market.

to successfully deliver high performance and high quality solutions on time and on budget. Large mixeduse resort and hospitality by

Destination resorts are constantly competing with each other to

nature rely on a wide range of design specialists. NORR has had great

attract patrons so owners are challenging designers to create new

success in leading diverse and geographically remote team members

and dramatic luxury resorts in culturally rich destinations to attract

to achieve a fluid rollout of project deliverables. To support this

leisure and business travellers alike. Each new resort must be prepared

approach, we have developed our own information management and

to offer stateoftheart technology, sophisticated business and leisure

collaboration software tools that are routinely customized to address

facilities, dining and conference facilities and specialized programs

the unique requirements of individual projects to better serve our

that cater to the business and/or vacation guests they wish to attract.

client’s needs.

Resorts must reflect the best of local cultures, with inventive food and beverage services and outstanding entertainment options.

As a fully integrated, multioffice, multidisciplinary architectural, engineering and planning firm, NORR is able to supplement

Entertainment and Retail destinations must similarly create accessible

architectural design excellence with inhouse engineering design

facilities where people want to spend their valuable leisure time and

services to offer a complete range of Project Management, Building

money. For developers this often means ‘blurring the lines’ between

Design and Construction Implementation solutions. With projects

entertainment and retail elements such that both coexist in a single

being led and delivered from each of our offices, NORR is able to

project in essence; working to support one another by attracting

effectively deliver these skills to projects around the world.

different customers.

ATLANTIS, THE PALM

TEXAS DE BRAZIL

STARBUCKS


LIFESTYLE

ENTERTAINMENT & RETAIL As

merchandising

moves

NORR strives to develop retail spaces that are welcoming and reflect into

the

realm

of

lifestyle

and

today’s lifestyle. We recognize that the best value we can provide is

entertainment is being categorized as a commodity, we are seeing a

to undertake detailed research and analysis to select simple options

much greater emphasis on quality of design. Today’s developers are

that reduce capital and operating costs, longterm maintenance, and

creating destinations that are fun and accessible, places where

environmental impact. NORR consistently produces the most

people want to spend their leisure and shopping time  often this is

efficient retail design solutions in order to minimize our client per

being achieved with a dramatic mix of retail, entertainment, and

square foot costs over the leasing term and/or life cycle in the event

bigbox elements. The open air village format is gaining popularity

they own the facility and associated property.

as it’s convenience and pleasant shopping atmosphere emulates the traditional town market.

MOTORCITY CASINO, AVENUES SHOPPING COMPLEX

STRAND LAKESIDE RESORT

AL FATTAN MARINE TOWERS


CONTACT US

ABU DHABI

TORONTO

Arab Tower, Mezzanine Floor

175 Bloor Street East

P.O. Box 44387, Hamdan Street

North Tower, 15th Floor

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Toronto, ON, Canada M4W 3R8

TEL: +971 2 676 33 60

TEL: 4169290200

FAX: +971 2 676 33 61

FAX: 4169293635

DUBAI

CALGARY

P.O. Box 53150

22110 Ave SE, Suite 100

Emirates Towers, 3rd Floor

Calgary, AB, Canada T2G OV9

Dubai, UAE

TEL: 4032644000

TEL: +971 4 330 44 00

FAX: 4032697215

FAX: +971 4 330 44 01 VANCOUVER NEW DELHI (JV)

1201 West Pender Street, Suite 710

Vatika Atrium, BlockB, 3rd Floor, Sector 53

Vancouver, BC, Canada V6E 2V2

Gurgaon, 122002, India

TEL: 6046853237

TEL: +91 124 4313000

FAX: 6046853241

FAX: +91 124 4313001 DETROIT LONDON

719 Griswold St., Suite 1000

Tennyson House

Detroit, MI, USA 48226

159165 Great Portland Street

TEL: 3133243100

London, England

FAX: 3133243111

W1W 5PA TEL: +44 (0)20 7580 0400

CHICAGO

FAX: +44 (0)20 7580 6680

325 North LaSalle St., Suite 700 Chicago, IL, USA 60654

OTTAWA

TEL: 3124242400

55 Murray Street, Suite 600

FAX: 3124242424

Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 5M3 TEL: 6132415300

WASHINGTON DC

FAX: 6132414245

1001 G Street NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC USA 20001

KINGSTON

TEL: 202-627-6870

20 Gore Street, Suite 101 Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 4V6

SACRAMENTO

TEL: 6135463618

2200 21st Street

FAX: 6135467839

Sacramento, CA, USA 95818 TEL: 9169300210 FAX: 9169301937


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