Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Toronto, N/A / Canada

Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg LLP has relocated their downtown Toronto headquarters to the LEED® NC Gold certified RBC Centre. The "loft-like" quality of the existing base building was intended for an open floor plan and included an under-air distribution system that created a challenge for designers due to its sound transmission. DWPV's design delivers the sophisticated feel of a law firm through the development of cellular offices, while celebrating the existing structure of the base building through the use of exposed concrete beams and ceilings in a sculptural fashion.

Special attention was paid to the design of the private offices. A kit-of-parts strategy was implemented to allow for customization within the confines of a preselected group of elements. Baffles and partitions were used to maintain acoustic privacy between offices. The interconnecting staircase, food support spaces and staff lounge encourage casual encounters and are intended to promote greater interaction among the staff. The conference center concentrates high-end finishes in the client-facing zone, and movable walls provide flexibility for a variety of gatherings. Sustainable aspects informed the entire project and include daylight maximization, material and fixture selection and air quality control. The office design earned LEED® CI Gold rating.

Architect of record

Jaime Velez
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
224 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60604, United States
Phone: 312 360 4378

General contractor

John Brennen
Rae Brothers Ltd.
60 Modern Road
Scarborough, ON M1R 3B6, Canada
Phone: 416 364 8656

Consultant 1

James Hannaford
The Mitchell Partnership Inc.
285 Yorkland Blovd
Toronto, ON M2J 1S5, Canada
Phone: 416 499 8000

Consultant 2

Rob Marcuzzi
Mulvey & Banani International Inc.
44 Mobile Dr.
Toronto, ON M4A 2P2, Canada
Phone: 416 751 2520

Consultant 3

Steve Falkin
HBR Consulting
311 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60606, United States
Phone: 312 201 8400

Consultant 4

Chong Song Yu
Yolles, A CH2M Hill Company
Queen's Quay Terminall, 207 Queen's Quay West, Suite 550
Toronto, ON MJ5 1A7, Canada
Phone: 416 363 8123


Tom Rossiter
Tom Rossiter
2615 N. Wilton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614, United States
Phone: 312 543 8233