Terri Meyer Boake B.E.S. B.Arch. M.Arch.
Associate Professor School of Architecture University of Waterloo

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Mountain Equipment Coop

Stone Kohn McQuire Vogt Architects

Toronto, Ontario



Corner view of Mountain Equipment Coop - front facing King Street, side loading facing Charlotte Street.

View along King Street looking east.
Underside of timber canopy at front entrance.

Covered bike storage at entrance to store. Wood for the exterior structure was salvaged from old logs brought from the bottom of the Ottawa and Lachine Rivers.
Stone wall at King Street facade.
View of climbing wall for members at left/overall view of interior at right.
View up towards skylights and clerestory windows. Daylighting is a key strategy to lower energy costs.
Detail of concrete frame structure with view to timber roof beyond. Timbers used in the heavy timber structure for the roof and decking were taken from wood salvaged from the Marconi Radio Building in Montreal.
High level view of timber roof taken through upper clerestory windows.
Climbing the access stair to the green roof. Approximately 400 visitors to the MEC store climbed to view the roof during Toronto's Open Doors weekend in May 2003.
Members of the green roof fact finding expedition at entrance to hatch. (right to left, Elanne Boake, Sierra Boake, Margaret Hughes, Brendan Hughes)
thanks to Dave Robinson, Social and Environmental Responsibility Coordinator of MEC, for the tour of the roof!
View of green roof along King Street side of building. The roof is equipped with an automatic sprinkler system. The system runs at 5 a.m. provided it is not raining. The installation of the sprinkler system was not originally planned, but several very dry summers made it necessary to ensure that the roof planting had an adequate "start".
Green roof along rear of building. Less green roof at this side to allow for mechanical runs and maintenance access. The windows directly under the roof overhang are equipped with automated sensors to vent excess heat from the high level of the interior space.
Close up of some of the spring plants. Various hardy species are incorporated into the planting to ensure a variety of blooms and growth aligned with seasonal changes on the roof.
Walkway along side the clerestory windows. The roof overhang provides shading and water protection for the operable windows.
The CN Tower beyond at left and Elanne enjoying a romp in the chives at right.
Much of the bloom of the May roof is due to the lush crop of chives.

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last updated December 9, 2007