Arup celebrates the ribbon cutting at Corktown Common

TORONTO, July 14, 2014 /CNW/ -- Arup is delighted to celebrate the official opening of Corktown Common, an award-winning urban park, as announced last Thursday by Waterfront Toronto. The design team was led by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. (MVVA), with Arup providing multidisciplinary engineering and consulting services.

Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs.

Corktown Common is the centerpiece of the emerging community of the West Don Lands. Working in close collaboration with Waterfront Toronto and MVVA, Arup helped to transform a post-industrial site into a dynamic, re-natured public park that is to be used all year round.

"As the engineers for Corktown Common, not only did we have the opportunity to design a highly sustainable park, we also were able to help create a wonderful space for the community in which we live and work," said Andrew McAlpine, Toronto Office Leader at Arup. "We are excited to have been part of the continued redevelopment of Toronto's waterfront lands."

The design for the 7.3-hectare park provides a variety of open spaces and programmatic elements.  A landscape with open sightlines to Toronto's skyline, Don River and beyond, creates a sense of scale and grandeur that expands the park far past its physical boundaries.  Emphasizing the park's riverside location are two prominent and sustainable water features: a large splash pad and a living marsh, both of which are integral parts of the onsite stormwater management system that irrigates the park. The splash pad is set atop a hill and provides important free-space for children to enjoy the grounds while allowing for overseeing parents to enjoy the unobstructed views of downtown.

The park also boasts a variety of sustainable features, which are in keeping with Waterfront Toronto's sustainability framework. One of the key elements requires the collection of rainwater for irrigation purposes. This was achieved through a series of swales and landscaping resulting in reduced reliance on municipal water supply. Water from the splash pad, typically directed to a sanitary sewer, will instead be treated sufficiently so that it can be safely conveyed to the park's marsh and irrigation system. Combining a mix of trees, open lawns, diverse plantings and an extensive marsh will create an inviting environment for patrons while showcasing Waterfront Toronto's commitment to sustainability and community building.

About Arup
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world's most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Its engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world. Arup opened its first North American office 25 years ago and it's first Canadian office in 1999, and now employs 1,000 in the Americas. The firm was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture, intellectual independence and collaborative approach. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients. (

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