ISTRUCTE Ontario Regional Group Event: CIBC SQUARE

November 24, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

ISTRUCTE Ontario Regional Group Event: CIBC SQUARE

IStructE Ontario Regional Group is organizing a technical seminar named, “CIBC Square Toronto: A Next-Generation Building” that will be presented by Tibor Kokai and Benoit Boulanger of Read Jones Christoffersen Limited.

This event will be an online webinar beginning at 7pm on Tuesday November 24, 2020. If you wish to register, please click on the link below:    

Hope you can join us for what should be an interesting lecture!

DATE Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
TIME 6:30 pm virtual waiting room open – 7:00 pm presentation
LOCATION Virtual meeting – RC Webinar
INVITED IStructE Members and Guests, students, and local structural engineers.


Abstract:              CIBC Square Toronto: A Next-Generation Building

CIBC Square is a massive project that transforms the land East of Union Station and the Air Canada Centre. This new mixed-use office and retail complex, expands the adjacent Union Station transportation hub as part of the “Path”. The structure over the rail corridor, the “overbuild” is a 100m by 30m terraced park platform, first of a kind in GTA. The overbuild structure connects the two ~ 245m tall office towers South and North of the corridor, thus connecting, 81 Bay Street and the future 141 Bay Street developments. The project is to be built to LEED Platinum standards and includes the following: a 2.7 million sq.ft., multi-phased, premium office complex with seven-storey podiums and underground parking levels; three-level retail unit; a new GO Bus Terminal at the base of the South office tower, an elevated park above the rail corridor with new public green spaces and several pedestrian bridges.


The lecture will be of benefit to all engineers and design professionals and will provide a unique insight into a complex feat of engineering. Quoting John Frank of Hines: “This is a next- generation building. It’s the most technologically advanced project I’ve ever worked on and I’ve been with Hines for 35 years. It’s certainly the best office building in Canada. Maybe even in North America.”

Speakers:            Tibor Kokai, Ph.D., P.Eng.  Principal, RJC, Toronto, Canada

After completing his studies at the Technical University of Budapest as a structural engineer and working in Vienne for two years, Tibor immigrated with his family to Canada in 1987. After working in Halsall as a Senior Associate for 10 years and in Yolles as a partner for 13 years, he joined RJC Toronto as a Principal in 2010. Having worked on numerous world class projects in Canada and abroad with significant technical challenges, Tibor has established a reputation for technical excellence and creativity. With over 30 years of experience, he has developed expertise in analysis and design of tall and complex residential, office and institutional building structures. Some of his significant project include: Windsor Casino, Aura residential tower, 454 Yonge Street, The One – 1 Bloor West, CIBC Square, 160 Front Street, Calgary City Centre and Waterpark Place Phase III. Tibor is also a member of the CSA A23.3 Technical Committee on the Design of Concrete Structures, a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and past member of the Standing Committee on Earthquake Design of NBCC.

Benoit Boulanger, MASc, P.Eng., Ing.  Regional Manager, RJC, Toronto, Canada

After completing his Bachelor and Masters at Université de Sherbrooke with a focus on Seismic Design, Benoit joined RJC Engineers in Toronto. Benoit’s dedication, practicality and creativity has enabled him to complete many successful residential, commercial and institutional projects, such as: CIBC Square, Calgary City Center, Toronto’s Eglington Crosstown, University of Toronto Scarborough Centre and Waterpark Place Phase III. He is licensed to practice in Québec; French is his first language and he is now an Associate shareholder and leading RJC’s Montreal office.