Delta Hotel Ottawa gets the Citygreen Treatment

Delta Hotel Ottawa gets the Citygreen Treatment

By Kristyn Maslog-Levis

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The Citygreen® modular Stratacell™ system has impressed Canadian contractors after it was recently used to revamp Delta Hotel’s façade in Ottawa.

The Delta Hotels and Resorts, a leading Canadian hotel management company, unveiled its multi million dollar project, complete with interior and exterior redevelopment that included the full reconfiguration of the hotel’s public spaces.

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“This renovation represents a transformation for the Delta Ottawa City Centre and a sign of things to come for the entire Delta Hotels and Resorts brand as a whole,” says Ken Greene, president and CEO, Delta Hotels and Resorts.

Prestige Design and Construction Limited performed several aspects of the project including the re-construction of the streetscapes along Queen street and Albert street. This included the supply and installation of new concrete sidewalks, architectural pavers, trees and Citygreen products such as tree grates, tree guards and the Stratacell system.

The Citygreen Stratacell supports two rows of city street trees that flank either side of the hotel tower. The exterior streetscape work for the installation of the Stratacells started in May 2013 and finished in July 2013.

The Delta Ottawa City Centre is ideally located in a prime downtown location, within walking distance to all major attractions including the Parliament buildings, National museums and the Rideau Canal.

Bryan Jones, lead landscape architect from The HOK Planning Group, commented the project was a “complete refresh for the Delta Hotel chain and sets a precedent for further refresh and rebranding renovations for the hotel chain across Canada”.

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“The hotel was built in the early 1970’s and had not experienced a significant update since the early 1990’s,” Bryan verified.

He confirmed that they decided to use the Citygreen Stratacell system as it was able to address several issues they were facing. “Firstly, the hotel wanted to improve the public realm around the hotel to reflect the high quality of the hotel renovations. Secondly, Ottawa experiences harsh conditions over the winter months and can experience prolonged periods of no rainfall in the summer. Urban trees are typically stressed because of these issues and the Stratacell system offered an effective solution.”

Lastly, Bryan says Eastern Canada has been adversely affected by the invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer that has destroyed many of Ottawa’s Ash trees. “Currently, the City is replacing many of the trees with a greater diversity of resistant native urban appropriate trees.”

The Stratacells structural soil cells, manufactured from 100 % recycled polymer, can be assembled to form a skeletal matrix that supports pavement and traffic loads. This features almost five times more available growing media compared to the traditional rock/soil method, therefore facilitating healthy root growth. Because of its high structural integrity, these matrices can be used beneath vehicular areas.

Like with any renovation, there were unforeseen obstacles hidden from the contractors during the project.

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“When excavation began for the Stratacells, the original building piles were uncovered that impeded the intended footprint of the cells by approximately 20 per cent. Since the system is flexible, the contractor was able to cut the cells to fit over the pilings making use of all the space and allowing the trees to be planted as intended,” Bryan commented.

Enzo Di Chiara, Prestige landscape contractor, agrees that this is the biggest issue that they found with the Delta project. They needed to work around the existing buried utilities in the excavation.

“We encountered buried hydro ducts in the area of the excavation. However, the Stratacell modules proved to be easily cut to fit around the hydro duct, thus not slowing down our production,” Enzo says.

He adds that they had to ensure that the layout for the Stratacell placement was well planned. It was important that they started with the correct placement of the first Stratacell, since all the other modules start to interlock from the first one placed.

“The Citygreen system was extremely easy to install once the upfront planning and layout was done. The system fits very well for the overall design and application. It will work well with most projects that have buried obstructions in the excavation,” Enzo says.

Both companies found very few issues with the whole process and were pleased with the ease of installation.

Enzo says aside from being easy to connect together “like building blocks”, the Stratacell system is also “lightweight and easy to handle.”

After the project was completed, the trees are looking healthy and no issues have been experienced to date. Enzo says he is looking forward to using the Citygreen system for future projects.

“This system, in my opinion, is considerably better than other systems that we have used and it simply comes down to the ease of placement for the particular application. Overall, these types of systems are very comparable in pricing. Ease of installation will reduce the overall cost and will weigh heavily on the product selection to be used for any project,” Enzo noted.

Bryan agrees saying that the system is a good fit with the overall vision of the project. Currently, HOK is installing the Citygreen Stratacell system at a high profile hospital in Toronto.

“Great customer service, quick response times and a very in depth QA system with constant support.”

- Laura Wiesenekker, Project Engineer, Densford Civil -

“Citygreen is a very professional  business, and I found everything was great in terms of deliveries, product supply and information. It was all forthcoming and helped us to complete the project.”

- Keith Burns, Architect/Designer, Keith Burns Architect -

“Citygreen offered training and invaluable technical assistance during the works.”

- James Callan, Estimating Manager, Complex Co Pty Ltd -

“Our experience, in working with a Citygreen Design Studio was second to none. We found responses from the design studio to be very timely, and technically thorough. We went backwards and forwards a number of times, looking at different iterations of the design and, nothing was too much trouble to examine and explore different possibilities. I would highly recommend the Citygreen Design Studio to any future client considering using your services.”

- Sandra Smith, Principal Landscape Architect, City Of Monash -

“We are big on compliance on all projects, and the fact that their SmartCertify cloud platform covers all bases, and supports their 20 year warranties, is critical – especially that these pits are being installed under roadways and footpaths.”

- Johny Purkaystha, Civil Program Engineer, Central Coast Council -

"I reviewed all the previous projects that we have installed in the past couple years using your product and I can happily report back that we have 0% mortality in the soil cells, which is incredible!"

- Brendan Wilton, CEO, Trim Landscaping, Bedford, Canada -