Chris has an enthusiasm for solutions that promote and celebrate the aesthetic appeal of exposed structure within a project, particularly the juxtaposition of steel, concrete and timber.
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Chris Minerva leads Thornton Tomasetti’s Toronto office. He has considerable experience in structural design, planning and project management for a range of project types, including commercial, residential, resorts, data centers, healthcare and education facilities.
One of Chris’ key strengths is the ability to deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions, particularly on projects with complex geometries and architectural expressions. He works in close collaboration with the project team to employ different materials in creative ways, proving that structural function and architectural form can co-exist. During his career, he has collaborated with such firms as Hariri Pontarini Architects, ZAS Architects, B+H Architects and Quadrangle Architects. His design credits include the Eau Claire Tower office building in Calgary, Alberta, and the Welcome Centre for the University of Windsor in Ontario.
Chris also has a depth of experience with public-private partnership models, particularly those used by Infrastructure Ontario, the entity that oversees P3 projects in the province. He has led structural teams for planning design and compliance, structural bid teams, and implementation teams for a number of projects, including the redevelopment of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, and the construction of 10 above-grade stations along the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Confederation Line in Ottawa, Ontario.
Outside of Work
When not at his desk, Chris can be found at the bottom of the ocean. He is an avid scuba diver who is always looking to travel to new and exotic diving destinations. He and his wife, Christine, who is his “dive buddy,” recently spent time in Mexico, Thailand and South Africa, where they swam with great white and whale sharks and searched for giant oceanic manta rays. He is also a sports fan, likes to play golf and supports the arts.
• Structural analysis and design
• Project management
• Building information modeling
• Sustainable design
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