OTTAWA PROJECTS

QUEENS UNIVERSITY MITCHELL HALL

City: Ottawa, Ontario
Branch: Allmar Ottawa

Scope: Hollow Metal and Wood Doors, Hollow Metal Frames, Architectural Hardware, Auto Operators.

Mitchell Hall, formerly the Innovation and Wellness Centre, was an $85 million project designed to bring every aspect of campus life together under one roof. The goal of this unique project was to support increased innovation programming and leading-edge engineering research, as well as wellness facilities and services for students.  This rewarding comprehensive project was completed in 2019 with EllisDon.  Our role included supply and install of attractive Allegion hardware, Lambton Doors wood doors, and Apex hollow metal doors and frames as well as supply and install of automatic door operators.

General Contractor: Ellis Don
Architects: CS&P Architects

Photo Credit: Patrick Carriere

CORNERSTONE HOUSING FOR WOMEN

City: Ottawa, Ont.
Branch: Allmar Ottawa

Scope: Consulting Services, Hollow Metal Doors & Frames, Architectural Hardware.

With completion in 2019, this project had a $4 million budget and involved the renovatation of the Old Sisters of Jeanne D’Arc Institute “mother house” into a new housing initiative for Cornerstone Housing for Women. The renovated building consists of 42 units for at-risk women.  Situated in the beautiful, well-established neighborhood of Westboro, the new centre endeavors to be a safe place to call home as well as a thriving, healing community for women who are transitioning out of crisis. The building includes a Lifelong Learning Centre where women can upgrade their educational qualifications and learn new skills.  During renovations, a small addition was added to give residents direct access to the  gardens.

General Contractor: McDonald Bros Construction Inc. 
Architect: CSV Architects

Photo Credit: Krista Jahnke Photography

YOUTH SERVICES BUREAU

City: Ottawa, Ontario
Branch: Allmar Ottawa

Scope:  Hardware Consulting Services, Doors, Frames, Hardware and Auto Operators.

This $9 million Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa project completed in 2019 with McDonald Bros Construction required the construction of a new 4-storey, 39-unit structure on an exisiting site. This building serves as an alternative affordable housing facility for youth in the community.  The ground floor houses supportive services and is known as the ‘youth hub’.  It also serves as a multi-purpose room for gathering. The remaining three floors above are where the residential units reside.  The building is designed in a ‘C’ shape with the focal point on the central outdoor courtyard which also provides communal space for the residents.

General Contractor: McDonald Bros Construction Inc.
Architect: Vandenberg and Wildeboer Architects Inc.

Photo Credit: Kyla Wilson of Lived Life Photography

ECOLE PAUL DESMARAIS

City: Ottawa, Ontario
Branch: Allmar Ottawa

Scope: Consulting Services, Hollow Metal Doors & Frames, Architectural Hardware, Auto Operators.

With a budget of $25 million this project involved new construction of a stand-alone 153,000ft2 high school which includes energy efficient mechanical & electrical (M&E) systems. Its carbon footprint is considerably reduced in comparison to other similar institutional buildings thanks to The Conseil des Ecoles Catholiques du Centre-Est integrating ecologically responsible equipment and controls. The design qualifies as a High Performance New Construction project and received incentive grants from the utility providers due to the building’s sustainable building practices.  The 2-storey steel building houses classrooms, a triple gymnasium, music rooms, science labs, art rooms, a large atrium and a cafeteria with a large stage for drama classes, including a tiered seating area to provide students a unique education setting.  Outdoor features include several basketball courts as well as a six-lane, four hundred meter track surrounded by natural grass play areas.

General Contractor: McDonald Bros Construction Inc. 
Architect: Edward J Cuhaci & Associates Architects

 

OTTAWA COMMUNITY HOUSING

City: Ottawa, Ont.
Branch: Allmar Ottawa

Scope: Hardware Consulting Services, Doors, Frames, Hardware and Auto Operators.

This $13 million Ottawa Community Housing project completed in 2019 with McDonald Bros Construction is an affordable 4-storey housing complex located on Merivale Road in Ottawa. It is one of the City’s most energy efficient buildings as it is one of Ottawa’s first Passive House designs, relying on building techniques and materials instead of HVAC systems to maintain the appropriate temperature in the building throughout the winter and summer seasons.  The building was constructed with accessibility in mind. It boasts 4-storeys that consist of 12 barrier-free units and 30 accessible units. The ground floor serves as an addition to the Carlington Community Health Centre. Each floor features a common space for laundry, a kitchenette and a social area.  Other attractive features include a raised rooftop garden and a shared gathering space for events and activities.

General Contractor: McDonald Bros Construction Inc.