County of Simcoe Expansion

Architectural Plans and Profile

The Firm

The firm of Ted Handy and Associates has a long history in the Barrie/Simcoe region. It began operations as Nesbitt Davis Architects in 1958. In 1987, the firm merged with Edward Handy Architects to become Nesbitt Handy Architect Ltd. Following the retirement of Mr. Nesbitt in 1992 the firm restructured to its present Ted Handy and Associates Inc. Architect. The support team is a collection of highly skilled, imaginative, and talented individuals. Ted Handy and Associates uses state of the art computer equipment and software, and has an on-going interest to stay on the cutting edge as technology changes the profession.

It is our intention to design with sensitivity towards our environment by creating facilities with minimal impact on natural resources. It is key that we be an example for communities today and for future generations to come. Buildings designed for longevity, multi-use, ease of maintenance are products of good stewards. There are many ways to accomplish this goal and we approach each project with a careful look at the sustainable solutions and cost-savings opportunities are available.


The Process

As the firm has matured over the years, its members have brought a wealth of skills and understanding to Ted Handy and Associates. This has allowed the firm to develop an extensive pool of knowledge, experience, and expertise. An attitude of continued learning and exploration is fostered as the firm continues to refine its proven methods of operation. At the heart of which lies the firm’s commitment to a fundamental principal of process.


The Process

  • Develop a clear understanding of the clients needs.
  • Develop a clear vision for the design approach.
  • Develop a clear approach to the execution of the project.

Implicit in this process are

  • Cost control is of paramount importance.
  • Each project must be approached, managed, and completed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
  • The striving for nothing less than design excellence.



2014 OAA Design Excellence Award

Simcoe County Administrative Centre Expansion
Recognizing the best in architectural design and innovation among Ontario Architecture firms based on the criteria of creativity, context, sustainability, good design/good business and the legacy of the project.

2013 Canadian Green Building Award

Simcoe County Administrative Centre Expansion
In recognition of excellence in the design and execution of Canadian buildings, houses and interiors based on the criteria of sustainable design, architectural merit and technical innovation.

2006 Ontario Steel Design Awards Honourable Mention

Emmanuel Baptist Church
Acknowledged our excellence in innovation through the use of steel.

2004 Wood Design Award

Gibson Centre for Community, Arts and Culture
Recognized our sensitivity to heritage and existing context.

2001 Barrie Urban Design Award of Excellence

Barrie Public Library
Demonstrated our understanding of context within a neighbourhood while remaining sensitive to the streetscape and surrounding heritage buildings.

2001 Barrie Urban Design Award of Excellence

Southshore Community Centre
Exemplified our understanding of context while preserving the heritage of the site.

2001 Ontario Concrete Awards Honourable Mention

Munro Ltd. Office
Demonstrated our excellence in innovation through the use of concrete.


The Clientele

It’s an honor and a privilege to have worked closely with all our clients over the years. Thank you from everyone at Ted Handy and Associates.