Offices and places of work should be functional and foster an environment that meets the needs of the individual business or organization. The space should be accommodating to end users and the product/service being offered. Considerations such as future growth, storage, accessibility, employee satisfaction, flow of traffic, location, urban planning and sustainability must play a role when designing quality work places. Our experience has ranged from retail and office to warehouse and factory. We have helped clients design the right solution to host their venture, big or small.
County of Simcoe ExpansionBack to Top
Designed in partnership with Teeple Architects of Toronto, the expansion is intended to resolve the complex access to the existing building and to take advantage of a natural site. Public access to 22 different departments will be improved though the design of an external ring which connects existing spaces and new areas of the building. Along with much needed public space, the design also includes a new cafeteria and lounge area for staff. The expansion was carefully sited to minimize the impact to the site. The new work to the building is LEED Gold certified.
Photography by Scott Norsworthy for Teeple Architects
Springwater Admin CentreBack to Top
Set in a former tree nursery, this new administration centre represents a big move for the Township of Springwater as they have transitioned from sharing an office building to having their own independent space, enabling them to grow and better serve their residents. Due to its scenic setting, the building incorporates natural materials and finishes reflecting the Township’s commitment to protecting natural resources and creativity when it comes to longevity and multi-use. The design has anticipated a LEED Silver certification.
Munro Ltd Office BuildingBack to Top
Munro Ltd. is a concrete sewer pipe manufacturer with some recent success and need for expansion. The existing offices have very tight quarters in the corner of the plant building. Instead of adding on, it was decided to do a stand alone office linked by technology to the plant. This gives much better control of the site both for trucks with deliveries and for people coming to the office. The building was conceived as a series of connections of unique shapes as a response to the idea of pipe connections. The owner, being in the concrete industry, decided to make the precast panels at the plant. The end result was a showpiece for the business as well as for the manufacturing.
Simcoe County Education CentreBack to Top
The Centre for the Simcoe County Board of Education is a consolidation of various offices and departments into one location. The centre is set into a reforestation area that provides an impressive backdrop. The offices view directly into the woods and the glass walls reflect the array of trees as one approaches from the nature trails, which surround the building. The variety of roof and building forms is intended to recall early Ontario Buildings.