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Architecture and Interior Design Project News

Jun
22
2015

Salter Pilon’s Richcraft Recreation Complex – Kanata was featured in the summer issue of Green Building & Sustainable Strategies magazine.  The article accentuates the merits of the use of wood throughout the facility. Click on this link to see a digital version of the article,  http://gbssmag.com/2015/06/summer-2015/ and scroll down to page 19-20.

May
01
2015

Salter Pilon is proud to be a member of the development team for the Midland Bay Landing Development on the shores of beautiful Midland Bay. The signing of a Memorandum of Agreement, between the Town of Midland and Mountain Ridge Estates Development Inc., took place on March 20,2015 at the Town offices, giving the go-ahead for the initial stages of the project to take place.  Over the next few months, Salter Pilon will develop a Schematic Design and planning study of the site as a precursor to the Site Plan Application process. During that time we (together with Mountain Ridge Estates) will continue to collaborate with the Town and residents of Midland to ensure that the vision and goals of the community are realized.

Formerly known as the Unimin Lands, the 16.24 hectare Midland Bay Landing has approximately 1,100 metres of frontage on Midland Bay (with access to Georgian Bay) and is located near Downtown Midland.  The residential component of the mixed-use development will include medium density walk-up townhomes and condominium units along with higher density condominiums (with retail spaces at the promenade level).  All parking decks of the waterfront community will feature green roof courtyards above to reduce the carbon footprint of the development.  Additionally, the site development will incorporate a hotel with luxury suite accommodations and amenities. 

Totaling approximately 25% of the site, public access design elements at the development will include a waterfront promenade (including a boardwalk and shoreline improvements), new docking facilities, public park areas, an amphitheatre, a splash pad and a central water feature which will double as an outdoor skating surface during the winter months.  Pedestrian connections and pathways will allow public access and connectivity throughout the complex between the promenade and adjacent neighbourhoods.

Apr
13
2015

The Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) has awarded an Ontario Builder Award (for Excellence in Buildings – Category 3) to the Georgian Village Redevelopment project’s General Contractor, Percon Construction Inc.  The Ontario Builder Awards were presented at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, Ontario, as part of the 9th Construction Symposium on April 10, 2015.  The OGCA presented awards in six categories based on construction volume.  Projects were judged on construction factors such as constructability, environmental impact, owner satisfaction and site health and safety.

The LEED Silver Georgian Village Redevelopment project is a 310,000 square foot campus offering a complete continuum of care under one roof for seniors. With a construction cost of $62 million, the project achieved substantial completion in October 2013 and included the construction of five different types of housing models ranging from completely independent living to full service requirements.  These models include a 143 bed  fully accredited long-term care home, 40 Affordable housing suites, 42 Assisted living units, 40 Life-lease apartment suites and 17 Life-lease garden homes.

Apr
09
2015

Salter Pilon Architecture is very pleased to announce that James Jeffery, M.Arch, BFA, MRAIC has joined our team as an Intern Architect.  James is a graduate of the University of British Columbia - School of Architecture.  Originally hired by our firm as a student, James returned to UBC at the end of 2013 to finish his thesis.  After successfully completing his Master’s Degree, James once again joined our ranks, only this time in a more permanent role as an intern architect.  James also has a background in fine arts, having completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Western Ontario prior to beginning his architectural education.  James brings with him a range of skills and experience that make him a great addition to the Salter Pilon team.

Apr
08
2015

The Richcraft Recreation Complex – Kanata was featured in an article titled “Healthy Communities, Healthy Buildings” in the Spring 2015 Toronto Focus Edition of SAB (Sustainable Architecture and Building) magazine (pp.26-27).  The article centres on the development of the sustainable practices and long-term energy performance and management. Working together with the City of Ottawa, the design team was able to successfully create a much needed recreation complex that not only serves the needs of the rapidly growing community but did so with a reduced carbon footprint in the built environment.

SAB Magazine provides one of the most significant sources of sustainable design information, practices and related products from the Canadian perspective.  Toronto FOCUS is one of three regional publications that SAB magazine publishes with, as the name suggests, a focus on local green buildings and technologies.

Nov
17
2014

Salter Pilon Architecture is this year’s winner of the Ontario Wood Works! 2014 Green Building Wood Design Award which was presented at the 14th annual Wood WORKS! Awards Night in Toronto.  Located in the in the north-western part of the City of Ottawa, the Richcraft Recreation Complex – Kanata (RRCK) was designed to fulfill a long-standing need for a major recreation complex in the rapidly growing Kanata North and West Carleton/March area. Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, the layout of this recreation complex includes a large double gymnasium, a fitness facility, various community spaces as well as an 8-lane 25 metre pool and leisure pool. 

With growing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, the City of Ottawa presented a strong sustainable design agenda. They expected better performance and low environmental impact from the construction, which made wood the logical choice given the nature of this facility.  The challenge facing us was to introduce a wood motif into the project without sacrificing functionality and still maintaining the budget.  Our firm was well suited to meet this challenge, having completed a variety of projects with wood as a major design element.  Wood elements found in the design include heavy wood timber framing, Douglas fir roof decking, solid Maple slats and Eastern White cedar planks sourced from local mills and wooden gymnasium/studio floors. In fact, 84% of all wood-based materials and products introduced on this project were Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood products in accordance with the FSC’s principles and criteria.

The Green Building Award is given to the project which demonstrates the contribution of wood in the environmental performance of buildings by reducing the usage of energy and resources, minimizing pollution and sequestering carbon.

Oct
17
2014

Gerry Pilon, principal of Salter Pilon, was invited this week to make a presentation at the Canadian Design-Build Institutes National Design-Build Conference held in Victoria, British Columbia. His presentation, Maximizing Green with your Design-Build Team, focused on the collaboration between the City of Ottawa and our design-build team to deliver the Richcraft Recreation Complex – Kanata both on time and on budget while utilizing the design-build model of project delivery. The $43.14 million LEED Gold project has become one of the City’s greenest buildings thanks to our implementation of innovative design solutions.

Jun
19
2014

Salter Pilon Architecture is pleased to announce that Phase 1 of the Emergency Department Expansion, at the Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH), took place on June 19, 2014.  Various dignitaries were on hand including GBGH president and CEO Karen McGrath who had earlier stated in a press release, “Everyone at the hospital and in the communities we serve has been anxiously waiting for this day; many years of planning and fundraising have gone into making this happen; it is truly a community celebration.”

With this first phase now complete, the hospital expansion will now focus on Phase 2 and 3 which will include the addition of a four vehicle ambulance bay and renovations to the existing building.  The altered layout will include an expanded triage waiting area with a child play area, a “see and treat” zone, an observation unit plus 10 additional treatment rooms to compliment the phase one acute care area.  A submission for Phase 2 and 3 was made to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and we are currently awaiting approval in order to proceed.

Salter Pilon Architecture is proud to be a part of the expansion of this community-centred healthcare facility that will serve the residents of Midland for years to come.

Jun
19
2014

Salter Pilon Architecture would like to congratulate Jy Hamilton on becoming our newest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C) and becoming yet another team member in our growing ranks of LEED AP’s.  He did very well, tackling two accreditation exams at once, receiving an average of 91%.

LEED Professional Accreditation is achieved by building professionals who demonstrate the knowledge and skills to successfully implement green building practices and principles.  The BD+C component focuses on a specialty in Building Design and Construction aspects of the green building movement.

Jy Hamilton has been with our office now for over 8 years and his recent LEED experience includes the Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Centre (LEED Silver) and the Richcraft Recreation Complex (LEED Gold).

This accreditation emphasizes both Jy and Salter Pilon’s professional commitment to providing LEED practices and principles throughout all of our projects.

Congratulations Jy, on a job well done!

Dec
06
2013

Salter Pilon Architecture is pleased to announce that the grand opening for Richcraft Recreation Complex took place on Thursday December 5th.  Various dignitaries from the City of Ottawa were on hand including Mayor Jim Watson and Kanata-North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson.

The new 77,000 square foot complex, located on Innovation Drive in Kanata, utilized the Design-Build construction process in order to provide the best possible design, value and return for the City within an accelerated delivery schedule.  Salter Pilon Architecture worked together with Bondfield Construction to successfully complete this $43.14 million project.

“This state-of-the-art facility is a wonderful addition to the Kanata community,” said Mayor Watson. “Residents of all ages can now take part in active and healthy activities close to home.”

This facility offers a range of community and recreation facilities, including an eight-lane 25 meter pool and leisure pool/whirl pool, a fitness centre featuring cardio and weight training, two large gymnasiums, community rooms and various multipurpose rooms. 

One of the most popular aspects of the plan is the eight-lane swimming pool. Traditionally, city recreational facilities feature six-lane pools, but the public was so adamant that an eight-lane pool be installed, Councillor Wilkinson headed up efforts to raise $1.7 million to put toward the cost.  The natatorium has a double-height space over the lap pool deck, with upper story windows looking out to the green roof.  This new complex is considered an emergency shelter and as such, the facility is designed and constructed to meet post-disaster standards.

Outdoor recreation components include 2 large artificial turf sport fields, a children’s play area with splash pad, two basketball courts and a skateboard plaza.  The complex also takes advantage of existing trails with an outdoor education centre and cross-country ski trails for use in the winter months.

In keeping with resident’s concerns about the environmental impact of the complex, the environmentally friendly facility is designed to LEED Gold standards for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.  Design considerations include solar panels, ground source heating and cooling, as well as a grey water heat recovery system for the pool and showers areas.  A green roof is located on the south-west corner of the building directly over the pool change-rooms.

Salter Pilon Architecture is proud to be a part of the creation of this community centre that will serve the residents of West Carleton-March for years to come.

To see a short video of the project please visit the City of Ottawa youtube channel.

Dec
04
2013

Salter Pilon Architecture is pleased to announce that the grand opening for Georgian Village took place on Thursday November 21st.  There was a large public turnout for the event including Hon. Mario Sergio (Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs), Simcoe County Warden Cal Patterson and Jane Sinclair, General Manager of Health and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe.

Georgian Village is a new 310,000 square foot not-for-profit housing community that sets a new standard for seniors housing and care in Ontario.

“We are here today to celebrate this extraordinary accomplishment that will meet the needs of our seniors for generations to come. We are deeply grateful for all the support we have received from our partners, community and donors,” said Warden Cal Patterson.

Georgian Village offers five different types of housing models that range from completely independent living to full service requirements.  These models include a 143 bed  fully accredited long-term care home, 40 Affordable housing suites, 42 Assisted living units, 40 Life-lease apartment suites and 17 Life-lease garden homes.

 “Georgian Village is our response to growing demand for quality retirement living space,” said Jane Sinclair. “This innovative age-in-place model is the future of housing and services for seniors and provides them with access to a continuum of care and housing options on one campus. It’s a people-first approach—allowing seniors to stay close to friends and family as they age.”

During his speech Mario Sergio stated that “Georgian Village has been designed to keep seniors healthy, active and engaged in the community.”  This can be seen in the facility’s community centre, better known as the Rendezvous.  This gathering spot provides a variety of social and recreational opportunities along with services geared towards seniors.  Both residents and the community can access the Adult Day Care Centre, Village Café, pharmacy, hearing aid clinic, wellness centre with an on-site physician,  worship centre, library resource centre and greenhouse/garden area.

Spanning over a 20 acre site, Georgian Village has been designed as a campus or ‘community within a community’, replacing the Georgian Manor facility which Salter Pilon also designed in 1985.  Together with a community of partners, we have created a new outstanding model which raises the bar for seniors care in Ontario.

 

To see a short video of the project please (click here).

Oct
22
2013

Passing another milestone, Georgian Village received its first long-term care residents on Tuesday.  Other areas of the 311,557 square foot complex, which offers all levels of care under one roof, have had staggered move-in dates since the end of September.  A grand opening event will take place in November.

Sep
10
2013

Salter Pilon Architecture is pleased to announce that the Muskoka Education Centre project, designed for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, reached substantial completion in August, followed by the Board staff taking possession of the building shortly thereafter.

The new 24,650 square foot administration building, located on Cedar Lane, will replace the current facility leased from the District Municipality of Muskoka on Pine Street and the R.S. Claus Resource Centre on Victoria Street in Bracebridge.

The LEED Silver design was based on classic Muskoka architectural charm, featuring, heavy timber mortice and tenon framing in both the covered entrance and entrance lobby. Combining both natural stone and rich pine siding into the exterior facade lent itself to carrying a high level of finish into the building where large skylights bring in light to reflect off the natural materials. With both form and function this building will house approximately 50 administration staff, resource management, and a cutting edge IT department with server space. Using local building materials and methods, including ICF foundations/walls and a wood framed roofing system, an elegant and cost effective building was achieved.

As part of the design of the new Muskoka Education Centre, three large meeting rooms were designed for both TLDSB meetings as well as community use.  Lake-inspired names for the rooms include The Vernon Room, Joseph Room, and Rosseau Room based on the local area lakes.  Each of these rooms has a moveable partition that can allow for a much larger space, The Muskoka Lakes Room, which can accommodate up to 288 people.  This new space will alleviate board costs for rented space at other facilities for professional development of teachers and other staff.

To see a short video of the project, please (click here)

Aug
27
2013

Our Georgian Village project was recently featured (p.13-16) in the Barrie Construction Association's 6th Annual Report.  This 288,000 square foot Long Term Care facility will be the first complete continuum of care in the province offering all levels of care under one roof.

Jul
30
2013

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Centre was recently published in the June 2013 Athletic Business magazine’s Architectural Showcase as one of 65 state-of-the-art recreational facilities in North America.  This summer, the facilities will be judged by a panel of leading sports, recreation and fitness facility architects, with the 10 winners in the 33rd annual Facility of Merit Awards Program announced in the November issue of Athletic Business.

Jul
30
2013

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Centre has been featured as part of the annual review of Canada’s top architectural glazing projects in the June 2013 issue of Top Glass Magazine.

Mar
20
2013

CTV news reported on the welcomed start to construction for the expansion to Georgian Bay General Hospital's Emergency Department.  Go forward to 10:25 in the newscast for the full story.

Jan
16
2013

Salter Pilon Architecture recently attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Emergency Room expansion project at Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland, Ontario.

Dec
01
2012

Salter Pilon and the Bradford West Gwillumbury Leisure Centre are spotlighted for their sustainability and green building design initiatives.

Jun
11
2012

Salter Pilon introduces the Bradford West Gwillumbury Recreation Leisure Centre in Bradford, Ontario. Sustainable design features were incorporated to help the project achieve LEED Silver status.

 

Dec
02
2011

The Barrie Chamber of Commerce recognized Salter Pilon Architecture with the Powerstream Inc. Green Project Award at the 2011 Barrie Business Awards.

Sep
19
2011

Salter Pilon unveils a unique, community theatre design project in Barrie, Ontario.

 

Aug
23
2011

Salter Pilon was proud to attend the dedication of the newly designed and constructed Fire and Emergency Services Station in Barrie, Ontario. Sustainable design features were incorporated to help the project achieve LEED Silver status.

Sep
02
2007

Salter Pilon is pleased to have been commissioned for the design of a public library in Cookstown, Ontario

Sep
01
2007

Salter Pilon is very pleased to have been selected to work on this sustainable design project in Barrie, Ontario.

Aug
01
2007

Construction was officially kicked off on the expansion of the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre for which Salter Pilon provided architecture and interior design services.

Aug
01
2007

Salter Pilon was honoured to have the design of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre recognized in the Architecturally Innovative Building category.

Mar
01
2007

Salter Pilon were commissioned to design the Grey Bruce Health Unit with sustainability features aimed at achieving LEED Gold status.