Ottawa Folk Fest wasn’t the only addition to executive director Mark Monahan’s Bluesfest plate this year. Development work is currently underway at the site of the former Westboro United Church – making room for Bluesfest House, Ottawa Folk Fest, space for musical education in association with the Ottawa Folklore Centre, community meeting space, a small public performance space and Ravenhill Common (www.ravenhillcommon.com), an innovative infill housing development from Springcress.
This regeneration and adaptive reuse project was conceived in 2011 when Westboro United Church, built in 1913, was deconsecrated and entertained proposals to redevelop the site that would create a legacy project for the Church. Springcress Developments offered a proposal to retain the original Church and redesign the remainder of the site for a condominium project. Springcress Developments President David Spillenaar saw the potential of Bluesfest as an integral part of the rejuvenation project and recruited the Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects team to design the residential and community aspects of the project, integrating the Bluesfest House concept.
Springcress donated the original Church to Bluesfest on the condition that its character be maintained. Lead Bluesfest House architect Bill Ritcey and his talented team are working to preserve heritage features within the Church while creating a new environment that is fitting for the cultural and community based facility. Fundraising and planning has been underway for the last 2 years as the industrious Bluesfest team took on the task of raising and securing funding to bring the Bluesfest House vision to fruition. To date, more than $2 million of non-public funds have been secured.
For its part and developed by Springcress, Ravenhill Common will add 19 contemporary two and three bedroom brownstone townhomes, designed by Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects. The townhouses will feature underground parking – an invaluable asset in the bustling Westboro neighbourhood. The homes have been designed with two-storey galleries, open lofts, private rear terraces and rooftop decks that combine modern elegance with the traditional character of the church structure and the surrounding community.
From left to right: Patrick, Melanie, Todd, Louise, Rheal, Leila (Doug is absent)
The Barry J. Hobin name has long been synonymous with the built environment in Ottawa. Since Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects Incorporated was established in 1979, the team has contributed an impressive range of structures within the institutional, recreational, commercial and residential sectors to the City of Ottawa and throughout Eastern Ontario.
As the firm evolves, the younger and newer members of the architectural and technical teams contribute to a diverse workforce that continues to influence the cityscape. The firm has developed a notable collection of projects, taking pride in exceptional staff longevity while shaping a new generation of talent. Barry J. Hobin & Associates currently consists of 29 professional staff including six registered architects, several of whom are LEED® Accredited Professionals.
Our recent grads and developing architects include: Patrick Bisson (Equinelle Golf Club, Oakwood Head Office, The Bridge Church), Louise Cowley (Mutchmor Public School, Kanata Farm Boy), Todd Duckworth (Leonard Avenue historic renovation), Leila Emmrys (Lansdowne redevelopment, The Merit condo development), Rheal Labelle (Condo development at Pamilla and Rochester, Lansdowne redevelopment), Melanie Lamontagne (St. Patrick’s Home Long Term Care facility, Valour K-12 School), and Doug Van Den Ham (Redevelopment of vacated Bethany Hope space, Stirling Avenue condo development). Along with these young professionals, our team continues to make significant contributions to our community landscape.
On July 8th, a volunteer team of staff members from Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects gave up a day of their own time to participate in a Habitat build – adding priceless sweat equity to the Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region homes on Nantes Street in Orleans.
The build project has received financial support from Soloway Wright LLP, the Tachane Foundation and the family of Brian Bury as well as a wide range of volunteers from across the city. The 9 unit Habitat development has been designed by a Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects to integrate into the existing neighbourhood. The design team included Gord Lorimer, Patrick Bisson, Karen Griffith and Alison Michelin.
Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects support of Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region dates back to 1996. Both Barry and Gord Lorimer have served on the Board of Directors, while Gord has also Chaired the Faith Relations Team and continues to participate in Habitat for Humanity mission builds around the world – most recently in El Salvador.
During his involvement in the design and approvals process, Patrick Bisson was inspired by the power of the Habitat community building philosophy. Patrick’s motivation was so infectious that he convinced 9 of his coworkers to give up a day of their own time and join him as volunteers on the build. Alowith Patrick, Doug, Gord, Kent, Corry, Karen, Scott, Patrick, Todd, Leila, and Marc -helped to build Habitat’s 41st, 42nd and 43rd homes in the National Capital Region. These modest houses-a bungalow and 2 semi-detached units, will soon become home for three hard working low-income families.
The World Habitat Awards were established in 1985 as part of the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless to recognize projects that provided practical and innovative solutions to housing needs. The ten finalists for the 2013 World Habitat Awards have been chosen from a list of over 200 projects from around the world. Among the finalists is the Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation’s (CCOC) Beaver Barracks development, a Barry J. Hobin and Associates design.
Beaver Barracks is a 254 unit affordable housing development with a strong emphasis on sustainable design. Located in Ottawa’s urban core, the development is organized around a central community garden framing it with buildings of varied scale and architectural form. The development offers a wide variety of housing options including ground related town homes, special needs accessible units and apartments.
Beaver Barracks was designed with a focus on sustainability; using approximately 40% less energy than similar housing developments in the region and utilizing an underground geothermal system that provides highly efficient heating, cooling and hot water to every apartment and townhouse.
The World Habitat Awards will be announced in November 2013. More information is available at www.worldhabitatawards.org.
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The Barry J Hobin & Associates team is committed not only to providing leading edge design but to supporting community and non-profit organizations close to home, enriching the Ottawa landscape one building at a time.
On February 25th, we were on hand to see another BJHA community based project take flight as more than 150 people attended the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre in Ottawa.
The ceremonial event was officiated by Major Brenda Smith, Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre Executive Director. Mayor Jim Watson – who also spoke – and Councilor Mark Taylor were on hand to cut the ribbon along with the young daughter of a Bethany Hope Centre client.
The BJHA team, initially engaged to provide a renovated structure for this community outreach facility, quickly became invested in its overall success and functionality, committing to ensuring optimal result within the firm budget requirements defined by this non-profit organization. The Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre for Young Parents continues nearly a century’s tradition of providing service to pregnant and parenting youth and their children. The multi-service centre offers support to young parents 25 and under and their children 6 and under living within the Ottawa region.
During the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association’s AGM early in March, Barry J. Hobin was among several recipients of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, presented in recognition of outstanding commitment to the community.
Invited to share a brief statement, Barry said “I feel privileged to be able to create buildings for individual clients while contributing to the built landscape of the city of Ottawa. From the Jewish community campus to the Mission Hospice and the new St. Patrick’s home, each project allows us to interact with the leaders of our larger community and experience how design can serve a larger purpose.”
Other recipients included: Donna Hicks of Habitat for Humanity, Claude Des Rosiers of Boone Plumbing and Heating and Alan Cohen of Soloway Wright LLP.
Bryan Bonell, B.Arch. joined Barry J Hobin and Associates in 1988, earning professional accreditation from the Ontario Association of Architects in 1999. In 2005, his first year as a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Bryan became an Associate with BJHA.
This year, Bryan celebrates 25 years with the BJHA team! A quarter century of contributions to the community he calls home. Bryan has been involved with an impressive list of large-scale projects including schools, churches, health care projects including the new St. Patrick’s Home in Ottawa which, when complete, will be one of the first LEED Silver certified projects of its kind.
We’re taking a walk down memory lane with a look back at some of Bryan’s projects – now on Pinterest.com/HobinArchitects. Congratulations, Bryan!
In recognition of commitment and key expertise, the partners at Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects Incorporated are pleased to announce that Douglas Brooks, Senior Architectural Technologist, has accepted the appointment of Director and Shareholder.
With Mr. Brooks’ appointment in December 2012, Barry J. Hobin & Associates boasts five Directors including Barry J. Hobin, Gordon Lorimer, William A. (Sandy) Davis and Wendy Brawley, each bringing significant experience and skill to the company’s notable stable of projects.