Lansdowne Comes to Life

Minto_lansdowne_The_RideauWhen the redevelopment of Lansdowne was first considered, it may have been difficult to imagine to what extent the multi-phased project would impact the area. Although Lansdowne remains a hot topic of conversation for Glebe residents and for those living in surrounding neighbourhoods, a 2014 survey of Ottawa businesses showed that 50% of respondents felt the Lansdowne redevelopment would have a positive impact on their business.

Taking a look around all that site has to offer, it’s not hard to see how the project as a whole – a modern example of the positive impact of design and careful urban planning – has breathed new life into its downtown Ottawa neighbourhood.

TD Place opened its doors and hosted the inaugural season of the Ottawa RedBlacks, Ottawa’s new CFL Expansion team, and is home ice for the Ottawa 67s, Ottawa’s OHL hockey team. In addition to the new stadium, the reinvented Lansdowne features residences within condominium towers designed by Barry J. Hobin and Associates for Minto and in adjacent townhomes on Holmwood, retail, sports and entertainment, and public amenities at Lansdowne Park, managed by The City of Ottawa. 

Lansdowne Park is a well-organized blend of amenities (including a public skating rink, sledding hill, a basketball court, skateboard park, public park, and heirloom orchard, among others) and events, courtyards, heritage buildings (Aberdeen Pavilion and Square have been repurposed for community use and to house a Farmer’s Market), and green space.

For home buyers, Minto@Lansdowne offers several unique condo options in the Rideau and Vibe buildings, as well as in townhomes on the north edge of the park. Units in both buildings are still available (4 in The Vibe, 19 in The Rideau) while only one townhome is still available for sale. All designed by the Barry J. Hobin and Associates team, the residences at Lansdowne take full advantage of their location while protecting and respecting the neighbourhoud culture.


Giving Back Challenge March: St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa

As March begins, we are pleased to turn our attention to St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa Long-Term Care Facility. An Ottawa pillar for almost 150 years, St. Pat’s is recognized as a community leader in the long-term care of the elderly and now offers more than 288 beds following a redevelopment of the now Level A facility.

In August 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care awarded St. Patrick’s Home 96 additional beds.  This led to a redevelopment plan that would also see the reconstruction of the existing facility.  Wendy Brawley led a team from Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects that includes Bryan Bonell, Melanie Lamontagne and Steve Clifford, as they began the process of redesigning St. Pat’s to meet specific Ontario provincial criteria for long-term care facilities.  Now, more than six years after they began, the new St. Patrick’s Home is complete.  Residents rang in a new year in a new home, moving into the new facility on December 30 and 31st, 2013.

Through Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects, the St. Pat’s project profited from extensive knowledge in the redevelopment of long-term care facilities that goes well beyond design elements to include experience and familiarity with not-for-profit processes in order to leverage fundraising and expand budget reach.

Donations can be made in support the home that relies upon donors to ensure that each resident receives the best care possible, or supporters can attend their 150th anniversary celebration on March 12th, 2015 by purchasing tickets online.


Gord Lorimer joins Board of Directors at The Ottawa Mission

OMlogonewblackandwhiteBuilding on a long relationship between Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects, and more specifically on his role on the Ottawa Mission’s Holland Properties Committee, Gord Lorimer has accepted a 3 year renewable position on the Board of Directors of The Ottawa Mission.

The Ottawa Mission has a history in Ottawa that goes back more than 100 years. Founded in 1906 as the Union Mission for Men, it remains a men’s emergency shelter (women are referred to separate overnight shelters), although women can access Hospice nursing beds, community meals and other services such as the Client Services Center, the Primary Medical Clinic and the Stepping Stones Learning Center. The Ottawa Mission also operates a job training program, food services education program, a medical/dental clinic, and secondary/transition housing projects including Holland Properties.

The Ottawa Mission has 235 beds (including 14 beds for palliative nursing care and 36 beds for addiction treatment programs) but often operates at more than 100% capacity, relying on roll out mats to deal with the overflow. Since the average stay is 54 days and in some cases much longer, the Mission is committed to finding new and additional transition housing options.  Holland Properties is one such solution – a group of apartments on Holland Avenue in Ottawa that offer a mix of subsidized and market-rate units provides secondary and transition housing options to Ottawa Mission clients who are rebuilding their lives.

Peter Tilley, The Ottawa Mission’s Executive Director explained that a recent Strategic Planning exercise identified housing options (secondary and transition) and homelessness solutions as priorities for the coming years.  Gord’s role on the Board of Directors will call on his professional expertise in housing development and design to assist with those priorities as there are currently more than 100 shelter beds used for long term stays. These residents should have the opportunity to be transitioned to long term stay facilities when available.

“Gord’s industry expertise and his work with the Ottawa Mission, with Holland Properties and now on our Board of Directors, will be an invaluable contribution to our priorities at a time when we are working closely with the City of Ottawa to find solutions for long term stays and better housing options,” said Tilley.

As a firm, Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects has worked for many years with The Mission on renovations and expansions that have been required by program development. These include renovations of an adjacent building used as office space, the addition of the Hospice facility, and the conversion of a building on Daly Street that is used for the Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation program.

With Gord’s appointment to the Board, the Ottawa Mission can look forward to an even more successful association, with many exciting and community-minded projects to come.

Revit at BJHA

Architects have long relied on 3D design software to develop their design concepts but then had to switch over to 2D CAD programs to produce the detailed construction drawings.  Autodesk Revit however, provides architects with the ability to create full-scale virtual models of buildings which can be used throughout the life of a project.

BJHA is committed to remaining at the forefront of industry innovation and to providing documentation to our clients and contractors that is second to none.  Projects designed using Revit provide clients with a visual understanding of the design as it progresses, and allow consultants to integrate their components and systems (including structural, mechanical, and electrical) in an interactive and co-ordinated way.  This integration using Revit benefits the project from the design phase, through construction to completion and hand-over of the project, ultimately providing the building owner with a living tool for their ongoing operations.

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Senior Technologist Dan Henhoeffer

In order to champion the Revit revolution, Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects welcomed Senior Technologist Dan Henhoeffer, a graduate of the Fanshawe College Architectural Technologist program, to their team.  Dan brings significant experience in many aspects of the architectural industry as a BIM Manager, Project Manager, 3D animator, and Revit specialist.

Dan is a certified LEED Accredited Professional and is dedicated to providing creative and technical support, and project management skills to the already strong architectural team at BJHA.

Dan’s Revit experience is vast and varied.  Having worked in Ottawa’s architectural industry for almost 20 years, Dan has contributed to a number of Revit-driven projects in a variety of industries, such as: Ottawa Chinese Alliance Church Addition, Equinelle Golf Clubhouse, Preston Square Block C, Lansdowne Park Underground Garage, Algonquin College Student Commons, uOttawa Henderson Residence and the Downtown Ottawa O-Train Stations.

Giving Back February: The Ottawa Mission

In January, Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects issues a challenge to our colleagues and peers to donate time and/or money to organizations highlighted during our #GivingBack Challenge.  We are pleased to highlight The Ottawa Mission as the February focus of Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects’ #GivingBack Challenge.

The Ottawa Mission, located in downtown Ottawa, is a men’s emergency shelter (women are referred to separate overnight shelters) with 235 beds, that also offers unisex hospice nursing beds, community meals and other services such as the Client Services Centre, the Primary Medical Clinic and the Stepping Stones Learning Centre. Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects has worked for many years with The Mission on renovations and expansions that have been required by program development and firm partner Gord Lorimer currently serves as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors. The Ottawa Mission also operates a job training program, food services education program, a medical/dental clinic, and secondary/transition housing projects including Holland Properties. Providing food, shelter, clothing, and life-changing programs, the Ottawa Mission served 473,000 meals and provided shelter to 1,733 people last year alone.

We encourage you to turn your support to the Ottawa Mission, and more specifically to their February fundraising initiative: The Coldest Night of the Year, taking place on February 21st, 2015.

The Coldest Night of the Year: Downtown Ottawa, an organized 2, 5, or 10KM walk through Ottawa’s Downtown core, is an opportunity to support hundreds of people who rely on The Ottawa Mission’s programs and services each day. You can register to walk or make a donation to a registered walker. All proceeds will support The Ottawa Mission, with some funds earmarked for equipment needed in the Ottawa Mission Hospice.




The Ottawa Torah Centre

The Ottawa Torah Centre (OTC) was founded in a Barrhaven basement in 1997 and since then has grown into its new facility. The OTC is committed to embracing and promoting Jewish pride and community through education and engagement, offering dynamic and adaptable educational and social programs.

In 2006, the OTC Community secured a piece of land on Lamplighters Drive in Barrhaven that would become the location of their permanent home. On May 12, 2013, The OTC leaders were joined by prominent community members and stakeholders and they officially broke ground on the 1.4 acre lot on which the new facility would be built.

The Barry J. Hobin & Associates team, with rich experience in designing innovative and sensible community-based institutions and centres for education and worship, were engaged to bring the OTC’s vision to fruition.  Built by McDonald Brothers Construction, the new Torah Centre opened its doors in Fall of 2014.  A master carpenter from Israel was engaged to create the custom Ark and Bema.


The new centre will not only support OTC’s growing list of programs and collaborations, but will serve as a 3,500 square foot gathering hall and provide classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, a Judaic library and a Synagogue. The new OTC institution is the first of its kind in Barrhaven, with a permanent, community-driven building set within a high density residential community.

We challenge you to make a donation in support of the Ottawa Torah Centre and its community initiatives by visiting    #GivingBack

#GivingBack Challenge

The Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects team has a long history of investing in our community – both from a design and philanthropic perspective.  We consider ourselves lucky to live and work in such a dynamic city and to take advantage of the opportunities that allow us to give back to our community.

As we begin a new year and look forward to all that 2015 has to offer, we have decided to challenge ourselves – and our peers – to a New Year’s resolution.  To that end, we are pleased to introduce #GivingBack 2015.


Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects’ long history of social responsibility will be shared and leveraged to bring awareness to a different charity or cause each month. The Giving Back campaign will be framed as a challenge to encourage the community and BJHA’s peers within the Ottawa Construction industry to support some of the many charitable organizations that need help, be it donations, volunteers or generating awareness.

Throughout the year, the Barry J. Hobin and Associates team will call on our existing partnerships and/or identify a new charity or cause we are drawn to and we will support them in some way (by providing a financial contribution, volunteering our time, calling on our colleagues and social media followers for support, or some combination thereof) for one month.  In addition to bringing awareness to a different charity or cause each month, we challenge others in the community, including our clients and our colleagues and peers in the construction industry to show their support by donating time and/or money to the organizations highlighted during the campaign.

We look forward to sharing our progress and to providing a new voice for deserving organizations. More than that, we look forward to generating a positive impact in our community, and within our own team.

Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects Announce new Director, Associates

In recognition of commitment and key expertise, the partners at Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects Incorporated are pleased to announce a number of recent appointments.  With 30 years of experience, Doug Brooks, Senior Architectural Technologist, is BJHA’s newest Director and Shareholder, having accepted his appointment in December 2012. This Fall, Marc Thivierge and William (Bill) Ritcey accepted appointments as Associates. 

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A graduate of Fanshawe College, Doug began his Architectural career in Ottawa in 1983, joining BJHA in 2001. Notable projects include The Ottawa Humane Society, Centrepointe Studio Theatre, Beaver Barracks Non-profit Housing, Petawawa JK-12 School, The Merit Condominium and the City of Ottawa’s James Bartleman Centre. With Mr. Brooks’ appointment, Barry J. Hobin & Associates now has 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.

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A graduate of Carleton University’s School of Architecture, Marc also holds a Diploma in Architectural Technology from Algonquin College and is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects. Since joining Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects in 1996, Marc has contributed to a variety of institutional, com­mercial and residential projects including the 2,000-seat theatre-style sanctuary for Woodvale Pentecostal Church, The Vibe condominium (part of the Lansdowne Park Redevelopment) and Westboro Station.

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A graduate of both University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Arts) and Carleton University (Bachelor of Architecture), William Ritcey joined Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects in 2007, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience. With Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects, Bill has contributed to number of prominent local projects including: Bluesfest House, Canal East Townhomes, Soper Place Residence Renovation and Addition, and most recently the Oblate Lands Redevelopment with Regional Group.

GOHBA 2014 Housing Design Awards

On October 4th, the Greater Ottawa Home Builder’s Association celebrated its 31st Annual Housing Design Awards among leaders in the Ottawa housing industry.  We’re pleased to share that the Barry J. Hobin and Associates team contributed to three award winning projects.

Production homes, single detached, 2,600 to 3,499 sq. ft., $750,000 and under
Uniform Urban Developments, Barry J. Hobin & Assoc. Architects, 2H Interior Design


Winner: Custom urban infill, 2,401 to 3,099 sq. ft.
Roca Homes, Barry J. Hobin & Assoc. Architects


Winner: Custom condominium unit
Urban Keios Design Inc, Barry J. Hobin & Assoc. Architects


Topping Off Lansdowne

Traditionally, the “topping off” of any building is a celebration of the last beam (or equivalent) being placed on a construction project. In the case of the Minto@Lansdowne’s Rideau, it represents a major milestone in the last floor foundation being poured.

Although there is still work to be done before Minto@Lansdowne’s Rideau development is ready for its residents next summer, members of the Hobin team were on hand on Tuesday as it was topped off in style!

Members of the Barry J. Hobin and Associates Team, overlooking TD Place from atop Minto Vibe

Members of the Barry J. Hobin and Associates Team, overlooking TD Place from atop Minto Vibe

Minto Developments lifted a four-tonne Grill Master Express food truck to the top of the Rideau, overlooking TD Place, for a roof-top picnic for over 300 workers and guests.

Photos courtesy of Minto Developments

Photos courtesy of Minto Developments

The 160 unit Rideau, designed by Barry J. Hobin and Associates for Minto, is slated for occupancy during the summer of 2015 and only 17 units are still available. The Hobin Team also designed The Vibe for Minto@Lansdowne. The Vibe, at Lansdowne Park, facing Bank Street, will be ready for partial occupancy as soon as September and still has 5 available units.