Homes for the Holidays

The Barry J. Hobin & Associates team is thrilled to have been part of the 2015 Homes for the Holidays event for Hospice Care Ottawa, which took place November 14th and 15th throughout the Ottawa area.

Several homes – including 110 Juliana, designed by our firm and built by Roca Homes in Rockcliffe Park – were featured on a tour designed to invite Ottawa residents to delight in holiday décor provided by local florists, while raising fund for programs and services provided by Hospice Care Ottawa.

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The Juliana home was decorated by Ottawa’s Mood Moss Flowers who created a lovely atmosphere of understated elegance, designed to celebrate the season and highlight the home’s unique qualities.

The owners of the Juliana Street home, said the event was so successful, they saw more than 500 visit their home on the first day alone. “The response to our home was quite overwhelming. We’re pleased to be able to open our home in this way, in support of such a great cause within our community” they shared.

Photos of the event and the home on Juliana are available at the Homes for the Holidays section of Hospice Care Ottawa’s website.

Giving Back November 2015: Hospice Care Ottawa

2015 is winding down but the Barry J. Hobin & Associates team continues its Giving Back efforts to focus on ways that we can all give something back to our community. This month, we turn our attention to a group which has been near and dear to our hearts for a long time, Hospice Care Ottawa.

Dealing with a life-limiting illness is a lonely and daunting prospect, which is why Hospice Care Ottawa is dedicated to providing free, high-quality palliative care – comfort care – to members of our community through their end-of-life journeys. They offer a broad range of services to meet the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the clients and their family members.

You can help support this vital community service, and get an early start celebrating the holiday season, by taking the Homes for The Holidays tour. For just $50 per person you can visit eight exceptional homes right here in Ottawa, all of which have been beautifully decorated by premier local florists. As in years past, we are proud to present one of the houses on the tour this year: 110 Juliana Road, a beautiful, open, family-friendly space designed by Barry J. Hobin & Associates which we are sure you will find a welcoming stop on your journey.

We hope you can find time to join the tour, visit the Handmade Emporium at the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice, and vote in the first ever Gingerbread Builder’s Bake-off! Let’s all come together and assist our friends at Hospice Care Ottawa in continuing their important work.

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Project Spotlight: eQuinelle Golf Club

eQuinelle Golf ClubSome time ago, a Barry J. Hobin and Associates team including Gord Lorimer, Patrick Bisson, Dan Henhoeffer, and Bryan Bonell began working on a new Golf Club at eQuinelle in Kemptville. A few weeks ago, and just in time to capitalize on the last few weeks of the season, the eQuinelle Golf Club officially opened its doors.

Although a single building serves both functions, Friday, September 11 saw the Grand Opening of the eQuinelle Resident Club while the public Golf Club had its official opening the following day. The Club House consists of a Pro Shop, restaurant, offices, and change rooms while the Residents Club has added features including separate change rooms, a craft room, exercise room, cards room, billiards room, yoga room, library, and kitchen. The space also offers two multi-purposed rooms for large meetings, weddings, golf tournaments, and other events.

The Resident Club Opening, MC’d by local radio and TV personality Brent Corbeil, began with a Piper guided march through the development, courtesy of the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band included a ribbon cutting by Denis Laporte of eQHomes, Steve Clark – MPP for Leeds Grenville, and North Grenville Deputy Mayor Bard Tobin. The event was open to residents of the eQuinelle community near the club since they will have the opportunity to purchase Resident memberships that give them full access to the building and all its amenities.

The following day, at the Grand Opening for the public Club House, eQuinelle hosted guests with a BBQ and welcomed pro-golfer Kevin Haime who offered clinics and tips throughout the day.

While the building is now open and operational, members and guests will have to wait until warmer weather returns next year to enjoy the amazing lap pool, still under construction.

When next year’s golf season begins, eQuinelle Golf Club is sure to be a go-to location for events, tournaments, and a casual round or two followed by dinner at the new clubhouse.

Project team:

  • Architects: Gord Lorimer, Patrick Bisson, Dan Henhoeffer, and Bryan Bonell with Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects Inc.
  • Structural Engineers: Yannick Denis with WSP Canada Inc.
  • Mechanical Engineers: John Bekolay and Luc Charron with Bekolay & Associates Ltd
  • Electrical Engineers: John Morton with Quadrant Engineering
  • Civil Enginners: Melanie Riddell and Mark Bowen with Novatech Engineering
  • Landscape Architect: Ryan James with Novatech Engineering
  • Interior Designer: Richard Newbury with Creative Friction
  • Food Service Consultant: Doug Feltmate and Sheldon Heard with WSP Canada Inc.
  • General Contractor: MP Lundy


Giving Back October 2015: Ottawa Food Bank

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Each month this year, the Barry J. Hobin and Associates team has been turning their attention to a local organization making an impact on our community. This month is no different and as the nights get cooler and the leaves begin to change colours, we are reminded of how fortunate we are and how easy it is to reach out and make a difference.

Distributing 12-14 tons of food every working day, The Ottawa Food Bank has a long history of providing emergency food assistance to more than 50,000 Ottawa-area residents each month, 37% of whom are children. The Food Bank supports the community through a network of 140 emergency food programs across the City. These programs are everything from the big downtown shelters to small community food banks and school breakfast programs.

Supporting the Ottawa Food Bank is as easy as buying a little something extra during your next trip to the grocery store and leaving it in the red donation bins in most local stores. You can choose to run an office food drive and/or volunteer your time to assist with sorting or delivering donated food.

If food drives and volunteering seem too consuming during this busy time of year, consider visiting the Food Bank website to make a donation. The Ottawa Food Bank can turn $1 donated into $5 worth of food which means that any donation you make will go a long way towards supporting hard-working families who need a little extra support.


32nd Annual GOHBA Housing Design Awards

The 32nd Annual Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association Housing Design Awards were held at Ottawa’s Shaw Center on October 3rd. Many of Ottawa’s most innovative and eye-catching residential buildings and interior designs were nominated in more than 40 categories ranging from bathroom design to high-rise development.

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We’re honoured to have been among such amazing works and are pleased to announce that
the following projects were selected by the GOHBA Jury and received awards during the event:

  • Community of the Year: Ravenhill Common (with Springcress)
  • High-Rise Building (50 units or more): The Vibe (with Minto Communities)
  • Low-Mid Rise Building (6-49 units): The Brownstones of Ravenhill Common (with Springcress)
  • Custom Urban Home (2,400 sq.ft or less) – Contemporary: Brown’s Inlet Bungalow (with Cada Construction)
  • Low-Rise Unit: Brownstone 12 at Ravenhill Common (with Springcress)


The Award-Winning Vibe by Minto Communities

Hobin.Vibe.GOHBAAlready a distinct profile within Ottawa’s Glebe neighbourhood, the innovative design of The Vibe is getting attention across the province.

On September 28th, Minto’s The Vibe (designed by Barry J. Hobin and Associates) received an Award of Distinction for Most Outstanding High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite (4+ storeys 801 sq. ft. and over) during the 2015 Ontario Home Builders Association Awards of Distinction event in Huntsville, Ontario.

Two days later The Vibe was recognized once again with a City of Ottawa Urban Design Award of Merit for Urban Infill, Mid to High-Rise (where aspects of the Lansdowne Park Redevelopment also received two other Urban Design Awards).

The Vibe is a mixed-use condominium building which fronts onto Bank Street, providing a gateway in to the newly redeveloped Lansdowne Park area. The building features innovated step backs, projected cubes, and staggered balconies, giving it a uniquely urban feel. Its two-storey retail levels are topped by nine-storeys of residential space. The project team, which included Barry J. Hobin, Doug Brooks, Marc Thivierge, Rheal Labelle, Doug van den Ham and Jeff Chaput, designed the building to respect City of Ottawa urban design guidelines for “right to light” which resulted in a tower that is set back from the base. The design is a balance between respecting the neighbourhood and reinforcing the unique aspects of the Lansdowne Park area.

The accolades continue, as The Vibe is also a finalist in the High-Rise Building (50 units or more) category at this weekend’s 32nd annual Greater Ottawa Home Builder’s Association Housing Design Awards.

Giving Back Challenge September 2015: ShelterBox

As Summer turns to Fall, we are turning our Giving Back attention to an amazing organization that, although based in Canada, provides emergency disaster relief around the globe including shelter and vital supplies to support communities overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.

responds to disasters around the world, providing the emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies needed to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. A typical ShelterBox contains a family tent, blankets, water purification, cooking utensils, a camp-style stove, a tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Team volunteers deliver aid, working with other international organizations and local partners to be as effective as possible.

On average, ShelterBox responds to a new disaster every two weeks. Since 2000, ShelterBox has responded to over 280 disasters in more than 95 countries helping over 1 million people who have been impacted by a disaster.

In some cases, ShelterBox provides ShelterKits (tarpaulin, tools, rope, building materials) to families who have lost part of their home but do not require a full ShelterBox and, also provides SchoolBoxes (classroom materials, etc. for 50 children) in areas where schools are destroyed or where disaster or conflict have prevented children from having access to education.

In 2013, Barry J. Hobin became aware of the ShelterBox program and invited colleagues to learn more about it at an event he hosted at the firm’s office. Now, we invite you to visit to see how your support might make the difference to a family living in the center of a disaster.

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Project Spotlight: W.O. Stinson & Son Headquarters

Hobin Stinson Now owned and operated by the third-generation of Stinsons, with members of the fourth generation providing support in various roles within the company, W.O. Stinson & Son has a long history in Ottawa and surrounding areas. The company offers a complete line of automotive, commercial, industrial and agricultural motor oil and lubricants, as well as petroleum and propane products, and home comfort services. The company has five offices with retail fuel stations (among them: Arnprior, Kemptville, Pembroke, and Napanee) including the new Corporate Head Offices on Bank Street, in Ottawa.

The team at Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects, including partner Sandy Davis and senior technologist Reinhard Vogel, prepared the design of W.O. Stinson & Son’s new corporate offices in Ottawa, undertaken as a design build project with TalCo.  The new building provides increased floor space for the current operations as well as some expansion space for future growth, maintaining the “family” style of business the company has always valued.  Executive offices are located to provide easy access to customers and a bird’s eye view of the daily operations of the warehouse yard and drive-through gas bar, both of which are adjacent to the new building.

Operational groups are integrated in an open office area which permits easy interaction and has improved staff efficiency and contributed to a very high degree of satisfaction with the new office environment.  Accounting and computer systems are located on the second level.  This level also accommodates a state of the art boardroom complete with audio visual and lighting controls to facilitate meetings and staff training.

Staff amenities are within easy reach on the two floors, and a separate staff lunch room and shower/washroom space is located on a lower floor.  The lower floor has a walkout area which provides access to a private staff patio area.

The project is designed to exceed the minimum code energy standards.  The building envelope utilizes sprayed foam insulation in above-grade walls to provide a very high R-value and minimize thermal bridging.  Roof areas are similarly highly insulated with overlapping layers of rigid foam insulation.

Building systems incorporate high efficiency boilers and pumps.  The air handling system is a looped VAV which permits very localized temperature control in both open and enclosed office spaces.  A rooftop standby generator provides for emergency power backups to critical central computer systems which are connected to off-site point-of-sale systems.

All building lighting is provided by the very latest LED-type troffers and pot light fixtures, which offer significant efficiencies.  This provides a very high degree of illumination uniformity throughout all occupied work spaces and resulted in a reduced fixture count than what might be included in more traditional lighting specifications.  W.O. Stinson & Son had converted gas bar canopies to LED lighting and were motivated to employ the same technology in the corporate space, having noticed immediate energy cost savings from the gas bar conversions.

The entire project was value engineered throughout construction to maximize the return on investment for the company. In this way, the project team was able to build a strong and cooperative relationship between the building owners, the contractor, and the consultant teams. TalCo continues to provide services to W.O. Stinson & Son, and the Hobin team has gone on to work with TalCo on other area projects including the recent renovations to the Don McGahan Clubhouse for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

The complete project resulted in a very high degree of staff satisfaction and pride of place.  Barry J. Hobin & Associates’ relationship with W.O. Stinson & Son is ongoing, and they are currently performing updates and efficiency improvements to the warehouse and gas bar adjacent to the Corporate office.

Project Data:

  • Poured-in-place concrete foundation / partial walk-out
  • Structural steel framed / steel pan and concrete-on-steel joist floor assembly
  • Steel stud exterior walls, semi-rigid insulation (outside face)
    with masonry/steel panel facing
  • Gross Floor Area: 1,778 sq.m
  • Building Height: 8.7m
  • Occupancy: 2013

Project Team:

  • William A. “Sandy” Davis – Principal in Charge
  • Reinhard Vogel – Architectural Technologist/Project Manager
  • Cunliffe & Associates (Richard Cunliffe, David Harding) – Structural
  • Quadrant Engineering (Eugene Siber, John Morton) – Mechanical & Electrical
  • IBI Group (Terry Brule) – Civil
  • Levstek Consultants Inc. (Rudy Levstek) – Landscape
  • Tal-Co Building Innovations (Keith Oster, Mike Beatty) – General Contractor

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Giving Back Challenge August 2015: School Breakfast Program

It may be the middle of summer but we are already looking ahead to the school year that will begin in just a few weeks. We are not concerned with school supplies or bus schedules but rather with directing attention to something more fundamental – starting the day off with a healthy breakfast (or in some cases, with any breakfast at all).

Through no fault of their own, many children in Ottawa arrive at school hungry each day. Research shows that children who eat a nutritious breakfast are more engaged in daily learning, perform better in school and have better self-esteem. The Ottawa School Breakfast Program strives to ensure that all children in our community have access to a healthy breakfast in a safe environment and are given an equal opportunity to succeed at school.

A program of The Ottawa Network for Education, the Ottawa School Breakfast Program works in partnership with Ottawa’s four regional school boards, assisting over 13,000 Ottawa children in 175 schools who have been identified by school staff and parents. The program adheres to provincial nutrition guidelines and serves nutritious foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and dairy products but also promotes life-long healthy eating habits.

The Barry J. Hobin team supports school initiatives throughout Ottawa and the Valley through design, volunteerism, and philanthropic support of a variety of fundraising and awareness initiatives but is particular drawn to supporting the breakfast programs within Ottawa schools. We invite you to show your support of the School Breakfast Program, ahead of the demands they will face as the new school year dawns, by making a donation here (select School Breakfast Program from the drop down menu) and passing it on.

This fall, The Ottawa School Breakfast Program will celebrate its 25th anniversary. In its first year, the Program served breakfast to 1,000 children in 25 schools. Today, students at over half of Ottawa’s schools are able to start their day with a healthy meal because of the Program and its generous and committed supporters.

To mark the occasion, the School Breakfast Program is hosting a 25th Anniversary Gala on October 28, 2015 at the Shaw Centre. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alison Sheepway at or 613-366-3085 ext.259.

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BJHA St. Pat’s Sizzle Team

Wendy Brawley, Chief Sizzler

Wendy Brawley, Chief Sizzler

The BJHA team (L to R): Jennifer Guidry, Melanie Lamontagne, Jeff Chaput, and Tracey Stirling

The BJHA team (L to R): Jennifer Guidry, Melanie Lamontagne, Jeff Chaput, and Tracey Stirling

Last Friday, July 24 was more than just a sunny start to a great Ottawa weekend.  For a few members of the BJHA team, it was also an opportunity to be part of a great annual event at St. Pat’s Home in Ottawa.

For the second year in a row, BJHA staff participated in the St. Pat’s Home Residents’ barbeque lunch.  Our team – which included Wendy Brawley, Jennifer Guidry, Melanie Lamontagne, Jeff Chaput, and Tracey Stirling – worked with Rob from St. Pat’s Recreation and the Staff of the Kerry House to help bring the BBQ to life.  We assisted in transporting residents to and from the garden, operating the barbeque, preparing plates, and delivering meals to the residents assembled in the garden area.

Once the St. Pat’s residents had been served lunch, our team was able to sit and enjoy a sunny afternoon with them.  Events like this one allow the BJHA team to spend quality time with our clients.  It gives us the opportunity to get to know them and to get a better glimpse of the needs, uses, and opportunities – in this case – for the residents of a long-term care facility. Understanding the residents’ needs and seeing them in action, at home, allows us to enhance our expertise when we design long-term care homes with the residents in mind. These spaces provide residents with as much independence as possible while also supporting staff with facilities that allow them to perform their tasks efficiently, all in a home-like setting.

The BJHA St. Pat’s Sizzle Team is already looking forward to next year’s festivities, and to catching up with the residents and staff.