LeBreton Flats Redevelopment

The LeBreton Flats project has been a hot topic of discussion, particularly over the last few weeks. Today, proposed development plans will be revealed by the two groups currently vying for the opportunity to reinvigorate this dynamic space.

Among them is the RendezVous LeBreton Group (RLG) of which we at Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects are pleased to be a part, along with an impressive list of local and international professionals, architects, developers, designers, innovators, and visionaries.

The RLG proposal includes a significant number of impressive elements, experiences and defined destinations that will not only revitalize the area, to be known as Illumination LeBreton, but will provide an innovative opportunity to enhance tourism and celebrate Ottawa’s unique heritage.

For more information and to share your opinions about the proposals, visit the NCC’s website.


OttawaArchitectureIn just over a year, Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday. Celebrations have been planned in cities across the country and here in Ottawa, we’re poised to join in the celebration with our own 150th birthday festivities.

Events, web and social media forums, compendiums, commemorations, and more are being established all across Ottawa – take Ottawa2017 and OttawaArchitects150 for example – in salute to our city. Inspired by this opportunity to reflect on the architecture that has shaped our city, we have decided to focus our attention on a variety of building types throughout the year.

Each month we will feature different, notable projects within the city and we will share insight into how these projects have inspired or impacted us in some way. Through #OttawaArchitecture2017, our hope is to contribute to building an awareness about our city’s architecture and to how the buildings we have created and perhaps spend time in each day should be part of the 150th celebration.

Giving Tuesday: December 1st, 2015

Hobin and Associates Giving TuesdayHaving spent the year focusing our social media attention on various organizations and charities in the Ottawa-area through our #GivingBack efforts, we are pleased to see the Giving Tuesday movement towards giving as a follow up to busy online shopping days and just ahead of the holiday bustle.

Throughout 2015, we have brought attention to the organizations below – each one held dear by the firm and our staff – and hope that we have inspired support for their programs and services.

Ottawa Torah Centre Chabad
Ottawa Mission
St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa
Canadian Cancer Society
Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa
Christie Lake Kids Camp
Greater Ottawa Habitat for Humanity
Ottawa Network for Education School Breakfast Program
Shelter Box
Ottawa Food Bank
Hospice Care Ottawa
The Salvation Army/Bethany Hope Centre

So today, December 1st a.k.a. Giving Tuesday, we hope to encourage our peers, partners, and colleagues to visit one or more of these organizations – online or in person – or any of the organizations listed through the Giving Tuesday campaign, to make a difference.

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 http://www.shelterboxcanada.org/donate.php to see how your support might make the difference to a family living in the center of a disaster.

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