Hobin’s Ark

This year, amidst the pounding of the drums and the splashing of oars of the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, there will be a new competitor in the field: “Hobin’s Ark,” the first official Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects driven Dragon Boat team.

Eight of our staff members competed last year as part of another team and had such an amazing experience that they decided to put together our company’s first ever Dragon Boat crew. The response at the office was overwhelming and as a result, over two-thirds of our employees are taking part as members of the inaugural Hobin crew.

For us, the Dragon Boat Festival is a great opportunity for team building, but it is also a chance to support some important charities in our community. Funds raised through this event benefit the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, and the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation Community Fund; please consider making a donation to the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation by supporting Hobin’s Ark.

The festival takes place June 23-25 at Mooney’s Bay Park and in the meantime, look for our team out on the water training hard and looking forward to a great day!

Hobin's Ark | Ottawa Dragon Boat 2016

Public Art at Beaver Barracks

Heart-Glass by cj fleury unveiled at Beaver Barracks Ottawa

On May 7th, Gord Lorimer joined Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and MPP, Ottawa Centre as well as Councillor Catherine McKenney, Somerset Ward at the final unveiling of the public art component at Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC)‘s Beaver Barracks.

“Heart-Glass,” the third and final component of a larger piece by artist cj fleury entitled “Signals,” was donated to the Beaver Barracks non-profit housing development by Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects and Corix. The piece was selected by a jury of CCOC tenants and volunteers, Gord Lorimer as the lead architect on the Beaver Barracks project, and professional artists from the Ottawa School of Art.

CCOC, Beaver Barracks residents, and guests celebrated the installation with a gathering in the garden, complete with cake and comments from Gord, Mister Naqvi, Councillor McKenney, and others. We are pleased to have been part of contributing not only to the City’s landscape in the design of the building but to a greater sense of community, celebrating the talent and creativity of local artists through the addition of this public art piece which can be enjoyed and admired for years to come.

Heart-Glass by cj fleury




*Photos courtesy of CCOC




IllumiNATION LeBreton selected by NCC for LeBretonFlats

Following the official National Capital Commission (NCC) announcement this afternoon, we are pleased to share news that the RendezVous LeBreton Group’s illumiNATION LeBreton proposal has been selected for the reincarnation of the LeBreton Flats space in Ottawa.

Throughout this very public process, the NCC received more than 8,000 responses to a public survey and performed extensive due diligence to ensure the path chosen suited the overall vision for Ottawa and Gatineau. We are encouraged that today’s decision and the result of the public consultations also suggest confidence – from both the NCC and Ottawa residents – in the vision we have for the space, and the future of our City.

The illumiNATION LeBreton plan is focused on achievable goals at a social, cultural, and urban design level. It favours connectivity, both within and beyond the new community, while celebrating the area’s history and diversity. The plan calls for significant public space designed for regular use, and five unique neighbourhoods each with a character based on social services, retail, office, and residential space. We look forward to working with the NCC and our RendezVous LeBreton Group partners to bring this vision to life on the 21.6-hectare LeBreton Flats site.





24 Sussex Drive: Reinvented

Featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Ottawa Magazine, Barry J. Hobin & Associates took on the theoretical challenge of reinventing the Prime Minister of Canada’s official residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa.  The exercise truly was a group effort, with significant contributions made by Todd Duckworth, Rheal Labelle, Patrick Bisson, Hugo Latreille and Steve Clifford under the leadership of Barry Hobin, Gord Lorimer and Doug Brooks.  Our full design resolution can be viewed in our portfolio.

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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.

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