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 September: 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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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 asheepway@onfe-rope.ca 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.

Giving Back Challenge July 2015: Habitat for Humanity NCR

Having supported a variety of Habitat for Humanity initiatives for the past few years, we are pleased to be turning our July #GivingBack Challenge attention to Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region.

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.

In 2012, a Habitat development in Orleans was designed by Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects to integrate into the existing neighbourhood. The design team included Gord Lorimer, Patrick Bisson, Karen Griffith and Alison Michelin. 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 in 2013, he convinced a group of his coworkers to give of their own time and join him as volunteers on the build. In the end, Allison, Patrick, Doug, Gord, Kent, Corry, Karen, Scott, Patrick, Todd, Leila, and Marc – helped to build Habitat NCR’s 41st, 42nd and 43rd homes in the National Capital Region. Those homes now house four families with a combined total of 15 children.

The first Habitat NCR home was built in 1994. Since then, Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region has built a total of 47 houses and has completed nine retrofits. These projects have provided homes to more than 50 families (with 130 children). Habitat for Humanity now operates in 100 countries and has built over 225,000 houses since 1976. Here at home, Habitat NCR is responsible for raising its own funds, organizing volunteers, and building the homes for low-income, working families living in the National Capital Region.

Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region is presently working on their 48th to 52nd Ottawa-area homes. We encourage you to support this initiatives by volunteering your time, skills, and expertise. Visit http://www.habitatncr.com for more information.

Giving Back Challenge June 2015: Christie Lake Kids

Since 1922, Christie Lake Kids has been committed to serving economically disadvantaged children and youth by providing recreation and skill-building programs – at no cost.

Having supported a variety of Christie Lake Kids initiatives for the past few years, we are pleased to be turning our June #GivingBack Challenge attention to their camp and inner city programs, including: Christie Lake Kids Camp, the STAR, and LIT programs, among others.

Having evolved over the last 93 years, Christie Lake Kids is familiar with concerns currently impacting Ottawa’s youth and works to ensure that children and youth in our community have access to opportunities to learn skills through sports, arts, camps, mentoring and leadership while connecting with the community and offering play in a safe and nurturing environment.

Their approach is supported by the belief that children who participate in this type of structured and challenging programming are more likely to have better self-esteem, do better in school, and develop drive and ambition that may help to break the more common cycles of growing up in poverty.

Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects have supported Christie Lake Kids as a corporate donor and in supporting fundraising initiatives, including the annual Gala, since 2010. We encourage you to support these initiatives by volunteering your time, skills, and expertise to programs or events or by making a financial contribution to support Christie Lake’s mandate to turn lives around and provide opportunities to children that will, in turn, build a more solid community.

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Giving Back Challenge May 2015: Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa

Committed to providing a safe and supportive place for children and youth, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO) has served the Ottawa community since 1923, reaching out to 4,500 children and youth each year through after-school, weekend and summer programs that build self-esteem and help to develop stronger social skills.

We are pleased to be turning out #GivingBack Challenge attention to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa and their commitment to providing a solid foundation for Ottawa-area children and youth. Though not previously involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa as a firm, various members of Various members of the Barry J. Hobin team have had personal connections over the years are pleased to be working with BGCO now on the renovation of their McArthur Avenue Clubhouse.

The McArthur Avenue Clubhouse will close temporarily, relocating programs and services to the nearby Ottawa Technical Secondary School (OTSS) at 485 Donald Street, while the existing Clubhouse is be retrofitted and updated to create more usable space – a project being led by partner Sandy Davis, with Leila Emmrys and Scott Labrosse at Barry J. Hobin and Associates.

The current 20,605 square foot building was built in 1970 and is one of 8 Ottawa-area Boys and Girl Club locations. In 2013, nearly 1,100 children and youth aged six to 18 made more than 22,500 visits to the McArthur Avenue Clubhouse which currently suffers from several issues related to the roof and windows, heating system and electrical – not to mention the almost 35% of unusable space currently occupied by a closed pool.

When complete, the rejuvenated space will better server the community’s needs and will effectively accommodate the high demands on the facility. Updates will include a new roof, fire alarm system, hydro upgrade, HVAC system, relocated and expanded kitchen and food preparation areas, relocated and upgraded washroom facilities and the creation of an indoor sports field in place of the currently closed pool.

You can support the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa by making a donation.

Giving Back April – The Canadian Cancer Society

Since January, the Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects team has extended their long history of community support by bringing awareness to a different charity or cause each month. The Giving Back campaign is also a challenge to encourage the community and BJHA’s peers within the Ottawa Construction industry to show their support by donating time and or money to the organizations highlighted during the campaign.

To date, Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects has supported local organizations including: The Ottawa Torah Centre, The Ottawa Mission, and St. Patrick’s Home.


As April begins, we are pleased to turn the attention of #GivingBack2015 to the Canadian Cancer Society in Ottawa and to their Daffodil Month campaign.

Cancer statistics in Canada are astounding. According to a 2014 Canada Cancer Society report:

  • Approximately 2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime.*
  • The CCS estimated that each hour in 2014 approximately 22 people would be diagnosed with cancer.*
  • An estimated 76,600 Canadians were expected to die of cancer in 2014.*

The generosity of individuals, community groups and businesses allows the Canadian Cancer Society to be the largest charitable funder of cancer research in Canada. The Society offers the most comprehensive source of credible information on cancer, treatment and risk reduction and continues to provide support for people living with cancer, their family members and friends here in our community. Show your support by giving back to this organization by purchasing and displaying a Daffodil, by making a direct donation, and by challenging your peers to do the same.

This April, by volunteering just a few hours of your time selling daffodil pins in support of Daffodil Month, you will be saving lives and helping people who are living with cancer. Register online here.

The Barry J. Hobin and Associates team also supports cancer survivorship and research programs through sponsorship and participation in other local initiatives including Read for the Cure and Ride the Rideau.  As we identify and support a new organization each month during the Giving Back Challenge, we look forward to sharing our progress and to providing a new voice for deserving organizations.

* Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014