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.
- 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
- 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