Humane and Welcoming

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 in New Projects



The Torgan Medical Office Building at the new Oakville Hospital on the Halton Health Services site is well underway. The steel frame is largely up for this 4 storey, 80,000 sq.ft. class ‘A’ office building. It will be a state-of-the-art facility at the entrance to the hospital site. Designed in conjunction with MSA Architects the building is destined to be a local landmark. The glass and aluminum cladding with the use of brick and Muskoka granite will create a humane and welcoming building.

McMaster Campus Store: A Thoughtful Intervention

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 in New Projects



In order to provide barrier free access to the McMaster University Campus Bookstore at the main entrance, interior walls on North and East side of vestibule were removed to increase the floor area. The existing stairs within the vestibule were removed and a 1/2 wall rolling shutter door was provided for the proposed book return area. The architectural scheme was a modest and thoughtful play of forms meant to integrate within the context of the existing building in a manner that downplayed any form of architectural intervention – a quiet nod to the existing architecture and context.

Photo Credit “ribbon cutting”: Andrew Baulcomb, McMaster Daily News
Photo Credit “building addition”: Cliff Burkett

Azure Commercial Block

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in New Projects


The Town of Grimsby is seeking to develop a one-acre site near the QEW. ATA’s unique proposal design is for a 60,000-square-foot building that houses commercial space at ground level and 4 storeys of residential space above. This distinct structure creates a bold statement by juxtaposing striking dark elements with lighter ones. As for the residential units, they are angled in such a way as to give residents a lakefront view. The end result is a viable mixed-use centre that proves beneficial to the retail stores and the tenants.

Downtown Toronto Revitalization Project

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 in New Projects


Formerly the Metropolitan Building Materials yard, this downtown Toronto site – at 354 Pape Avenue – is being completely revitalized. Proposed as a mixed-use property by ATA, the building’s design features one storey of retail at ground level, a second floor of artist studios and 60 additional units occupying the higher levels. A playful pattern of coloured glass and a wall of creeping plants (which extend up the building) provide visual interest and intrigue to the structure. The Pape project is well underway and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date on developments.

ATA’s Restoration of the Bell Gairdner Estate Well under Way

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 in New Projects


The Bell Gairdner Estate, a Mississauga heritage landmark originally built back in 1938, was in dire need of restoration. Located along the shores of Lake Ontario, the city decided to convert the building and surrounding lands into a public park. When it came time to select a firm to lead the retrofit, the City of Mississauga chose ATA for its extensive experience with similar projects, including the recent rehabilitation of the historic Merchant’s Bank. ATA’s winning proposal ensured that the grounds would be suitable for various events (see rendering above). Restoration to the original structure has already begun with excitement building for the grand opening slated for summer 2013.

New Joint Venture with ATA Selected by Halton Health Services

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 in New Projects


Halton Health Services has chosen ATA (as part of an architectural joint venture with Montgomery Sisam Architects, The Torgan Group and MPI Group) to design, finance, construct and operate a new medical office building. This state-of-the-art facility (at 80,000 square feet) will be located at the entrance to the Oakville Hospital (which is currently under construction). Designed to LEED Silver standards, the medical building will include a living green wall, light harvesting, a two-storey atrium, and a rooftop lounge for doctors.

Grand Opening for Cocoon Furnishings

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 in New Projects


Cocoon Furnishings was moving into a new 25,000-square-foot warehouse after outgrowing their previous location. However, they needed an architectural firm to renovate the space in such a way as to display Cocoon’s furniture and home accessory products in an aesthetically pleasing manner. After considering various companies, they chose ATA Architects Inc. Upon completion, Cocoon threw a grand opening party at their renovated warehouse space (which by all accounts was a smashing success). Read more about the project.