Jun Gu is Now an Associate

Posted on Apr 11, 2019 in In the Media

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Jun has a broad experience in managing a wide variety of projects at ATA Architects, including residential, commercial, and institutional construction. Combining creativity and technology skills, he has provided ATA clients with quick high-quality design options. His problem-solving skills well suit the variety of challenging design projects the firm undertakes. Jun is a LEED Accredited Professional and dedicates his efforts to creating for clients innovative, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly buildings.

In his spare time, he enjoys painting and exploring three dimensional forms using computer modelling of geometric shapes. Given the opportunity, he wants ATA to be ready to continue to push the envelope and remain at the leading edge of technology in the architectural field.

National Trust Presentation

Posted on Apr 11, 2019 in In the Media

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In October of 2018, our intern architect Ryan Lee had the opportunity to present at the National Trust Conference held in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The conference theme was “Opportunity Knocks: Heritage as a Social, Economic and Placemaking Force”. While urban architecture is constantly being built, erased, and rebuilt again, there is opportunity for the traces left behind to be read and re-used in future designs. Today’s new designs disregard these traces of the past, or ‘palimpsest’.

Ryan’s presentation focused on palimpsest as an alternative method to preservation and its use in architectural practice. His intention was to explore not only how to preserve existing historic layers, but how to encourage the transformation of new layers in the future. The presentation aimed to address questions such as ‘Which layers should we preserve/forget?’ and ‘What is the nature and role of historic sites in cities today?’.

The preservation and renewal of historic buildings may be seen as an obstacle to the future of the city, however these buildings hold great meaning for residents. Preservation in architecture often fails to consider the palimpsest that exists. By finding ways to preserve existing traces of the past, not as time capsules but as palimpsests, new layers of meaning can be added to architecture.

The St. Marks Centre

Posted on Apr 11, 2019 in In the Media

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Located at 115 Hunter Street West in the heart of the City of Hamilton is the historic St. Mark’s Church. Built as an Anglican church in 1877, St. Mark’s was declared redundant in 1989 and then sold to the City in 1994. This publicly-owned heritage building has remained vacant for over 30 years. It will be born again as a vibrant community space to be used by a variety of organizations.

ATA has been commissioned by the City of Hamilton to be the prime architect in the adaptive re-use of this designated heritage jewel. Phase 1, which has been completed, focused on the structural stabilization of the existing church, upgrades to the mechanical, electrical and civil systems, and the heritage restoration of the exterior brick walls and stain glass windows.

In phase 2, a new addition will be created on the west side of the church that recounts the footprint of the original structure demolished in 2011. The new addition is sympathetic to the church’s design and will house the various support facilities thus leaving the Heritage Hall as an open, pristine clear space. This space will be used for meetings, conferences, banquets, performances and other local events and celebrations. The exterior landscape will be utilized as community gardens and place of peaceful repose.

ATA has coordinated all aspects of this project. It has become a labour of love for all members of the team led by City of Hamilton, Project Manager Carolyn Samko. It is expected Phase 2 construction will start summer/fall of 2019.

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

Posted on Apr 11, 2019 in In the Media

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ATA has been commissioned to design a new Catholic church for the Diocese of Hamilton. The Church will be located at 620 Rymal Road East and will see the uniting of two existing parishes – Our Lady of Lourdes & Corpus Christi. The new church will be sited on a 3.3 hectare (8 acre) property that is currently used as farmland. The development will comprise of both the Church and its Rectory.

The church is designed to accommodate 800 parishioners with additional space for a pastoral centre, an administration centre, meeting rooms, choir rehearsal space, an Adoration Chapel and a Bell Tower. The uses are organized into three identifiable building components with the Church and Sanctuary central to the arrangement, that is punctuated by the soaring Bell Tower. The church has been located central to the site on axis with an exterior pedestrian boulevard and holy shrine. The Rectory is sited to the south-western edge of the property and will front the future extension of Wagner Drive.

The overall architectural composition and form of the church strives to be simple and timeless. The entire church is united by three basic elements: a base, a middle band and roof. The base of the church is natural limestone that will be textured and patterned to pay homage to the name sake Cathedral in Siena, Italy. The middle band encircles and brings continuity to the overall form. The roof sits on the latter piece and frames the glazed gables that will bring natural light into the space.

Construction is scheduled to begin Summer/Fall of 2019.

Sustainability

Posted on Jan 6, 2018 in In the Media

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In December, Construction Magazine published another article by Mark Dredger titled, “The Next Generation of Passive Solar for Cold Climates.” The article can be read here. Mark is an architect in the pursuit of energy conservation with the goal of having a zero carbon footprint. He continues to set the benchmark for the firm in the methodologies employed and in the materiality of ATA’s solutions.

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Never satisfied by the status quo, ATA is now employing our Revit expertise to virtual reality. It is allowing our clients to fully experience their building.

St. Mark’s Church Rehabilitation

Posted on Jan 6, 2018 in New Projects

Construction continues into the new year of Phase I of the St. Mark’s Church rehabilitation. ATA will be continuing on Phase II to bring the building to its full use for the City of Hamilton (and the Durand Neighbourhood) by 2019.

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Alexander Temporale, Principle in Charge
Michael Biljetina, Project/Design Architect
Jason Truelove, Job Captain

Master Planning and Urban Design

Posted on Jan 6, 2018 in New Projects

ATA is currently preparing a multi-phased mix use development within a major transportation hub. Working with both client and municipality, the building forms continue to evolve.

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Two New Design Builds

Posted on Jan 6, 2018 in New Projects

ATA has had great success in designing office buildings. Working in partnership with project managers Maple Reinders for client Starlight Investments, ATA completed design concepts for two office buildings in Mississauga.

Matheson Ave v2 Crop

Matheson Avenue Office is a proposed design build project, which provides an additional 40,500 sq. ft. of rentable space to the underutilized site. Currently on the site is a 100,000 sq.ft office and warehouse space surrounded by similar types of spaces. Seeking to break away from a typical style in and around the area, ATA utilized the shape of the site. It resulted in a bent shape. The office building is then raised off the ground allowing it to float. The ground floor is set back and glazed, reinforcing the idea of elevating the building. Precast concrete panels wrap the building and frame the front, maximizing views. A hint of colour is used to create a visual contrast.

01 Century Drive

Similar to Matheson Avenue Office, Century Avenue Office is a proposed design build project with 100,000 sq.ft. of rentable space. It replaces an existing building on the site that was not feasible to expand due to the design and where it is located on the odd-shaped site. At first glance, the office building looks as if it’s split into two separate buildings; it is purposefully split, connected by the visual void of the curtain wall to divide the overall mass. Strip windows and precast concrete panels are used to visually elongate the building. Kalwall is proposed on the north and south side of the building to minimize the solid spaces. ATA was able to demonstrate that a new office building with an optimized floor plate would be more efficient.

Alexander Temporale, Architect in Charge

York University’s Centre for Sexual Violence – Response, Support & Education

Posted on Jan 6, 2018 in New Projects

ATA was appointed the architects for York University’s Centre for Sexual Violence – Response, Support & Education. It will be starting construction in January 2018. The firm has worked closely with many collages and universities to solve complex and sensitive issues.

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Michael Biljetina, Senior Associate in charge

The Danish Pastry House

Posted on Jan 6, 2018 in New Projects

Rapid success has happened after The Danish Pastry House opened its first store and bakery in Oakville, designed by ATA. Exacting standards and great authentic Danish baking has created an exploding following for owner Anita Lauritsen. The latest location is in Union Station where line-ups are long.

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An article has been written about the new unit in BlogTO. Read it here.

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Mark Driedger, Senior Associate in charge