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The Flower City Seniors Centre in Brampton is a meeting place for area seniors and runs specialized fitness, educational, dance, games and arts and crafts programs. The existing cafeteria is at capacity and will be expanded to meet the needs of the community. The new space has been designed to shade the interior in the summer and allow sunlight into the space during the winter months, while the sloped roof facilitates natural convection to efficiently exhaust CO2 from the space. The addition is now under construction.
Created for Vrancor, Oasis is a 40,000 sq.ft. office complex at the intersection of Mainway and Lampman in Burlington. The program consisted of maximizing the amount of commercial office space that could be developed on the site while maintaining a landscaped area of at least 25%. The client was looking for an innovative and flexible solution in a region that is dominated by box style offices and light industrial buildings. Oasis is comprised of two equal wings that extend from an entry courtyard, reminiscent of a Palladian structure. The second floor bridges the two sections and the ground level units are stepped to provide individual identity.
The light coloured metal panels and the rounded edges provide a clear contemporary quality. Two levels of parking are tucked into an existing landscaped berm at the rear of the property, separating the commercial and residential use.
The scope of work for Humber Backfill “D” was to transform the windowless JF, Funeral Space into a bright and cheery daycare centre. It required the construction of a new link to connect FX with the existing daycare. ATA was able to tackle all of the challenging aspects of this project while completing the design assignment on schedule. The renovation included demolishing all existing rooms in the funeral service areas and creating new classrooms for the infants and toddlers; an observation room; a staff room; an office and other auxiliary rooms.
As the link encroached under an existing building, the College required that the link blend in, utilizing similar materials and colours. ATA’s use of BIM allowed the daycare staff to fully understand their new space prior to construction. The project is now ready for the daycare, which is reopening in early January of 2017. Photos of the project will soon be available.
The study of the High Park Nature Centre is now complete. It is a three-part study that includes a cultural heritage evaluation; a due diligence report and a conceptual design and budget for the restoration and renovation of the building. It was critical that the design proposal meet the the needs of the expanding program. In the early 1900’s, the facility had an important role as a place for children with tuberculosis to recover. In time, the facility evolved into a summer school for underprivileged and undernourished children. Although the school no longer exists, the Nature Centre continues programs for children and people of all ages.
This past Labour Day weekend associate, Mark Driedger, attended the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii to present ATA’s presentation titled “Linking Past, Present and Future.” The World Conservation Congress is the largest democratic conservation event in the world. The intention of the Congress is to encourage its members to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time. The IUCN draws its members from all over the world and from various fields (politics, business, science, art and academia). This year the Congress had between 6,000 to 10,000 participants. ATA’s contribution was a digital presentation that focused on the Harding the Waterfront Estate (formerly the Holcim Waterfront Estate) in Mississauga.
The presentation focused on the efforts made by all parties to conserve the building and landscape of the estate while highlighting its cultural and historical value. Moreover, the study demonstrated how these successful efforts resulted in a financial boon for the City of Mississauga. The presentation focused on the following key points:
1. The value of rehabilitating and reinventing a heritage site for the present day use and on into the future.
2. The value of preserving heritage landscaping and open space instead of new development.
3. Creating and extending an ecosystem with links to parkland, lakefront and the natural environment – in this case, the creation of an extensive waterfront trail system that traverses communities along the lakefront.
4. Conversion of private heritage site for use by the entire public for local events and gatherings.
5. Ongoing contribution to the arts and to the sciences.
6. Innovative ways to presenting the importance of heritage to the community (QR Codes).
7. A pragmatic approach to rehabilitation in order to control budget and obtain heritage goals.
8. Incorporation of new uses, barrier free access and building code upgrades without impacting the heritage value.
9. Developing an effective public use that can generate sustainable financing.
10. An example of a holistic approach that impacts all aspects of a heritage site.
The preparation of this presentation has benefitted greatly from the support of the City of Mississauga and the assistance of landscape architects Baker Turner Inc. ATA would like to thank all who have contributed in the preparation of this presentation.
An article was published in the October issue of Sustainable Building & Design co written by Mark Driedger, Associate of ATA Architects. The research sited in the article was undertaken by students of the Department of Architectural Science in conjunction with Mark. The study looks at the impact of exterior insulated shutter systems to conserve energy and operating cost. Read the article here.
The Saint Athanasius Community Centre is a proposed 9,800sm (105,000sf) addition to the pre-existing Coptic Christian Orthodox centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The Saint Athanasius Community Centre is currently in the schematic design phase. The driving force behind the design has been to compliment the existing architecture of the two churches. The strong verticality of the existing structures is juxtaposed by the subtle horizontality of the new development. There will be a strong connection between street and building as the community centre creates a unique backdrop to the original church with views opening into the two-storey glazed performance space.