King Township New Municipal Administration Centre

King Township has outgrown its existing facility and has purchased a surplus school from the local school board for repurposing into an Administration Centre.

In Spring of 2016 the Township of King retained +VG Architects to undertake the design and Construction of their new Municipal Administration Centre. The scope of this project was based on the Strategic Space Needs Assessment, also completed by +VG in 2015.

As part of this project, three options were developed at the concept design stage which included existing Building Condition Assessment and comparison costing for each option. The result of this high level investigation was a fundamental decision to proceed with a new administration building on the school site.

The building design incorporates many green initiatives like geothermal mechanical systems and enhanced sustainable site strategies, and is anticipated to meet either LEED Silver or Gold level certification.

LOCATION

King City, Ontario

CLIENT

Township of King

COMPLETED

2019 (February)

SIZE

46,300 ft²

SERVICES

New Construction


New Tecumseth Municipal Offices

The Town of New Tecumseth continues to expand, placing pressure on the existing Town offices.

In 2016, the Town purchased a surplus elementary school in the centre of Alliston to convert to a new civic centre. +VG was retained as the architect to undertake a Condition Assessment and Feasibility Study for an adaptive re-use of the existing school. The study found that the ideal solution was to retain a major part of the building, to accommodate municipal offices, council chambers and meeting rooms. The existing gymnasium has been repurposed to accommodate the Council Chamber with a glassy addition, to create an open, airy, public space or “Community Hub”.

LOCATION

Alliston, Ontario

CLIENT

Town of New Tecumseth

COMPLETED

2019

SIZE

44,350 ft²

SERVICES

Retrofit of Alliston Public School


Norwich Township Administration Centre

At the Concept Design Phase, the proposed site was reviewed to determine site specific issues, constraints and challenges and to provide a site plan proposal that fulfilled the needs of the municipality.

Spatial needs were reviewed in consultation with management and the Administration Building Design Committee. All applicable statutes, regulations, codes, by-laws as they pertain to the Township of Norwich, County of Oxford, the building site and the proposed building were examined.

The +VG design team provided Council with coloured renderings of the proposed design to illustrate the scale and character of the project and how the proposed building would reflect the character and architecture of the community. The concept design documents included floor plans, elevations provision of estimated constructions costs and all costs related to oversee and manage the construction phase of the project. Rural farmland Ontario design interpretation is evident in the new Norwich Administration Building with barn-board clad columns and beams and its two-storey gable ceiling and daylight filled open office space in the centre of the rectilinear building. Glass front private offices line the outer walls around the open area and service space is concealed at the end of the ring corridor. A feature wall at the back of the open office area is covered with barn-board and an imitation ‘hay loft window’ to appear as the end wall of a barn. The Reception desk is directly opposite the Council Chambers that incorporates a folding glass wall allowing it to be completely opened onto the Lobby for overflow, presentations and exhibits.

The Council Chambers from the exterior is an interpretation of a round barn with rough cut stone and vertical slot windows strategically placed around the circumference of the drum.

LOCATION

Norwich, Ontario

CLIENT

Norwich Township

COMPLETED

2015

SIZE

10,300 ft²

SERVICES

New Construction


Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Education Centre

Hamilton-Wentworth DSB is consolidating all facilities that deliver non-instructional programs and services to a New Education Centre.

The Board currently has its departments and services spread throughout four facilities with its main office downtown and other programs like warehouse/workshop, computer services and other administrative staff spread throughout three schools. Two major benefits to this consolidation are overall area reduction and operational efficiency.

+VG assisted the Board in an extensive evaluation of a number of potential sites for the New Education Centre. We professionally assessed 18 sites. The objective was to identify viable sites available for purchase that did not have limitations that compromised program needs.

+VG worked closely with Board personnel to confirm the number of departments/services, support spaces, population of staff per department, types and number of workstations, and offices. Common areas and outdoor areas such as parking, loading, and open space were defined.

+VG gained a clear understanding of direct and indirect relationships (adjacencies) of department to department, public areas, staff areas, meeting areas, storage areas, etc.. General concepts of open office areas vs. private office areas, multi-functional spaces, multi-use meeting areas, consolidated storage areas, views, and natural light were determined.

+VG met directly with all Board User Groups and retrieved very specific information with respect to the inner workings of each department. An understanding of inter-relationship requirements produced efficient and effective building and operations planning for the new Centre.

Cost estimates were prepared by the Board’s Cost Consultant, based on detailed functional program/space program and block schematic design building plans prepared by +VG. Concept site plans were also prepared by +VG. The design phase is currently underway, on schedule.

LOCATION

Hamilton, Ontario

CLIENT

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

COMPLETED

2015

SIZE

115,700 ft²

SERVICES

New Construction


Hamilton City Hall

Hamilton City Hall was designed in the modernist International Style by Canada’s first municipally-employed architect, Stanley M. Roscoe.

Constructed in 1960, it has become one of the few intact examples of this style of architecture in Canada, and exemplifies a progressive movement away from the Victorian historicism of Hamilton at the time. Attributes of the International Style found in the design include: massing and geometry, open interior plan, structural grid system and the use of curtain wall, flat roofs, finishing materials of steel, concrete and marble, and the integration of art (as opposed to ornamentation) into the design.

The 2010 heritage rehabilitation of this modernist International Style building included:

  • Relocation of services to the main floor to provide greater ease of access for the public
  • Improvements to the building’s energy performance by insulating exterior walls, and installation of high efficiency mechanical systems
  • Upgrades to meet current OBC requirements including barrier free accessibility
  • Replacement of major building services and integration of contemporary technology

Challenges of the Heritage Conservation Plan:

  • Integration of new building systems while respecting the heritage building fabric
  • Replacement of exterior marble cladding with more durable cladding due to life safety and structural stability concerns caused by deterioration of the original marble in the southern Ontario climate
  • Protection and restoration of Italian glass mosaic tile used extensively on exterior soffits, spandrel panels, and fascia, and interior walls and ceilings
  • Protection and restoration of terrazzo flooring, interior wood paneling and doors, luminescent stone panels, marble interior paneling, aluminum handrails and guards, and curtain wall
  • Conservation of interior art murals including cleaning, protection and relocation of one mural
  • Rehabilitation of the Council Chambers with dome skylight

LOCATION

Hamilton, Ontario

CLIENT

City of Hamilton

DESIGNATED

Ontario Heritage Act, Part IV

COMPLETED

2010

SIZE

180,000 ft²

SERVICES

Heritage Consulting Services for Rehabilitation


Lennox & Addington Courthouse & Administrative Offices

Phase I of the project included a Space Needs and Facilities Assessment to review current and long term (25 years) program requirements for the County’s administration and an assessment of five campus buildings currently housing County Staff.

The study included recommendations for immediate and long range remedial work and accommodation planning.
Phase II involved a Conservation Report Study to identify significant heritage features of the historic Napanee Courthouse, detailed condition assessment, including destructive analysis and recommended restoration measures, including cost estimates.

Phase III involved the Restoration and Addition of the exterior and interior of the historic Courthouse and construction of new addition to accommodate consolidated County administration offices and court facilities.

LOCATION

Napanee, Ontario

CLIENT

County of Lennox & Addington

COMPLETED

1999

SERVICES

Renovation & Addition


Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Community Health Centre, Guelph Office

The design of this new Satellite was based on a previously commissioned Space Needs Assessment delivered by +VG Architects.

The facility provides clinical services (immunization, sexual health, dental, etc.) teaching services (prenatal, breastfeeding, food handler, etc.) as well as administrative services (communications, human resources, etc.). +VG worked with an internal WDGPH committee to review the site and design the building to meet WDGPH specifications.

WDGPH intends that Shelldale Centre convey the message that this facility offers more than traditional services. This concept originates with the strong and positive reputation that the client has established with the other community service and health care providers within the multi-use building that Shelldale Centre is part of. The new facility was designed to impart a positive image to the community as safe, welcoming and comfortable, while operating in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.

The accessibility needs of staff and clients were important components of the Owner’s criteria. The implementation of sustainable principles / practices was an important objective throughout the design and construction phases. The design met WDGPH’s requirements respecting the environmental, operational, life-cycle, quality and construction aspects of the project.

LOCATION

Guelph, Ontario

CLIENT

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

COMPLETED

2011

SIZE

5,000 ft²

SERVICES

New Construction


Lennox & Addington Family & Children's Services Administration Building

The Lennox and Addington Family and Children’s Services Administration Building features a 2½ storey atrium at the front entrance with clerestory windows at the high level, and an exterior landscaped courtyard within the footprint of the building.

+VG Architects developed these two features and the design of the exterior window systems to take advantage of the health and well being benefits of natural light.

The courtyard and the atrium bring natural light deep into the floor plate of the building on both floors. The windows are designed with exterior aluminum sun shades on the south and west sides to prevent overheating in summer months, and the windows are equipped with a translucent band of glazing at the ceiling level that disperses light inside. All employee workstations and private offices have access to natural light and views.

The new facility offers a 90 person conference hall, a staff lunch room and lounge with walkout at grade to a patio terrace, indoor and outdoor children’s play areas, a staff fitness room that opens onto the courtyard, and professional office accommodations for 80 staff.

Energy efficient mechanical systems, water conserving plumbing fixtures, and operable windows are additional sustainable design features.

Some of the many security features in the project include sight lines to individuals approaching the front entrance, a clear and simple circulation system, CCTV cameras, alarm and card reader systems. Having the second floor open to the lower public areas also allows staff to be able to see and hear if there is a security problem.

LOCATION

Napanee, Ontario

CLIENT

County of Lennox & Addington

COMPLETED

2010

SIZE

28,500 ft²

SERVICES

New Construction