Real Estate & Brokerage
With offices across Canada, the US, and Europe, we took on the challenge of redesigning Avison Young’s Ottawa office to reflect their new corporate standards. We applied Avison Young’s neutral colour palette using lustrous whites, metallic silvers, and bold charcoal grey and blended them with warm wood tones to give the space a contemporary, high class work environment. The final result is a sleek, modern corporate office with an atmosphere suitable for a top professional real estate office.
Universities Canada (formerly AUCC)
We delivered a rebuild that met the client’s goal of maximizing potential cost savings and created office space standards that provided 20% space savings. Our design of the interior emphasized an open working environment complementary to new working styles of today’s market. The result is a bright, fresh interior that reflects the professionalism of one of Ottawa’s top employers.
Association of Postal Officials of Canada (APOC)
As an association that represents the employees that oversee delivery, processing, and Canadian mailing operations, we created an efficiently planned space that responded to APOC’s needs and philosophy. All perimeter offices were framed by glass panels to create a transparent, airy environment while maximizing transmission of natural light. Centrally-located open workstations provided a balance of collaborative and “heads-down” working environments. The final interior blended the elegance of classic design with contemporary furniture layouts and finishes.
Following the acquisition of Nortel Networks, Avaya’s objective was to find a new location that would set them apart and create a new branding image. By developing a single-phased design and implementation process with a multi-phased approach to construction, we were able to meet their financial targets and move-in dates. We designed a sleek interior with contemporary details and punches of colour to reflect Avaya’s corporate image.
With TITUS’s growing success in the software and IT security industry, the need for flexible, reconfigurable space was paramount. With the TITUS team growing, we provided a cost effective solution to optimize their existing space. The design respected their branding image and bold corporate colours. We personalized the space with unique details, such as “Kettleman’s Corner”, that pay tribute to their company history. From the inspiring entrance graphics to a futuristic reception area, the space embodies TITUS’s corporate philosophy, objectives, and signature tech office vision.
Media & Public Relations
National Public Relations
Taking a model suite approach to this office space, we created a trendsetting space and enhanced the building’s selling features to spark interest in prospective tenants seeking a unique, dynamic, and fully finished downtown office. We selected a neutral colour palette for the base of our design and interchanged it with accent colours that were easily tailored to suit National Public Relation’s branding and corporate standards. The result is a timeless model suite that reinforces the concept of flexibility and multi-functional workspace.
Research & Development
As a biotech company, DNA Genotek needed an office space and lab that could meet their needs. Using smart, sustainable principles we integrated their spatial requirements and maximized the reuse of available & existing infrastructure to create a dynamic new office environment with new pod workstations, technology, and current audio visual equipment. From the DNA double helix inspired glass detail to punches of vibrant accent colours, the final result was a refreshed space that seamlessly wove in DNA’s unique branding and vision.
Australian High Commission, Ottawa
For the consolidation of the existing Australian High Commission (AHC) space, we assisted in creating a design package that allowed AHC to combine all their staff into a single suite. This included very specific high security details for doors, wall construction details, and AV/IT components. The result is a bright, open, modern office space, coupled with a colour palette inspired by the natural wood tones, shades of blue & teal, and splashes of bright accents unique to the beaches of Australia.
Lobbies & Common Spaces
Manulife Financial Building, 55 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa
In designing this space, our team employed the principles of Feng Shui to create a unique and holistic design. We chose a material palette that reflects the luxury of this downtown Class A complex. For the lobby, elevators, and washrooms, we maintained the high ceiling, designed planters, and selected new flooring, lighting, and fixtures. The result is a distinctly refined interior that sets this downtown Ottawa lobby space apart.
For S.i. Systems, we delivered a fresh, modern office with transparent meeting and conference rooms to interview candidates. We also integrated existing elements such as open workstations into the look of the client’s global branding, and all on a tight design and construction timeline. Floor-to-ceiling glazing and low profile workstations are key elements of a bright, open design that reflects Si. Systems’ progressive approach to business.
Nelligan O’Brien Payne
Following an extensive analysis of their needs and a search for new space, we consolidated Nelligan O’Brien Payne’s 130 employees on a single floor to foster an interactive and modern working environment that also enhances their clients’ experience. By blending existing elements with new architectural details, we created an elegant, warm, and tasteful aesthetic for this professional client. As NOP continued to grow with new acquisitions, they once again contracted our services for their next expansion.
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC)
The challenges here were: to provide design services for a consolidation of PIPSC from various locations into an existing high-rise facility to be retrofitted inside and out; and to create a new, state-of-the-art Conference Facility, while being environmentally and fiscally responsible. We succeeded by designing an efficient, flexible modular office that allowed for growth within the organization. The finished product is a professional, timeless, and functional interior.
University of Ottawa Social Sciences and Vanier Buildings
As part of the project design team we prepared furniture layouts, new furniture specifications, the tendering package, and detailed cost estimates. We assisted in determining which furniture and equipment could be repurposed and or replaced, as well as in selecting new furniture and furnishings. Our focus was on selecting visually appealing yet functional pieces that complied with the University of Ottawa’s standards while complementing this LEED-certified building’s cutting-edge architectural style.
Maplesoft Centre for Cancer Survivorship
The Maplesoft Centre for Cancer Survivorship is both a refuge and a home away from home for cancer survivors throughout their journey. We took a holistic approach to this design by incorporating the five elements of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood, and by using eco-friendly materials such as energy-efficient lighting and appliances and low VOC-emitting paints and adhesive. To enhance the users’ comfort, we also selected rubber flooring that enables radiant floor heating. The result is a soothing, harmonious, and welcoming environment for survivors and their families.
We took this classic Ottawa dining institution and gave it a fresh, upscale design. Highlights include new banquet seating and new pendant lighting, which create an ambiance of European fine dining. A new hostess station and refit of the bar give it a contemporary feel that is in keeping with the trendy restaurants of Elgin street.
Bruyere Continuing Care
– Bruyere Village
Our design services for the St. Louis residence included interior finish selections, as well as furniture, furnishings, and equipment selection and specification for all the common areas and some apartments. In our selected materials and furnishings, we emphasized safety, functionality, durability, and maintainability. We united these practical considerations with a comfortable and classic aesthetic that will help foster a welcoming and community-focused atmosphere.
Commodore’s Quay, Ottawa
For Commodore’s Quay condominium, we developed a design package including a warm cream-and-earth-tone colour palette, richly-textured materials like leather and wood, and qualitative flooring, all of which are uniquely tailored to the existing character. The result is a luxurious, tasteful, and welcoming ground floor lobby and common corridors for condominium residents and guests.