A complete list of winners and more details about this exciting evening can be found here.
New RSai Toronto Office Location
The firm is pleased to announce the new location of its Toronto office at 135 Tecumseth Street, Unit 2. For contact information and directions, please click here.
RSai Selected By Region of Waterloo for Courthouse Renovation Contract
The Region of Waterloo has selected Robertson Simmons architects inc. to provide architectural design and engineering services for the renovation of the Waterloo County Courthouse on Weber Street in Kitchener.
The firm's experience with adaptive reuse projects throughout Southern Ontario, including Breithaupt Block in Kitchener, will be a great asset in executing the renovation.
"We are excited to be working with the Region of Waterloo again. Our team is looking forward to breathing new life into the building and incorporating heritage features that support the culture and value of this structure," said Patrick Simmons, Partner, Robertson Simmons architects inc.
To learn more about this project, be sure to read the full article in The Record found here.
RSai Selected by Conseil scolaire Viamonde & Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board for Kindergarten
Conseil scolaire Viamonde has selected RSai to provide architectural services for a renovation/addition project to include 2 new Kindergarten rooms and new classrooms at Carrefour des Jeunes. The firm has also been awarded a 4 room full-day Kindergarten addition to St. Josephine Bakhita in Brampton by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.
RSai Projects Win City of Waterloo Urban Design Award
The 2012 Urban Design Award (UdA) recipients were unveiled this week at a special City of Waterloo Council meeting. These awards mark a ten-year period of urban design excellence for projects constructed between 2000 and 2010, as selected by a UdA Jury.
Among those recipients was Robertson Simmons architects who was recognized with an Urban Design Award of Merit for innovative and sustainable design in a master planned development for the Accelerator Building and innoTECH Building; two structures that flank the entrance to David Johnston Research + Technology Park in Waterloo. The award was presented to the owner and team members who contributed to the projects to acknowledge their pursuit of design excellence shaping this city.
For a complete list of winners, click here. To see a multi-media presentation of the award-winning projects, click here.
RSai Receives Gerald D. Steinman Corporate Partner Award
Langs Farm Village Association recently recognized Robertson Simmons with the Gerald D. Steinman Large Corporate Partner Award, in partnership with Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc, at its Annual General Meeting.
Each year, the organization acknowledges a corporate partner who has contributed to the success of Langs. RSai was selected for this award to recognize the firm's design talent and contribution to creating the vibrant, new facility on Concession Road.
The award is named after Gerry Steinman, an early founding member of Langs and one who continues to support the organization's work today. His early vision for Langs was accomplished with the completion of this new building. "We are extremely grateful for this award and the opportunity we were given to contribute to such a vital part of Cambridge's community health care," said Laird A. Robertson, Partner, Robertson Simmons architects inc.
RSai Congratulates Conestoga Student Award Winners
Every year, Robertson Simmons architects inc. (RSai) partners with Conestoga College to recognize four outstanding students in the Architecture, Project and Facility Management (APFM) Program with RSai Studio Awards.
The award was established to recognize students who demonstrate strong design ambition and judgement in the development of their Studio work and exhibit promise for success in an architectural related career.
The top students from each year of study (based on their grades in Studio) become eligible for the award and are invited to submit a condensed portfolio that is representative of their years work for consideration.
The four students who demonstrate the greatest aptitude, quality and presentation of architectural design through their Studio projects are each recognized with a $250 award.
Congratulations to the recently announced winners of the 2010/2011 RSai Studio Awards; Ian Stone (left above; year 1), Erik Collings (centre above; year 2), Jessica Steckly (right above; year 3), and Laura Murray (year 4).
Previous winners of the 2009/10 awards included Michael Davis (year 1), Jessica Steckly (year 2) Jessica Cushing (year 3), and Jessica Steckly (year 1), Daniel Stiplosek (year 2), Diane Ehgoetz (year 3) and Ryan Meier (year 4) in 2008/09.
"It's been exciting to work with Conestoga College over the past three years to support the talent of tomorrow," said RSai Partner, Laird A. Robertson. "We are proud to help build and recognize the strength of Studio work in the APFM program through these awards."
Catherine Kilcoyne, APFM Professor and Program Coordinator at Conestoga College, added, "Our Studio projects ask students to integrate and coalesce aspects across all the curriculum in any given semester. With the most recent third offering of the RSai Studio Awards, students are beginning to anticipate and work toward being eligible for this award. It is a significant contribution to our ability to reward excellence in the work of our students."
GVCA Award Winners Announced
Congratulations to the winners of the Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA) Building Excellence Awards. During last Friday's ceremony, 27 awards were presented in recognition of outstanding work in the general contractor industry.
Some of the winners included Melloul-Blamey, who was honoured with an Award of Excellence in the $10 - $20 Million Institutional category for Langs, as well as an Award of Merit in the more than $20 Million Commercial category for RIM Northfield Building C & Parking. Within the Conversion category, Ball Construction was recognized with a Building Excellence Award for its new head office on Shirley Avenue.
RSai is proud to have been the architectural partner on these projects with Melloul-Blamey and Ball Construction. We salute all the award winners! For a complete list of award recipients, please visit GVCA's website here.
GVCA Award Nominees Announced
RSai is excited to announce that Langs, RIM Northfield Bldg C, and Ball Construction's Head Office have been nominated for the Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA) Building Excellence Awards.
Congratulations to all the General Contractors who have been nominated for outstanding work in the industry.
Held every two years, the GVCA Awards recognize contractors for building excellence through a juried process. The winners will be announced at a gala on Friday, April 20 at Bingemans.
Langs Receives Chamber Environment Award
At the recent Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards gala, Langs received the Environment Award of Excellence in Energy Conservation for their new facility and practices. This award recognizes a business that embraces sustainable best practices and outstanding programs designed to maintain, protect and promote a healthy environment, while demonstrating success in the areas of energy use reduction, energy alternatives, and/or the adoption, implementation or adherence to environmentally friendly business practices on a company wide basis.
The new Community Health Centre on Concession Road in Cambridge (designed by RSai) incorporates many sustainable building design features including a 6,000 sq. ft. green roof, a living green atrium wall, and extensive use of natural lighting. In addition, Langs promotes conservation and cultivates good energy saving habits at work through various initiatives such as its comprehensive recycling program.
For a complete list of award winners, click here. Congratulations to everyone!
To learn more about Langs, its facility and 20 onsite community partners, be sure to read the March/April issue of Exchange magazine. The full article can be found here on page 12.
THEMUSEUM Selects RSai For Study
THEMUSEUM has commissioned Robertson Simmons to undertake a study to explore the feasibility of an expanded program at the current facility and the related costs.
HopeSpring Opens New Location
HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre officially opened its NEW location on Andrew Street today at the CORA Medical Centre (designed by RSai) in Kitchener. To learn more about the expansion, click here to view HopeSpring's latest press release.
RSai Selected for Halton District School Board Vendor of Record (VOR) List
The Halton District School Board has selected Robertson Simmons for its VOR list to provide architectural services for school renovations and additions over the next year.
RSai Receives Green Dot Honourable Mention Award
The Green Dot Awards (GDA) recently recognized Robertson Simmons with an Honourable Mention in the Build category for its sustainable design of Enermodal Engineering's head office in Kitchener. These international awards celebrate outstanding products and services which are manufactured and delivered in an environmentally friendly manner.
The GDA were established to reward and promote forward-thinking businesses that create environmentally friendly products or services, and revolutionary green proposals. It strives to recognize businesses that have exceptionally high environmental standards and meet the needs of the present without compromising future generations.
The official press release can be found here. To learn more about the Green Dot Awards, click here.
Langs Community Health Centre (designed by RSai) featured in Economic Development Business Bulletin
The recent issue of the Cambridge Economic Development Business Bulletin (published by The City of Cambridge) features an interesting article on the new Langs facility (designed by RSai) and discusses why it’s one of the most unique community health centres in Ontario. The full story can be read here.
Langs Community Health Centre (designed by RSai) Celebrates Grand Opening
Langs (designed by RSai) recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Community Health Centre hub that hosts more than 20 partner agencies offering clinical, diabetes, and counseling services, in addition to early childhood and youth programs. The William E. Pautler Centre for active seniors is also co-located there.
The Cambridge Times recently reported on the Open House event, as part one of a two-part series of articles on the coming of age of Langs.
In an excerpt from part one, “A miracle took place in Cambridge this week when Langs Community, Health and Wellness Centre, along with the William E. Pautler Centre officially opened it doors to the most modern centre of its type in Canada. Hundreds of people flocked to the open house to see the new, spacious 58,000-foot, two-story building at 1145 Concession Rd. Laird Robertson from Robertson Simmons architects inc. said he was “thrilled” by the accolades he heard with people calling the building 'beautiful and magnificent' in its design.”
To read the full story, click here.
École secondaire Michel-Gratton (designed by RSai) wins at Construction Excellence Awards
École secondaire Michel-Gratton (designed by RSai) won an Award of Merit in the ‘Green-Environmental Projects’ category at the 2011 Awards of Construction Excellence in Windsor. Michel-Gratton is a 72,000 sq. ft. two-storey high school located in Windsor Ontario and is LEED® registered, targeting Gold certification. The awards were presented by the Windsor Construction Association for projects built from 2002 to 2010.
Enermodal HQ (designed by RSai) First LEED® Canada Triple Platinum Building
Enermodal Engineering’s headquarters, A Grander View (designed by RSai), has become the first LEED® Canada triple Platinum building with certifications in the New Construction (NC), Commercial Interiors (CI) and Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating systems. It is also the first ever LEED® Canada EB: O&M Platinum certified project.
The building has also won several awards over the past year. To read more about this project and its incredible accomplishments, the full article “A Grander View Scores First LEED Canada Platinum Hat Trick” can be found here.
RSai Partner Elected To CEFPI Board of Governors
Congratulations to RSai Partner Laird A. Robertson, on his recent election win with the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), Midwest Great Lakes Region. He will serve as Governor for the Ontario area focusing on membership growth and chapter development.
RSai Selected for Durham Catholic District School Board Vendor of Record Lists
The Durham Catholic District School Board has selected Robertson Simmons architects inc. for two of its VOR lists to provide architectural services for new schools, additions, and renovations for the next five years.
Langs Community Health Centre (designed by RSai) Featured in GVCA Journal
The inaugural Fall/Winter issue of the GVCA Journal (published by the Grand Valley Construction Association) examines Langs, its history, and hyper-speed journey to build a new 58,000 sq. ft. Community Health Centre in Cambridge in only 12 months. The full story on page 26 of the Journal can be found here.
Robertson Simmons architects Honoured at City of Kitchener Urban Design Awards
At a recent gala, the City of Kitchener’s Urban Design Awards honoured Robertson Simmons architects inc. (RSai) with an Award of Excellence in the Low Rise Building category for Enermodal Engineering’s head office, A Grander View... read more
Breithaupt Block (designed by RSai) Featured in Collier’s Knowledge Leader Magazine
The Fall 2011 issue of Collier’s Knowledge Leader Magazine takes a look at Breithaupt Block; Perimeter Development’s adaptive-reuse project in Kitchener currently underway to convert the former Collins & Aikman plant into ‘loft’ style office space. The full article “Out With The New, In With The Old” by Sarah Eadie and Cheryl Reid-Simons can be read here.
Langs Wellness Centre Serves First Patient
Langs Community Wellness Centre (designed by RSai), opened its community resource centre and served its first clinical patient from the new 58,000 sq. ft. facility on Concession Road in Cambridge on September 26 under a partial occupancy permit. Over the next few weeks, Langs administration and other partner agencies, such as diabetes education and counseling, will continue moving in. “The new building is amazing, we are very excited to be moving in, thanks to the incredible hard work of Doug McIntosh, our Project Manager from Robertson Simmons architects,” said Bill Davidson, Executive Director of Langs. “I appreciate how hard everyone has worked on this project. It’s really incredible to be in a new building in less than one year.”
Enermodal Engineering Head Office (designed by RSai) Featured in Contract Magazine
The September issue of Contract magazine takes an in-depth look at Enermodal Engineering’s Head Office, its design and the unique strategies that contributed to its LEED® Double Platinum certification and status as Canada’s most energy-efficient office building. The full article “Model Sustainability” by John Czarnecki can be read here.
Enermodal Engineering Headquarters (A Grander View) designed by RSai receives LEED® Platinum certification
Enermodal Engineering Headquarters (A Grander View) designed by Robertson Simmons architects inc. has just been granted LEED® Platinum certification in the New Construction & Commercial Interiors rating systems. To read more about Enermodal, the most energy-efficient office in Canada, visit the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) website.
RSai Selected For Peel District School Board Vendor of Record List
Peel District School Board has selected RSai for its Vendor of Record list to provide architectural services in the design of school additions and renovations for the next two years.
RSai awarded Special Education Projects at Richmond Hill High School, Roselawn Public School and Stouffville District High School
York Region District School Board has awarded RSai the special education projects at Richmond Hill High School, Roselawn Public School and Stouffville District High School. The firm will be responsible for converting and renovating existing classrooms into new special education spaces.
innoTECH Project First in Waterloo Region to Attain LEED® Gold New Construction (NC) Multi-Tenanted Certification
Robertson Simmons architects inc. (RSai) is pleased to partner with commercial real estate developer The Cora Group in the achievement of LEED® Gold New Construction (NC) Certification for the innoTECH building, making this project the first multi-tenant building within Waterloo Region to achieve the LEED Gold NC status… read more
RSai Proud To Participate in Canstruction® Waterloo Region
For a second year, Robertson Simmons architects inc. proudly participated and donated food to Canstruction® Waterloo Region; an event where architects, engineers, designers, and students compete to design and build intricate sculptures from thousands of cans of food. Each display is then viewed by the public and voted on by way of donation. RSai’s build, titled Bridging The Gap, was a sculpture that demonstrated the closing of a gap between an empty field and one with a full crop of corn. Using a bridge as the focal point, the display represented those who are constantly fighting to help those who cannot provide for themselves by giving them a way to get over obstacles and obtain what they need to survive.
This year’s event raised more than 29,000 cans of food and $1,000 for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. To see the 2011 structures, click here.