Here at CSV Architects’, sustainable design is fundamental to all our work. This means it is crucial that we stay up to date with the various regulations surrounding this increasingly popular topic, in an ever-changing landscape. Because CSV has our very own expert in this field (Sustainability Consultant Stephen Pope), we really make an effort to spread our knowledge to others in the industry in hopes of promoting sustainable design and making it more accessible to all.Read More
These two time-lapse videos show the construction of Salus Clementine. Enjoy!
How often do you find a farm in the middle of a city? The Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa is a unique example of a farm in the centre of an urban area. It wasn’t always this way. In 1886 when the Central Experimental Farm was established, the site was a rural location well outside the noise and traffic of the city.
The site comprised over 400 hectares and was used as a working farm, but more importantly, it was a research centre where new farming practices and crops were developed that would benefit farmers across Canada. Today, the Central Experimental Farm is a National Historic Site of Canada.
CSV Architects were invited by Project Managers Brookfield GIS and Natural Resources Canada to carry out heritage conservation and adaptive re-use of Observatory House, located on the Experimental Farm. The renovated building will serve as a centre for the ‘Circle of Nations’, a meeting place for First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.Read More
The Ontario Heritage Conference, organized by Community Heritage Ontario, takes place each year to provide education on historical sites, building, restoration and preservation methods along with legal advice on protecting these places. The conference provides a platform for Heritage Professionals to exchange ideas amongst each other and share success stories as well as lessons learned. The conference offer tours and presentations along with networking opportunities.
Peter Simister, a member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP), spoke at the conference June 10th. He presented a case study of local landmark Birkett House and CSV’s involvement in the foundation replacement and restoration of the Sunroom following earthquake damage in 2010. You can read more about the project here.
Salus Clementine now known as Karen’s Place is a 42-unit apartment building which is owned and operated by Ottawa Salus Corporation and provides housing to people who are living with psychiatric illness (visit the Ottawa Salus website here http://www.salusottawa.org/ for more information on their supportive housing programs). Completed and occupied in Fall 2016, the building has recently been certified LEED Platinum for Homes by the Canadian Green Building Council. In Ottawa, this project is one of only 9 Platinum certified buildings and one of two multi-unit residential LEED Platinum buildings (see the list here).Read More