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Corporate Commercial

  • Type: Commercial, Interiors, Private
  • Client: Confidential
  • Collaborators: CBRE, Artemide Lighting
  • Size: 60,000 sf
  • Location: St. Catharines, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Naomi Finlay

This Fortune Global 500 company with about 600,000 staff worldwide engaged DPAI as prime consultant to design a state of the art, modern facility consistent with their brand; one that would reinforce their innovative and strategic position in the marketplace, amalgamating two offices into one centralized location over two floors (60,000 sf) in St Catharines, ON. The project’s mandate created synergies, reduced redundancy and accommodated our client’s rapid growth, while providing spaces that would attract and retain the best talent. A variety of meeting spaces with video conferencing abilities, collaborative spaces, event spaces, yoga studio, innovations showcase, reception, cafe with a fully equipped cafeteria style break area, games room, mother’s and wellness rooms, prayer room, all gender washrooms, universal and barrier-free washrooms, training centre, admin and support spaces were provided.

Real Offices

  • Type: Private, Commercial, Interiors
  • Client: Real Properties
  • Collaborators: ARC Engineering, Seguin Engineering
  • Size: 190 sqm
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Revelateur Studios

This office renovation provides a new home for Real Properties, the property managers of Jackson Square Mall in Hamilton. Real Properties wanted an office that matched their recent rebranding efforts across the 40 year old mall. They decided to move locations for their new office from an office unit in a tower attached to the mall, to a more unique and prominent unit on the plaza level of the mall. The existing space was a raw concrete space, initially designed to be a restaurant, but was never developed. The space was designed as a procession from public functions in the front to private functions in the back. The continuous space is comprised of two distinct portions, a lower one overlooking the plaza, and double height space towards the back. The double height space received very little natural light. However, by carefully reviewing existing drawings dating back to the 1970s, a blocked in clerestory window was discovered. Opening and reactivating this feature transformed the quality of the space. For the new office, Yale properties were shifting from a private office model to an open plan design. This required in-depth client feedback during the schematic design phase.

Along with the open plan office space, the client wanted a private meeting space, a board room, a visible reception point with access control, and a gathering area. Throughout the project, Baltic birch millwork is utilized as a space defining tool, dividing and connecting spaces. The design combines existing finishes with new finishes, exposed natural raw textures with clean uniform surfaces, and soft materials against harder ones. The branding and cultural objectives of the client were achieved by designing an office that matches their fresh new image, and provides a space that facilitates a new collaborative office culture.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Clinic

  • Type: Public, Educational, Institutional, Interiors
  • Location: Toronto, ON
  • Client: University of Toronto & City of Toronto
  • Collaborators: Mettko
  • Status: on hold

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) is a LEED Gold, world-class fitness and training centre. Co-owned by the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto, TPASC was purpose-built for the 2015 Pan Am & Parapan American Games, the 2017 North American Indigenous Games, and the 2017 Invictus Games. Today, it is a sport and recreation anchor serving elite amateur athletes and para-athletes located within the South-East Ontario region.

A legacy component for TPASC was the realization of a Sports Medicine Clinic, housing leading sports medicine practitioners and researchers. Accessibility and inclusive design uniquely geared toward para-athletes was paramount for the tenant fit-out of this space. The double height ceilings permitted an increase in tenant area via a new mezzanine level complete with accessible LULA and stairs.

A new main level interior pavilion is a focal point in the space and houses reception, admin areas, kitchenette with workstation bar counter, and a secure client locker area. Directly adjacent the pavilion is the open gym. The gym houses top of the line equipment (treadmill, recumbent bicycle, ballet bar, double + single bilateral weight pulleys, free-weights, dynamometer, balance trainers, etc.) and includes a yoga area. Supporting the gym are audio-visual screens, a sink, mobile ECG units, storage, and accessories.

Other rooms form part of this project and include open and private treatment areas, 2 exam rooms and a family exam room, 2 consultation rooms, a wet treatment room, and a physician’s touchdown area, equipment charging rooms and server and storage rooms.

Stanley Residence

  • Type: Private, Residential, Interiors
  • Client: Private
  • Collaborators: Jain & Associates Inc. , MTE Consultants Inc.
  • Size: 3000 sq. ft.
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Tom Arban

A complete interior renovation of this private residence communicates that a new and sustainable form can be invented while highlighting and celebrating the neighbourhood’s historical legacy. The house celebrates and reminds us of the social importance of the front porch. Its material palette is chosen to be deliberately commensurate with established patterns. The form of the carport and absence of an enclosed garage increases the likelihood of spontaneous contact between neighbours in the few seconds between car and front door. The house is respectful to the context from within as well.

Views from the house’s horizontally oriented windows offer spectacular panoramic views of neighbourhood houses churches and schools that are not commonly experienced by residents. The Niagara escarpment is visible to the north, west and south. It promotes a new perspective. Open living spaces promotes interaction between the resident family and offers a “venue” for community activity.

Press

HAMILTON INTERIORS MAGAZINE – Inspiration Beyond Design, Fall, Stanley Residence
E-ARCHITECT – The Stanley Residence in Hamilton, United Kingdom, February, Stanley Residence
HOME ADORE – Private House in Hamilton by DPAI, USA, March, Stanley Residence

Fitzhenry Studios & Atrium

  • Type: Public, Educational, Institutional, Interiors
  • Client: McMaster University
  • Collaborators: Mantecon Engineering
  • Size: 762 m2
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Revelateur Studios

In 2013, Dr. Robert Fitzhenry donated generously to the School of the Arts (SoTA) for a new addition/renovation to the existing studios and classrooms at Togo Salmon Hall. The objective was to engage community practitioners, alumni, faculty, staff, and students in the design process to understand what the needs, potentials, and caveats of the project would be. The new addition provides vastly expanded floorspace and amenities for more equipment-intensive media — printmaking and sculpture — including facilities for lithography, etching, and silkscreen, as well as wood- and metal-working, and one of Canada’s few remaining metal casting facilities housed in a University fine arts facility. Once-windowless studios for upper-year students have been expanded, and flex-studio and new media facilities balance the use of traditional media with an understanding of the shifting nature of creative practice with the emergence of new tools. Gentle north light pours into the double-height painting studios and the addition of a 25’x25’x25’ glass-enclosed atrium (“the Cube”), provides a powerful environment for critique, exhibition and performance. The SoTA’s new urban prominence has strengthened connections with other faculties so that art students can offer their unique perspectives to engineering and humanities students, and vice versa. Because of urban connections at two levels, the highly transparent “Cube” is now in frequent demand as an event space on campus, while broadly showcasing the work of students and faculty members during both working critiques and final exhibits

“It has been a pleasure to work with DPAI on our art studio expansion and renovation project at McMaster University. DPAI’s friendly consultation throughout the process was effective and much appreciated. They applied their expertise to our unique demands, arriving at aesthetically dynamic solutions for a complex network of work spaces. The result is a functionally and visually cohesive space.”

Professor Judy Major-Girardin McMaster School of the Arts

Grant Thornton

  • Type: Commercial, Interiors, Private
  • Client:Grant Thornton
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete

DPAI led the interior design, FFE, tender and contract administration services for Grant Thornton’s (GT) Hamilton branch. Project goals included creation of an interior space befitting GT values, provision of client engagement, entertainment opportunities, and ultimately a space that has a transformative effect on and supports greater connection between team members and clients. This budget friendly interior design project modernized the space with minimal demolition or revision to the interior architecture, maintaining a balance of open collaborative workspace with enclosed private offices.

A fresh, modern, warm, unique and fun environment with a focus on biophilic elements was created. New modern furniture was chosen to increase sight lines and connection between team members, provide diverse collaboration opportunities, and accommodate various working styles of a team who often work varied hours throughout the year. A fresh, modern reception area greets visitors with a view to the café work lounge beyond on the main level. The new café work lounge provides bar top workspaces, providing a view to the urban park outside.

On the 2nd level, two new touchdown, quiet spaces, a quiet lounge area with soft seating, and a newly enlarged area with updated kitchen complete with an ice well and live wood harvest table for client and team kitchen parties round out the interior space.

The Hambly House

  • Type: Private, Residential, Interiors
  • Client: Private
  • Collaborators: Toms + McNally Design, Mantecon Partners
  • Size: N/A
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Revelateur Studios

The Hambly House is a rare example of 1930s Streamline Moderne architecture in Hamilton, and one of only a handful of Art Moderne houses in Ontario. Since the purchase of the house by its new owners in 2012, DPAI worked with the clients to design a full restoration with an additional second storey wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass. The renovation respects the original character and detailing of the designated heritage house while celebrating its contemporary spirit with a bold addition. The interior has been completely refinished and clean, minimalist custom millwork was designed throughout the house. The dining room addition at the rear opens the house to the backyard and celebrates views of the 300-year-old maple tree.

Awards

2015 Award of Excellence in Architecture, Hamilton Urban Design and Architecture Awards

Hamilton Public Library + Farmers Market

  • Type: public institutional urbanism interiors
  • Client: City of Hamilton, Hamilton Public Library
  • Collaborators: EXP Engineering Consultants
  • Size: 7,000 SM
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Project Architect: dpai Architecture inc with rdh Architects
  • Project Interiors: dpai Architecture inc with rdh Architects
  • Photos: Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

The renovation of the Hamilton Public Library was conceived as a design-driven opportunity to spur sustained urban renewal. A 96-meter long, continuous glass vestibule with LED lighting re-establishes the building’s relationship to York Boulevard, while the interior renovations are geared towards elevating the library’s functionality and increased public access to creative and communications technology.

Since 1980, Hamilton Public Library + Farmers’ Market have shared the same building but have been awkwardly disconnected from one another and from York Boulevard. The renovation and expansion helped re-brand and re-connect both institutions and the street. This connection enhanced functionality and improved circulation and accessibility. The ground floor of the library was completely renovated, and an addition provided space for the introduction of an information commons. Remodeled children’s areas with aquarium, a new reading room with fireplace, and green wall are amongst the new programmatic elements. The design facilitates the introduction of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology into the library, transforming the traditional service delivery model into a contemporary merchandising approach. The Hamilton Public Library is one of the most notable buildings in Canada and has received excessive media attention, as well as multiple prestigious international and national awards like the International Architecture Award – The Chicago Athenaeum of Architecture and Design, the “Best of Canada” Best Institutional Interior, the Ontario Library Association Award of Excellence, the Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence and others.

“I have worked with many architects on many projects; this project was the first time I found myself letting go, confident that our hopes and visions for the building were being heard and were being translated into a workable plan combined with an amazing AWE factor. Use of the building skyrocketed and has remained high ever since the transformation performed by David and his team.”

Former Chief Librarian Ken Roberts Hamilton Public Library

Jackson Square

  • Type: Commercial, Interiors, Public, Urbanism
  • Client:Yale Properties
  • Collaborators:BRANDSPACE
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete

DPAI led a series of renewal projects in Jackson Square Mall Complex in Hamilton’s core, including renewal studies, entrance renovations, new washrooms, and branding development with BRANDSPACE.

Comprising six blocks of densely knit urban fabric at the Cartesian origin point of downtown life in the city, Jackson Square’s scale – a nine hectare footprint, composed of 390,000 square feet of retail space, an equal area of office space, and several civic and cultural institutions – easily dominates its surroundings.

Renewal and rehabilitation of the Complex is crucial to urban growth strategies in central Hamilton and reclamation of the Core as a vital locus of civic and commercial activity.

Warehouse Office

  • Type: Commercial / Interiors
  • Size: 2,000 SQFT
  • Location: Toronto, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Year: 2016
  • Client: Confidential

Originally built in 1836, 169 King Street East is a three-storey commercial warehouse in the oldest known standing row of buildings in Toronto. The building is most recognized for housing the Daily Leader newspaper, a driving economic force in the mid-to-late 19th Century. A former restaurant, the second-floor space became home to a full-service public relations agency. The existing interior space contains a glass encased steel stair with timber treads, exposed original brick walls, original operable windows, a slanted interior window, double height ceilings complete with skylights and an original working steel hoist beam. The space provided a textured, timeless, minimalist palette that both architect and client agreed to emphasize. A custom blackened brass light fixture creates an intimate plane and is suspended above reconfigurable lounge furniture. Suspension was made possible by an original hoist beam that after a bit of gentle persuasion, smoothly relocated to allow for perfect positioning.

Brock Library

  • Type: Public, Institutional, Educational, Interiors
  • Client: Brock University
  • Collaborators: Seguin Engineering, BTY Group
  • Location: St. Catharines, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Revelateur Studios

DAs libraries shift from storing information contained in physical volumes to digital forums, the space requirements for the traditional library stack shrinks at a substantial rate. Equally rapid is the change in the way students and faculty access and work with digital data, contributing to many learning institutions to re-think the layout of the long-favoured space, the reading room. Brock University found itself in just this situation, and in 2018, DPAI continued the re-imagination of the modern library reading room in the James A. Gibson Library. A central curvilinear, tapered partial-height partition was proposed to provide three centrally located meeting rooms for small to medium study groups and video conferences, while retaining light and vision through the sculptural form with generous glazed panels. Access to natural light is a precious commodity in the modernist Schmon tower and priority was given to open-study and small collaborative study groupings.

This previously non-descript room, was a bonus space created as the physical volumes of the library decreased, and library stacks were removed. The space was given added abstracted texture through use of materials that are inspired by the very nature that surrounds the Tower. A portion of the concrete waffle ceiling was exposed, with the added benefit of increasing the height and volume of the study space. A variety of study configurations were incorporated to address both formal and informal study styles. DPAI worked with Brock’s Facilities for Accessible Design Standard to provide not only an accessible space but a holistic inclusive environment.

“It was a pleasure for us to work with architects who understood so much about student needs and have a solid grounding in trends in the evolution and transformation of libraries. David and his team were very collaborative and responsive to our needs. They were ultimately able to unlock the potential within the constraints of a challenging building and were able to translate our vision into a dynamic learning space. The result resonates deeply with our students who have commented that the new space motivates, inspires and energizes them. Their only complaint is that we haven’t yet done the same with the rest of the library. I would welcome the opportunity to work with dpai again would recommend their team without hesitation.”

Chief Librarian Mark Robertson Brock University

U of T Food Services

  • Type: Public, Institutional, Educational, Interiors
  • Client:University of Toronto
  • Collaborators: H.H. Angus & Associates Ltd.
  • Size: 1331.5 sf + 845sq.ft
  • Location: Toronto, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Revelateur Studios

The University of Toronto’s Food and Ancillary Services wished to realize five unique, proprietary food concepts on campus. Three located at the Medical Science Building and two at Sid Smith Hall. DPAI provided a full-scope of architectural services for Stone Oven Pizza, a pizzeria inspired by simple, fresh ingredients; Soup!, a soup bar inspired by Andy Warhol’s pop art; and Not Just Greens, a salad bar designed to showcase the importance of local, organic greens and ingredients in everyday nutrition. The design for Tortillas juxtaposes authentic southwestern culture and industry while Gourmet Burger House at Sid Smith Hall is inspired by the hot gourmet food truck trend. Elements of note include custom pop art boxes designed by DPAI, bicycle taxidermy, custom industrial lighting and stunning custom designed steel, live edge and acrylic panel service counters. The service counters were designed and built to last; the live edge wood and undulating butcher block counter wrap at the pizzeria serve to lend warmth to the space and unify all five food concepts. This renovation raised the bar for design for food services on campus.

Oakville Townhall

  • Type: Public, Institutional, Interiors
  • Collaborators: Jain and Associates, MTE Consultants, OCM Landscape Architects
  • Size: 145,000 sq.ft
  • Photography: Molly Merriman

DPAI was Prime Consultant for the Master Accommodation Plan (MAP) of 145,000 square feet of interior space at their Town Hall located on Trafalgar Rd. DPAI provided the MAP and designed and implemented the addition and interior space for Phase 1a, 1b and 1c. The MAP was required to accommodate an expected population and staff growth of 25 per cent within 10 years due to the rapid increase in Oakville’s suburban development. The MAP optimizes location, functionality, synergies and interior space usage with a phasing plan that minimized disruption to ongoing operations and ensured cost control efficiency. The MAP incorporated the Town’s newly developed Facilities for Accessible Design standards and DPAI’s team worked with the Town’s Facilities department to massage their newly developed workplace furniture footprint and standards. The aim was to accommodate the expected growth along with developed swing space strategies, utilizing Town owned properties. DPAI provided programming and space planning for these swing space options. The project’s Phase 1a, b and c were implemented under a traditional Design, Bid, Build contract. Major elements of the project included an addition to their shipping and receiving area, new accessible parking, waste depot, and interior design for a 24/7 customer service centre, centralized conference and meeting centre which dual purposes as the Town’s Emergency Response Centre, and a new consolidated entry into the building.

McMaster Kinesiology Labs

  • Type: Public, Institutional, Educational, Interiors
  • Collaborators: Mantecon Engineering
  • Client: McMaster University
  • Size: 743 m2
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Magdalena Kisielewska

When the Department of Kinesiology needed to design facilities to house new biomechanics, physiology and motor-control labs using existing space in the Ivor Wynne Centre Building they turned to DPAI. Short on time, but in need of a thorough assessment of the space, DPAI led user groups through a participatory design process that was crafted specifically to facilitate the compressed schedule. With a scope of work that included all interior design and furniture selection, the end product is filled with light and transparency and a once hidden department was now front and center.

“We were renovating an existing use research and educational space in an older building on a limited budget. The team from DPAI took the time to thoroughly assess our current and future needs and managed to channel our vision into design features that have had a lasting positive impact on all users of the space. We have found that the space is adaptable to our needs, robust in terms of utilization and comfortable and energizing to work in. From start to finish, the team from DPAI was amazing to work with. Their attention to detail, commitment to quality work and focus on customer service resulted in an outcome that far surpassed our expectations.”

Dean of Science Maureen Jane MacDonald Ph.D. McMaster University

Brock University Plaza Building

  • Type: Public, Institutional, Urbanism, Educational, Interiors
  • Client: Brock University
  • Collaborators: MacKay Lyons-Sweetapple Architects, RDH Architects, Halsall and Associates, NAK Design
  • Size: 6596 m2
  • Location: St. Catharines, ON
  • Status: Complete

David Premi acted as Project Architect and Design Team leader for the Brock University Plaza 2006 project. DPAI was responsible for all contract administration services. The 71,000 sq.ft. building included a new 13,000 sq.ft. fully fit-out Campus Store on the ground level with two 14,000 sq.ft storeys of academic offices and teaching spaces above. The building is connected to the existing Student Services Building on three of five levels and will act as a gateway building for pedestrian traffic arriving by both automobile and mass transit.

The building also houses the LifeSpan Development Research Centre which includes the departments of the Brock Research Institute for Youth Studies (BRIYS), Social-Personality Group, Hormone and Brain Development Research, Infancy Research, and Neuropsychology/ Psychophysiology Labs. The building is a key element in the development and expansion of the South Campus. The building attained LEED® Silver Accreditation and includes: stormwater management quality control, light pollution reduction, energy recovery systems, enhanced commissioning, construction waste management, recycled content, regional materials and low-emitting materials, temperature and lighting control systems, enhanced daylight and views, external shading devices and an innovative conditioned air delivery system that utilizes the thermal mass of the building’s precast hollow core structural deck to store heating and cooling and to significantly reduce energy consumption.

Awards 2012 City of Burlington Accessibility Award

Seedworks

  • Type: Private, Commercial
  • Client: The Seedworks Urban Offices
  • Collaborators: Historia Renovation
  • Size: 1394 m2
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete

The building dates from 1890 and was originally home to the Hamilton Buggy Whip Manufacturing company. When acquired in 2012, siding blocked its expansive windows and the interior was timeworn from its previous uses. The post and beam structure and interior brick surfaces were cleaned of many years of paint and left exposed to reveal the building’s history to its new inhabitants. The project has received a great deal of positive community attention and local support and was awarded a Heritage Property Conservation Award from the Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee. The second floor is home to downtown Hamilton’s first co-working space. Two glazed meeting rooms/breakaway spaces were provided along the eastern wall. Central to the space is a lounge with tiered upholstered seating that face the staircase projection wall. Along the western and southern walls is the kitchen/café space, which boasts clean minimal white counters and a touchdown station running along the length of windows. The lounge and the touchdown station are fully wired, offering secondary working spaces. They also offer great flexibility for holding community events, lunch and learns, movie nights and presentations.

Awards

2013 Heritage Property Conservation Award, Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee

Publicity

BUILDING MAGAZINE – Canada, May 2017, Share and Share Alike, The Seedworks Urban Offices.

Caroline Medical Group

  • Type: Private, Commercial, Interiors
  • Client: Caroline Medical Group
  • Collaborators: N/A
  • Size: 1393.5 m2
  • Location: Burlington, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Jeff Tessier

The Caroline Family Health Team of Burlington, with eight physicians, allied health professionals and support staff required more space to house their busy practice. Several ideas were explored through feasibility studies, with the resulting solution to relocate the practice to a more suitable location with a total interior renovation to meet the needs of the clinic. The project explored the adaptation of a specific, user-generated design to an existing industrial “big box” space. The office layout was developed through participatory design workshops which included the entire clinic’s staff and the DPAI team.

Institute for Applied Health Sciences

  • Type: Public, Institutional, Educational, Interiors
  • Client: Mohawk College
  • Collaborators: Jain & Associates Ltd.
  • Size: 2323 m2
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete
  • Photography: Revelateur Studios

Mohawk College’s new Centre for Health Care Simulation at the Institute for Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) located at McMaster University, houses over 25,000 square feet of integrated clinical lab space and supports over 2,000 full and part-time students per semester. The centre is an inter-disciplinary learning environment enabling students to develop field and clinical skills as part of an inter-professional team. Students demonstrate skills and competency using technology enhanced simulation, paired with a simulated patient program.

DPAI designed the various space types to support and align with the IAHS vision and saw the multi-phased projects through to completion. The project includes a new ultrasound simulation lab, cardiovascular technology lab, accessible testing centre, computer and silent study lab, integrated and collaborative resource library (which includes a new service hub, a large anatomical model display case, various collaborative and solo study areas, small meeting rooms, brain storm area and study lounge), staff workroom, research lab, point of care demonstration lab, an expanded nurse clinical tutorial lab and two new ADL (apartment simulation) labs.

"I was impressed on many levels with the DPAI team. They are professional, responsive, respectful and did a very good job of engaging all the stakeholders in the process. They were flexible and accommodating to the changing scope and requirements of the project. The space has been transformed from a 20 year old traditional learning environment to a modern, energetic and creative space that attracts students from all across campus."

Paul Armstrong, Vice President Academic Mohawk College

Connect Communities Hamilton

  • Type: Private, Institutional, Interiors
  • Client: Connect Communities
  • Collaborators: Ira McDonald Construction Ltd., Blackwell, CK Engineering Ltd., Adesso Design Inc., A.T. McLaren Ltd, ODAN-DETECH, Terra – Dynamics, Soil-Mat Engineers & Consultants Ltd
  • Size: 3743 M2
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete

onnect Communities, a transitional residence for those recovering from Acquired Brain Injuries or Stroke, implemented a new treatment model in Ontario that assists their residents in a life redesign process. This treatment program’s traditional barrier-free code requirements be creatively avoided or hidden where possible, creating a definitively residential environment. The care facility belies its formal identity to fit within the scale and persona of the residential community it which exists. Boasting 42 bedrooms and ensuites, communal living areas connected by amenity spaces and offices, the facility is complemented by a tangible connection to the landscape and thoughtful access to the surrounding community. A treatment room includes consideration for flooring and equipment as well as a ceiling mounted patient lift to assist in client rehabilitation and fitness programs. Care was taken to provide both privacy to the clients in the treatment room, but also provide views out to the protected conservation lands outside.

The building sits on a slab on grade foundation that respects the protected karst geology beneath. A compressed approvals and construction schedule was aided by a pre-engineered steel structure that is prefabricated and assembled on-site in large panels – saving time, ensuring tight construction tolerances and increasing safety on the construction site.

Dpai Office

  • Type: Commercial, Interiors
  • Size: 6500 sf
  • Location: Hamilton, ON
  • Status: Complete

The firm’s rapid-growth and the demand for space befitting the team’s culture and needs resulted in DPAI’s relocation to a 6500-square-foot space in a corporate tower in Hamilton. DPAI assumed the 18th floor, transforming three enclosed office suites into one open, transparent space with democratic access to 360-degree views of the city and natural escarpment. Visitors are welcomed by the warm glow of rose-coloured glass looking to the Dundas Valley, exposed concrete floor and ceiling slabs, clean white walls and Scandinavian inspired furniture. The studio houses a fabrication lab complete with a 3D printer, laser-cutter and an Oculus Rift virtual reality system. The need for privacy and client meeting space are addressed with two collaboration rooms and a glazed boardroom for large meetings and charrettes. A shower and nap room support the team’s diverse working style and flexible hours.