The TBDSSAB is a 55,000 square foot, three-storey administrative building that took just over one year to complete. It’s built on steel piles with concrete grade beams, and boasts a partially exposed glue-laminated wood support/super structure complete with steel stud infill walls and wood stud insulated exterior walls. The exterior is finished with a combination of creative cementitious stucco finish and wooden panels, complete with fibreglass windows with sealed glazing, Low-E and argon filled.
Inside, the construction is comprised of steel stud and drywall partitions with acoustic and gypsum board ceilings, painted finishes, and associated mechanical and electrical work. As a LEED certified project, additional design features, such as projected steel frames, were installed for window shades. A rooftop garden space accessed from the third floor was also incorporated.
Carpenters Local 1669 Union Office
The Carpenters Union office and training facility is a 12,730 square foot facility, built on shallow strip footings and foundations with a combination of load-bearing wood structure and steel framing. The main feature of the building is the training shop, which includes a steel structure to train carpenters on various construction methods.
The building also exhibits modern architectural features, including a gently sloped roof, and a combination of natural materials to complete the exterior façade. These creative features serve as a representation of the craftsmanship, imagination, and mastery of carpentry. Prior to construction, the two story building required the removal of five-feet of muskeg, which presented us with a challenge unique to the region, but was subsequently replaced with compacted granular material. In addition to construction, we oversaw the installation of a completely new electrical system, as well as an enclosure-less dust collector for the wood shop.
MNRF Thunder Bay
This site totalled over 811,700 square feet – including more than 41,700 square feet of interior renovations, 4,800 square feet of additions to active buildings, and 13,000 square feet of additional buildings. Heavy phasing and staging of the entire site was required as the firebase remained functional while we worked throughout the two and a half year schedule and several fire seasons.
The main focus was completing the renovation and additions to the main administration building, which took place in Phase I. After this, the MNR moved back into the building while the remaining renovations to the warehouse and several support buildings, and site services were completed. Our adherence to, and ability to exceed, industry standards for construction sites was regularly evaluated as to not disrupt MNR operations.
Wequedong Lodge, which provides accommodations and services to Aboriginal patients accessing medical care in Thunder Bay, required a 162,321 square foot demolition and renovation, and a new two-storey addition to better care for its guests. This project presented multiple challenges for our team, requiring hazardous waste removal, structural shoring, dewatering, extensive plumbing, and the construction of a full commercial kitchen. The two-storey addition also incorporated an elevator, and was built to wrap around the existing structure to create an open courtyard.
Woodcrest Elementary School
The development of this new 40,000 square foot elementary school included full masonry construction on an undisturbed natural site, with new city services and refinishing along the fronting road. Surrounding work included creating a soccer field, a basketball court, parking with a parent pick-up/drop-off, fire access routes, and a bus loop. With many sub-contractors needed to complete the project, successful scheduling allowed us to deliver on-time and on-budget.
Nor West Community Health
This expansion project required a two storey, 8,620 square foot addition comprised of strip footings, foundation walls, and a concrete slab main floor with cross-laminated timber floor panels. This large addition included integration with the existing structure on a perpendicular angle. Civil work included a parking lot across the street from the site.
Sister Margaret Smith Clinic
We are proud to have helped the Sister Margaret Smith Clinic become one of the first “Green Buildings” in the Thunder Bay area, and achieve its target of Gold LEED certification. The construction consisted of 52,000 square feet, and two stories, on concrete foundations with a primarily wood structure. A gymnasium, courtyards, and residence and administrative floors were required, in addition to the latest in HVAC systems, a high-end elevator, and sophisticated lighting and controls.