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Emmanuel Christian High School Grand Opening

James Fryett Architect Inc. is pleased to announce the long-awaited grand opening of the newly renovated and extended Emmanuel Christian High School. The public Grand Opening featured a tree dedication, facility tours and a public barbecue in celebration of the successful completion of the project.

Originally built in 1927, the three storey stone Fergus High School building has been revitalized to incorporate the full requirements of current building standards and practices to provide a safe environment for the students and staff, while preserving and enhancing the historical character of the building.  The addition on the north side of the existing building was essential to achieve the desired space required by the users, and James Fryett Architect Inc carefully chose the new exterior materials to create a unity between the old and the new.

Redevelopment of Cambridge Country Manor Announced

The redevelopment of the Cambridge Country Manor Long Term Care Facility was officially announced today during a news conference at their Speedsville Road building.  MPP Kathryn McGarry announced the redevelopment which will bring the existing building up to current Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care design requirements and provide new expanded facilities.    Phase 1 of the redevelopment involves the construction of a 50,000 square foot building expansion and will provide 64 single resident rooms, lounge and activity spaces, staff break and education areas, and new kitchen and laundry service spaces.  Phase 2 involves the renovation and upgrading of the existing building to house 31 residents in full compliance with the new Ministry of Health standards.

James Fryett Architect Inc. has been working with Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes Ltd. on the designs for both the expansion and the renovation.  Submission has been made to the City of Cambridge for Site Plan Approval.  Tender for construction is scheduled for January 2017.

New Project: Garden of Grace

James Fryett Architect Inc. has been approached to design a spiritual landscape devoted to the celebration of life, birth and the unborn in front of the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph, ON. The Garden of Grace will feature a meandering path for reflection and meditation encompassing two artworks created by renowned sculptor Timothy Schmalz and a plinth recognizing charitable donors. Overlooking the downtown core, the sculpture garden will be a serene destination to reflect and remember in the heart of the city.

Congratulations Greg Balfoort

James Fryett Architect Inc. is pleased to announce that Greg Balfoort has successfully completed the OAAAS -Technology Program and is now a “Licensed Technologist, OAA” through the Ontario Association of Architects.

At JFA we always encourage and support our employees to develop their skills and improve the core competencies within the office.  This ensures that our clients receive the very best service from highly-qualified professional staff. Congratulations Greg!

Congratulations Stonehenge on 45 years

Architect Carolyn Bilson of James Fryett Architect Inc. was pleased to attend the 45th Anniversary celebration of the Stonehenge Therapeutic Community in Guelph.  The Atrium of the Summerlee Science Complex at the University of Guelph was filled with displays telling the history of the organization and its various homes over the years.  Many success stories of former residents were also on display.   The event also included speeches and awards for staff achievements and successful community members.

James Fryett Architect Inc. is proud to be associated with the Stonehenge organization, and we have been working with them on strategic planning for the expansion of their administrative spaces and their residential treatment programs.

Thank You Centre Wellington Food Bank

For the second consecutive year, James Fryett Architect Inc. has been recognized by the management of the Centre Wellington Food Bank at their Annual General Meeting, for their donation of Architectural services for the expansion and renovation of the Food Bank facility.  These services included consultation, design and Building Permit documents, and assistance with volunteers.

We are pleased to be able to assist a valuable organization within our community.

YWCA Lincoln Groundbreaking

Architect Carolyn Bilson of  James Fryett Architect Inc. was pleased to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new YWCA Supportive Housing building at Lincoln Road, Waterloo.   This well-attended event included speeches and cake at the neighbouring Lincoln Road Chapel followed by a balloon-led procession to 155 Lincoln Road for the official groundbreaking.

YWCA Kitchener Waterloo currently owns and operates a  46 unit apartment building on the property, containing a mix of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments.  The YWCA received funding to provide supportive housing for larger families requiring 4 bedroom units.  Under the direction of Community Homes Group, James Fryett Architect Inc. designed the new building to accommodate four 4-bedroom apartments in a domestic-scaled building.

Completion is expected before the end of 2016.

Camis Incorporated’s New Home

The new home of software developer Camis Incorporated at 130 Research Lane, Guelph, has undergone interior renovations designed by James Fryett Architect Inc. to make way for a more open concept office space and integrate a new mezzanine floor. The original building was designed by James Fryett Architect Inc. in 2000 and incorporated large vaulted ceilings anticipating the installation of a mezzanine.  The additional space was not required at that time, but the expansion of the tenant’s activities has led to a demand for more floor space.  Completion of the mezzanine allowed this expansion without having to provide additional building volume. The new headquarters now features sustainable building practices consisting of energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems and glulam construction.

New Project: Grangehill

James Fryett Architect Inc. has been chosen by Reid’s Heritage Homes to design two mid-rise apartment buildings at the corner of Eastview Road & Summit Ridge Drive in Guelph, ON.  Located within a newly developed residential neighbourhood, the design of the two buildings connects to the architecture of the surrounding community with pitched roofs, and masonry exterior finishes. The sloping site allows for walk-out units and outdoor amenity space.

New Project: Metcalfe & McQueen

James Fyrett Architect Inc. has commenced design of a four-storey,  20 unit apartment building on the south-east corner of Metcalfe & McQueen in Woodstock, ON. Inspired by our own project Riverfront Condominium,  this 30,000 square foot apartment building features a parking garage on the ground floor, Juliet balconies within each unit, a roof top amenity space and out-door terrace. This project will be an exciting urban renewal and intensification development in the downtown core of the city.