New Project: Mountainview River Estates

James Fyrett Architect Inc. is delighted to be working with Mountainview Homes on the design of three new mid-rise apartment buildings. Located in the new ‘River Estates’ subdivision at Fonthill, Ontario, the three 50-unit apartment buildings will feature high quality building materials such as wood paneling, brick and stone facades with feature copper roofs.  The development will provide covered parking on the ground floor and generous balconies for each unit. This project is at the forefront of the expansion and intensification of the Town of Pelham.  The developer is  aiming for construction to begin late 2017.

Congratulations Carolyn Bilson

James Fryett Architect Inc. is pleased to announce that Architect Carolyn Bilson has been appointed as a member of the Building Code Commission by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

The Building Code Commission is an adjudicative tribunal authorized under the Building Code Act. The mandate of the Building Code Commission includes the resolution of disputes concerning the sufficiency of compliance with the technical requirements of the Building Code.

Carolyn was sworn in on the 1st of December, and expects to sit on Commission Boards several times per year.

CAMIS Inc. Grand Opening Celebrations

To mark the completion of their interior renovations at 130 Research Lane, Guelph , Camis Inc. held a grand opening celebrations and open house.  Architect Brian McCulloch from James Fryett Architect was pleased to attend. The event featured a ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments, tours and marshmallow roasting stations throughout their new space.

The completed office space was designed to create a more open concept office space and integrate an upper mezzanine. We are pleased to welcome Camis Inc. to their new home.

Congratulations Habitat for Humanity on the Ultimate House Party

Architect Carolyn Bilson was pleased to attend the Ultimate Habitat House Party hosted by Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph.  Held at the Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre, this fundraiser was in support of the Cityview Village project.  This 30-unit stacked townhouse development is scheduled to start construction this spring at 11 Cityview Drive in Guelph.

James Fryett Architect Inc. is proud of our relationship with Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph.  In addition to our recent work on Cityview Village, Architect Carolyn Bilson volunteers as a member of the site selection committee.

Welcome Crystal

James Fryett Architect Inc. has welcomed a new team member, Crystal Hopwood, in the role of Architectural Assistant.

Crystal is a graduate of the University of Plymouth.  Previous employment includes positions in England and Ontario.  Crystal is a skilled designer who is committed to the development of designs that consider the experience of the user, impacts on the wider community, and environmental sustainability.

Welcome to our team, Crystal!

Thank You Marney

This month we will be saying thank you and best wishes to Marney Fryett, our Office Administrator.  When Marney started working for James Fryett Architect in 1993, the office was located at 45 Speedvale Avenue East in Guelph. Initially, it was intended to be a part time position as Marney continued her nursing career at Groves Memorial Hospital in Fergus.  Marney had been nursing since 1973, first at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London and then  St. Joseph’s Hospital in Guelph.  However, within  a matter of months the growth of the practice meant that Marney’s became a full-time position which has continued to the present day at our purpose-built office in Elora.  After 23 years looking after a busy office, Marney will begin a new phase as she retires from the working environment. She plans to spend more time with family and friends, and volunteer within the community.

To replace Marney, we will be welcoming Vera Martin as Office Manager.  They will be working together over the next few weeks to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

Congratulations Tacoma Engineering on 30 years

Architects Carolyn Bilson and Tiffany Tosheff of James Fryett Architect Inc. were pleased to attend the 30th Anniversary celebration of Tacoma Engineering.  The open house was held at the Frank Hazenfratz Centre for Excellence in Manufacturing in Guelph. In attendance were a number of our clients and many Engineering Consultants from across the region’s building industry, celebrating three decades of an exceptional consulting firm.  During a series of speeches Tacoma engineers were presented with a commemorative plaque by Mayor Guthrie and a plaque recognizing their charitable contributions to Habitat for Humanity.

James Fryett Architect Inc. is proud of our long-time association with Tacoma Engineers.  We have completed many successful projects together and we are looking forward to many more.

Chancellors Way Grand Opening

Jim Fryett, Tiffany Tosheff and Sabrina Vastag from James Fryett Architect Inc. were pleased to attend the grand opening of a new specialist office / laboratory building in Chancellors Way in Guelph.  During this well-attended event Petra Schennach conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony and those present were given a complete tour of the building.

The building is the new home of NSF International and is located within the University of Guelph Research Park.  NSF had the opportunity to showcase their new 25,000 square foot office building with research and laboratory facilities. The contemporary building design by James Fryett Architect Inc. features striking ‘glulam’ columns, ample natural light, enhanced ceiling heights, and high-quality interior finishes.

We welcome NSF International to their new home.

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.