Ottawa Train Yards Brings New Retail to Industrial Avenue

1976-2002-2017 Geo Ottawa 773Now known as the Ottawa Train Yards, the land just to the south-east of Ottawa’s downtown core has seen a remarkable transformation over the last sixteen years.  Bounded by the VIA rail station on the north, Industrial Avenue on the south and Sanford Fleming Avenue on the west, this land was once ordered by rail lines and dominated by warehouses and other industrial uses. Our involvement started in 2003 with the creation of a Master Plan that led to the re-zoning of an initial 94-acre parcel of privately-owned land.

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McROBIE Architects + Interior Designers has since contributed to retail buildings in the 750,000 sf retail centre and two office buildings at the office campus.   Among our latest work, the buildings at 590-650 Industrial Avenue illustrate the maturity of the Ottawa Train Yards architectural vocabulary with premises for Figaro Coffee House, Nordstorm Rack and Urban Barn.

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mcrobie_architecture_590 - 650 Industrial_8Aerial photos from http://maps.ottawa.ca/geoottawa/

Photos by Gordon King

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ABW Movement is Transforming Offices

McRobie_Interior Design_Skyline ABW_4It would be hard to miss all the buzz on the Activity Based Workplace or “ABW”, the transformational office planning strategy that promotes a choice of spaces for various work activities. In an ABW office environment seating is unassigned and informal meeting areas are provided to encourage collaboration.

This fit-up of five floors at the Skyline Campus was completed in January 2018 and was an early pilot project to test the Government of Canada’s new direction in ABW prior to GCWorkplace being released.  Based on a generic floor layout, brightly coloured screens and wall graphics were employed to lend a sense of smaller neighbourhoods within the larger floor area.  Meeting rooms were placed at the core and movable partitions were used to minimize potential future construction waste if the tenant’s requirements change in the coming years.

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