LRT and the Transformation of Ottawa

Starting in 2008, we worked with Delcan (now Parsons Corporation) and grc architects on the Downtown Ottawa Transit Tunnel Planning and Environmental Assessment. This project was conceived by the City of Ottawa to replace the cancelled North-South LRT project.  The team discarded surface LRT routes traversing the downtown and searched for the best route through the bedrock of downtown.  We dug into the archives of downtown buildings to find the depth of foundations. We poured over preliminary geotechnical data. We envisioned lively civic spaces connected by a modern rail system befitting our nation’s capital.  Now, eleven years later, the O-train Confederation Line has opened with thirteen stations on a 12.5 km line. What a transformation of our city! Congratulations Ottawa.

Our 2008 project team members were David McRobie, Ian Willson, Jill Sparling and Marie Poirier.

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MCROBIE Architects + Interior Designers Celebrates 30 Years

2019 is a landmark year for us. It marks three decades since David McRobie took over the operations of Sankey Partnership Architects (Ottawa) and established David S. McRobie Architects (now MCROBIE Architects + Interior Designers). In the past 30 years, we’ve accomplished a great deal – due in no small part to the firm’s well-earned reputation for professionalism, integrity and fairness in the industry.
Our belief is that every project should be a meaningful collaboration between us and our clients. Our clients are our partners, and together we build environments that work for them. That is how we have built lasting relationships.
In the next 30 years, we will look forward to working with you and continue to produce our very best work.

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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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Photos by Gordon King

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