Ashbury College – Centre for Science and Innovation

Client: The Board of Governors of Ashbury College

Over the past fifteen years MCROBIE Architects + Interior Designers has contributed to several major expansions at Ottawa’s distinguished Ashbury College. Established in 1891, Ashbury College is a leading independent school for boys and girls, grades four to twelve, and has been located in the Rockcliffe Park neighbourhood for over 100 years.

In our most recent collaboration with the college, McRobie Architects + Interior Designers developed the new state-of-the-art Centre for Science and Innovation. This new facility is 40% larger than the former facility and provides seven university-level labs serving general science, environmental studies, biology, chemistry and physics. It houses a new innovation classroom and media lab, terrarium and touch-down workspaces, as well as various improvements to existing facilities.

The Centre for Science and Innovation sits at an intersection of Ashbury College’s architectural past and future. The building’s adjacency to the early 20th century Memorial Chapel and Heritage Wing provides for a harmonious bridge between the school’s cherished history and the Centre for Science and Innovation’s contemporary design and programming.

Photos by Gordon King

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Hydro Ottawa Limited

Client: M. Sullivan & Son Limited

The new Administrative Headquarters for Hydro Ottawa features a five-storey Administrative building, a two-storey Operations building and a one-storey Storage facility. Working alongside another prominent Ottawa architect, McRobie Architects + Interior Designers were responsible for developing the 155,000 square foot Administrative Building.

The new headquarters fronts Hunt Club Road just east of Hawthorne Road and houses the administrative and head office functions. The architecture and design reflect both professionalism and stability to portray HOL’s long tradition of service to the community. The interior embraces modern and innovative spaces including the Atrium at the main entrance lobby, which features a graphic history of Hydro Ottawa Limited since its 1882 inception to the present, augmented by a video wall highlighting HOL employees and activities today.

Photos by Gordon King



Skyline Campus Activity Based Workplace

Client: Maple Leaf Property Management

This fit-up of five floors at the Skyline Campus was an early prototype to test the Government of Canada’s new direction in Activity Based Workplaces (ABW).  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.

Photos by Johanna Garwood