The Islands area of Canada’s Capital – Victoria, Chaudière, Albert and Amelia Islands, the Chaudière Falls and Ring Dam, and their immediately adjacent shoreline lands on the Québec and Ontario sides of the Ottawa River – is a significant yet unrealized post-industrial district within the Core of the Capital. MTBA have been retained for numerous projects over the last 20 years by four different client groups, to articulate recognition, rehabilitation, and intervention of this urban district. Urban design, historic research, heritage development opportunities, architectural and site planning guidelines, and even community programs and projects have been successfully undertaken for this area. Through this extensive work, MTBA has become the recognized authority on revitalization and redevelopment, and natural and cultural conservation issues regarding the Islands district. The next generation of this work will involve state-of-the-art sustainability solutions.
- Architectural and Site Design Guidelines, Aboriginal Peoples’ Centre, Victoria Island, National Capital Commission:
– Comprehensive Design Guidelines addressing: views & sightlines; shoreline; public pedestrian environment; landscape; vehicular access & servicing; site works; micro-climate; building volume envelope; heritage; long-term considerations; conditions assessment and more. For the National Capital Commission.
- Heritage Development Concepts: Hydro#1 & Middle Street, Victoria/Chaudière, National Capital Commission:
– Detailed design concepts for two key elements of the site: the Hydro One Powerhouse (c.1900) at Devil’s Hole, Vieux Hull, adapted reuse as a mixed-use complex, and Middle Street area multi-building infill on Victoria Island. Includes programming, development parameters, preliminary design and proformas.
- Rendez-Vous Victoria/Chaudière: The Future of Our Past for Ottawa 2000:
– Detailed proposal for a flagship millennium project for Ottawa 2000, a ‘blue-chip’ community organization. Intention is to preserve and enhance the history and natural beauty of the site and make it accessible while providing a catalyst to further adaptive reuse and infill redevelopment. Includes a 3-point plan of projects and programs: Vision Plan and Organizational Structure – public/private partnership model; Restoration Plan – detailed recording of existing conditions; conservation design program, heritage designations program; Public Awareness & Access – education kit, photography exhibit, promotional video, design & construction of new public pathway system and observation lookout at the Falls; the “Walk of Waters”.
- A National Treasure: The Chaudière District in Canada’s Capital:
– Comprehensive research document summarized as historic “sketches” of the Victoria/Chaudière Islands district, and a graphic mock-up in preparation for the production of a full-media presentation and high-end book. Includes history from prehistoric times through aboriginal and industrial periods and highlights its significance to Canada’s development and Canadian achievement.