Cole + Associates Architects Inc.
My current interests in Heritage relates to breathing new life into older heritage structures to renew their viability and use ability in todays society. My involvement with restoration on prominent Historical institutional buildings in the core of Ottawa has heightened my interest in Heritage preservation. Our recent 8 month - $500,000 investigation of the class A Confederation Building is a prime example of my current involvement in these types of projects. The investigation (along with DMA, marked) involved a full envelope restoration design and implementation strategy for the stone walls, all windows, and all copper roofing. We worked with masonry preservation, heritage window specialist, and copper roofing specialists. Restoration of the old US Embassy on Wellington St. was a major part of the proposal Portrait Gallery of Canada. As part of a consortium of architects, my firm was mostly involved in restoration of the Embassy wing, while Dixon Jones and Teeples firm concentrated on the new addition and front entrance to the proposed gallery. Full contract documents were completed before the project was put on hold. My interests in Heritage structures began in my teenage years while assisting my father who was writing (while I was illustrating) a book on stone homes created by the builders of the Rideau Canal system. My great great grandfather was a stone mason who came to Canada to build parts of the canal lock systems. I have since worked on Heritage classified buildings for PWGSC, NCC, RCMP, school boards, and recently correctional services such as the Kingston Penitentiary.