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LE MARKET SETS THE STANDARD FOR SMART GROWTH IN WINNIPEG
BUILDING G.O.A.T AL BATEMAN TALKS OTTAWA’S INFILL
LET ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO BUILD YOUR NEXT HOME
CANADA GEOTHERMAL ENERGY INDUSTRY REACHES MILESTONE
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Let A.I Build Your Next Home “AI can help us better understand community growth, optimize planning to lower the cost of construction, and simplify the home buying experience,” says Trico Homes President and CEO Michael Brown.
Building Winnipeg Coming off the successful completion of the mixed use, 65 suite luxury rental apartment, Le Market, the company has earned a strong reputation across Winnipeg for building walkable communities that promote healthy living and sustainability. President Jonathon Freed joins us to discuss their responsive approach to intensification, their sustainable building initiatives, and how they add vibrancy to mature neighbourhoods in which they build.
Ottawa’s Infill Builder Building GOAT Al Bateman joins us to talk about Ottawa’s robust housing market, the benefits and challenges on infill development, his latest project on Lyon street, and the journey to find the missing middle. Build Canada 3
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Why infill development can be the key to unlocking the supply crisis
Understanding the Canadian housing crisis Canada's housing crisis is a multifaceted problem attributed to several factors. However, the primary cause of the crisis, particularly in the rental housing market, is the significant disparity between the constantly growing demand and the insufficient new supply. In other words, there aren't enough homes available to meet the needs of everyone in the province. Smart growth is the key to the housing crisis and this issue features two builders that are adopting this approach to address the supply gap to building better communities. For our cover story, Jonathon Freed from Freedhome Developments has emerged as Winnipeg’s premier developer of building high quality and functional rental properties at affordable prices. Coming off the success of the 65-unit apartment complex Le Market, Freed joins us to discuss their approach and commitment that add to the intensification of Winnipeg communities. Also adopting this smart growth approach is infill builder and G.O.A.T Al Bateman from Bateman Development. For over four decades, Bateman has been adding to the Ottawa skyline with luxury build projects that set the standard in the capital city. In our commitment to covering infill development, we are excited to bring you two leaders that have a comprehensive approach to infill development that expedites housing delivery, boost building firms and improve existing places. JASON ALEXANDER MANAGING EDITOR Build Canada Magazine
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NEWS FROM ACROSS CANADA
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Vancouver Maple Leaf Foods' high-rise facility receives green build to net- building certification zero status As Canada prioritizes the fight against climate change, a new Vancouver office tower, The Stack, is leading the way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This building is officially recognized as a netzero emitter of carbon, starting from the day it opened. The developer, Oxford Properties Group, aims to establish this high-rise tower as a model for constructing largescale carbon-neutral structures throughout Canada. Andrew O'Neil, the company's vicepresident of development, has stated that the knowledge gained from this project is already being applied to other ventures. Oxford's upcoming net-zero projects include the Hub, a colossal 57-storey tower spanning 1.5 million square feet, scheduled to open at 30 Bay St. in Toronto in 2025.
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Maple Leaf Foods, the world's foremost carbon-neutral food company, has been awarded the esteemed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification by the Canada Green Building Council for its Heritage plant in Hamilton, Ontario. The certification recognizes the company's exceptional green building practices. Additionally, the City of Hamilton granted Maple Leaf Foods $2.6 million to support the integration of innovative and environmentally responsible design features that provide environmental and community benefits. "Our journey to attain this recognition has been challenging, and we're excited to apply the knowledge we've gained as we continue to pursue our objective of becoming the world's most sustainable protein company," stated Randy Huffman, Chief Food Safety and Sustainability Officer at Maple Leaf Foods. During the ceremony, Mr. Huffman extended a warm welcome to Deputy Mayor and Councillor Tammy Hwang and Councillor Mark Tadeson and expressed gratitude to the City of Hamilton for its support. Maple Leaf Foods, a frontrunner in the sustainability industry, established its Hamilton plant in 2014, consolidating operations from five other smaller sites into a single, automated facility to improve efficiency. Covering an area of approximately 500,000 sq ft., the plant employs over 900 individuals who produce a diverse range of hot dogs and deli meats, totaling more than 500 products. Over the past few years, Maple Leaf Foods has implemented various initiatives that have led to a gradual reduction in the company's environmental impact. These include a LED lighting retrofit program, and recovery and wasted heat recovery systems.
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Centennial College's promoting Indigenous inclusivity and sustainability. Centennial College has recently completed the construction of its new A-Building at its Progress campus in Toronto. The project, which cost approximately $112 million, represents a collaboration between an Indigenous Working Group, Colliers Project Leaders, EllisDon Construction, DIALOG, and Smoke Architecture, and underscores the importance of Indigenous connections. The six-storey expansion spans over 12,077 m2 (130,000 sf), accompanied by a 1,394-m2 (15,000-sf) renovation. The A-Building is centered around Indigenous ways of teaching and learning and houses administrative offices, collaborative spaces, food services, and classrooms for the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. The building features an outdoor classroom, specifically designed for circular teaching, and rooms equipped with exhaust fans for the Indigenous ceremony of smudging. Notably, the A-Building has achieved zero carbon certification for its highly efficient building envelope, along with all-electric domestic hot water heating and HVAC systems. Build Canada 8
Toronto Hospital project marks massive milestone EllisDon commemorated a significant milestone with the unveiling of the Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre at Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) in Toronto. This project is the focal point of MGH's campus overhaul and is one of the hospital's most extensive redevelopment undertakings to date. The eight-story tower boasts 215 beds and will be a vital healthcare provider for over 400,000 residents. The new facility include two mental health inpatient units, a surgery inpatient unit, an outpatient chronic disease unit, a medical education center, and multiple public areas. The $498-million project was a collaborative effort between EllisDon, Infrastructure Ontario, and the Ministry of Health.
Feds slow down timeline for faster Toronto-Quebec City railway The Canadian government has adjusted the anticipated timeline for the high-frequency rail line project extending from Toronto to Quebec City. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra now estimates the railway will be operational by the mid-2030s, indicating a delay from his earlier projection of the early 2030s, which he stated
in projection of the early 2030s, which he stated in March of this year. "The forecast is that I'd love to see the service in operation in mid-2030s. That is where we expect the service to be ready," he told reporters, with construction to kick off "a few years from now. But it is a lengthy process, I acknowledge that. But this is the best way to do it, because we want to do it right." Alghabra said. At a news conference at the Montreal Central Station, the minister announced a request for proposals from three consortiums that have made it onto a short list, the latest step in an enterprise announced in July 2021. That year Alghabra pegged the likely cost at between $6 billion and $12 billion.
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Tridel works with government, industry, and CAMH, to bring mental health to the forefront on safety in construction Tridel, Canada's leading condominium builder, alongside government and industry stakeholders, came together for an event focused on mental health in the workplace, held at Tridel's Auberge on the Park community in North York. This event aimed to raise awareness about workplace mental health and wellness, focusing on addressing the stigma around mental health in the construction industry. Guests included the Honourable Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education for the Province of Ontario, Andrew Pariser, Vice President of RESCON, Dr. David Gratzer, medical doctor and Centre for Additional and Mental Health (CAMH) psychiatrist, and other industry and Tridel guests. This event is a part of Tridel's Built for Respect mandate, first launched in 2020, as a collective effort by industry, union, and government stakeholders to create safe, healthy, and inclusive workplaces. "Mental health is just as important as physical health. At Tridel, we believe that creating a safe and supportive environment is crucial for the well-being of our employees. This event and our Built for Respect initiatives continue to raise awareness and expand the topic of
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Members of Tridel, including President Jim Ritchie, alongside the Honourable Stephen Lecce, Ontario's Minister of Education, Andrew Pariser, Vice President of RESCON, Dr. David Gratzer, medical doctor and CAMH psychiatrist, and other industry and Tridel guests, gathered at an event today to raise awareness about workplace mental health and wellness in the construction industry. (CNW Group/Tridel Corporation)
safety to include mental health. Standing alongside members of the home-building industry and government officials who share our dedication to safe communities, we are committed to providing the necessary resources to to support the mental well-being of our employees,” said President of Tridel Jim Ritchie. Tridel has invited government officials and industry associations to help amplify the conversation in support of mental wellness, noting that the ability to work collectively and reach a wider audience can bring change to this largescale issue.
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Construction sector shows optimism amidst challenges According to The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) Construction Monitor Q2 2023 report, the construction industry is displaying durability in an uncertain economic climate. Key takeaways from the report include despite broader economic challenges, the workload trend remains robust. New business inquiries are at their highest in five quarters, Infrastructure is displaying notable progress, while other sectors also exhibit resilience. Also, scarce availability of skilled labor continues to hinder ongoing projects. The Construction Activity Index has increased slightly from +23% to +28%, primarily due to ongoing projects. However, skill shortages in the U.S. are affecting activity levels.
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2024 BUILDEX VANCOUVER February 14th-15th Vancouver Convention Centre West Buildex Vancouver provides an opportunity for professionals in various fields to network, gain knowledge, and discover the latest advancements. It includes sessions, discussions, presentations, and hands-on activities centered around climate resilience, decarbonization, innovative building technologies, and workforce solutions..
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Canadian Concrete Expo February 14th-15th The International Centre Mississauga, Ontario BUILDEX events have been providing essential continuing education, new product sourcing and networking opportunities for Alberta's building and construction industry for over 20 years. This year, BUILDEX is BIGGER and better than ever. With even more seminars, workshops, product demos, innovation showcases and exhibitors, it's your source to stay up to date on current trends and issues in the built environment. .
Victoria Home, Renovation & Decor Show February 23-25th Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building) 255 Front Street West Toronto, Canada Visit this event to see the best products and services for all your home and outdoor living needs in three BIG, action-packed days. You'll find the specialists you need to do it properly. We have local professionals on location, ready to discuss your needs and provide you with advice and assistance for all the projects you have in mind. Save thousands on home improvement and renovations with show specials, plus live demonstrations!
PEI Provincial Home Show March 1st-3rd Eastlink Centre, Charlottetown, Canada We are excited to announce the merging of the PEI Provincial Home Show and PEI Outdoor Show, creating an extraordinary event showcasing everything you need for your dream home and outdoor adventures. Join thousands of visitors at the PEI Provincial Home Show, your one-stop destination for innovative products, expert advice, and inspiration for all projects. Find everything you need under one roof, from home renovations to outdoor activities.
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Calgary carbon company raises $34M in Series A funding Carbon Upcycling Technologies Inc., a Calgary-based decarbonization firm, has successfully concluded a Series A funding round worth $34 million, with BDC Capital's Climate Tech Fund and Climate Investment co-leading the effort. The syndicate includes participation from existing financial investors, Clean Energy Ventures, CEVG (its angel investor collective), Amplify Capital, and
strategic investors, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, CRH Ventures, and Cemex Ventures, all of whomare augmenting their financial support with commitments to projects that align with their respective strategic objectives. Company officials explained that the funding will be utilized to deploy multiple commercial projects, including two colocated directly at cement plants. They expect the projects to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of Carbon Upcycling’s all-electric solution that mineralizes CO2 emissions from industrial facilities and upcycles industrial byproducts into materials that reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete. “Closing this round is a major milestone on the road to becoming the most impactful carbon tech company of this decade,” said Apoorv Sinha, founder and CEO of Carbon Upcycling.
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Trico Homes and OpenHouse.ai are reshaping the future of building and development Sit back, Relax, and Let Artificial Intelligence (AI) Build Your Next Home
ne of Calgary’s top builders, Trico Homes has partnered with OpenHouse.ai, a fast growing company bringing artificial intelligence (AI) to the homebuilding industry, to revolutionize the homebuilding – and buying – experience. This partnership seeks to streamline builder needs and costs, increase housing supply, and put savings back in the pockets of future homebuyers.
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With housing affordability hitting new heights and demand far outpacing supply, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says 22 million housing units will need to be built by 2030 to restore housing affordability for Canadians. Artificial Intelligence, which has impacted almost every industry, permeating your phones, homes, and cars, may hold the key.
“Buying a home is more challenging than ever,” says Trico Homes President and CEO Michael Brown. “Rising affordability concerns, interest rates, volatile supply chains, and a tightening rental market are all adding compounding pressures.
Community Growth Homebuilders, like Trico, have to look at different ways to meet the needs of our communities. AI can help us better understand community growth, optimize planning to lower the cost of construction, and simplify the home buying experience by using data to help more people build the home that meets their family’s needs and fits their lifestyle.” ____________________________________
AI in construction helps the industry overcome challenges, from helping buyers with mortgage applications, touring potential homes with virtual experiences, personalized appointments and follow ups for buyers, to safety concerns, labour shortages, and cost and schedule overruns. _____________________________ To build sufficient supply to keep up with market demand, homes need to be built faster, better suited to buyers and without the expensive waste and cost overruns which are ultimately borne by buyers. AI can optimize operations, allowing builders to understand the buyer needs and manage risks throughout a project's lifecycle. AI can also reduce expensive errors in
Michael Brown President and CEO Trico Homes
operations planning and resource allocations; train workers; enhance sustainability and circularity; design, as well as maintain and operate buildings. throughout a project's lifecycle. AI can also reduce expensive errors in operations planning and resource allocations; train workers; enhance sustainability and circularity; design, as well as maintain and operate buildings. Build Canada 17
Optimize Operations This technology can reduce project durations by several months, allowing developers to build more houses in less time. Applied on a national scale, AI is a promising solution to the affordable housing problem. “If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that the only constant in life is change. As the home building industry continues to see fluctuating AI in construction helps the industry overcome challenges, from helping buyers with mortgage applications, touring potential homes with virtual experiences, personalized appointments and follow ups for buyers, to safety concerns, labour shortages, and cost and schedule overruns. To build sufficient supply to keep up with market demand, homes need to be built faster, better suited to buyers and without the expensive waste and cost overruns which are ultimately borne by buyers. AI can optimize operations, allowing builders to understand the buyer needs and manage risks throughout a project's lifecycle. AI can also reduce expensive errors in operations planning and resource allocations; train workers; enhance sustainability and circularity; design, as well as maintain and operate buildings.
Improving Efficiency This technology can reduce project durations by several months, allowing developers to build more houses in less time. Applied on a national scale, AI is a promising solution to the affordable housing problem. “If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that the only constant in life is change. As the home building industry continues to see fluctuating levels of demand, battle supply chain delays, and face labour and land shortages; new opportunities (and challenges) arise constantly. AI is changing the way we build homes,” said
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AI in construction will help builders realize value throughout project lifecycles." Will Zhang CEO and Co-Founder OpenHouse.ai
OpenHouse.ai CEO and Co-Founder Will Zhang. “AI in construction will help builders realize value throughout project lifecycles, including design; procurement and construction; operations and asset management; and business model transformation.” AI can better understand homebuyers needs at a massive scale to support decision making with accurate projection of future demographics to help local governments to better understand and plan for growth, optimize resource planning and improve efficiency, and reduce waste to lower the cost of construction, builders have greater visibility to market demand and better understanding of future homeowners’ needs can help them to build better homes and keep demand in balance creating jobs and safe shelters can be affordable for all.
Geothermal Energy Industry Reaches Major Milestone NEWS PROVIDED BY DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp.
DEEP Earth Energy Production Provides Update on Geothermal Power Generation Facility – CEO says "We are a go"
EEP Earth Energy Production Corp. announced that a strategy for the engineering, construction, and commissioning of DEEP's first geothermal project in southeast Saskatchewan has been finialized.
Engineering and procurement activities have commenced. Field construction is planned for Q3, 2023. Geothermal power generation has the capacity to provide renewable, reliable baseload energy (24/7), and the DEEP project in Saskatchewan is anticipated to be the first Canadian 100% naturally sourced geothermal power facility. DEEP has concluded that the reservoir characteristics could support the construction of multiple geothermal expansion facilities in southeast Saskatchewan over several years. DEEP is grateful for the ongoing support from Natural Resources Canada, SaskPower and private partners as DEEP is now firmly positioned to convert its geothermal resource into renewable energy.
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The DEEP project in Saskatchewan is anticipated to be the first Canadian 100% naturally sourced geothermal power facility.
"We are a go," said DEEP CEO, Kirsten Marcia. "There is a market that is hungry for truly sustainable, renewable power projects. The technology is proven, the leases are in place and initial government funding is confirmed." DEEP is positioned to move forward with the construction phase of a 25 MW power facility in southeast Saskatchewan, which includes a 5 MW power purchase agreement with SaskPower. The facility is planned to be constructed in 2 phases – 5 MW followed by an additional 20 MW at the same location. Production and injection wells are planned to be drilled to a depth of approximately 3.5 kilometres and horizontally for an additional 3 kilometres.
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This large subsurface lease is anticipated to support the build-out of multiple power facilities greater than 200 MW. 25 MW is roughly equivalent to the power required to supply 25,000 households. The geothermal resource is designed to generate power utilizing Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology, which is fast becoming the most deployed technology for new geothermal installations. Engineering and procurement activities of long lead well and surface facilities items are underway. Licensing and permitting for all well and surface facilities are anticipated to commence in Q1-2023.
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Building Winnipeg BY BUILD CANADA
Freedhome Developments sets the standard of building high quality and functional rental properties at affordable prices in Winnipeg.
s we look to the future, it’s clear that the type of development that has worked in the past will no longer serve the needs of Winnipeg’s residents. Designing for the future requires bold action, innovative approaches, and a commitment to principles of green building,
sustainable living, inclusivity and design excellence. Rooted in a proud history as part of the fabric of this city, Freedhome Developments are helping reimagine what is possible and lay the foundations for Winnipeg’s exciting future. Coming off the successful completion of the mixed use, 65 suite luxury rental apartment, Le Market, the company has earned a strong reputation across Winnipeg for building walkable communities that promote healthy living and sustainability. President Jonathon Freed joins us to discuss their responsive approach to intensification, their sustainable building initiatives, and how they add vibrancy to mature neighbourhoods in which they build.
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Le Markets’ stylish lobby lounge is a welcoming first impression for residents and visitors alike.
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Q: Amid an exciting renewal, Winnipeg’s smart growth vision encourages densifying established communities. What was it about the St. Boniface neighbourhood that caught your attention when developing Le Market? A: The historic St. Boniface neighbourhood has a certain cache to it and was a great opportunity to bring a vibrant project to a trendy area with Le Market. With Winnipeg’s goal to increase housing capacity it was important for us to find a location that could support intensification and add vibrancy to this mature neighbourhood. St. Boniface is a walkable, complete community with a plethora of restaurants, cafes, and shops. There are numerous primary public transit routes that run through the area, and it’s within close proximity to the downtown core. There’s a tremendous need for new rental product in the area, and it’s important for us to identify areas for of potential growth, which can accommodate more density. The St. Boniface neighbourhood is on the cusp of major change and exciting renewal.
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Q: With the combination of brick and steel Le Market makes a bold statement. What’s your approach to architecture and design? A: Le Market was a great opportunity to bring add something architecturally unique to the area, paying homage to the historical elements of St. Boniface and its industrial past. I naturally gravitate to sites that have the potential to foster a pedestrian focus, as this aligns with our commitment to champion smart density. At inception, we made the decision to widen and restore the existing city sidewalks to enhance the pedestrian experience, and create a safety buffer between moving traffic and people walking or cycling. It further served to incorporate a dedicated patio space for our future commercial tenant(s). Working with Number TEN Architectural Group, it was important for us to make a grand statement. We wanted the building to punctuate the street and took inspiration from storied Art Deco architecture – thus, the prominent arches at street level, rising above extensive glazing, culminating in true sidewalk-focused architecture. The weathered steel, brick cladding, and terrace podium setback from the street, has created a real focal point for this prominent corner site, resulting in iconic building. It is my belief that when you can create inspired, unique architecture and thoughtful streetscapes, you can truly begin to attract people and businesses back to the area.
The prominent arches at street level, rising above extensive glazing, culminating in true sidewalk-focused architecture.”
The exterior design of Le Market seamlessly integrates the use of brick and corten steel that pay tribute to the neighbourhood's industrial past.
Q: With changing demographics and housing preferences, what options are tenants looking for in today’s market? A: Tenants are more selective than ever, but in our case, they are looking for urban neighbourhoods, complete communities that are walkable, with a mix of different uses, where every conceivable amenity is a stone’s throw from their new home. A great thing about our developments is that they provide a lot of flexibility for different types
of tenants in the market, from young professionals all the way to empty nesters that are downsizing from their existing single-family homes. We strive to cultivate comprehensive communities, offering something very appealing for people in each of these demographics. We continually ask our tenants what they’re looking for in a one, two or three-bedroom unit, and since the pandemic, we’re finding that incorporating additional flex space that can be converted to a
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The first thing we do is listen to our tenants. Communication is key to building strong relationships.”
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something tenants are looking for. They can customize their living space to best suit their different interests and lifestyles. Our buildings look as though they’re targeting a luxury market, but we maintain reasonable rents, well below market. We’re not interested in pushing push market rents to an unobtainable price. We understand that limited supply hinders the ability for people to find affordable housing. It’s important for us to supply great projects that are attainable in our market.
Q: How is establishing trust important to the tenant-first mentality approach? A: It’s very important. The first thing we do is listen to our tenants. Communication is key to building strong relationships. It is tremendously important that residents feel safe and proud of where they live when they choose to live in a Freedhome Developments building.
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The tenants come first. If you keep your tenants happy you’re going to retain them for a long time, so we are respectful and have an onsite manager to address any maintenance requests. When you can create an environment where there’s mutual respect, the tenants will truly care about where they live. They become part of the emerging community, and the whole environment becomes a positive place to be.
Q: What eco-friendly and sustainable design features does Le Market have that improves the buildings functionality? A: One feature we invest a lot of time and resources in is the acoustic design/ sound proofing. We utilize very robust assemblies to help impede sound transmission between units and public areas. We are also very proud that Le Market received an Efficiency Manitoba Certified Energy Efficient Building designation. We are committed to developing projects that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient, and that exceed the province’s
Le Market provides stunning interiors such as quartz countertops, backsplashes, floor-toceiling windows, and oversized primary bedrooms. The suite options include 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms with various layouts and contemporary fixtures and finishes.
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Residents enjoy access to a fullyequipped fitness centre with a dedicated Wi-Fi hotspot, secured underground bike storage, smart parcel lockers, and EV charging stations.
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We installed an enhanced mechanical system with premium air filtration that enhances air circulation and quality, motion activated LED lighting throughout the building, and high R-Value floor-toceiling windows that provide much coveted natural light. The building also has amenities such as EV charging stations, smart parcel locker system, state-of-the-art fitness centre, and smart security systems.
Q: Projects like Le Market add to smart growth intensification efforts. As a developer, is the need to add density by readapting under-utilized-used/undeveloped land a primary focus when approaching a new project? A: Yes absolutely. As a company that focuses exclusively on infill, we have a shared vision that addresses the demand for new housing. With Freedhome Developments, we want to make an impact in our communities that help foster a more efficient and sustainable future for everyone. We want to be a part of affordable housing developments and the transformation of not just Winnipeg, but Manitoba. Having said that, we’re not
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Waterloo St. infill home by Freedhome Developments
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the market. We want to make sure we understand new trends in the marketplace, what tenants want in a rental property, and how we can create visually appealing mixed-use projects that bring an architectural edge to our neighbourhoods. Toronto and Vancouver are cities that have a strong focus on cultivating mixed-use communities that enhance vibrancy in mature neighbourhoods. There’s residential combined with mixed-used retail and commercial, and everyone is out walking, or taking rapid transit. There’s a pulse to their neighbourhoods, and we want to bring that same vibrancy and pulse to Winnipeg, by building developments that resonate with people.
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Q: Your previous infill home on Waterloo Street has a timeless, yet modern look. What is the key to integrate infill homes into existing stock while maintaining the character of the neighbourhood? A: The key is to make the home reflect the character of the neighbourhood. A lot of the homes in this neighbourhood were built in the early 1900s have certain design elements that we wanted to compliment with our infill home. Our infill on Waterloo Street originally had an existing bungalow on a corner lot on a prominent street. After we tore down the bungalow, we wanted to add a something that
>> was contextual sensitive to the area and pays homage to the other homes in the neighbourhood. A lot of the older single-family existing housing stock in that area have peaked roofs so we wanted the design of this new infill home to compliment the size, scale, exterior finishes, and colours of the already existing styles of housing. With the Waterloo home, it was our intent to mix a modern interpretation of a Spanish-inspired home and bring some warmer elements into play. The style includes key elements of Spanish architecture including a peaked roof, exposed wooden beams, arched doorways and windows, white tumbled brick, and decorative detailing.
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Q: Are you happy with the progress the city has made in developing areas of high density over the past few years? A: We understand the City is working to improve the permitting process timelines and consistency, and recognize it’s an ongoing process involving a lot of collaboration amongst stakeholders, but there’s no denying it’s currently a slow and cumbersome process for developers. As a result, the time we spend waiting costs money, which is bad for us, and
Living room space and kitchen features dark beams, arched doorways, and expansive windows allowing natural light to flow freely throughout the home.
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bad for the community. For any building process to succeed, it requires developers and city councillors’ and local officials to work together to provide a broader diversity of housing options and a flexible/nimble approach to infill development. We do hear from the City that it’s a priority to increase density because we all know it’s significantly cheaper to build homes in existing neighbourhoods, but we know it’s a balancing act between leadership, and developers like us, demonstrating the benefits to the existing communities.
Q: While most support the need for new housing and increased urban density in general, some will routinely oppose specific local projects or building types. How do you meet the varied needs and interests of all parties involved? A: It’s challenging for sure. Most people don’t like change, but change is inevitable. There will always be the NIMBYism (Not in my Backyard) mentality when you begin a new project. I think most people often become more open to development after learning how it benefits the
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when collaborating with city officials and when we need to communicate plans to the public. There are neighbourhoods north of Le Market showing signs of intensification, so it shows that there are areas where local councillors fully support and encourage smart growth, as opposed to a neighbourhood that is more vocal in its opposition to it. We have been fortunate to work with a some city councillors and planners who have a YIMBY (Yes in my backyard) approach to intensification, and have been very supportive of building walkable, Live, Work, Play neighbourhoods because of the benefit they offer to communities and the people within them.
Q: What role does collaboration play in your building process? A: We’re a very hands-on developer and are very involved in all aspects of the project life cycle. We’re not the type to hand off the project to a general contractor or consulting team. We collaborate through our design process with our architects, interior designers, consultants, and engineers, and work with our trades to ensure our buildings are being built to the highest possible standard. We don’t look to work with national contractors, we want to work with local companies that focus on the betterment of Winnipeg and Manitoba.
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Q: The relationships between the developer, the residents and the community are vital to the sustainable philosophy. Is the team at Freedhome Developments ready to continue to lead the charge in Winnipeg? A: Yes. We are excited to be able to contribute to neighbourhood revitalization and bring life and energy back into these mature communities. We have certainly built our capability, and our ability to take on larger projects. Earlier I said that the St. Boniface neighbourhood is on the cusp of major change, and we are looking forward to bringing two upcoming developments to the neighbourhood that will mirror Le Market’s architectural style and add more vibrancy to the St. Boniface neighbourhood. We will always have that shared vision that addresses the demand for new housing and making a positive impact in our communities that help create a more efficient and sustainable future for everyone.
A well-designed staircase offers much more than its functional purpose, adding an element of design sophistication.
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Q&A IN CONVERSATION WITH AL BATEMAN PRESIDENT | BATEMAN DEVELOPMENT
Al Bateman is a builder at heart. As owner of Bateman Development, he knows a thing or two about creating unique and exclusive properties in Ottawa. For over 40 years, he has delivered highdesign residential projects that inspire clients and communities. We got a chance to catch up with Bateman to talk about Ottawa’s robust housing market, the benefits and challenges on infill development, his latest project on Lyon street, and the journey to find the missing middle.
Q: From the foundation to the final touches, what is the most enjoyable part of your job? A: I enjoy the creative process. You have to be creative with infill developments in particular since every project is a prototype and you never do the same thing twice. Municipalities have moved towards a more efficient use of land, and it is up to developers, designers, architects, planners, and all those involved to continue to make it happen as it moves forward. Over the years infill has provided people with the opportunity to live and experience the inner city. It is a great feeling to hear people compliment you about a project that you did 30-40 years ago.
Q: Can you tell us about your background and building experience? A: I was born and raised on a farm in Southwestern Ontario. My father, brothers and I would build drive sheds, corn cribs, and any other farm buildings. In 1963 our family built a Service Centre on 401 highway when the highway opened between Windsor and Toronto. In 1970, our family built a 43 unit motel on the property across the highway from the Service Centre. I was fortunate to gain experience in a variety of projects at a young age and I like it. I went to school at Western University from 1969 to 1974. Every summer I came back into the building business. I started my own company after my third year in university, doing renovations and additions. I went to York University to get an MBA in 1975. After graduation I went back to run my construction company. In 1981, I moved to Ottawa to expand my business and that is when I started building infill projects.
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Q: What is it that helps you stand out from other builders? A: With Bateman Development you’re going to get a well-built and well-designed product. We have a great reputation for quality and service. Our projects speak for themselves. We have been at it for a long time. It takes a team of architects, subcontractors, engineers, consultants, and material suppliers to produce a quality home. We have some companies that have continued to work with us for over 30 years. Q: How would you define your architectural approach? A: Our architectural approach depends on the site, the neighbourhood and community that we are working in. We use several talented architects who are able to do any type of architectural design that feels right for the site. Compatibility is important but the architectural style should fit the era. A neighbourhood where all the homes look the same isn't very exciting.
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Q: Is Bateman an energy conscious builder? A: We are an energy conscious builder. If you aren’t you will be left behind in our industry. Buyers are demanding energy efficient homes. You need to build beyond the building code to match the competition. Q: Does building in the Capital City have any challenges? A: It does. Like most cities there are numerous obstacles to overcome to build infill housing. I am sure it is not unique to Ottawa, but we have had numerous senior officials within the planning and permit departments retire over the last several years. The new generation doesn’t have the experience, nor were given sufficient mentoring to take over so it is taking much longer to get approvals. As a result, the time spent waiting costs money, and adds to the short supply of housing.
Q: Are you happy with the progress the city has made in developing areas of high density over the past few years? A: It’s an ongoing process. On one hand the city wants to increase density because it is significantly cheaper to build homes in existing neighbourhoods. On the other hand, the neighbours and communities don't want things to change. Planning departments must answer to politicians and councillors which is typical of the process. Infill development has surged over the past two decades in Ottawa and communities feel bombarded by the changes. The good infill builder communicates with neighbours and builds exemplary homes. It is remarkable when you look back and see what can be accomplished when communities and developers work together. Q: What is a common misconception about infill? A: That increased density is not good for neighbourhoods. The majority of infill projects get pushed back because most people do not want to see their neighbourhood’s change. Change is inevitable and healthy for all communities. Successful infill can be accomplished when communities, developers and city planners work together. Q: Why are infill homes important for the Ottawa community? A: Infill homes are important for the benefits that they bring to communities. It is the most efficient way to increase the number of homes for any municipality. Existing infrastructure is used. Water, sewer, hydro, streets, are already in place. While there is a place for suburban development the benefits of infill are substantial. Build Canada 45
Q: What are some of your current and upcoming projects? A: We are just finishing up 2 semi-detached luxury units in the Glebe on Lyon St. The main living floor is an open concept with the kitchen at the core of the room. We installed elevators for an aging population to be able to live comfortably. We are marketing the units at 1.8 million. Our next project will be two single family homes on the Rideau Canal in the Golden Triangle neighbourhood of Ottawa. They are high-end properties on a high-end site. We have another property on Bank Street in the Glebe that is currently one storey retail. Our plan is to build a four-storey structure with 12 apartments above the retail space.
Q: After over 40's of building, do you have any interest in retiring?
Q: What are the benefits of infill? A: The benefits of infill are widespread. From an economic perspective it is very efficient. Infill uses existing services that are already in place. From a supply perspective it is much faster to provide homes in these neighbourhoods for the same reasons. From an environmental perspective it is much more environmentally friendly because it doesn't take architectural land out of circulation and people aren't dependent on their cars for transportation. A City's downtown and innercity communities can be revitalized with infill homes. Infill provides better transportation systems and public health improvements when integrated with good city planning.
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A: Absolutely not. There's a group of us, all in our 70’s that are still working in our industry. I won't take credit for it but one of our group when asked about retirement replied “if you do something that you have been doing for 40 plus years, you must be good at it because you've been able to make a living out of it, and you must like it, so why would you quit.” Besides, as long as I've been doing this, I'm continuously learning because nothing ever stays the same in this industry.
For further information or to make your personal appointment, call Al Bateman at 613-859-0933 or email at email@example.com
Basin Media Studios Toronto’s $250 million studio complex.
ackman Capital Partners (HCP) and its affiliate The MBS Group (MBS) will develop and operate the Basin Media Hub; a $250 million, purpose-built, stateof-the-art film, television and
digital media hub to be located on an 8.9-acre waterfront development parcel in Toronto’s Port Lands, located at 29, 35, 41 Basin St. The HCP-MBS proposal approved by CreateTO last month and City Council last week includes eight purpose-built sound stages, production office space, along with workshop and production support space. This $250 million investment in the development will be one of the most significant contributions to Toronto’s film and television production ecosystem in more than two decades.
The partnership is expected to create 750 jobs onsite as well as 880 indirect or induced jobs in the broader community. Construction is planned to begin on the Basin Media Hub by 2023. Through its proposal, HCP-MBS has committed to establishing a Basin Media Hub endowment for a local training program with a $1 million initial investment and funding for a Program Coordinator. HCP-MBS will provide training space onsite and support site visits, talks and work experience opportunities for local schools in order to promote a diverse range of careers in the film industry and support training and jobs for people from equityseeking groups. Build Canada 47
The training program will be managed by MBS University (MBSu), a division of MBS that has a wealth of experience in creating customized programs for hands-on practical crew training. HCP-MBS has also committed to establishing a $1 million fund to support and encourage Canadian content creation. MBS is an industry-leading studio operations, production services and studio-based equipment provider.will provide the opportunity for HCP-MBS to partner with the City to deliver a public promenade along the water’s edge, helping to further transform this area of the Port Lands into a healthier and more liveable space for workers and visitors alike. The Basin Media Hub presents an important opportunity to support the ongoing development of Toronto’s film industry and the Media City District. After completion of the construction phase, the expected economic impact of on-going film studio operations includes $280 million in economic activity, $119 million in net contribution to GDP and $32 million in tax revenues across all levels of government.
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