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November 9, 2017 | New issue of JLR Today now available online

We’re pleased to share with you the latest issue of JLR Today, highlighting four recent projects completed by our firm.

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JLR Today Issue 29
JLR Today Issue 29

November 6, 2017 | JLR designs new fare gate structures for OC Transpo in Ottawa

OC Transpo Carling Station. Photo: PCL Construction
OC Transpo Carling Station. Photo: PCL Construction

OTTAWA | J.L. Richards & Associates Limited (JLR) has completed work on new fare gate structures for OC Transpo. The architecture, engineering, planning, and project management firm provided multidisciplinary services for the project, which involved design and contract administration during construction for new shelters along the Trillium Line in Ottawa.

The completed structures are light and transparent, and are characterized by spider clamps and frameless glass that promote visibility. “We wanted to physically reduce the weight of the structures by having their entire enclosures made of glass,” said Vanessa Worrell, Intern Architect at JLR. “The glass ensures security and allows for a range of vision, allowing users to see oncoming trains beyond.”

Fare gates at Carleton University. Photo: PCL Construction
Fare gates at Carleton University. Photo: PCL Construction

The structures encourage through traffic and contain longboard ceilings for protection against the elements. “The client requested a wood ceiling, but because the structures needed to be non-combustible, we chose an aluminum longboard instead,” said Sebastien Racine, Senior Architect at JLR. “The result is a warm, natural finish that looks like wood and sits lightly on the glass structure.”

JLR designed all five fare gate structures along the Trillium Line, including an extension to an existing station at Greenboro. At Carleton University, the team worked carefully to integrate artwork that was already present on site. “It was critical for us to respect the art and ensure that our structure didn’t obstruct its view,” said Kim Brown, Structural Engineer at JLR. The result is a fare gate structure that complements the artwork itself.

Carleton University Station. Photo: PCL Construction
Carleton University Station. Photo: PCL Construction

Because of their unique geometries, each station presented its own set of challenges. Central to the project, however, was the need to ensure ongoing access for individuals with disabilities, as well as a plan to avoid interference with the train’s operation.

“The project needed to be delivered under a tight, fast-track time frame without interrupting service along the transit corridor,” said John Elliot, an Executive Director and Chief Structural Engineer at JLR. “Our measure of success is based strongly on the fact that construction never affected service. Working with OC Transpo, the City of Ottawa, and our local partners, we were able to effectively achieve this critical goal.”

Mayor Jim Watson was on site to celebrate the completion of Carling station this month. OC Transpo users can see the other completed structures along the Trillium Line in Ottawa – including Greenboro, Confederation, and two structures at Carleton University.


October 18, 2017 | James O’Connor appointed Chief Electrical Engineer at JLR

Dr. James O’Connor, P.Eng., Ph.D, LEED AP
Dr. James O’Connor, P.Eng., Ph.D, LEED AP

OTTAWA | The Board of Directors at J.L. Richards & Associates Limited (JLR) has appointed James O’Connor to the position of Chief Electrical Engineer of the firm.

James joined JLR in 2006 and became a Senior Electrical Engineer and Associate in 2014. Prior to his posting at JLR, he was employed in the manufacturing and high-tech industry, specializing in the areas of manufacturing automation, preventive maintenance, and quality control systems. At JLR, he is responsible for the design of commercial, municipal, and industrial facilities in Canada and overseas. He also has extensive field experience in the evaluation of existing electrical, instrumentation, and control systems.

As Chief, James will be responsible for managing the technical resources of the firm’s Electrical Engineering sector, and will act at JLR’s official representative in all technical matters related to this field.

“Since I joined JLR, I have worked under the mentorship and support of a talented group of Senior Engineers,” said James. “I look forward to this new opportunity to work with our dynamic electrical team, support our company, and help our clients achieve their goals.”


October 5, 2017 | Upgraded Wastewater Treatment Plant officially opens in Owen Sound

The City of Owen Sound held a formal ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the substantial completion of the Owen Sound WWTP upgrade.
The City of Owen Sound held a formal ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the substantial completion of the Owen Sound WWTP upgrade.

GUELPH | The City of Owen Sound held a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on September 19, 2017 to mark the substantial completion of the Owen Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) upgrade, the largest single infrastructure project in the City’s history.

J.L. Richards & Associates Limited (JLR), in association with GHD (formerly Conestoga Rovers and Associates Ltd.), provided design, construction contract administration, and site inspection services for the $48-million upgrade. Construction began in 2014, with a focus on incorporating a secondary treatment process with a biological aerated filtration system, chemical storage/feed systems, biosolids management facilities, and more. Graham Construction provided general contracting services for the project.

While portions of the existing facility were demolished during construction, operation of the plant needed to be consistently maintained – a challenge that was overcome starting at the design phase and continuing throughout the construction phase.

“The challenges associated with designing and constructing new facilities within an existing treatment plant, all while maintaining operation, required innovation and teamwork from all members involved,” said Brian Hein, an Executive Director and Chief Environmental Engineer at JLR. “As engineers and architects, it is always satisfying to see that the final results were in fact achievable.”

Rendering and completed project, Owen Sound WWTP
Rendering and completed project, Owen Sound WWTP

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, JLR staff members were on site to commemorate the event, alongside representatives of Saugeen Ojibway Nation and the Great Lakes Metis; Mayor Ian Boddy; Grey County Warden Alan Barfoot; Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Operations Committee, Arlene Wright; and the City’s Water and Wastewater Manager, Matt Prentice.

Former Councillor Bill Twaddle and Councillor Jim McManaman, who both served as Chairs of the WWTP Upgrade Committee, were also in attendance.

Biosolids storage tank, Owen Sound WWTP
Biosolids storage tank, Owen Sound WWTP

City officials remarked that the completed upgrade had already improved the plant’s treatment from primary to secondary level, and greatly reduced its environmental footprint in Georgian Bay and the Great Lakes. Governments have guidelines for controlling the limits of contaminants in treatment plant effluents, and Owen Sound’s new WWTP has reduced these levels to well below the prescribed guidelines.

“It was important for us to exceed expectations and to provide significant improvements to the surface water quality,” said Hein. “The success of the project will undoubtedly contribute to the health of the Great Lakes watershed for years to come.”


September 1, 2017 | Saverio Parrotta elected Vice President of JLR

Saverio Parrotta, P.Eng.
Saverio Parrotta, P.Eng.

OTTAWA | J.L. Richards & Associates Limited (JLR) is pleased to announce that Saverio Parrotta has been elected Vice President. Parrotta brings with him more than 25 years of engineering and Project Management experience, and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm’s operations and allocation of resources.

Parrotta joined the company in 1998 as a Senior Civil Engineer. He became an Associate in 2006, and managed JLR’s Sudbury office for eight years. Most recently, Parrotta served three years on the Board of Directors and as Director-in-Charge of JLR’s Sudbury and North Bay offices, as well as the Industrial & Mining Division.

Parrotta’s extensive experience in civil engineering includes managing complex infrastructure projects and overseeing engineers and technical support staff in the preparation of studies, reports, and detailed design and contract documents from concept to final construction. He has successfully delivered projects in the commercial, institutional, residential, and industrial sectors, and has worked with all levels of government for project approval.

A graduate of Carleton University (Bachelor of Civil Engineering, 1992), Parrotta is also a licensed engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario and holds the designation of Consulting Engineer.


August 22, 2017 | JLR awarded Gold Status from Canada’s Best Managed Companies program

From left to right: Guy Cormier (President & CEO), Sarah Gore (Associate & Manager, Environmental Engineering), René Lambert (Executive Director & Senior Structural Engineer), and Saverio Parrotta (Vice President)

OTTAWA | JLR has been awarded Gold Status from Canada’s Best Managed Companies program, recognizing the best-in-class of Canadian-owned and -managed companies with revenues over $15-million.

Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs. Applicants are evaluated by a panel of judges from Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, and MacKay CEO Forums. Best Managed companies share commonalities that include an emphasis on culture and people, innovation, sustained performance, and strong financial results.

“Being one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies is recognition of the hard work and dedication of our staff. As a 100% employee-owned company, every one of us has a vested interest in making JLR a great place to work and do business,” says Saverio Parrotta, Vice President of JLR.  “We can proudly point to having an industry leading staff retention rate, and continue to grow our client base while maintaining relationships with many repeat clients — some of which have been with us for over 40 years.”

JLR won its initial Best Managed award in 2013 and has successfully retained its status since then, leading to its prestigious Gold honour this year. “Looking forward, our goal is to continue to grow as an organization and to provide opportunities for talented people to join us,” says Parrotta. “Achieving Gold Status is another momentous milestone in our 62-year history.”

For more information on Canada’s Best Managed Companies program, click here.