Client: City of Brantford
Location: Brantford, Ontario
Size: 2,973 m2 (32,000 ft2)

J.L. Richards & Associates Limited (JLR) provided prime consulting multidisciplinary architectural and engineering services for a new Administration Building and Vehicle Storage Garage in Brantford, Ontario. The building is located on the same site as the City of Brantford’s (City) existing water treatment plant. This location facilitates an efficient workflow for specific groups of the environmental services staff.

A nearby heritage building had to be maintained, this played an important role in the various site layouts that were developed and considered during the design phase.  These options included new access roads required design using truck turning templates as well as stormwater infiltration galleries to improve the permeability. This is important as the proposed site was located in a flood zone. Geotechnical conditions of the site also required approximately 10 m of soil to be removed to reach a suitable subgrade. Then grade was raised 12 m and an earth retaining cut-off wall was installed.

The site also had significant buried infrastructure that needed to be removed to accommodate the building. These services were reinstated in different locations that did not interfere with the location of the new administration building and service garage.

Highlights of this project include LEED Silver classification and 2019 Consulting Engineers of Ontario Award of Merit – GOLD in the Buildings Engineering category.