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HBSA recognizes five projects with awards of achievement

Last night, The Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects recognized the local architecture community with the bi-annual Awards of Excellence. mcCallumSather is honoured to announce it won five awards, including two Awards of Excellence, one each for its architectural and mechanical divisions.

“Congratulations to our clients, consultants and our staff. These awards recognize their vision, hard work and dedication to the design and construction of exceptional, sustainable environments,” says Joanne McCallum, director and co-founder of the firm.


  • Award of Excellence, New Institutional – Ministry of Transportation, Traffic Operations Centre (shared with our partners on the project Kasian)
  • Award of Excellence, Heritage/Adaptive Re-Use – (Mechanical Division) Templar Flats by Lintack Architects
  • Award of Merit, Heritage/Adaptive Re-Use – The Cotton Factory
  • Award of Merit, Renovation (Large) Institutional – The Boris Clinic, Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Award of Merit, Renovation (Small) Institutional – Hamilton District Christian High

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mcCallumSather/Kasian team recently completed the The Traffic Operations Centre on the new COMPASS campus in Toronto, is carefully designed to improve the efficiency for traffic management services in Toronto and surrounding municipalities. Our challenge was to shape an environment that supported and enhanced its staff’s ability to deliver essential services in a supportive and sustainable way, develop a facility that responded to the diverse needs of multiple stakeholder groups and to complete the facility on a fast-tracked schedule in order to allow the facility to act as the central security hub for the 2015 Pan Am Games. mcCallumSather was primarily involved in the design of its innovative building enclosure and exterior. The high performing building envelop was critical our client’s sustainability objectives, and the facility recently reached its objective of becoming LEED Silver Certified.

COTTON FACTORY – Award of Merit – Heritage/Adaptive Re-Use

Our renovation transformed the third floor open warehouse into a co-working hub to enable the flexible provision of workshops for craftspeople, office space for creative professionals, and studios for artists. Keeping the original character of the large space, we were able to transform the environment into a space that supports the objectives of a co-working environment, including private offices and collaborative spaces. The project has been receiving significant attention, including recent articles Canadian Geographic, lauding it as an example of Hamilton’s creative revitalization.

HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH – Award of Merit – Renovation (Small) Institutional

The design at the high school explores innovative ways for students to interact with the space and with each other, therefore transforming what was a typical high school typology. We built on ideas pioneered by Prakash Nair’s work, including the interpretation of Campfires, Caves and Cafes. The result – we shaped a Learning Grove downstairs and Learning Atrium upstairs. Each area is filled with light, skylights and natural materials. The two floors are bridged by a large, living fig tree an important symbol for the school that creates a visual connection between the outdoor and indoor environments as well as a focus at the end of the corridors.

THE BORIS CLINIC – Award of Merit – Renovation (large) Institutional

The Boris Clinic is a newly developed integrated amalgamation of three clinics: an Academic Medical Day Centre, McMaster Adult Ambulatory Clinic (MAAC) and a Diabetes Clinic. The MAAC specifically is based on a new model of healthcare delivery derived from Cleveland Clinic process. Our challenge was how to deliver a space that supported this cutting edge process, create collaboration and shared environments that supported its function as a teaching hospital and shape an environment where its staff and patients may thrive. The iconic building, dating from the mid ‘70’s, reflected a brutalist approach to modern architecture. Recognizing the importance of natural light and views on the health and wellness of patients, a significant component of the cladding was replaced in strategic locations with floor to ceiling glazing to provide views south towards the escarpment as well as into an interior courtyard, flooding the interior with natural light.

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