Dundas, Ontario

Dundas Museum and Archives

When we began the renovations at the Dundas Museum and Archives, we unearthed a world of new potential. The result is an adaptive reuse, that creatively connects the site’s three buildings with architectural and landscaping, while honouring the site’s rich history.

The renovation increases the available display space, visually links visitors with the work of the archivists, has made room for new student camps and its eclectic design creates a unique rental destination. Even the new modern materials pay homage to the industrial heritage of Dundas.

The work seamlessly blends with the two historic buildings. Each were carefully restored and preserved. Everything from the traditional perennial gardens to the interior flow integrate with the museum’s mission to engage visitors in Dundas’ story.

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Architecture, Heritage, Interior Design, Mechanical Engineering



Team Leaders

Drew Hauser
Joanne McCallum
Michelle Austin

Partners & sub consultants

Crozier - Civil
VRM - Structure & Electrical
Collaborative Structures - Contractor


14,047 SQ. FT.




Dundas Community Awards, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce 2014 Dundas Business of the Year
2014 Building Excellence Awards, Grand Valley Construction Awards Award of Excellence
2016 Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee, Making Heritage Accessible Award


Creative Connections

Innovations + Outcomes

  • Developed the project and completed construction within a tight time line.
  • Creative solutions allowed us to expand the footprint of the museum, including more display square footage, without impact to its overall budget. This space allowed for new revenue streams for this privately run museum, contributing to impressive growth within the first year of launching its newly reconfigured space.
  • Addressed barrier free guidelines, making the space accessible and an enjoyable experience for all visitors.
  • The Museum subsequently won the 2014 Dundas Business of the Year, Dundas Community Awards and the 2014 Building Excellence Award, Award of Excellence from the Grand Valley Construction Association.