Emmanuel United Church

Robertson Martin Architects Inc

691 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON

CCA5 construction management

The renovation of the 11,000ft² Christian Education section of this church transformed its functionality and rejuvenated its architectural merit.   Enhanced accessibility for this vibrant parish community was also a key priority. The work of this project went well beyond a typical renovation: A new building envelope was constructed and state-of-the-art HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems were installed. Extensive work to upgrade fire ratings to today’s standards occurred. To this end, Lundy’s site superintendent worked closely with the City of Ottawa building inspector to establish the most cost effective ways to bring the building up to code. The existing kitchen facilities were upgraded and a new air conditioning system were set up for the sanctuary. A new elevator was one of the many accessibility upgrades added within the building.

The original architectural “saw tooth” roofline of the building was an element that both the Church and designers wanted to reveal and even punctuate.  It was seen as a defining feature on the exterior of the building and renovations within would open this feature up to the interior of a main gathering space. Carefully detailing and construction planning went into finding the best approach to uncover this feature and accentuate its appearance from both inside and out.

The completed project received a LEED® Silver certification.