Lapointe Architects

Monday, April 30, 2007

Stone Cladding on Lake Simcoe House looks fantastic!



The stone cladding on the Lake Simcoe timber house is advancing quickly. The stone is a combination of Arriscraft stones, cut and broken, and interspersed with several other coloured stones to similate a rustic stone house appearance. The combination of the stone and the fir timber and trim provides a rich palette of materials and colours.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Fifth Town Project is issued for Tender


The Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Factory has finally been issued for Tender! The pre-qualified bidders are limited to Knudsen Construction from Belleville, Mirtren Construction from Trenton and Peak Construction from Brighton. Bids must be received by May 16th. Sub-trades are invited to contact the above bidders directly. The owners hope to award the contract by mid-May, and construction should start shortly thereafter.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Fifthtown Cheese Factory


Construction documents for the Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Factory (http://www.fifthtown.ca/) will be issued for Tender in mid-April 2007 with construction slated to start in mid-May.

We have spent the past six months reexamining alternative energy generation systems including wind, solar photovoltaic, solar hot water, geo-thermal, and bio-mass. We are also exploring the possibility of creating a naturalized wetland to dispose of the waste whey in an environmentally-friendly way. We are currently finalizing details of the chosen systems. What has made all of this possible is the development of a green-energy financing model between Fifth Town and Zero-Footprint (http://www.zerofootprint.ca/).

During this period, we also completed several minor revisions to the building, such as the doubling in floor area of the underground cheese aging caves and the addition of 24" to the height of the truck wash bay to allow for the addition of steam to the process equipment.

Some exterior materials have also been revised. The retaining wall next to the shipping area has been changed to a gabion wall, which is comprissed of galvanized steel cages filled with large local stones. The cladding of the truck wash bay has been changed to a German cement board product called SuperPanel, which is more durable, recycled and more economical.

In addition, we are designing a free-form canvas structure to help protect the south-facing courtyard.

A new rendering is being prepared and should be available in a few weeks. Check back then!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Blythdale House Progresses on Schedule



Construction on our new project, Blythdale House, is proceeding on schedule. The exterior finished will include copper, ArrisCraft honed and split-face stone, and thick Spanish cedar siding on the cantilevered mud room section. A wonderful alternative to stucco has been found for the north and east elevations. We will be using a flint-coloured cement-board panel known as SuperPanel (www.engineeredassemblies.com). The product will have the appearance of large sheets of slate.

We have also recently completed the lighting design for the interior and exterior of the house. Low-voltage energy-efficient LED lights will be used to light the interior courtyard and glass guards while the exterior facade and 2nd floor canopy will be lit with a combination of ground lighting and uplighting. The results promise to be spectacular.

Finally, we are negotiating with Solera (www.soleraenergies.com) to supply and install both Photovoltaic and hydronic solar panels.

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