Lapointe Architects

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lapointe Architects Featured in International Book

Lapointe Architects is one of only three North American architects (and the only Canadian architect) featured in an international book focusing on industrial buildings titled Factory Design published by German publisher Braun. The book will be available in your local book store in a few months.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Centennial College Selected to Teach LEED Course

Centennial College is one of only seven post-secondary institutions across Canada selected by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) to participate in the pilot delivery of the LEED course Building Green with LEED: LEED Canada for New Construction 1.0. Colleges and Universities competing to teach the course had to demonstrate that sustainability was a guiding principal of the institution and that they had the qualified faculty to teach the course. The course will be taught at the sustainable HP Campus by John Romanov and Francis Lapointe, principal at Lapointe Architects.

This will be the first time that the trade marked LEED rating system is officially taught at any post-secondary school in Canada.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Construction Begins on Sustainable Pavilion

Excavation has begun on Fifth Town's new sustainable pavilion. Work this weekend included assessing the quantity of material available, marking trees on the adjoining woodlot and excavation for the foundation system. Stay tuned for weekly updates.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Fifth Town - Part Two !!

The owners of the LEED Platinum Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Factory in Picton has asked us to design and build a new pavilion on their property. The Client has confirmed that the popularity of the project and product means that at times, especially on the weekends, the facility is busting at the seams with visitors.

But this time, instead of a high-tech building we are proposing a low tech organic structure, constructed from materials left over from the factory (such as Durisol) and from raw supplies like small diameter timber, stone and straw, all from the immediate site.

The construction will be completed over several weekends with volunteer labour in a an old-fashioned 'barn raising' style of construction. This will give the participants the opportunity to learn firsthand about the materials, their installation and the methods of fastening. The construction will be directed by several skilled trades persons and Francis Lapointe, the principal of Lapointe Architects. Watch this blog for progress on the project.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Fifth Town is a Platinum LEEDer!

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) today confirmed that after a rigorous audit process, the Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Factory has been awarded the difficult to achieve LEED Platinum designation. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a sustainable building rating system who's goal is to promote the construction of buildings that are designed following a series of environmentally-sound design criteria ranging from sustainable site development to water efficiency, to a reduction of energy use and minimizing harm to the atmosphere, while making efficient use of materials and resources and improving indoor air quality. Lapointe Architects congratulates Fifth Town on achieving this important designation and for pursuing their goal of being the most environmentally-friendly industrial building in North America. For more information on LEED see


Monday, March 9, 2009

Three County Projects Receive a Building Permit

Lapointe Architects is proud to announce that three of our projects have recently been granted a building permit by the Building Department in Prince Edward County. The three residential projects are all situated on ecologically distinct sites, but share one common feature...a view to Lake Ontario.

The first site, located just west of Wellington, is set on an 18 ft high limestone cliff containing fossils and overlooking Sandbanks Provincial Park.

The second site, a 22 acre waterfront lot contains seven distinct ecosystems (including two ponds, a gravel beach, a wetland, a hardwood and a softwood forest, a field and an escapement). Through a series of paths and visual cues, the dwelling is to be linked to the site to encourage interaction with the property’s distinct eco-systems.

The third site, a 77 acre agricultural lot that includes productive agricultural fields, a forest and a working vineyard is the setting for Collection House a collection of volumes designed to house a collection of books for two university profs.

Stay tune for more information on these projects as construction progresses.


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