Nestled into a rock outcrop on the shore of Georgian Bay this tourism facility provides campers, naturalists and school children with an educational trail head to understanding the unique ecosystem that surrounds them. The project incorporates a lake source heat pump mechanical system that both heats and cools the project using the stable water temperatures of Georgian Bay at a depth of 40 feet. This project successfully completed the Environmental Study Report (ESR) in 2001, one of the first Provincial projects to do so within the revised Environmental Assessment procedure. Work included responsibility for development of the interpretive program, multi-media exhibits halls, building and full landscape design. The programs includes exhibition halls, multi-purpose classrooms, a research lab, lounge areas, store and viewing terrace.
Gross Floor Area : 13,000 sq. ft.
2005 Award of Excellence, Consulting Engineers of Ontario
2008 International Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum
Key Staff Involved: Stewart Adams Project Manager*
Verburg and Associates (interpretive planning)
Terry Heard Designs (exhibit design)
Smith and Andersen Engineering (structural)
Blackwell Engineering Limited (mechanical)
Mulvey + Banani International (electrical)
Owner: Ontario Parks
*Stewart Adams to construction tender phase while at Urbana Architects Corporation