Seneca First Peoples Building

V&R just wanted to show everyone a progress update for Seneca College's new addition to the First Peoples building located in Toronto, Ontario. As this project continues to progress we will continue to keep everyone posted until the completion of this project.

New Upcoming Projects with a+LINK

V&R is excited to work with a+LINK architecture inc. on two new upcoming projects. a+LINK is is a full service architectural practice offering a wide variety of architectural and design services throughout Southwestern Ontario. In addition, V&R will be providing Tillsonburg Gospel Church mechanical and electrical engineering services to build a new church approximately 14,000 square feet which includes design development and permit & tender drawings. We will also be working on the You East shelter in London, Ontario to design a “Housing First” 30-bed Emergency Shelter for homeless youth, aged 16-24. This building will be a single-story with no basement and under 10,000 square feet. This building will accommodate youth overnight with 30 small bedrooms. We will keep everyone updated as the project progresses!

V&R is pleased to announce that a variety of projects we worked on have been nominated for Project Excellence Awards 2018 by the London & District Construction Association (LDCA). We would like to thank our staff for all the hours and effort they invested in bringing the projects to fruition.


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Urban design award winner

London, ON


Date: 11/14/2017


Awarded for Western University's FIMS and Nursing Building


One of the newest buildings on Western’s campus was singled out for recognition at a gala ceremony where the winners of the Urban Design Awards were announced. Western’s FIMS and Nursing Building was the top winner in the buildings category. It was cited for its contribution to enriching the public space on campus and its use of natural light.

The Urban Design Awards are designed to “recognize and celebrate original design concepts and visionary thinking.”

The FIMS and Nursing Building is home to the school’s nursing faculty, as well as the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, which includes Western’s library sciences program.


The winning architect is Tillman Ruth Robinson Inc., in association with Ron Koudys Landscape Architects Inc. Vanderwesten & Rutherford Associates Inc. provided mechanical and electrical engineering. The general contractor was Norlon Builders. The building, which opened for its first classes in January 2017, is notable for its bold lines; part of the structure seems to hang suspended over Huron Drive. The building is an example of collegiate Gothic architecture, in keeping with Western’s master plan. Construction began two years ago.

ASHRAE Technology award Category II

London, ON


Date: 04/15/2013


Awarded for the Watershed Conservation Centre


The new administrative office for the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority known as the Watershed Conservation Centre is the first LEED Platinum building for London, Ontario. The energy efficient building was built using local materials ad relies entirely on renewable energy produced at a nearby dam. Located in Fanshawe Conservation Area, the design has a contemporary approach, utilizes a rational plan for the organization of spaces and maximizes occupant views of the surrounding area. Vanderwesten & Rutherford played an active role from project inception in determining what mechanical and electrical systems would provide energy efficiency while still keeping capital cost and occupant comfort in mind.


Features include triple-glazed windows, VRF heat pump system, occupancy sensors, and a solar wall. The team included Vanderwesten & Rutherford Associates Inc., Randy Wilson Architect Inc., Hastings & Aziz Ltd., Enermodal Engineering, and Ron Kourdys Landscape Architects Inc.

Hamilton-Burlington Society of Architects Architectural Award of Excellence

Hamilton, ON


Date: 2014


Awarded for the McMaster Institute for Music and Mind, McCallum Sather Architects


Within the LIVElab at the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, audience members and performers connect to sensory receptors. This specialized system measures the brain’s reaction to the sound of music and dance. It is one-of-a-kind research, and largest virtual environment in the world. As a result, we are learning more about how music’s role in our health, emotions, language, cognitive and social abilities.


The research is made possible by its surroundings, a highly specialized design and the result of a unique collaboration between researchers, engineers and architects. Together, our inventive team developed a truly special and integrated design. It seamlessly incorporates the lab requirements with innovative, high performing building systems. A beautifully designed space, it mixes art and science with high precision.

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