Established in 1993, Grinham Architects maintains a core group of talented design professionals under the guidance and leadership of sole proprietor, Lloyd Grinham. Our knowledgeable complement of staff has a reputation for delivering small to large-scale projects within time sensitive schedules on budget and on time. We specialize in efficiency, accountability and open communication that guarantees individual attention to our Clients and utilizes the expertise of each member of our total project team to ensure seamless and comprehensive Consulting Services.
Our goal is to create buildings that are aesthetically satisfying, environmentally sustainable and financially responsible. We accomplish this by fostering relationships that allow us to fully understand the needs and aspirations of our Clients. As a firm, we recognize the responsibility associated with this engagement and are committed to investing the effort and diligence required to create buildings that meet and surpass each Client’s expectations.
Lloyd Grinham, Principal Architect, B.E.S., B. Arch., OAA, MRAIC, CAPH
Since the founding of Grinham Architects in 1993 (then known as L. Alan Grinham Architect Inc.), Lloyd and the core group of talented design professionals that make up the firm have gained a reputation for successfully delivering projects encompassing a wide spectrum of types and sizes serving a range of Clients. An alumnus of the University of Waterloo, Lloyd holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (1982) and Bachelor of Architecture (1986) degree. Over his +30 years of working in the field Lloyd has gained experience on an array of projects, including but not limited to, multi-residential (including student, seniors, cooperative and condominium style housing), single-family residential, industrial, commercial, institutional, medical, master planning and urban design. Lloyd is a member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and has an extensive background working on heritage conservation and adaptive re-use projects. Lloyd’s portfolio of realized past work includes numerous projects incorporating ‘green’ innovations and Grinham Architects has consequently come to be recognized locally as a leader in the discipline of sustainable design. Aside from managing his practice, Lloyd has been a volunteer for the Guelph based Hillside Festival since 1999, having acted as a Board of Directors member and Treasurer during his tenure. He’s recognized by the Hillside community for his remarkable level of commitment and outstanding contributions to the festival.
Mark Koppeser, Senior Technologist, C.E.T., OACETT
Mark has been a part of the team at Grinham Architects since its establishment in 1993. He is a member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists and holds a degree in Construction Engineering Technology from Conestoga College (1984). During his +20 years of service at Grinham Architects Mark has gained considerable experience with a wide variety of building types ranging from modest renovation/ additions to complex large scale multi-use facilities. Mark applies his extensive technological experience to the benefit of the overall construction detailing for each and every project with which he is involved. With a critical eye for construction quality, he has been principally responsible for overseeing the preparation of working drawings and field review for numerous institutional, commercial, industrial and multi-residential projects.
Corinne Maloney, Architect, B. Arch., OAA, MRAIC
Corrine is a key member of the Grinham Architects team, having been an Associate with the firm since 2001. She previously worked as a designer at Architectural practices in Ottawa, Ontario, St. John, New Brunswick and Bordeaux, France. Corrine is a graduate of Carleton University and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree (1999). As a Project Architect Corrine is responsible for client liaison, programming, design, construction document production, engineering systems coordination, contract administration and construction support. Corrine has gained experience with a variety of building types during her career at Grinham Architects, including significant multi-residential and institutional projects. Corrine’s professional interests include sustainable design and heritage conservation.
Caroline Prochazka, Architect, B.E.S., M. Arch, OAA, LEED AP, PMP
Caroline first joined Grinham Architects in 2002, as a student at the University Of Waterloo School Of Architecture, with previous experience at architectural firms in Kitchener, Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta; and Victoria, British Columbia. Upon completion of a Master of Architecture degree (2004) alongside certification as a LEED Accredited Professional (2004), Caroline joined Grinham Architects as a Designer and Specifier working primarily on multi-residential and institutional projects, from 2004 to 2012. In 2013, Caroline broadened her institutional design experience through a design position in Orillia, Ontario, leading the design for a church renovation, and contributing technical design for a heritage museum renovation. Caroline rejoined Grinham Architects as an Associate in 2016, as a licensed member of the Ontario Association of Architects (2015), and a Project Management Professional (2015) accredited through the Project Management Institute. In her role as Project Architect, Caroline manages the execution of all functions and responsibilities related to project delivery including client liaison, programming, design, working drawing production and coordination, specifications production, cost management, contract administration and construction support.
Miklos Csonti, Architect, B.A.S., M. Arch, OAA
Taking full advantage of the co-op program offered at the University of Waterloo, Miklos has worked for several prominent architectural firms in cities such as Miami, New York, Paris, Vancouver and Toronto. He originally joined Grinham Architects to broaden his knowledge of the profession within Ontario after receiving his bachelor’s degree (2008). Since obtaining his master’s degree (2012), Miklos has worked for offices in Toronto and Brantford, gaining invaluable experience in residential, commercial, and institutional design. Miklos became a licensed member of the Ontario Association of Architects shortly after rejoining our team in early 2016, when he assumed the position of project manager. In this role, he is responsible for all functions related to project delivery, including client liaison, programming, design, 3D visualization, working drawing production and coordination, specification writing, cost management and contract administration.
Kyla Griffith, Office Administrator
Kyla has been central to the core operations at Grinham Architects since 2009. Managing the office with her proactive and ambitious mind-set, she focuses on keeping efforts aligned with company goals, development and experiences.
Joey Morrison, Technologist
Joey joined the team at Grinham Architects in 2013 after obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Architecture – Construction Engineering Technology from Conestoga College (2009) and attaining three years of valuable work experience at a firm in Waterloo, Ontario which specialized in the design and construction management of financial institutions. He is currently working to acquire his C.E.T. certification through the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists. At Grinham Architects, Joey is involved in the production of two and three dimensional presentation materials and working drawings.
Misha Wee Armour, Technologist
Misha joined Grinham Architects in 2017 after four years of experience working in the commercial and residential sectors at an Architectural practice located in Waterloo. She graduated with Distinction in the Architecture – Construction Engineering Technology program at Conestoga College (2013). She is currently working towards obtaining her Passivehaus certification and her C.E.T. certification through the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists. At Grinham Architects Misha is involved in the development and preparation of design and working drawing materials specializing in commercial and residential construction.
Since 1993, our relatively small firm has been commissioned to design a number of extremely diverse projects, encompassing a wide spectrum of building types and sizes. In doing so, we have effectively avoided any tendency towards a singular area of specialization; preferring instead to continuously explore and expand our collective interests and expertise through the successful design and delivery of a range of projects.
In support of the philosophy of our practice, we have developed a number of successful strategies for appropriately adapting our experience to the specific design task and challenges at hand, whether for a modest renovation addition or a multi-million complex large scale mixed-use facility. We have necessarily identified numerous techniques for the careful assessment of functional programming, total project cost control, construction scheduling and delivery, and long-term operational costing. More importantly, our understanding of which of these tasks can be appropriately carried out “in house” and when additional consulting expertise is appropriate or required to supplement our immediate capacities is the key to successfully responding to the needs of even the largest projects, without compromising our core Client Service philosophy.
“No phenomenon can be isolated, but has repercussions through every aspect of our lives. We are learning that we are a fundamental part of nature’s ecosystem.” -Arthur Erickson
At Grinham Architects we are not only practitioners of sustainable design, but truly believe in it and the difference it can make on the planet. We are very proud of our proven record in the field of sustainable design, having successfully delivered several projects incorporating ‘green’ innovations throughout our firm’s history. Our collective interest in sustainable design is rooted in a deep-seated awareness that as Architects we are in a unique position to shape the built and natural world, and a resultant sense of responsibility to act as stewards of the environment.
Over the years, sustainability has increasingly become a priority of many of our Clients and as a result characterizes much of our firm’s recent work. In our capacity as Architectural Consultants we act as an expert resource to our Clients in the selection and facilitation of practical and appropriate sustainable design techniques and technologies. Our portfolio of realized past work includes several projects in which we have successfully implemented energy and waste conservation strategies including advanced performance building envelopes, high efficiency mechanical and electrical systems and controls, solar domestic hot water and power systems, grey-water capture and re-use, vegetated (green) roofs, and an array of passive heating, cooling and lighting techniques. Further, we have worked extensively in the field of heritage building conservation and adaptive reuse, and in doing so have assisted in extending the life of numerous structures which may otherwise have been demolished thereby preventing the unnecessary creation of waste. Our firm has consequently come to be recognized locally as a leader in the discipline of sustainable design.
We endeavour to consistently deliver creative design solutions that balance aesthetic, environmental and economic priorities, adapting to the demands of deadlines, budgets and site conditions, towards the realization of buildings that fulfill our Client’s requirements and surpass their expectations.
Throughout our history, we have placed significant emphasis on the initial establishment of realistic project budgets, and the subsequent efforts needed to maintain and succeed within these financial parameters on behalf of our Clients. Our Sub-Consultant affiliations we have established over the years similarly reflect this priority as it relates to the overall design development and execution of each project. We and our Sub-Consultants make every effort to stay up-to-date with current construction trends and related cost implications in the interest of improved, technically-informed designs and effective construction contract support and administration thereafter.
Occasionally we have employed the services of specialist Cost Consultant firms, and continue to make such specialist Consultant services available, if so requested by the Client. Typically in such instances we have also invited local General Contractors to provide preliminary construction cost estimates, based on the earliest available and sufficiently complete documentation to adequately reflect the proposed project scope and complexity. We can cite numerous built examples of this successful approach which were tendered well within our estimated construction budgets provided.
While it is crucial that appropriate initial budgets be established for any project, a key factor in the preservation of these throughout the tender and subsequent construction phases is the quality of the bidding and construction documentation. Without complete and accurate bid materials being provided for the tender itself, cost control during construction becomes an impossible task. Therefore it is essential that the necessary time and effort be allocated for the complete preparation of these critical documents prior to tender. In conjunction with this responsibility, we consistently recommend the undertaking of a comprehensive General Contractor Pre-Qualification process, between us and the Client, in order to invite an appropriate number of demonstrably qualified construction professionals to competitively bid the project. This approach has further contributed to significant cost control and scheduling successes on behalf of past Clients, and has also been met with consistent and widespread support from the larger construction industry itself.
Finally, the maintenance of an approved budget after the award of contract relies largely upon the abilities of the entire Consultant team to competently administer all aspects of the construction contract in a fair and timely manner. This is particularly relevant in the case of projects with limited schedules or timeframe flexibility. It is essential that all parties to the contract fully and professionally respond to issues that arise during construction in a timely and consistently fair manner in order to achieve the maximum degree and optimal balance of project delivery schedule, construction quality and cost control.
Sub-Consultants are chosen for their relevant and proven past experience and skills that would benefit each individual proposed project.
2014 Canadian Business Journal – Construction Publication – January Edition Page 106
2013 Our Homes Magazine – Home & Builder Publication on Heritage River Retirement Residence – Fall Edition Page 28
2013 Ontario Library Association (OLA) New Library Building Award – Wellington County Library, Puslinch Branch
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2012 The Reurbanization Award – Urban Design Award (UBA) City of Waterloo – Seagram Lofts project in Waterloo, Ontario.
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2012 Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Award – Healthy Housing
2009 Heritage Award – Township of Centre Wellington
265 Bell Street | Palmerston, Ontario
In the Spring of 2014 our firm was engaged by the County of Wellington to provide Architectural and Prime Consulting Services for a planned renovation of their Palmerston Branch building which is one of 111 libraries constructed in Ontario during the early part of the 20th Century with philanthropic funding from industrialist Andrew Carnegie. As a precursor to the commencement of designs for the renovations our firm was tasked with assisting this repeat Client in the facilitation of a Community Engagement process, to assess the public’s wants and needs related to the project. Through the Community Engagement the building was proven to hold great sentimental significance to the local community and the need for significant renovations was made evident. Planned alterations include restoration of the building envelope, considerable reorganization of interior spaces (including the adaptive reuse of an abandoned theatre space for library functions) and general enhancement of heritage features as well as improvements to provide for increased accessibility and modernization of equipment and fixtures. Our objective for the project is to simultaneously secure the historical value of the structure while accommodating expanded amenities for the continuing evolution of the Wellington County Library in Palmerston.
555 Prince Charles Drive | Welland, Ontario
Designed for a repeat client, this project constitutes a new 33,600 square foot two-storey state-of-the-art multi-tenant facility for medical practices and related uses. Careful planning provides spaces designed for general practitioner and specialist offices, spaces equipped with laboratory and imaging services, dispensing of medical devices and a pharmacy. Building features include an exposed structural steel and glass entrance canopy that speaks to Welland’s industrial heritage and an open and airy main lobby which hosts a feature staircase leading to the Welland-McMaster Family Health Team suite. The Welland-McMaster Family Health Team suite layout was planned in collaboration with Professional Design Solutions and was designed to meet the very specific needs of the user group which consists of general practitioners, student interns, and allied professionals including mental health workers, social workers, counselors, therapists, and other such specialists.
761 Waterloo Street | Port Elgin, Ontario
This exterior and interior renovation project converts an exciting 3,745 square foot motel into stylish condo units a short walk from Port Elgin’s beach.
1 Hales Crescent | Guelph, Ontario
As it approached its Centennial, Guelph Campus Co-op put in motion ambitious plans to create a progressive model for low-cost, low-impact student housing close to the campus of the University of Guelph. Retained to lead the project, Grinham Architects designed an 18 unit, 72 bed student residence complete with rain-water collection, radiant in floor heating, significant emphasis on solar orientation and heat gain, vegetated roofing and a complete barrier-free suite. The compelling result of this has been well received in the community and acts to further reinforce the co-op’s commitment to providing low-cost, socially responsible, environmentally sound student accommodations. Key construction features include pre-cast concrete flooring to maximize solar heat storage in the winter, effective placement of solar shading devices to minimize summer heat penetration and maximize the benefits of winter heat gain. The contemporary design of the building along with leading edge systems technology will allow for a building that matches the socially oriented agenda of the co-operative and its members.
1 Douglas Street | Guelph, Ontario | 2012
After a large fire in 2007 the vast damage of three adjoining Heritage Buildings in Downtown Guelph, known as the Gummer Victoria and Stewart Buildings, were left nearly destroyed. Maintaining only the exterior stone walls, the buildings received a complete interior structural replacement and expansion. The complete restoration and addition now houses 65,000 square feet of commercial, office, and residential space. Features include state of the art mechanical and electrical systems and rooftop patios with green spaces. The project is viewed as a key component in the ongoing revitalization and intensification of the downtown core by means of restoring and preserving a critical element of the historic built fabric while simultaneously adding modern living and work spaces.
126 Woolwich Street | Guelph, Ontario | 2009
This restoration project converted an exciting 3,800 square foot storage space into a stylish hot yoga studio. While primarily used as the studio, the space is additionally utilized for wedding receptions and community social events. Reinstatement of the original facade creates a new street level entrance with a commercial space that invites people as they enter the studio. Reclaimed floor joists were used as built-in furniture and finishes throughout. Further finishes were carefully selected to emit a sense of calm with a modern appeal. Existing rough limestone walls and original maple floor joists are exposed and enhanced with subtle lighting and natural elements, such as river stones, creating a comfortable environment. Rough Muskoka hemlock pillars form supporting posts in the change rooms. Specialized mechanical systems were designed to accommodate the required temperature and humidity needed in a hot yoga studio session. Further amenities include rooms for treatment/massage therapy, cool down areas, retail and a rooftop terrace providing an outdoor lounge.
88 Seagram Drive | Waterloo, Ontario | 2002
Situated one block west of the Wilfrid Laurier University main campus, this 95,000 square foot student residence consists of 160 twin private bedroom units in a four and five-storey courtyard configuration. The building features a large multi-purpose dining and assembly space, as well as a variety of lounges, study and recreational support areas. Waterloo College Hall was completed as part of an extremely rapid development schedule requiring the commencement of construction starting less than three months after our initial engagement.
We specialize in efficiency, accountability and open communication that guarantees individual attention to our Clients and utilizes the expertise of each member of our total project team to ensure seamless and comprehensive Consulting Services.
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