Red Studio Inc. Architects was retained as the Prime Consultant for the development of this land located on an environmentally sensitive property. The design inspiration for this project was its magnificent setting. Daylighting and views of the surrounding natural setting were priorities in creating a new, corporate head office for this family-owned company whose commitment to their team is reflected in the new space.
Red Studio began working with Rice Development several years ago to plan their corporate headquarters on an environmentally projected site in Brampton, Ontario. Many options for site development were reviewed with a final design direction established for a two-building corporate campus. The larger of the two buildings, a 10,000 square foot single-story office become Rice Development’s corporate headquarters was completed in 2016. The second, 5,000 square foot single-story building was designed and constructed as a flexible, leasable office space. Red studio complete the tenant fit-outs for the leasable space on behalf of Rice Development in 2018.
This project incorporates many sustainable features and concepts of workplace wellness. Many environmental initiatives were incorporated into the design of Rice Development’s office, such as minimal use of finishes, landscape bio-swales to capture and filter rainwater, absorptive landscape materials, energy-efficient lighting and building systems, natural daylighting strategies, operable windows, innovative mechanical strategy materials with high-recycled content, rapidly renewable resources, access to outdoor terraces and sweeping views to the surrounding wooded area.
For Rice Development’s building, an innovative multi-zone VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) mechanical system was used that allows for increased energy efficiency, user comfort and adjustability throughout zone control. Air distribution is handled with large LVHF (low velocity, high volume) fans. A strong daylighting strategy was employed to reduce the amount of artificial lighting needed in the offices. The lighting system is highly energy efficient combined with daylight and occupancy sensors. Both buildings are steel structures with open web steel joists. The building envelope is a high-performance envelope with deep overhands (designed with solar exposure and orientation in mind) and high insulation values. The result of this is daylight-filled workspaces that prioritize health and wellness.
We are proud to share that this project was granted a 2018 Urban Design Citation from the City of Brampton.