Mapping Development in the Region

Bay Area Builds chronicles new developments as they are constructed. My blog works to bring awareness of these projects to the community and create a dialogue about architectural design. It can be challenging to visualize where new projects are happening. Therefore, I have created a google map (below) that will be updated as new blog posts…

New Builds in Downtown Burlington: Part 2

Walking in downtown Burlington it’s hard to miss the signs of construction. Urban renewal represents a major consideration of land-use policies in the province. As mentioned in a recent post, the Greenbelt has limited developable land within municipalities. In Burlington, high-rise developments are beginning to reshape the downtown core as the city becomes landlocked. The…

Construction Update: William Thomas Building

LiUNA and partner Hi-Rise Group continue construction on the William Thomas building. Located beside the Lister Block in downtown Hamilton the project represents a significant investment in the core. The building has reached its 21-storey height with crews working quickly to finish the exterior cladding on the structure. Given the location, the building’s height stands…

Hi-Rise Development on George St.

New developments are transforming Hamilton’s architectural landscape. Towering over construction sites, cranes have become a consistent reminder of the impending changes to downtown. Last week, two cranes rose on George Street, signaling that construction has begun on the fifth-phase of the Vrancor Group development. In 2011, the developer began phase-one of the multi-year project containing…

Downtown Hamilton Reaching New Heights

In 1974, Landmark Place opened to the public. The 43-storey building, originally Century 21, remains Hamilton’s tallest building. The modernist structure has been a symbol of past economic vitality in the core. Revitalization of the core has seen developments reaching new heights, rivaling established buildings. Landmark Place has stood solitary for decades, but a neighboring…

LiUNA Project Redevelops former Kresge Site: Part 2

Downtown’s Hamilton streetscape has changed dramatically in recent years. Developments are reaching new heights in the core. As demolition continues at the former Kresge building, it’s hard to imagine the changes being proposed for the site. The project, headed by LiUNA, plans to create a mixed-use development featuring two residential towers, 34-25-stories, retail and commercial…

New Builds in Downtown Burlington

Provincial legislation has encouraged a culture-shift in Burlington. Landlocked by the Greenbelt, Burlington has seen a number of high-density buildings created around mobility hubs. Location on the western edge of Lake Ontario, downtown Burlington has seen multiple new builds. Each new development offering a mix of residential, retail and public amenities. Bridgewater Residences rise from…

Buildings Reach New Heights in Midtown Burlington

Driving down Plains Road gives a unique view of Midtown Burlington’s newest development. A new complex that promotes a culture-shift in Burlington nears the final stages of construction for Phase-1; a 20-storey condo tower. Provincial legislation, like the Greenbelt, promotes denser development in urban-areas by limiting ‘greenfield’ land available for new builds. Burlington has reached…

Self-Guided Tour of L.R. Wilson Hall

It’s exciting watching a new building being built. For years a flurry of activity surrounds the project. As McMaster University’s newest building nears completion the sounds of construction have begun to subside. At 150,000 square feet, L.R. Wilson Hall Liberal Arts Building provides main campus with more space for student amenities, offices, research, and McMaster’s…

LiUNA Project Redevelops former Kresge Site

Demolition of the former Kresge building is underway. As parts of the building are chipped away by a excavator, the site is prepared for a new residential development in downtown Hamilton. The building at the corner of King and Hughson has sat vacant since the closing of Delta Bingo.   The former Kresge building will…

Peter George Centre for Living and Learning

As summer draws near construction season has begun. Dump-trucks and diggers are a common site on McMaster University’s campus as construction crews ready the foundation for a new student residence. New Building Adds Modern Edge to North Campus At twelve stories the Peter George Centre for Living and Learning will take McMaster University to new…

Greenbelt: Gateway to Denser Development

Each new development is influenced by government legislation, zoning, by-laws and land-use plans can dictate how a new developments are created. For decades, cities in the Golden Horseshoe prioritized development on ‘greenfield’ land. Suburban developments extended city limits in sprawling new developments. Low-density neighbourhoods were created with few services including: transit and commercial space. As…