The Seagram Lofts

2016-01-11

In 1998, Kiwi Newton Construction was entrusted with converting the Seagrams Distilleries in Waterloo, Ontario into 105 luxury loft condominiums. The property features one 11 storey building and one 7 storey building totalling 170,000sf. The project consisted of two historic whiskey barrel warehouses originally set up to store 7000 barrels of whiskey, distilled in adjacent buildings. The Seagrams barrel warehouse was left for sale. Kiwi Newton Construction converted these two warehouses into luxury loft condominiums with a total project value of $24 million. The buildings are essentially new, while at the same time addressing the requirement to respect the heritage aspects and retain the original 4 whythe brick façades on the ends of the two buildings, which Kiwi Newton delivered to the delight of the City of Waterloo. The buildings consisted of brick façades and timber racking inside. The timber racking was carefully removed in phases, sorted, de-nailed and stored in fillet stacks on site. As each phase of removals was completed, a phase of foundations followed each new structure to keep the façades standing. Once the first phase of demolition and structural construction was complete, then the second phase of demolition and construction was completed. Each building required 2 phases in this manner. Following, the side walls were either removed or required openings to be cut into them. The bricks were sorted and good ones were cleaned and kept for reconstruction for new exterior walls, corner details, parking garages and for interior finish features. No new bricks were purchased as they were all recycled from the site. The timber from the racking was milled in an onsite mill shop and made into doors, trim, stairs, railings, furniture, wall paneling and outdoor trellises and parking garages. No new timber was purchased as it was all recycled from the site. The project took 2.5 years of construction. The new structure consists of structural steel and precast hollow core slabs, whereby the structural shell was internally braced and tied back to support the historic façade walls. An efficient 4 pipe water/glycol central heating and cooling system was utilized to provide heating and cooling with air handlers and ducting in each individual condo unit. The units were mostly 2 storey loft units with a two storey high great room. Individuality was put into each unit while all bearing the same hallmark of Seagram trim, doors, stairs and railings. Plus, top floor penthouse units were single storey and totally customized to owner specifications. The entire project is unique, a work of art and is now known as a very prestigious, award winning condominium in Waterloo, Ontario. This project was awarded “The Urbanization Award’ by the City of Waterloo.

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Mental Health and Addiction Hospital

2020-08-12

Mental Health and Addiction Hospital

We're excited to announce that Newton Group Ltd. has been awarded the “P3” (Public, Private, Partnership) contract as the Design-Builder for the Parking Structure portion of the new Mental Health & Addiction Hospital in St. John's Newfoundland. We can't wait to...

Parking Structure

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How safe is your parking structure?

2013-01-13

How safe is your parking structure?

You’ve done everything you could–painted the walls a light colour to reflect light into the spaces; added more lighting; installed CCTVs. But people still don’t feel safe—there are hiding places behind those giant concrete columns; there are walls at the ramps—what’s hiding up there? Vehicles and pedestrians can’t see each other around the obstacles. Even the CCTVs have areas that are blocked. Why not design safe…

Parking Structure

Newton Group Ltd.

Kitchener Market

2016-01-11

Kitchener Market

Barrel Works Group, a joint venture between Kiwi Newton Construction and Terra View Homes, was awarded the design build responsibility of the New Kitchener Market. Due to the success of the Seagram Lofts, the city of Kitchener sought out the Barrel Works Group to see how they may develop what was to be the new Kitchener Market block. The project planning involved city staff and public engagement with several design …

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