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Congratulations Sara and Dobrina!

September 2021

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Both Sara and Dobrina are now fully licensed architects through the Ontario Association of Architects! These two talented members of our Design Team have contributed to many projects including 55 Franklin in Kitchener, 101 Victoria in Whitby, as well as Angstrom Engineering and Gaslight District Condos in Cambridge. Please join us in congratulating them on this milestone!

Princess Street Placemaking

August 2021

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The placemaking project at Princess Street is the outcome of the coming together of engaged creatives and change-makers in our community, including Uptown Waterloo, City of Waterloo, Shared Places Inc. and ABA volunteers! This pedestrian destination is a place to connect, loosen up, and decompress. Come meander through or stay a while!

ABA Research Collective shares Design Solutions in Response to COVID-19

January 2021

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This past year has inspired us to reassess how we design. During the initial days of the pandemic, ABA’s president motivated our research with an email to staff in which he remarked:

“What the world is experiencing now is profound and its ultimate story has yet to be told. . . We must come out the better for having gone through this ordeal. . . Now is the time for us to think about what “better” is.”

– Andrew Bousfield

For some months now we’ve been working on a collection of design research which we’re happy to share. What started out as precautionary measures in response to COVID evolved into better design strategies. Happy Watching! Research Collective Video

Ground-Breaking Ceremony for Civic 66

December 2020

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A small but mighty group gathered for the official Ground Breaking Ceremony for Civic 66! Killam Apartment REIT has started construction of a 169-unit apartment building located at the corner of Weber Street East and Scott Street in Downtown Kitchener. The building incorporates architectural elements inspired by the neighbouring heritage building, and green features including geothermal heating and cooling. Big thanks to Mayor Berry Vrbanovic for coming out in the cold and mud in the midst of a pandemic to share in the celebration!

Waterloo Brewing featured in Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

September 2020

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Did you know that Waterloo Brewing was the first craft brewery in Ontario? Take a virtual tour of The Taphouse as part of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region! We are proud to have our interior design work featured in episode 15 of the series.

Canstruction 2020

March 2020

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This year we're excited to be working in collaboration with the Zehr Group in The Food Bank of Waterloo Region's annual Canstruction event! Watch out for our sugar thief!

Pam recieves the Leadership Award!

Jan 24, 2020

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Our very own Pam Tolton received the prestigious Leadership Award at the GVCA Leader in Construction BOLD AWARDS. Pam has become and remains the Region's preeminent Site Planner, is a devoted wife, a mother of two, and is the Vice-President and General Manager of our firm. Her humble attitude, calm demeanor and commitment to excellence inspire our team on a daily basis. Congratulations on this accolade Pam! All of us at ABA are extremely proud of you and happy that you have been recognized for the exceptional leadership skills you display daily.

City of Kitchener Great Places Awards

Nov 20, 2019

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We are proud to announce that three ABA projects received awards at last night's City of Kitchener Great Places Awards: One Victoria won the High-Rise Urban Design Excellence Award, KW Habilitation Services Residential Building won the Mid-Rise Urban Design Excellence Award, 8 Queen & Goudies Lane won the Placemaking Award!

Cooking at The Culinary Studio

Nov 8, 2019

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With the guidance of the incredible team at The Culinary Studio, ABA prepared an Appetizer Bonanza, including spanakopita, vietnamese spring rolls, and lentil soup! We had a lot of fun and our tummies especially enjoyed the experience!

KidsAbility Plasma Car Champions

October 2019

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In support of KidsAbility, we had a great time participating in the Plasma Car race and are proud to announce that we placed first this year! Congratulations to all the participants and a big thank you to all who came out to support the cause.

ABA Open House

Sep 13, 2019

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It was wonderful to have so many good friends, colleagues, and valued clients celebrating with us at our Open House!

WinC Golf Tournament

Aug 24, 2019

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On August 23, ABA participated in the Women in Construction Golf Tournament, hosted by the Grand Valley Construction Association at the Conestoga Golf Club.

LinC Golf Tournament

Jul 24, 2019

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On July 24th, ABA participated in the Leaders in Construction Golf Tournament, hosted by the Grand Valley Construction Association at the Conestoga Golf Club.

Canstruction 2019

Mar 8, 2019

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A little birdy might have told you the great news already, but in case you missed it the Canstruction build on Friday was a success!

ABA’s Canstruction team participated in this incredible event and worked very hard to make the Mama and Baby bird design scheme become a reality. Without the great effort and teamwork everyone put in throughout this process, none of this would’ve been possible!

Feature in Canadian Interiors Magazine

December 2018

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Turn to page 38 for a feature of our GHD property in the November/December issue of Canadian Interiors!

Habitat for Humanity 2018

Nov 15, 2018

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The ABA team got to work this past week with Habitat for Humanity! This is the 3rd time ABA has participated in this event.

Feast of St Jerome 2018

Sep 29, 2018

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ABA was invited to the University of Waterloo’s very own Feast of St Jerome, held at the University College, in recognition of their contribution to this amazing community! Thanks again to St Jerome’s for hosting, we had a blast.

Kidsability Plasma Car Races 2018

May 4, 2018

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On May 4th, ABA participated in the KidsAbility Plasma Car races for the 5th year and were narrowly defeated in the finals! The team had a great time and supported a great cause. KidsAbility helps to empower children and youth with a wide range of complex special needs to realize their full potential.

We're Moving

Sept 29, 2017

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ABA is moving to 101 Randall Drive, Unit B, Waterloo on September 29th! It is just up the road from our current location but offers a large collaborative open space we are really looking forward to!

Day in the District

Sept 16, 2017

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Day in the District was a fabulous event on a beautiful Saturday! The condos nearly all sold out in just three days...wonderful news for downtown Galt! The vibe at night was amazing as Serena Ryder rocked the Gaslight District and brought out nearly all of Cambridge...this community is transforming and they know it!

Congratulations to HIP Developments and Melloul Blamey Construction for making it all happen!

SG Cunningham Charity Golf Tournament

Jul 28, 2016

On July 28th, ABA took part in SG Cunningham’s Charity Golf Tournament at Grey Silo. Proceeds of the tournament went to St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Centre. The tournament had a great turnout, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. Thank you for allowing us to contribute to such a wonderful cause.

LinC Golf Tournament

Jul 21, 2016

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On July 21st, ABA participated in the Leaders in Construction Golf Tournament, hosted by the Grand Valley Construction Association at the Conestoga Golf Club. Although our foursome did not win a prize, our team had a fantastic time at this networking event, where they had the opportunity to meet some great people from the industry. Thank you, GVCA, for hosting such a fun event.

Kidsability Plasma Car Champions!

April 21, 2016

ABA participated in the KidsAbility Plasma Car races for the third year and this time brought home the big prize! The team finished first place and supported a great cause. KidsAbility helps to empower children and youth with a wide range of complex special needs to realize their full potential.

Women's Build Day with Habitat for Humanity

June 20, 2014

ABA gave back at our 2nd Annual Community Service Team Building Event.

ABA is Growing!

June 13, 2014

Pamela Tolton is now Vice-President and General Manager of the Firm. Pam has been with ABA for nine years and, in that time, has been the singular force responsible for the establishment and growth of our site planning department and she has also designed and completed many significant Projects such as Wildcraft restaurant and Red Condominium; both in Waterloo.

Since her graduation from Conestoga College in 2005 with an Advanced Diploma in Architecture – Construction Engineering Technology, Pam has added to her credentials LEED Professional Accreditation in 2008, a Project Management Certification from Conestoga College in 2010, added a C.E.T. Designation in 2012, and recently completed an accounting course from her alma mater.

Winner of Award of Excellence

Dec 17, 2013

The Bowler's Journal (a North American bowling trade magazine) has awarded Kingpin Bowlounge at Bingemans designed by ABA the Award of Excellence for Best New Centre!

ABA Does the Bad Ass Dash!

Sept 16, 2013

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ABA participated in the 7km/30 obstacle race!
We conquered extreme challenges and raised money for Charity Partner Autism Speaks!

ABA Designed Ultra Contemporary Home For Sale

May 13, 2013

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This modern home embodies a desire for clean lines and sharp contrast. Its modern form and material selections create a unique identity for the building. The home's stepped massing follows the topography of the property and helps anchor it as an appropriate response in an otherwise suburban enclave.

CBC News Article

April 8, 2013

Bingeman's complex to be a potential site for Kitchener Casino...

KW Record News Article

Jan 14, 2013

KW Record article on One Victoria Condominiums (designed by ABA)

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