Happy New Year – We have exciting news to share!

IDEA Inc. is pleased to announce that as of January 1st 2019, we have acquired COLE+Associates Architects Inc.

COLE+Associates traces its roots of offering architectural services in Ottawa back to 1907. Focusing on client integration at each step of the project, COLE+Associates has earned a reputation for developing a clear and collaborative understanding of client’s needs and delivering high quality design services through to project completion.

IDEA Inc., with offices in Ottawa and Sault Ste. Marie, is a boutique design firm offering architectural and engineering services within the Institutional, Commercial & Industrial (ICI) sector. A holistic approach to high performance building design and construction, a deep knowledge of the art of design and strong attention to detail are the pillars of the integrated approach at IDEA.

Existing clients of both firms will immediately benefit from combined experience, increased human resources and broadened capabilities. IDEA Inc.’s corporate structure has been applied to COLE+Associates Architects Inc. with Principals Ryan Crowle, Franco Pastore, Jeanette Biemann and Kenneth Oliver directing the firm. David K. Cole has taken on the role of Studio Director of Architecture of the Ottawa office. COLE+Associates will continue to operate “business as usual” but will now identify as COLE+Associates Architects – an IDEA company.

The firms will complement each other in terms of their varied experience in multiple project types; most specifically in the areas of healthcare, government, industrial and heritage. Both companies are high performance, service oriented, boutique firms, so in many ways this will be a very natural transition.

We immensely appreciate the relationships that we’ve collectively established with clients, contractors and allied professionals – some over the span of a century. Together we’ve formed the built environment and contributed to many significant capital projects. We look forward to continuing to collaborate and grow together.

COLE+Associates’ website will remain active for the time being and can be viewed at www.cole.on.ca