International firm hires industry veteran to lead third Canadian office

Ware Malcomb, an international architecture and engineering firm has opened its third Canadian office in Ottawa, and John Holland, an experienced architect, has joined the firm as regional director to lead the new office.

In this role, Holland will be responsible for the overall growth and management of the firm’s operations in Ottawa. Holland’s broad architectural experience, spanning more than three decades, includes designing industrial, office, retail, mental health and drug rehabilitation facilities, mixed-use, multi-family, and institutional and educational projects.

A licensed architect in Ontario, Holland is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and industry organizations including NAIOP and the Toronto Construction Association (TCA). He has previously served in firms such as Stantec, Powers Brown Architecture, and Boise Holland Architects.

Ware Malcomb first entered the Canadian market in 2007 through an acquisition, and has since grown and diversified its business across Canada, completing over 1,200 projects. The firm currently has active projects in six provinces, and its newest Ontario office, adding to its Vaughan and Toronto offices, will support its growing Canadian clientele and project base.

The firm’s most recent work in Ottawa includes the completion of Building C at National Capital Business Park, an industrial spec warehouse space developed by Avenue 31. Ware Malcomb provided the architectural, interior design, and branding services for the 18,581-m2 (200,000-sf) industrial facility, built on a prominent undeveloped industrial piece of land. Strategically located at exit 109 on Highway 417 at Hunt Club Road, the structure sits on 40 ha (99 acres) of vacant  land, zoned heavy industrial, and leased on a long-term basis from the National Capital Commission (NCC).

Other recent Ware Malcomb projects in Ottawa include interior architecture and design services for a flagship store located at the Rideau Centre, interior design services for various tenants, site planning services on a 263-ha (650-acre) site, and branding services for a 40-ha (100-acre), six-building industrial park.

“We already had a strong presence in Toronto and Vaughan,” says Christina Kolkas, regional director for Ware Malcomb. “This third office solidifies our Canadian presence and allows more accessibility to clients seeking our expertise. It is an exciting time for our firm in this region.”

View Ware Malcomb feature in Construction Canada.

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