Oxfam, Ottawa


Oxfam Canada purchased and renovated an existing two storey building for its national office. Through this project, Oxfam sought to improve the working environment for staff, reduce operating costs and “walk-the-talk” of environmental sustainability.


The design converted the former closed office layout to a new open-office plan with meeting rooms and staff support areas. New custom designed workstations and dividers brought light and colour into the interior and allowed all occupants to have access to daylight and views to the outside. Fabrics from Oxfam’s program locations around the world were integrated into the workstations and provided a creative sound attenuation solution. Other green features include reduced energy and water consumption, building materials using recycled and regional content, low VOC products and millwork, significant diversion of construction waste from landfills, the use of task lighting to reduce overall light loads and bike storage and shower/locker facilities for staff.


The base building was modified to improve the accessibility of the existing entrances and to install a new roof and new mechanical and electrical systems. The project achieved LEED-CI Gold® status.


39 McArthur Ave., Ottawa


21,000 sq ft

Project Cost:

$4.0 million

Construction Cost:

$1.5 million


2008 – 2009


CSV Architects


Pranger-Debruyn Construction

Jackson-Brown Associates Team:

Phil Brown
Joanne Jackson
Gerry McDermott


Functional programming
Project planning
Project management
Capital budget development and monitoring
On-site construction supervision

Major Institutions