Robert C. Austin Operations Centre, Halton Hills

Client Town of Halton Hills
Location 11620 Trafalgar Rd., Georgetown, Ontario
Contract Type Construction Management
Architect Rounthwaite, Dick & Hadley Architects & Engineers (RDH)


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Project Details

This two-story, 25,000-square-foot construction management project was a collaborative effort amongst the Town of Halton Hills, RDH Architects Inc. and Ball, which oversaw all construction sub-contracts.

The building in Georgetown, Ontario, is fully accessible and features a fitness room, boardroom, lunch cafeteria and four service bays. As the home for current employees, it opened its doors on October 21st, 2015. 

The Challenge

Halton Hills’ staff had been working out of a crowded office on the same site, so there was a serious need for constructing a replacement for this old public works facility.

Sustainability was a main factor in the execution of this project. While Halton Township did not submit for LEED certification, LEED principals were carried forward during the design and construction of this project.

Project complexities meant we had to abandon the previously used tile bed sanitary system and connect to city services, located some 500 feet away on the opposite side of the heavily used Trafalgar Road—while avoiding gas and water line services. Alongside our trade partners, we stepped up to meet these and other challenges.

However, it wasn’t possible to build the complex as designed and still remain within budget.

The Ball Solution

We worked with the owner and the architect to identify cost savings from alternative details and successfully reduced the budget by 1.2 million without sacrificing quality or functionality.

Constructed in accordance with the town’s sustainable building policy, the facility maximizes energy efficiency, water conservation and storm water management. It has a terraced green roof that offers greater insulation and a reduction in the amount of energy needed to moderate building temperatures.

A vital part of the Halton Hills community, the centre benefits staff performing more than 30 individual services, including road repair, parks and forestry, transportation and winter control operations.

An example of total team collaboration and top quality workmanship, Ball is proud to have been involved with this project’s success.