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Philosophy

Edge is a collective of architects, technologists and designers that work collaboratively with our clients to create innovative built environments.


We believe in pushing the boundaries of technology in both our methodology and execution to rethink how buildings are designed and constructed. As an integrated team, Edge thrives on collaboration to create enriched work that balances aesthetics and performance, construction costs and scheduling, and ensures project objectives are not only achieved but exceeded.


Process

We lead our clients through a clearly defined, yet flexible process tailored to the specific goals and objectives of their project.


Our process is responsive and adaptable to the many private and public sector clients we have locally in Waterloo Region and throughout Southern Ontario. It allows us to clearly define a project’s goals at the outset and meet or exceed these objectives at completion.

We work on a wide range of project types including: Multi-Unit Residential, Commercial Office, Institutional, HealthCare, Industrial, and Retail. Furthermore, we are passionate about projects with affordable housing, sustainability and/or heritage programme components.


1 / Schematic Design

Based on the Client’s program of requirements, schedule and budget we prepare Schematic Design Documents that illustrate the scale and character of the project and how the parts of the project functionally relate to each other including: Site Plan, Spatial Relationship diagrams, Floor Plans, Elevations, Massing Models and Outline Specifications.

2 / Design Development

Based on the approved Schematic Design Documents and any Client directed adjustments in the project requirements, budget or schedule, we prepare Design Development Documents including more developed Architectural drawings and renderings and preliminary building systems design diagrams.

3 / Construction Documents

Upon obtaining all necessary approvals of the Design we will commence production of Construction Documents which will become the guiding documents that will facilitate municipal approvals, tendering and eventual construction of the project. These documents may include Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Landscape Architectural Drawings and Specifications. Construction Documents are presented to the Client for approval in a forum dictated by the Client prior to submission for building permit and issuance for tender.

4 / Bidding / Negotiation

Upon obtaining all necessary approvals of the Construction Documents when engaged to do so we will prepare and issue tender packages and act as the lead contact during the tendering process. During the Bidding/ Negotiation phase we respond to calls from contractors, subtrades and suppliers and prepare and issue addenda as necessary.

5 / Construction Administration

Our full scope of services during the Construction/ Contract Administration Phase includes preparation of the construction contract, attendance at construction site meetings, issuance of site review reports, monitoring of construction progress, review of the contractor’s applications for payment and preparation of certificates for payment, shop drawing review, issuance of site instructions, proposed changes and change orders, review and approval of contractors claims and issuance of certificate of substantial completion.

+ / Permits and Approvals

In addition to our standard services we offer Clients support in obtaining municipal approvals including submission of required drawings and reports for Site Plan Approval and Building Permit and related correspondence with Authorities Having Jurisdiction.


Team

Our open concept studio is home to a fun and fast-paced team, charged with creativity and design discourse.


Edge was founded by Architects Matt Bolen (BAS, M.ARCH, OAA, RAIC, CPHD) and Mike Trussell (BAS, M.ARCH, OAA). Matt and Mike first met as students at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture where they both completed the Undergraduate and Masters’ programs between 2002 and 2009. Matt and Mike joined forces in 2015 with the objective of creating a firm focused on achieving design excellence through innovation and collaboration. In the subsequent years since the firm’s founding, the duo has focused on building strong relationships with industry partners and assembling a team of likeminded individuals who share their vision.

Matt and Mike are both Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) license holders and current members of the Grand Valley Society of Architects (GVSA) Executive Committee. In addition to the two founding partners, the Edge team includes skilled and experienced Designers, Technologists, and Administrators who have considerable knowledge and expertise. Our firm’s size and structure allow us to be exceptionally responsive to our clients while having enough capacity to effectively deliver even the most complex projects with a consistently high level of care and quality of service.


Matt Bolen


Principal, architect
BAS, M. ARCH, OAA, CPHD

Mike Trussell


Principal, architect
BAS, M. ARCH, OAA

Mark Koppeser


Associate, technologist
C.E.T., OACETT

Kenneth Roy


Associate, technologist

Ryan Meaney


Technologist

Muzamal Shafiq


Technologist

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Edge Architects Ltd holds a Certificate of Practice issued by the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) and professional liability insurance coverage provided by ProDemnity Insurance Company.