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Rounthwaite, Dick and Hadley Architects (RDH Architects), founded in 1919 and located in Toronto, Canada, is a consulting firm specializing in corporate and institutional architecture. The practice began immediately after the First World War and soon developed a reputation for its design of financial institutions. Among its early clients were a number of Canadian and foreign banks and insurance companies such as Metropolitan Life of New York and the Bank of Canada. Working with such clients, the firm developed unequalled experience in high security design. Highly secure facilities include the Bank of Canada Headquarters in Ottawa as well as two of their major support facilities in Ottawa and Mississauga; Royal Bank of Canada offices and Support facilities across Ontario including numerous branch banks; the OPP Training Academy in Orillia; and Canada’s new Chancery and Official Residence in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The design of new office buildings and their interior fit-up have long been essential components of the firm’s work. Early projects include such Toronto landmark buildings as the Digital building on University Avenue (formerly Shell building), the Regional Headquarters for the Royal Bank at 20 King Street West, and the former Bank of Canada building at the corner of Queen Street and University Avenue. More recent work includes Metropolitan Life Headquarters in Ottawa and Roberta Bondar Place, head office for the OntarioLottery Corporation, Sault Ste. Marie. Recent major Interior fit-ups include projects on four floors for the law firm Cassels, Brock, & Blackwell in Scotia Tower, Toronto; three floors for RBC Insurance Commerce Place, Hamilton; and Renovations and Restoration of the historically designated Toronto Hydro Electric Corporate Headquarters in Toronto.Other early work of the firm included the design of many schools, colleges and universities. These projects eventually led to our designing entire educational complexes for York University, Laurentian University, Conestoga College and Sheridan College. Recent University and College projects include Hart House Renovations, University of Toronto; the Academic Resource Centre at University of Toronto at Scarborough; the University of Waterloo’s Optometry Building and Addition; the Centre for Studies in Healthy Communities, and the Faculty for Continuing Education building both at Ryerson University; 2 new Student Services Centres at George Brown Toronto City College, Casa Loma and St. James Campuses; and the Taro Hall expansion, and Lifespan Development Research Centre at Brock University. From these projects the firm developed specialized expertise in the design of sports and recreation facilities including – major swimming pools, ice arenas, fitness centres and stadia. As a result, when Toronto made its bid for an American League baseball team, RDH Architects was retained to modify and expand its Exhibition Grandstand to create an all-new Exhibition Stadium. RDH Architects is also responsible for the design of many of Ontario’s most attractive and well loved Community Centres including landmark projects for the following municipalities: Sarnia, London, Tillsonburg, Centre Wellington, Halton Hills, Mississauga, Toronto, Aurora, Thunder Bay, Trenton, Belleville, Kingston and Cornwall.
In the past two decades RDH Architects entered the field of transportation architecture. It has been responsible for the architecture at Union Station the hub of Toronto’s highly successful GO Transit Commuter Rail System. The expertise gained with GO Transit led to commissions from Via Rail, Canada’s National Passenger Rail Service, from the Toronto Transit Commission for its Subway System and from the City of Toronto for whom it studied how best to build over the 1.3 miles of rail corridor that runs through the centre of the Downtown Core. Most recently the firm is responsible for the design of the TTC’s Transit Control Centre, including a NASA-like operations theatre with real time tracking of the system’s vehicles; New and renovated commuter bus terminals; bus and train Stations for GO Transit; Operations Centres and Works Yards for Toronto Hydro, GO Transit, and the Town of Newmarket; and Pearson International Airport’s new Central Utilities Building which will supply heating and cooling for the new terminal and all of the airport’s ancillary facilities; and the new $45 Million hub Sort Facility for FedEx also at Pearson Airport.