The Meet Up
In the spring of 2002 Sandy and Greg meet up at a St. John’s Board of Trade event, one of the many organizations in which they share an interest. Sandy had started the new firm in 2001, and a little later they start to collaborate and share resources in the Churchill Square office.
New Branding & Getting the Word Out
It is 2004 and the name of the corporation is officially changed to Gibbons Snow Architects Inc. A press release is issued, and the Telegram publishes a half page spread profiling the firm. The partners continue to build a client base across all sectors.
Around the time of the name change, GSA takes up residence in the Caledonia Place office, located at 40 Quidi Vidi Road. This building was formerly St. Joseph’s Church and Sandy redeveloped it into office space as part of an adaptive re-use / urban renewal project. More staff is hired as we grow.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Re-development becomes one of the first major commissions for the firm. This $40M project, initiated in 2006, requires the hiring of more staff and fine tuning our office quality assurance and delivery processes.
In late 2006, Sandy envisions the Harbour Charrette community engagement event. After much preparation by Sandy, Greg and a dedicated team of local architects, this blue-sky visioning event sketching the future of downtown development takes place in the summer of 2007.
Education & Health Care
In 2007, Greg secures a new all-grade school project in Labrador, one of many new school projects over the next several years. The RNC project continues and new opportunities in health care develop.
Another major anchor project is secured by the firm, namely, the Nuclear Medicine Facility at the Heath Science Complex in St. John’s. This $30M project, along with other work, including new schools for Carbonear, Charlottetown, Conception Bay South and an $10M office building that will go on to house Verafin, all keep the team very busy over the next several years. Around the same time, we began work on redevelopment of an historic building in downtown St. John’s for The Gathering Place. The firm was also happy to donate $15K to support this effort.
A New Partnership
In 2017 Tina Birmingham joins the firm and goes on to become a partner in 2019. Bringing with her many years of experience in long term care and healthcare projects, Tina is a very welcome addition to the firm which has been leveraged to bring us to a new level of design excellence, service and client satisfaction.
The Present & Future
Amongst other healthcare work, presently we are working on other exciting projects including the $20M Emergency Department redevelopment at the Heath Sciences Complex, along with numerous other projects in long term care, policing, corrections, education, and commercial office. We also continue to be involved in community led projects, including the Earth Sheltered Greenhouse project located on O’Brien farm. As we continue to grow and look to the future, we are very excited to deepen our skills and make more great spaces and buildings.