Mohawk College NOWIT15 Tour at RBG

Ira McDonald Construction had the opportunity to host a group of Mohawk College Students onsite at our Royal Botanical Gardens – Rock Garden Rejuvenation Project as part of Mohawk’s NOWIT15 Tour.  The Northern Ontario Wood Instructional Tour (NOWIT), in its third year, was a 4-day, 3-night tour in Northern Ontario for Mohawk students and faculty in the Civil Engineering Technology and Building Renovation programs.  The visit to the new Visitor Centre at RBG on October 24th, was the group’s final stop on the 4 day tour which was comprised of 16 to 18 hour whirlwind days for all involved.  While at RBG, the students toured the new facility and received a presentation from Timber Systems and Ira McDonald on the Douglas Fir Glu-Lam Timbers that create the Architectural Structure of the feature “Lily” shaped roof of the new building.

IMG_4082  IMG_4114 We are proud to say that over the last three years, over 140 students have been exposed to the real Ontario forestry industry. Dozens of myths and misconceptions have been dispelled, and we honestly believe that the world will become a better place as a result of NOWIT. The belief that wood is a viable building product in so many ways is now stronger than ever.” – Peter Olynyk, Mohawk College

RBG Mohawk Tour 3You can find more information on the RBG Rock Garden Project here: RBG – Rock Gardens Rejuvenation Project and Unique Roof Frame Assembled at RBG Rock Garden Visitor Centre.



IMC Director Featured by Mohawk College

Mohawk College recently asked community leaders to identify ‘unsung heroes’ who are making an extraordinary difference in the community. Among the individuals profiled in “Everyday Heroes” is Kim McCarthy, Ira McDonald Construction’s Director of Estimating.

Kim McCarthy graduated from Mohawk with a Dipl.T.Arch in 1997, and has been working in the construction industry ever since. She has been the lead estimator on landmark projects in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area, such as McMaster Innovation Park’s Atrium and MARC buildings, the Camilla & Peter Dalglish Atrium at the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Dundas Valley School of Art, and Gowlings’ Hamilton office – an award-winning revitalization of a heritage-designated building.

“To be able to build a project on the table, and then watch it grow in front of your eyes, to be able to say “I built that” – it’s humbling. I am able to work within the community I grew up in, work on buildings that were a part of our history in Hamilton, and make them better for the future. The sense of pride when you can talk to people in the community and say “I did that”… it is indescribable.”

The project featured in the video is the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Rock Garden Rejuvenation.

For More Information, Contact:

Kim McCarthy, Dipl.T.Arch, P.Q.S, G.S.C

Director of Estimating
905-297-4653 x17