Finally, an authentic “hard” loft building is available in Ottawa!  Construction on the all new Mechanicsville lofts is set to begin within the year.


With the high demand for lofts and the lack of available buildings suitable for authentic industrial loft conversions in Ottawa, ModBox introduces the all new, “hard ” lofts in Mechanicsville. There are five main features that define a true hard loft; high ceilings, open spaces, exposed building materials, large windows and an urban location. The Mechanicsville Lofts incorporate all five characteristics of industrial conversion lofts but have the important added benefits of being much more energy efficient and comfortable.


ModBox is bringing the authentic loft concept to a new development in the recently revitalized Mechanicville area. The 6-unit, plus penthouse, Mechanicsville Lofts project is a pioneering urban renewal and redevelopment project. It’s unlike any other development in the city. With 1200 square feet of open space and  ceiling heights of 11 feet these lofts will have unmatched volume. Private elevators access each unit directly. All residences will have traditional loft characteristics, including polished concrete floors with radiant heat, exposed timber columns and beams and open floor plans with floor to ceiling windows, full views of Laroche park and Parliament Hill.

The design is decidedly modern and minimalist and early buyers will have the opportunity to personalize their own unit with custom features.

The units can also be configured to one or two bedrooms with two bathrooms.

Be a part of a strong downtown community while inhabiting a distinctly appealing and authentic loft lifestyle in urban Ottawa.



According to LEEDS, site selection and appropriate transportation are “important components of a building’s sustainability”.  Mechanicsville lofts are ideally located in a highly walkable neighbourhood with easy access to points of interest including: Parliament, retail, restaurants, hospital, schools, pathways and public transit. The Bayview light-rail station is a few blocks from the lofts and is set for completion in 2017. These important points aid in the lowering of the overall carbon footprint of the loft’s inhabitants.

In addition there are several other practices and materials that will be incorporated into the construction of the Mechanicsville Lofts that will ensure it is a green conscious building:

  • The main structure will be built from Canadian lumber
  • Some of this lumber will be salvaged or reclaimed Canadian lumber
  • ICF foundation will provide a high R-value and humidity control throughout the building
  • Ceiling systems will be exposed lumber, which will cut down on the amount of drywall and paint needed
  • Building envelope will be insulated to a very high standard. Of particular concern is air infiltration – most heat is lost through air infiltration, rather than poor insulation
  • Spray-foam and/or styrofoam will be used in limited quantities, justified by the increased quality of the building envelope
  • The HVAC system will be a high efficiency radiant system. This system is able to achieve the highest possible efficiency rating from the mechanical systems.
  • Radiant heat also provides even heat with minimal cold spots so homeowners are able to achieve comfort at a lower overall heat setting
  • Windows will be oriented to optimize passive heat gain in the winter
  • A green roof will be engineered into the structural design – it will provide heat gain/loss benefits and control the water run-off  to the City’s overtaxed storm sewer




Mechanicsville is an urban and up-and-coming neighbourhood located approximately 3.5 kilometers west of Parliament. The area is quickly developing following in the footsteps of its neighbouring communities including Hintonburg, Wellington West and Westboro. It’s close proximity to these areas allows residents to easily enjoy many shops, boutiques, restaurants, arts, culture and music. Top-picks for Mechanicsville: Art Is In Bakery,


Only 1 kilometer away from Mechanicsville Lofts, Hintonburg is a booming community that has been ranked as one of the top ten emerging neighbourhoods in Canada. Home to the first true arts district in Ottawa – the QUAD (Quartier Des Artistes / Arts District) the area also blossoms with festivals, galleries, ateliers, art facilities and theatre spaces.  Top-picks for Hintonburg: Parkldale Fruit & Vegetable Market, Back Lane Cafe, Hintonburg Public House.



At only  1.5 kilometers away from the Mechanicsville lofts, Wellington West village is within an easy walking distance of the residence. This neighbourhood is desbribed as a “creative and eclectic urban shopping district”.  It boasts many excellent restaurants, specialized gourmet food shops and various boutiques. Top-picks for Wellington West Village: Taco Lot, Cube Gallery, The Wellington Brew Pub and Alteriors                                                


Further West along Wellington Street West there are even more unique shops, boutiques restaurants and galleries. This neighbourhood is 2.5 kilometers from the Lofts. The Westboro neighbourhood has a vibrant arts community whose works are often displayed and celebrated in the area.  It is also home to the popular annual Westfest Music Festival.  Westboro is close to cycling trails, Westboro Beach and the Ottawa River’s white water rapids.      Top-picks for Westboro: Mountain Equipment Co-op, Lululemon, Bustuka,  Juniper Restaurant, Gezellig Restaurant


The Capital Pathway is one of North America’s largest networks of cycling pathways and it is easily accessible from the Mechanicsville Lofts. The pathway system has more than 170 km of trails linking to parks, gardens and museums. It is great for biking, jogging, in-line skating and walking.