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Firm Profile

"A bay is the space expressed between two columns. It is spatial possibilities created by structure." - Calvin Powitzky, Founding Principal

Since its beginning in 1995, Bay Architects has maintained a reputation for quality work, committed employees and dependability in the educational architecture arena.

Bay Architects was founded by Calvin E. Powitzky and Mark R. French to provide a unique blend of expertise in architectural services. In 2011 Bay was pleased to join with IBI Group Inc., a TSX listed company (TSX: IBG). IBI Group is a partnership which, directly and through its subsidiary entities, provides professional services, including planning, design, implementation, analysis of operations and other consulting services in relation to four main areas of development, being urban land, building facilities, transportation networks and systems technology. Our partnership with IBI Group and Bay Architects' diversified staff consisting of 4 principals, 5 associates and over 65 experienced professionals assures that our clients needs will be exceeded.

Our staff has been responsible for multiple TSA/TASA/TASB Awards for Architectural Excellence in Design. Bay Architects has completed an array of projects consisting of additions, renovations, new schools, higher education, worship facilities and mid-rise office buildings. We believe the lasting contributions we make to our clients are designing facilities that not only meet budgets, schedules, functional programs and energy conservation requirements, but that also enhance and stimulate the learning and work environment.


Bay Architects has experience in a vast array of project types from education to civic, religious to commercial office facilities, retail to industrial, ranging in construction costs from $50,000 to $96,000,000. Access Projects.

Master Planning

Large campuses such as universities, community colleges and high schools require careful, strategic planning to maximize site usage and future expansion.

Many of our school sites today are planned for multiple campuses that must be designed within a master plan context. Many districts must project future growth in order to understand its implications on district facilities. Bay's method of district-wide planning involves the community and the educators in exploration workshops to develop growth strategies which will best respond to existing school capacities, new grade alignments and possible new facilities; all balanced to meet expected growth projections for five and ten year periods.

Facility Audits

In order to understand the full range of facility needs, a district will need a facility audit. This is a thorough visual assessment of site, architectural, structural, electrical, mechanical, and roofing systems that will identify all system-level deferred maintenance and repair deficiencies needing correction. This evaluation will also identify systems components in need of replacement based on life cycle or component renewal needs. All component items identified will be listed in a computerized database including categories, establishment of priority, estimated costs, deficiency location and corrective action description.

Interior Design

"Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose." - Charles Eames

Our Interior Design Studio will work with you to achieve seamless design for your building and space. We will assist in establishing clear goals and objectives specific to your purpose. We study your building and space and work with you to establish what it is and what it could be. We will work closely with the architects, engineers and all consultants to achieve the goals and objectives established while creating timeless design.

Our design services include but are not limited to the following: interior design concepts, furniture selection and specifications, artwork, interior plantscaping, interior signage, graphic design, finish selections, branding, furniture mock-ups, managing the bidding process, and providing oversight for all FF&E installations and walk-throughs.

Additional Services

  • Development of District-Wide Construction Standards
  • Development of Educational Specifications
  • Furniture/Equipment Selection
  • Project Management
  • 3D Graphics
  • Technology Design

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