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    Accessibility code compliant
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    Design, Construction
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    Government-recognized
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Accessibility for Everyone


​​Barrier-free buildings create environments where all people, regardless of their levels of ability can live, work, and participate fully within them. Whether you are a business owner, residential developer, or government/community organization, Habermehl Contracting Ltd. can guide you through making almost any necessary modifications. Whether your needs are big or small, our process and focus on accessibility ensures an accurate and functional result for the end user.
 

Did You Know?

 

  • 1 in 5 Nova Scotians over the age of 15 identify as having a disability. The accessibility of spaces affects the living, employment, and consumer choices of not only those with disabilities, but their families, friends, and caretakers as well.

  • Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

  • Nova Scotia has set a goal to be accessible by 2030 under the newly established Accessibility Act.

  • If you’re a business or community organization, the Province’s ACCESS-Ability Grants may help you pay for up to two-thirds of construction & renovation costs to meet accessibility requirements.

 

A Focused Process for Guaranteed Results

 

Habermehl Contracting Ltd. is your first choice for accessibility modifications in commercial environments, as well as accessibility and aging-in-place modifications in the home. With a specialized team that includes Atlantic Canada's first Rick Hansen Foundation-certified Accessibility Assessor, accessibility is our focus, not an afterthought. Working in close partnership with suppliers in medical and accessibility equipment, we ensure an accurate and functional result for the end user.

 

Assessment

We provide consultation to determine appropriate accessibility modifications, drawing upon our expertise in Universal Design principles, Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) guidelines, as well as local and national building codes.​

We also offer accessibility assessments of your building(s) as a standalone service.

Design Phase One: Conceptual Plans & Budgeting

Depending on the project’s complexity, we can provide initial conceptual drawings and preliminary cost projections to empower decision-making and budgeting.​

Design Phase Two: Detailed Plans & Costing

We can produce detailed drawings (including all structural and mechanical details) and provide an accurate construction budget.

Build & Manage

We offer construction services for any size of project, from small installations and modifications to project management and tendering, always with focused oversight on the accessibility objectives to ensure accurate completion.​

Certification

Professional assessment for Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) is available upon completion.

Foster MacKenzie

B.A., B.E.D.S., B.Arch, NSAA (Ret) HCL - Architecture Oversight

Foster brings to the Habermehl Team a rich history of experience and flair in architecture in Atlantic Canada. He is Architect Emeritus, overseeing design and engineering services for HCL

  • Founding partner of Harvey & MacKenzie Ltd., Halifax
  • President, Nova Scotia Association of Architects 1991 & 92
  • Chair, Canadian Committee of Architectural Councils (CCAC) 1992 & 93
  • Chair, Design, Construction Institute, Halifax 1993 & 94
  • Board of Governors, Technical University of N.S. 1994-97
  • Member, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 1997-2005
  • Member, Nova Scotia Association of Architects 1980-2015

Kristen Habermehl

RHFAC Professional HCL - Certified Accessibility Assessor

Kristen brings to the Habermehl Team the most current regulatory details for accessibility in our province. She was first to be certified east of Ontario in RHFAC, which is our provincially - recognized accessibility audit system. She brings both passion and balance, with advocacy for inclusion and eighteen years of business management.

  • Vice President of HCL 2000 – current
  • Public speaker on accessibility and healthy family practices
  • RHFAC member / Educator

JESIEL NOBRE FALCÃO

Civil Engineer – BC, BCE, MBA HCL – Commercial Project Manager

Jesiel brings to the Habermehl Team a broad technical experience in road construction, commercial and residential construction. He has overseen both large and small projects in Brazil and here in Canada. He is both practical and pleasurable to work with.

  • President of Nobel Space Engineering Ltd. 2006-2018
  • Engineer for Municipal Department of Public Works São Paulo, Brazil 2003-2006

Dwight Habermehl

General Contractor – Habermehl Contracting Ltd.

Dwight brings a rich heritage of residential and construction management to Habermehl Contracting Ltd. Habermehl is a family business established in 1963 by Dwight’s father. Growing up in the industry and eventually leading the business in Halifax has provided two decades of experience and knowledge accrual. Dwight takes great pleasure in offering his customers building excellence, integrity, clear and personable service.

  • Habermehl Contracting Ltd 1963