Ottawa’s Leading Designer and Builder of


LEED Renovations & New Commercial Buildings

Doing the right thing for your lifestyle, your resale value, and the planet

If you’re an owner, project manager, architect or designer that’s looking to push the envelope of what’s possible in building construction; and achieve the highest energy and environmental standards as set out by LEED, you need look no further than OakWood Commercial Services.

We offer a complete, turnkey Design & Build solution – or we can work with your architects or designers as a build partner you can trust for an amazing building that’s constructed to master builder standards.

The OakWood High Performance Building

OakWood specializes in the Design & Build of High Performance Buildings using the most innovative products, materials, and technologies in four key areas:

Energy-efficiency for reducing your energy costs and carbon footprint

Healthy environments for living and work

Technology enablement, including the Smart Building and intelligent building automation

Sustainable, green-building practices and environmental leadership

Incorporating innovations from any or all areas will drive the customized design and build solution for your project – and defines what we mean by a “high-performance building.”

More information on the OakWood High Performance concept

The OakWood High Performance Building: energy efficient, technology enabled, healthier, and eco-friendly

Energy efficiency

  • OakWood can provide recommendations on energy reducing options all the way to net-zero building which can produce as much energy as it uses
  • Techniques include: improving the building envelope to ensure a high R-value, solar panels, geothermal saving up to 70% in heading mode and up to 50% in cooling mode, lighting solutions, tankless water heater, Energy Star™ appliances and many others

Technology enablement

  • Take advantage of the Internet of Things to connect to, automate, or control anything from any location on the planet: smart hubs, remote control switches, home alarms and sensors, smart door locks, security cameras, appliances, and more

The Healthy Building

  • We can recommend design elements and non-toxic building materials to eliminate irritants and create a healthy living environment for your family
  •  Options include materials that don’t emit toxic gases and are mold resistant, biobased insulation options, incorporating passive solar and quiet energy efficient hydronic (radiant) heating systems, heat and energy recovery ventilators and other solutions


  • We can help you build as green as you want – while practicing the most eco-friendly construction methods in the industry
  • Options include products that use reclaimed lumber, recycled plastic, recycled glass or natural products such as bamboo, cork, linoleum (anything that is made with natural, renewable products), energy saving strategies including low flow faucets and toilets, tankless water heaters, LED lights, rainwater

Take advantage of over 60 years of construction experience

A family run business with deep roots in the Ottawa construction industry, OakWood has earned a reputation for quality and reliability that is second to none. We specialize in the design and build of high-performance, energy efficient buildings that meet or exceed LEED certification requirements.
Our Commercial Services provides specialized in-house expertise in the following areas:

Energy and atmosphere – including on-site renewable energy and Green Power options

Strategies and technologies for achieving water savings and superior energy efficiency

Innovative design – we work with architects or designers of your choice to turn a building vision into reality

Sustainable sites – including site selection, brownfield redevelopment, protecting or restoring habitat, heat island considerations and others

Water efficiency – reducing, efficient landscaping, innovative wastewater technologies

Indoor environmental quality – including air quality performance and management, natural light and views, use of low emitting materials (for floors and walls)

Materials and resources – including recycling and materials reuse

With over 60 years construction experience and a reputation for quality that is second to none, you can trust OakWood to plan, design, and build it right.

Book a complimentary no obligation consultation

Everything about our Commercial Service is customized to your specific building needs. Let’s get started with a call. Or schedule a complimentary, no obligation consultation with one of our Design & Build consultants now.

Call 613-236-8001


865 Taylor Creek Drive,

Orleans ON, K4A 0Z9

Monday 8AM–5PM
Tuesday 8AM–5PM
Wednesday 8AM–5PM
Thursday 8AM–6PM
Friday 8AM–5PM
Saturday 9AM–4PM
Sunday Closed

Walk-ins are welcome. However, we do recommend you schedule your visit to ensure an OakWood Consultant is available when you arrive.

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The Proof is in the Pudding

The OakWood Corporate Headquarters & Design Centre– LEED Platinum Level Certification

“We wanted this building to be a testament to what is possible in terms of building green.”

John Liptak, Owner & CEO

In 2016, we celebrated the grand opening of a very special building. Our own corporate headquarters: a 22,700 square foot building located at 865 Taylor Creek Blvd, Ottawa. This building is expected to be one of Canada’s highest LEED Platinum buildings – and supports OakWood’s unique Design and Build approach for our Commercial Services, Renovation Experts, and Custom Homes.

The Design Centre drives an efficient planning and material selection process like no other: everything you need for your building is under roof

Key features include:

2017 Best Design Centre in Canada award from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association

  • Designed with Hobin & Associates, one of Canada’s foremost green building experts

  • Close to net zero producing 82 percent of the building’s power requirements through a combination of solar power and geo-thermal

  • Features a massive showroom, seminar rooms, a 3D virtual display room, 74 LED screens to explore product and design options

  • See fully functioning displays with an exceptional selection of sinks, faucets, baths, toilets, backsplashes and shower options, tile, cabinetry, countertops, trim, lighting solutions, windows, doors, appliances – all artfully displayed to fuel your design and imagination

  • Choose from over 7,500 items to pique your imagination – PLUS a database of 150,000 items

  • Work with our in-house designers or an architect of your choice

There’s nothing like it in North America”

Mike Holmes

Watch our 2-minute video to see how our Design Centre & Showroom drives a unique and efficient material selection process…

This building is a prove point for what is possible when function is melded with technology and innovation. If energy efficiency and reducing your environmental footprint is a priority, talk to us.

We’ve done this for ourselves. We can do this for you.

Turnkey services

OakWood Commercial Services brings our experience going through the stringent LEED certification process – and combines that with over six decades of construction experience. If you are an architect, designer, or building owner we can provide leadership, guidance, and strategies that incorporate energy efficient technologies aimed at achieving LEED certification.

Our Commercial Services Include:

Finding and evaluating Sustainable Sites

Site preparation including environmental remediation and municipal zoning

Developing all specifications and building contracts

All city inspections, ministry of labour and engineering documents

Adapting a design for your site – or working with a designer or architect of your choice

Developing a fixed-price budget based on your final plan and concept design

Turning concept designs into build-ready construction blueprints

Product and material selection from interior to exterior

Construction work and project scheduling

Field project management of all Suppliers and Trade Partners from start to final inspection and a walk about of your new energy efficient building

Enjoy the highest construction-build standards in the City

Our minimum standards exceed all Ontario Building Code standards, from foundation work through framing and finishing work

We can design and build your project to the highest zero footprint or LEED standards

We work exclusively with the best Suppliers and Trade Partners available in the Ottawa region – these are professionals that share our passion and ethics for doing top quality work

Our material selection process removes much of the site issues and delays caused by an unorganized Contractor

Eco-Wise builder – nothing goes to the landfill, we use environmentally friendly construction methods, and recycle all building materials

When we say “on budget” and “well managed”,
we mean it.

Many contractors promise a commercial project that will be “on-budget” and “well managed”. Can they deliver? With OakWood, you get a complete team that works seamlessly to plan and build your new state of the art, tech savvy, environmentally friendly building. Every team needs a Quarterback. And you get the best: a seasoned Project Manager who provides one-point-of-contact from start to finish.

Technology is also a big reason we are able to assure you the very best planning and project management capabilities in the City. Our Commercial Services are supported by state of the CRM systems and processes.

How we keep your custom building project on track
  • Meeting once a week with our Production Manager – to give you one point of contact and timely updates
  • Providing you with a 24 hour emergency phone number
  • Secure access to the OakWood Client Portal which allows you to see detailed information on your building project
  • Schedules are updated every day using advanced CRM cloud-based systems
  • Our Project Managers are equipped with tablets and leading-edge cloud-based software for production to ensure high-touch, real-time communication through the construction phase
  • Qualified in-house experts to support each step including Project Consultants, Architectural Technologists, Interior Designers, Materials Selection Coordinators, Estimators, Schedulers, Quantity Surveyors and in-office Project Managers

Trust Ottawa’s most established full service Design & Build Contractor

Established in 1956, OakWood is a fourth-generation, family run design and build business. With over 60 years of residential and commercial experience, OakWood is Ottawa largest and most established contractor.

Our comprehensive suite of services includes Commercial Services, Renovation Experts Custom Homes, Seriös™ custom cabinetry – a separate OakWood owned business, and Property Investments.

Holmes Group

The first Renovator in Canada and only Ottawa Contractor to measure up to Mike’s standards

Consumers Choice Award

Voted Ottawa’s Best Home Designer and Renovation Company every year since 2008


Winner of many prestigious awards including Best Design Centre in Canada and first Ontario Renovator of the Year

What it comes down to is trust. I trust OakWood because they deliver. They get it right.

– Mike Holmes

What it comes down to is trust. I trust OakWood because they deliver. They get it right.

– Mike Holmes