Design

active design

Region of Peel pilots active design strategies

The Region of Peel plans to incorporate active design strategies at other facilities within its portfolio after a successful pilot.
Accessibility certification

Accessibility certification fills industry void

Much of the existing building stock falls short of the universal design ideal, but RHFAC can help owners/managers identify impediments to access and set priorities to address them.
Women's College Hospital

Women’s College Hospital redeveloped

The redevelopment of Women's College Hospital helped support its mandate as Ontario’s first outpatient-only, women-focused hospital.
workplace

Workplaces send subconscious signals: research

Recent research from fields including psychology can be applied to interiors to improve workplace design.
Single-use professional sports venues

Single-use professional sports venues falter

Ottawa and Calgary are two current Canadian examples where pressure is mounting to abandon major arenas still far from the end of their structural life cycles and build anew.
co-working

An upscale co-working space in Old Montreal

A sensitive design intervention transformed a space once occupied by a bank into headquarters for a tech start-up, complete with co-working space.
eyestrain

Eyestrain on the rise in modern workplaces

Complaints about visual discomfort including eyestrain have increased as workplaces have prioritized efficient lighting and outdoor views.
design

Design casts Stereo D’s new facility in low light

At a time when organizations are pushing meeting rooms and private offices into the middles of floor plates, Stereo D Canada has done just the
workstations

Don’t forget the outliers in office ergonomics

In many workplaces, multiple workers share the same desk or standing work counter. However, not all people are of equal size.
window

A sound alternative to window replacement

Hospitality-specific soundproofing solutions address the primary culprits of noise ingress — windows and patio doors — to cut external noise, without replacement or major renovation.
Albion Library

Albion Library first with trans-friendly signage

The new Albion Library, opened earlier this summer, is the first of Toronto’s 102 branches to introduce gender-neutral washrooms.
UBC's Ponderosa Commons

UBC breaks down barriers with mixed-use hub

UBC is breaking down barriers with Ponderosa Commons, the first of five mixed-use residences designed to activate the commuter campus year-round.
net zero

Net zero facility to become teaching tool

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation is poised to become a teaching tool for current and future building professionals alike.
office chair

Task chair retains throne as a staple of the office

To select the right office chair for an organization, consider price, user testing, and aesthetics.
York Recreation Centre

York Recreation Centre revitalizes brownfield

With the development of the York Recreation Centre, the City of Toronto is serving a previously underserved community by using a previously underused site.
sit/stand strategy

Developing an effective sit/stand strategy

Developing the right sit/stand strategy to include movement in the workspace is critical to supporting alert, engaged and healthy workers.
high-pressure laminate

Trends in high-pressure laminate surfacing

High-pressure laminate is a practical yet stylish surfacing material, and new breakthroughs in resin technology add functional features.