Common Area and Residential Accessibility Modifications, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC)
AccessAbility Advantage provides design services to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation for tenant accessibility accommodations. Based on the tenant needs and recommendations from an Occupational Therapist, the AccessAbility Advantage team evaluates the common areas and residence for accessibility. Recommendations are made to TCHC and upon approval, the permit and tender design packages are submitted. AccessAbility Advantage supports the tender and permit process and oversees construction.
Managing Construction for Municipal Retrofits, The Town of Markham
Following recommendations from an interior and exterior audit by an external consultant, The Town of Markham hired Quadrangle to undertake complete retrofits of 11 sites, including arenas, community centres, theatres, libraries and civic centres. Quadrangle specified optimal solutions for the universal design upgrades, tendered contracts and oversaw construction.
Architectural Design, Deaf Culture Centre
The Deaf Culture Centre is a facility designed to celebrate the diversity and culture of Deaf people in Canada. Located in Toronto’s historic Distillery District, the centre takes advantage of the heritage qualities of the stone, wood and cast iron structure. The design incorporates the unique considerations of Deaf people, providing a visually rich and flexible space that accommodates a wide variety of functions and events.
Architectural Design, ONroute Service Centres
Designed by Quadrangle, built by EllisDon Corporation and operated by Host Kilmer Service Centres Inc., the fully functional service centres offer enhanced services and an aesthetically pleasing experience to the travelling public. Quadrangle’s inspiration for the Ontario Highway Service Centres is rooted in the imagery of rock outcroppings in Ontario’s landscape. The designs for all three sizes of the centres incorporate three distinct elements – a glass atrium with sloped glass walls covered by a sloped metal roof; traditional indigenous stone walls; and wood trellises and canopies.
In addition to designing the centres to target Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification standards, Quadrangle created and implemented a durability plan to ensure that the buildings are designed and built to last the intended service life of 50 years.
To make these centres distinctive from other highway service centres in Canada, Quadrangle incorporated a broad range of accessibility and universal design measures in the new facilities, to accommodate all visitors of varying abilities.