Kids, balls, salt, noise

Urban school expansion addresses every challenge THE GREENWOOD COLLEGE SCHOOL in Toronto recently expanded with a 74,000-square-foot addition located in mid-town. The dense, four-story structure designed by Montgomery Sisam Architects adjoins the existing independent school at every level above grade, increasing the school’s square footage by 120 percent. According to principal architect Terry Montgomery, “An urban site causes pros and cons. […]

Canadian copies

Less flattery, more innovation needed I hate being embarrassed. Most of us do. Our dislike of that self-conscious sting is part of what keeps us behaving in a socially acceptable way, and that’s a good thing. But we tend to remember when we get caught out. Years ago, I was touring a group of students […]

Tips for beautiful custom resilient floors

With more products in the commercial resilient category than ever, custom design work is continuing to be used on a variety of projects. At first glance, they can be intimidating projects, especially those that have borders, medallions, or other custom inlay work. With careful planning, these jobs can be beautiful and profitable for the installer. […]

Small claims court

Five options for defending yourself Going to court can be expensive. However, in some circumstances, a lower-cost option is available. The Small Claims Court is a branch of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that is designed to be a people’s court and a “court of equity.” It was created to increase access to justice by […]

Multiculti material mix

Design flash adds warmth to dining experience OPERATING IN 35 COUNTRIES, Nando’s is an international restaurant chain that originated in South Africa, known for its Portuguese-style flame grilled chicken and welcoming hospitality. Drawing cues from Mozambican/Portuguese culture, the Oshawa, Ont., location combines earthy textures, rich warm colours and whimsical design elements with a hand-crafted appeal. According to Keith Rushbrook, partner […]

Mindful museums

Where manual and fine art meet By Paul Epp I go to a lot of museums. I see it as professional development. I’m kind of in that business myself. I design things and I try to do a good job. Museums collect and display things that are done well and this sometimes includes my work, which is, of course, […]

Big changes coming

Bill 148: Labour law in Ontario By David Alli At this point, many of us have heard about the increases to the minimum wage that will be taking effect across the province of Ontario. This change is part of the “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act,” also known as Bill 148, which is intended to update workplace laws across Ontario. […]

Recycled buildings

Buildings that were once factories, mills, breweries or warehouses are increasingly being converted to occupied space. Sometimes a company expands office space into the warehouse or an old factory is converted into retail, offices or apartments. This is a way of recycling old buildings and the practice is widely known as “adaptive re-use.” Often existing wood or concrete floors that had never […]

Seller beware?

Rocky residential real estate landscape Joseph and Anna Canuck are retired and living mortgage-free in their 2,100-square-foot bungalow in Vaughan, Ont. After years of home ownership, they have decided to downsize by mov- ing into a condominium. On the advice of their realtor, they list their home for sale on March 10, 2017, asking $710,000 […]

Sealing carpet seams

We’ve all seen it, those of us in the business who are always looking down, but also members of the regular public who can’t help but notice. What I’m talking about are unraveling seams in carpet, or just visible seams that draw your eye. When I started in the business in the early 1970s, I […]