Carlington Community and Health Services

Ottawa, Ontario

Awarded a Certificate of Merit by the City of Ottawa for “successful re-use of the T.P. Maxwell Public School … a project that enhances the character of the neighbourhood” and an arido Bronze Award for Restoration and Adaptive Re-use in 1996.

This old school dating from 1922 and 1959 required extensive renovations of 20,000 square feet to support Carlington’s varied programs including family counseling, child care, primary health, mental health and assistance to new immigrants.

Bringing the health care design experience to the re-development team, Carlyle Design Associates worked in close collaboration with the centre’s design committee, planning consultant, and Edwards-Fentiman Architects to provide space planning, schematic design, interior design, and furnishings design and specifications. Budget constraints as well as enthusiasm for the building’s existing character led to creative solutions for the re-use of both existing furniture and equipment and the school’s existing fittings, wherever practical and possible. These included pressed tin ceilings, light fixtures, and slate chalkboards that were either left in place or recycled and re-used for signage, donor recognition boards and artwork.

The firm’s scope of work was expanded to assist the Centre with co-ordination of furnishings procurement, move-in, and signage planning and design. In ensuing years, services for design of several small renovations have been provided.