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Jack Layton Ferry Terminal Signage

...echoed the family-oriented activities of the Toronto Islands. We designed a simple channel letter sign that glows with soft white light, and we proposed to calm some of the existing signage and colour scheme of the Pavilion. We also proposed and helped design new banners to decorate Harbour Square Park with the colourful drawings of a number of local schoolchildren....

Grange Park Grange Park

...keeping with its historical association with horticulture, recreation and the arts. Having served public functions since the early 20th century, the Grange has contextual value as an important cultural landmark and cherished civic and recreational space in the heart of its downtown neighbourhood. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library For a number of years, ERA has worked with the Art Gallery...

Bleau residence – Adaptive re-use study

...as a whole. To complement the project of citation, the elements of interest, both inside the house and in the landscape, were identified. A number of stakeholders were also consulted to target the trends and needs in the area. These analyses served as a basis for the diagnostic of the site’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Finally, an ideation exercise...

Milton Heritage Properties Business Strategy

...Any solution would have to make thoughtful use of the buildings and land, enhance the public realm, and be financially viable. In service of these goals, the report details the site’s historic and planning context; analyzes its natural, cultural, and built heritage value; applies business analytics to a wide range of adaptive reuse scenarios; and finally makes a number of...

Exploratory typo-morphological study of Île-d’Orléans

...selection of samples. ERA then developed a template for a synthesis analysis sheet of sectors and landscape units, with different levels of precision for their characterization. These “criteria” included quantitative and qualitative data translated into standards or discretionary elements for the regulation. The team fulfilled the synthesis analysis sheet for a number of sampled sectors and landscape units, which validated...

night photo of hotel in 2016 King Edward Hotel

...limestone, buff brick, and highly ornate architectural terracotta. Since 2009, ERA has served as prime consultant on a number of interior and exterior conversion and restoration projects at King Edward Hotel, including the conversion of the 3rd-5th floors of the hotel into luxury condominium suites. Floors 3, 4, and 5 were last used as commercial office space in the 1980s...

4301 Kingston

ERA Architects, in joint venture with SvN Architects and Planners, has completed the deep energy retrofit of 4301 Kingston, a 419-unit complex completed in 1968 in east Scarborough which houses more than 1,000 residents, and owned by Toronto Community Housing. The project improved tenant health, comfort, and safety, while reducing utility consumption and GHG emissions by up to 30%. The...

Junction Commons Project

...urbanMetrics have been engaged by the community to conduct a detailed feasibility study of the site. The study will provide a number of analyses to help align project objectives with the diverse needs of the neighbouhood, identify opportunities and constraints set by the architecture itself, and establish organizational and business strategies to fully unlock the value of the site in...

Ridgeway Community Courts

...who pursued funding through the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Foundation (MLSE) and the Rotary Club, a unique partnership was created, with the project driven by ground-up advocacy. Working closely with Ridgeway youth and a number of local stakeholders, the result was a public space that is truly reflective of the community’s vision. For more information check out the following...

The St. Hilda's tower St. Hilda’s Towers Transformation

...places to live. The renewal and modernization project will include envelope upgrades, systems and distribution upgrades, significant communal space improvements, and the conversion of 20 per cent of units to be barrier-free. This work will be completed with residents in place, requiring the integration of a number of strategies for minimizing disruption. Construction is currently underway. Learn more on the...

Bloor Gladstone Library

...building. Rehabilitating the heritage building to permit barrier-free access and improved interior circulation required a number of sensitive modifications to the original design. The original main floor level was located a half-storey above grade, and a series of later alterations had broken up the interior into several cramped spaces that were underutilized. Two grand reading rooms with fireplaces were also...

Senate of Canada Building

...were in poor condition at project start-up. Investigations and testing of a number of panels were undertaken to determine their strength and typical failure mechanisms. As no appropriate North American plaster conservation precedent existed, experimentation with conservation products from the United Kingdom was undertaken to determine suitability. After multiple mock-ups and tests, a conservation strategy was developed and implemented without...