Session #1: 8:30am - 9:30am - Office Pod Compliance by Framery
Sponsored by COI
Acoustic pods are a relatively new category of office furniture. As a result, standards and regulations related to pods are sometimes unclear when planning for their use in building projects. This course provides information about the standards and regulations related to pods. The course will cover important topics, such as fire safety, seismic safety, electric safety and building code compliance.
Kendryn Hutt is a well respected, high performing professional with over 23 years experience in the commercial interiors industry. In her current role as Sales Director for Framery Canada Ltd., she is responsible to grow volume, share and profitability for the Canadian market in addition to the relationship management and education of Framery’s distribution partners, architects, designers and industry influencers. She has extensive experience working in markets ranging from workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, and government.
Session #2: 9:40am - 10:40am - Accessibility in Heritage Buildings by Design for All Inc.
Judy Redmond and Brian Everton of Design For All Inc. will present on their 2 year research project for Accessibility Standards Canada that drew upon their combined many years of design expertise on accessibility in the built environment and working collaboratively with a multi-faceted team to explore the complexities of accessibility in heritage buildings.
The project team worked to answer how to develop a balanced way forward that respects accessibility standards under the Accessible Canada Act, while complimenting the complexity of heritage conservation standards and guidelines. The project team was an inclusive collaboration of people with disabilities, heritage and conservation experts, accessibility consultants, building officials and standards developers to contribute to the project’s iterative approach to balance the complexity of the varying layers of requirements that apply in terms of conservation of historic buildings and the human rights of those who access those facilities.
The presentation will highlight the findings of their research and the considerations for professional designers when dealing with the requirements of accessibility for heritage buildings.
Design For All Inc. is a professional design consulting firm that specializes in the areas of accessibility, Universal Design, and sustainable design. Design For All Inc. was started in 2004 by Brian Everton, a Professional Interior Designer who has also completed studies in industrial design and business management. Mr. Everton has specialized in the areas of functional design for products and the built-environment with respect to the issues of disabilities, aging and universal design for over 25 years.
In 2021, Judy Redmond BA MSc, a specialist in disability and accessibility issues, and the implementation of accessibility policy and legislation, joined the firm. Ms. Redmond has worked in inclusive design within government for 22 years. A Master of Science degree with distinction in Accessibility and Inclusive Design compliments her practical experience. Community participatory process and inclusive design are carried forward in her approach for the firm.
Session #3: 10:50am - 11:50am - Dementia Friendly Design and Material Selection by Altro
With almost 55 million people worldwide living with dementia, there is a need for a deeper understanding of how the built environment impacts their health & wellness.
As the disease progresses, individuals find it harder to interpret their environment resulting in confusion, stress, and anxiety. This course reviews the physical and cognitive changes as well as the impact that design and the built environment has for people living with dementia.
Of all the materials in a building, flooring and wall cladding have a substantial role on the ability of a space to reinforce orientation, safety, and independence. Because of this, the discussion will focus not only on key design principles but also on the technical aspects of colour, pattern, and detailing which influence the selection and specification of dementia friendly finishes.
Susan Drew is the Market Segment Manager - Senior Living and Behavioral Mental Health for Altro Americas. A graduate of the University of Alberta’s School of Business with her Evidence Based Design Accreditation and Certification and almost 20 years’ experience in the flooring/walling industry, Susan understands the importance of human centered design and product development. In the past 7 years, she has collaborated with the A&D community and end user groups across North America accumulating insight to the unique challenges of both the behavioral mental health and senior care environments. Susan’s passion is discovering, and sharing with others, solutions in the built environment that benefit our most vulnerable populations.