The Humber College computer labs are informal study areas easily accessible from the corridors of buildings in the North Campus. A variety of study areas are provided for Humber College students, with structured and informal spaces provided.
A student can find privacy in an adjustable-height study carrel, or lounge on a comfortable couch in the fireside area. Group projects are can be pursued in an enclosed area with a sliding door.
A treadmill station is available for those who want to study while maintaining their fitness.
Edgeley Village is a recladding project for a 16-storey multi-residential apartment building. The project involves balcony waterproofing replacement, window and door replacement and parapet repairs. This renovation refreshes the exterior look of the building and improves its energy efficiency.
All windows and balcony doors have been replaced, brick balconies demolished, and metal and glass balcony railings installed. All communication wires have been replaced and new lighting and cameras installed.
The design incorporates non-flammable materials, using mineral wool insulation for its high R-value and coloured cementitious cladding panels to add vibrancy to the building corners.
This is an example of how a typical 1960s Toronto Community Housing building with exposed concrete floor slabs and brick masonry has been skillfully redesigned to improve energy efficiency while providing a more colourful and modern appearance for the building.
This design for The Salvation Army consists of a new building attached to and bridging between two existing Victorian houses. The height of the new addition is sympathetic to the height of the existing residences, and scale of the windows and door openings has been designed to fit well with the heritage houses.
At the same time, this multi-residential addition is distinctly modern in design, and is designed to house microunits which despite their small size, all accommodate a kitchenette and washroom.
This addition would have provided transitional housing for 30 people, and was not built as the city opted to retain an oak tree in the middle of the property.
ISFA was hired to redesign the entire interior area of the Humber Faculty of Business in four phases, a thorough and detailed process that was competed in five years. Phase 1 was centered on providing new accommodation for sessional staff in generous landing stations, and on constructing a large boardroom for the business faculty.
Phase 2 provided the full-time lecturers with new offices, meeting rooms, a conference room, and a kitchen in which to heat up meals and decompress. Phase 3 saw the construction of new offices for the faculty’s senior lecturers and management, as well as a small boardroom and a new reception area for the faculty.
Phase 4 integrated the Faculty of Business to its surroundings and upgraded the surrounding corridor system, while carefully dismantling a large data centre and constructing a student study area in the same space.
The use of modular system construction in the office, meeting room and boardroom provided by a “kit of parts” was used to achieve a high quality of design and integration.
ISFA's design transformed interiors at the Dan Harrison Community Complex.
Preserving heritage elements such as the cornice, covings and ceiling roses, the renovation achieved a modern, open spatial flow aligned with the client's program.
ISFA's redesign enhances entrance security with a reinforced heavy metal door and window film in the vestibule.
The lobby transformation included a loftier design featuring a curved, multilevel floating ceiling with suspended industrial-style lights, departing from the previous bunker-style.
The Design Manager of Toronto Community Housing cites this project as a model for achieving inspirational design in public housing renovations.
This project provides barrier-free access for The Salvation Army’s administrative building located at 1132 Broadview Avenue was designed in joint venture with Walter Daschko Architect. The elegant masonry and glass addition at the back of the building provides an accessible lobby for the new elevator which services the basement, raised ground floor and second floor levels.
Two universally accessible washrooms on the ground floor provide excellent accommodation for people with mobility challenges.
ISFA was hired to transform an existing office and industrial building into a church and banquet hall, with a new bell tower and façade redesign. The worship are was designed in a basilica-style plan with clerestory windows.
Additional spaces, such as a chapel, offices, classrooms, and a commercial-style kitchen, were integrated to support the church's active functions. The renovation balanced the diverse needs of the building for both religious services and community events.
ISFA was commissioned to design a first-class banquet hall in a below grade area, with a full commercial kitchen and barrier-free accessbility throughout.
The existing circulation was replaced with a prominent processional stair, and a lift was added for those with mobility challenges. The high ceiling space was transfigured with sloped wings lit by modern chandeliers.
Throughout the project traditional cultural references were transformed by abstract material transferences.
The renovated hall has impressed the parishioners with its grace and functionality, has rejuvenated the cathedral’s social life, and has become a preferred venue for banquets and special events.
The commercial kitchen is currently used by Heavenly Perogy for the preparation of their take-out meals.
This project provides new lobby and corridor finishes for a 15-storey, 259-unit seniors’ apartment building and was designed in joint venture with Stephanie Woloshyn Design. The lobby is modernized with commercial grade carpet and ceiling lights arranged to better illuminate the entrance space.
The replacement of all carpets and lighting on all floors, along with the painting of all doorways and corridor walls, and the redesign of the prayer chapel, transforms the interior of this seniors building.
Barrier-free accessibility constitutes a specialty of Ivan S. Franko Architect. We have designed many projects, both exterior and interior, for institutional, commercial, and residential clients.
Whether we are designing for a number of multi-residential buildings on a site, or for a single-family home or small office, our team takes care to provide solutions that work for people with mobility and visual challenges.
On the exterior, we design barrier parking spaces, accessible circulation routes, and drop-off areas that seamlessly flow to a building’s vestibule.
On the interior, door sizes are increased in vestibules and lobbies, signage with braille is added to clarify accessible routes, and offices, washrooms, kitchens, common areas and rooftop gardens are designed for universal access.
We take pride in providing barrier-free elements throughout the exterior and interior of a building and meet and exceed the continually evolving universal access and AODA standards.
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