BID projects – Sheridan College
We are thrilled to continue our celebration of the class of 2023 from Ontario ARIDO-recognized schools this year. This is our third year of posting graduating student work on BLOG//ARIDO and we are pleased to share their accomplishments with the ARIDO community and beyond.
ARIDO has worked with these schools to promote a selection of 4th year BID student work on BLOG//ARIDO and will be posting the work each Wednesday during May and June.
Megan Sarmatiuk – Mississauga Community Justice Centre
The Mississauga Community Justice Centre fills gaps in the existing North American justice system by connecting correction and rehabilitation directly into the fabric of the community. This facility aims to create a comfortable and natural space for effective healing that lowers recidivism and supports the needs of every user.
Taking inspiration from Ontario’s rivers and lakes, the unobtrusive design of the Mississauga Community Justice Centre promotes growth, healing, and accountability. A shelter for all, the rhythm and movement of circular space planning, directional wood and neutral tones guide visitors and promote exploration in what would typically be seen as an uncomfortable space. With court rooms, health and wellness clinics, open office areas, local art installations and a fully adaptable library, this space is transformed to fit every need of the local community.
Melaina Santilli - The Stellar Minds Centre for ADHD (SMCA)
The Stellar Minds Centre for ADHD (SMCA) is driven to support an empowered generation of neurodivergent minds by providing students with the tools to reach their academic goals with ease. This mixed-use program includes functional and flexible design solutions tailored to supporting post-secondary students with ADHD. These programming areas are logically divided within the space, and include educational, social, therapeutic, and physical health supports.
Textural variations and fluid versus rectilinear forms create movement and assist in wayfinding, while logically dividing secluded areas from open areas. By incorporating evidence-based interior design strategies, the SMCA is equipped with inclusive and customizable learning environments, social and private support areas, and other design interventions for post-secondary students struggling with ADHD. The SMCA: realizing your full academic and professional potential and bringing you the quality of life you’ve earned and deserve.
Saba Ali - Sage Dementia Awareness & Day Program Centre
Sage is a dementia awareness and day program facility that offers educational services about the
condition, as well as treatment through adult day program activities. The centre fills the gaps that exist
within the Burlington area by providing a safe and stimulating environment for not only dementia
patients, but also their families and loved ones.
Through a home like atmosphere with versatile spaces and an indoor garden, the facility aims to reduce the stigma around the medical condition by creating an inclusive community that supports one’s social, cognitive, and physical health and well being. A combination of group and quiet settings, natural lighting, contrasting colours, sound absorbing materials, and open sightlines help minimize dementia symptoms to promote occupant independence and fulfillment.
The presented renderings depict the indoor garden, kitchen, dining room, and quiet nooks. These spaces
allow occupants to engage in interactive activities while making meaningful connections with others.
Victoria Koszegi - The Iroquois Shore Anxiety Centre
The Iroquois Shore Anxiety Centre is a wellness facility designated for those that suffer from an anxiety
mood disorder. Servicing adults in the greater Toronto area, its mission is to provide access to unique
and various treatments, resources, and support, in order to enable an overall improved quality of life
and functioning for the clients.
ISAC will promote biophilic designs by emphasizing the human relationship to nature with such aspects
as natural forms and shapes with elements that are readily found in nature, such as greenery. Areas for
collaboration will be designed at a grander scale in contrast with traditional spaces for clinical attention,
connected through carefully choreographed circulation routes and considerate spatial and lighting
Through ISAC, the client will develop the strength and confidence needed to begin a new chapter of
their lives, one that offers freedom and clarity from stress and limitations.