A Place to Play, A Place to Grow

We had a lot of fun with this project! The LWG design team did our best to look at design of this Daycare Centre from a child’s point of view, and this design shows that perspective. This project incorporates graphic wallcoverings, playful lighting and a soft, colourful palette of finishes and textures.

Interior Designer: Bryan Wiens, ARIDO
Design Firm: LWG Architectural Interiors
Photographer: Kevin Belanger

A climbing wall in the colourfully decorated play room

The main design feature of the main motor skills room is a stylized tree, subtly referencing the ever changing world of a growing child. Entrances to each play room feature stylized architectural house elements, giving a nod to this Daycare Centre as a home away from home.

Lots of shelving and storage and small sinks and fun accent colours on the back of the shelves and on the ceiling and bulkheads
Storage cubbies in fun colours

At the same time, this space was designed with much rigor, as the Ministère de la Famille in the Province of Québec has strictly defined standards that need to be adhered to in the design of a Daycare Centre. The health and safety, and overall wellbeing of the children and daycare caregivers are at the heart of this design.

Washroom equipped with tiny toilets and sinks, and plenty of storage cabinetry

We worked closely with the authorities and daycare Director to ensure all aspects of this design were considered and designed with intention. In addition to the various playrooms, rest areas, and a myriad of tiny toilets and sinks, this Daycare Centre also includes a commercial kitchen, staff support spaces, laundry facilities and lots & lots of cubbies!

Register Now: EOC Gatsby Holiday Gala!

Be sure to join the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario, Eastern Ontario Chapter, along with the Ottawa/Gatineau Design and Construction Community to celebrate the Holiday Season, Gatsby Style! 

Date and Time: Friday, November 10, 2023, 6pm-11pm
Location: Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC Paid parking available on site.

This joyous event is not only open to our ARIDO EOC members but also open to the entire community, our industry partners, clients and friends. We invite you to put on your best ‘’roaring 20s’’ and ‘’jazz age’’ attire for an evening of pure enjoyment, reliving the prohibition period with a festive twist. 

The Décor, food and cash bar drinks have been carefully curated to tantalize your all of your senses.  We will also have a live four-piece band, including the saxophone to jazz up the evening. If you are feeling energetic, take part in the Live Auction for our select, most exclusive prizes and then dance the night away to top 40 tunes.

Our silent auction proceeds will benefit the ALS Canada Research Program in honour of Randy Watt, a long time member of our close-knit business community, who was diagnosed with ALS in November, 2022. The silent and live auction proceeds will be donated to the ALS Society by ARIDO EOC to foster public awareness, fund research and provide support to ALS patients and their families.

Event schedule

6:00pm: arrival, coat check, free welcome drink to the first 89 attendees (89 years since our association was established), bar service begins, browse through the silent auction items.

6:30pm – 10 pm:  Appetizer service.

6:30pm – 7:30pm:  Live music featuring Jayla Kirkey Musician Quartet

8:00pm – 9:00pm:  Live music featuring Jayla Kirkey Musician Quartet

7:00pm: Self-serve food stations

8:30pm – 10:30pm:  Dessert stations.

9:30pm: Live Auction Event

9:00pm: Silent Auction closes

10:00pm+: Assortment of music and dance floor opens up

Cost for ARIDO Members
$30.00 for Interior Design Students and Interns
$70.00 for All other ARIDO Members

Cost for Non-ARIDO Members

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Ferron at 613-301-1946

ARIDO’s Eastern Ontario Chapter at Capital Pride!

On August 27th, 2023 the ARIDO-EOC participated in Ottawa’s Capital Pride Parade for the first time. It was a beautiful day filled with joy, laughter, fun, and entertainment from our own local drag queen! EOC Past-President Jeremy Cheff, ARIDO was sashaying and looking incredible in drag!

As ARIDO pushes for equity, diversity, and inclusion, this is sure to be the first of many times we participate and it’s bound to get bigger and better in the coming years.

Keep an eye out next summer for the invitation to participate!

An Awesome Launch for the inaugural CityBuildHERS event in Ottawa!

On June 10th, at the #RedBlacks CFL home opener football game TD Place in Ottawa, a new movement was kicked off at the new East End Zone Lounge… CityBuildHERS was born, a new vehicle to celebrate and connect women in the design, engineering, architecture, construction, and real estate industries.

ARIDO’s own, Lynn Ferron was part of the organizing committee for this initiative, she reports:

There was a strong presence of ARIDO EOC Members, as we made meaningful connections with women in our industry, promoting, collaborating, elevating each other, and forming partnerships to promote female driven leadership for major city, provincial, and federal development projects.

A panel discussion was moderated by Jennifer Cross, Business Development Manager for MARANT Construction, featuring Taya Cook from Urban Capital Developments.

Taya shared her project, “Reina Condos”, the first all-women development in Canada. She explained how she formed a team from several sectors, how they collaborated much differently to come to non-typical, innovative and more human centric design as a result.

She also encouraged us to talk business, make connections and start making plans, to move forward with female leadership in our industry. There were metaphoric moments all evening with the exciting atmosphere of a home opener, with fighter jets flying up top, fireworks exploding for a first touch-down.

This was only the beginning, as it was a home opener for City BuildHERS, with 150 women leaders inspired to make change, be heard, and promote women-run projects in our capital city and beyond. The inspiration was electrifying. The social media coverage following the kick off was explosive. It is the dawn of a new era: CityBuildHERS.

A special thank you goes out to Jennifer Cross who led the initiative alongside committee members Lauren Epp of CFL Redblacks OSEG, Sarah Vandenbelt of Koble Koble Commercial Real Estate, Kristen Buter of Mastercraft Starwood and Lynn Ferron, @aridontario and HOK, who organized this inaugural event.

  • Lynn Ferron, ARIDO