Plan International Canada
CORPORATE PLANNING & DESIGN: PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
PLAN INTERNATIONAL CANADA 2008-2013 (formerly Foster Parents Plan)
2014-2015: Expansion of The New Canadian Headquarters, Toronto
Acquisition & Expansion to the 2nd Floor at 245 Eglinton Avenue East
Additional 32,000 sq.ft. (new total HQ size: 68,000 sq.ft.)
Prime Design Consultant: Scope included space planning as per concepts used in the 2013 design and construction of the new Canadian Headquarters, as well as development of room
was expanded, as were base building washrooms, including the creation of a Universal W.C.
2013: New Canadian Headquarters
Relocation & planning for 245 staff from 95 St. Clair Avenue West to 245 Eglinton Avenue East
Approximately 36,000 s.f.
Prime Design Consultant: Space planning, design, permit and construction drawings; project
coordination, including mechanical and electrical engineers; on-site supervision during construction; post move-in follow-up.
2016: Ottawa Branch Office
Test Fit Potential New Office Space for Relocation (3,425 s.f.)
Design Consultation for New Ottawa Branch Office
HEART & STROKE FOUNDATION 2015-2017
2015-2016: Development of New Workplace Standards for Implementation at Corporate
Headquarters & All Canadian Branch Offices
Research & develop workplace standards including overall facility features, collaborative spaces (types), methods of construction, interior finishes, etc.), personal workstations (footprint, components, finishes); document standards for typical construction features for implementation at all Canadian branch offices as leases come up for renew; tours of furniture showrooms with client; prepare generic drawing and qualification to six potential
vendors & final bids to 3 vendors); submission analysis, recommendations and negotiations.
2016: Feasibilty/ Test-fit for New Canadian Headquarters: 40,000 s.f. at Yonge & Eglinton
2016: “Test Fit” Space Planning of Three Potential Spaces for Relocation of Edmonton’s
Branch Office: “Test Fit” Space Planning of 3 Potential Spaces for Consolidation of Ottawa’s
and Gatineau’s Branch Offices
2016: Edmonton Branch Office Relocation: Implementation of New Workplace Standards;
Space Plan & Working Drawings for Construction; Furniture Specifications (5,158 s.f.)
2016: Ottawa Branch Office Relocation: Implementation of New Workplace Standards;
Space Plan & Working Drawings for Construction; Furniture Specifications (6,630 s.f.)
ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION 2010-11
Relocation of 110 staff from 45 Charles to 800 Bay Street; 23,000 s.f.
Prime consultant: Space planning, design, permit and construction drawings; project coordination, including mechanical and electrical engineers; on-site supervision during construction, planning and coordination re: relocation of furniture from private offices and
meeting rooms; planning and specifications for new systems furniture, reception and lunch
Brenda Bjarnason won a Silver ARIDO design award in 1998 for Trillium Foundation’s former offices at 45 Charles Street East. Between 1999 and 2010, Brenda continued to assist the Ontario Trillium Foundation on an on-going basis with facilities management requirements.
Not long after the initial relocation to Trillium’s new facilities, space on the 4th floor was leased and planned to accommodate their growing staff. With continuing expansion that resulted in
the conversion of meeting facilities into additional offices for staff, more space was leased on
the 7th floor in 2007 and a designated meeting centre with “hotelling” offices was created.
THE MASTERCARD FOUNDATION 2012-13
2 St. Clair Avenue East, 3rd Floor, Toronto/ Expansion from 7,418 to Approx. 12,000 s.f.
Prime consultant: Space planning, design, permit and construction drawings; project coordination, including mechanical and electrical engineers; on-site supervision during construction, planning and coordination re: re-use of existing furniture; research, planning
and specifications for additional systems furniture, reception and lunch room furniture.
ROY THOMSON HALL - TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2013
60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
Feasibility Study for Administration Offices/ Total area: Approximately 8,000 s.f.
Review, analysis and recommendations for improved accommodation of existing staff, future
staff, contract and seasonal personnel. Preparation of two space planning recommendations
with associated preliminary cost analyses (one moderate option and one involving significant demolition and better utilization of space resulting in greater staff numbers). Assessment of existing furniture; working drawings for tender and construction; project coordination.
LuminaTO Festival of Arts + Culture, Toronto 2009
Relocation of LuminaTO to loft style space with exposed brick, wooden columns & beams on Queen Street East. New interior finishes, retain most of the existing construction, demolish
and create a new boardroom, private offices and a casual, open concept meeting area.