Institutional Projects

Institutional Projects

Two St. Thomas Apartments

This 26-story rental development is nestled in the heart of Yorkville in Toronto. The building’s north half has 11 stories, while the tower portion on the southern side is up to 26 stories. The building has 251 apartment suites in total.

LEED Gold and Toronto Green Standard Tier II were targeted for the building to be environmentally friendly. Finishes were chosen that would be long lasting as well as aesthetically pleasing.

Close to 1900 roller shades were used in the suites and amenities areas.

The building owners were looking for room darkening in the bedrooms. We recommended opaque, 4-ply vinyl fabric in off-white, a special ordered colour selected by the designers. This fabric provides a blackout effect in order to block as much light as possible to ensure restful sleep.

In the living areas protection from the sun, reduced glare, and outward visibility were desired. CS 103 fabric in white was selected,  allowing for units to be bright during the day with sufficient sunlight reflected in order to save on cooling costs.

Manually operated roller shades with white SF3 fascia provide an elegant, non-obtrusive look throughout the suites. Reverse roll was selected to ensure that all shades clear the window cranks that protrude from most of the windows. The neutral colour palette gives tenants limitless decorating options.

William Thomas Student Residence

This 20-story student residence building is located in Hamilton, Ontario.

700 roller shades are divided between living area and bedroom shades:
  • Manual open roll, reverse roll shades in sunscreen fabric DX203 in dark grey in the living areas. DX203 in a dark grey provides greater outward visibility and the white to the outside aids in reflecting the sun to save on cooling costs. Reverse roll was selected to avoid window cranks  when lowering the shades.
  • Manual open roll, reverse roll shades in blackout vinyl fabric in grey to the interior, white to the exterior for a consistent look for all windows from the outside of the building.
Expressions custom wallpaper adds further interest in the elevator lobbies and common areas including the gym, main floor lobby, and lounges.  Elevator lobbies in each of the 20 floors display a wallpaper featuring identical colouring and pattern yet distinct by incorporating a different motivating word for each.

Bishop Strachan School

We manufactured window shade solutions for the new building of this all-girls boarding school for grades JK to grade 12.

We used a mix of blackout and sunscreen fabrics with manually operated Vision V-84 roller shades.

Markham Pan Am / Parapan Am Centre

The facility was constructed for competitive purposes during the Pan Am Games and required blackout roller shades in the gymnasium as well as blackout and sun control roller shades in the pool area.

Products Used:

  • Manual roller shades with CS103 fabric and FASCIA.
  • RTS Motorized roller shades with CS103 fabric and FASCIA.
  • RTS Motorized roller shades with EZ900 fabric, side channels and FASCIA.

CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre & Field House

The Field House features flexible gymnasium space for training and competition, as well as an indoor recreational track and fitness area with cardio and weightlifting facilities.

Products Used:

  • Manual roller shades with CS103 fabric and FASCIA.
  • Manual roller shades with Vinyl fabric, side channels, and FASCIA.
  • RTS Motorized roller shades with CS103 fabric and FASCIA.
  • Dual RTS motorized roller shades with CS103/Vinyl fabric, side channels, and FASCIA.

Gore Meadows Community Centre & Library

Conceived of as the new “Centre of the Community,” the facility combines sport, fitness, and library services on one site and under one roof.

Sustainable design strategies and systems have been utilized to ensure the facility will achieve LEED Silver certification.

Both dual shades and sunscreen shades were selected. The dual shades allow for an opaque fabric to be lowered when room darkening is required and a 5% sunscreen to allow outward visibility while reducing glare.

All Shades were automated.

MaRS Discovery District

The building is subject to heavy east and west solar exposure, which is now managed with roller shades.

A 5% openness factor sun screen was implemented to reduce solar heat gain and glare. Special attention was directed into meeting the architect’s design need to match the specific colour of the curtain wall. Since no existing fabric colour met the architect’s requirements, Sun Glow provided fabric that was customized to match the silver/blue tint.

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Regent Park Community Centre

Spanning just over 59,000 sq. ft. the Regent Park Community Centre features recreation facilities, an employment centre, child care centre, and connections to Nelson Mandela Park Public School.

Offices, lounges, board rooms, computer labs, dance studio, gymnasium and banquet hall.

Products Used:

  • Manual roller shades with CS101 fabric and FASCIA.
  • Standard motorized roller shades with CS101 fabric and FASCIA.

Gordon Head Recreation Centre

Graphic Shades™ are utilized here as an artistic medium. The Gordon Head Recreation Centre commissioned the artist for several mural-esque pieces to enhance the sense of activity and community that the space promotes. Blending this art with the clean function of Roller Shades provides exceptional light and line-of-sight control.

Products used: SG101 fabric, manual controls.