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Mobile by artist Ralph Durdin

Carlington Community Health Centre
Ottawa, Ontario
28,000 square feet
Original renovation completed 1995
Ongoing renovation and addition to be completed 2021
Services: space planning, interior design, furnishings, signage and art consulting, functional program and schematic development study (completed 2002)
City of Ottawa Certificate of Merit for Adaptive Re-use, 1995
ARIDO Gold Award for Restoration and Adaptive Re-use, 1996

This former school, with wings dating from 1922 and 1959, required extensive renovations for its conversion to community heath centre, creating space for primary care, family and mental health counselling, children's programming and community support. 

Bringing health care design experience to the redevelopment team, Carlyle Design worked in close collaboration with the centre’s design committee, planning consultant, and Edwards-Fentiman Architects to provide: space planning, schematic design and interior design; furnishings design and specifications; signage planning and design; and coordination of procurement and move-in. 


Budget constraints as well as enthusiasm for the building’s existing character led to creative solutions for the re-use of both existing furniture and equipment and the school’s existing fittings, wherever practical and possible. These included pressed tin ceilings, light fixtures, and slate chalkboards that were either left in place or recycled and re-used for signage, donor recognition boards and artwork. 


Over ensuing years from 1995 through 2015, consulting services addressed a functional program and schematic development study for a proposed expansion as well as design for several small renovations.

In 2015, Carlyle Design joined the CSV Architects team to begin work on the next chapter of Carlington's capital development. The project involved design for fit-up of 9,000 square feet of space on the ground floor of a new addition – for Carlington's primary care clinic – and renovation of the 19,000 square feet in the existing facility. Carlyle Design provided services for interior concept design – carrying forward the lively and eclectic character of the centre –  furniture and equipment layouts, selection, and development and application of the interior finishes and colour palette. Multi-phased construction is ongoing.

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