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Building Upgrades: Ground Floor, Lobby and Landscaping Upgrades

In November 2009, a vision session was conducted by &Co. Visioning sessions are typically used in the design field to develop concepts for space utilization. In PEO’s two sessions, PEO councillors, committee chairs, chapter chairs, staff and stakeholders were asked to provide input into how PEO’s new home can be the most functional, practical and liveable space possible.

& Co took participants through recent developments in architecture, engineering and interior office design, and helped PEO to determine how these principles and ideas may relate to PEO as a vital organization– its public role, its regulatory role and its role in fostering the development of the profession and its members.

The initial direction for occupying space at 40 Sheppard was described through concept sketches, plans and diagrams, with particular attention paid to: openness, natural light, environmental responsibility and sustainability, technology integration, improved public presence, the PEO brand, meeting and dining facilities, integrating related associations/groups, and amenities for staff and members.

The goal of these sessions was to have everyone informed and engaged in the design process, ultimately enabling PEO to form consensus on how to create an environment that best reflects the values and principles of PEO. About 100 participants were informed and engaged, and began building a consensus about the physical expression of those concepts in the new building.

The near-term concepts put forward have been incorporated in the master plan.

From the visioning session, it was clearly identified that the use of the entire ground floor is important for PEO. The thinking at this time is to expand the Lobby (1,800 sf) to occupy the entire west side. We currently have the mail room set up in suite 101 (929 sf) and if we obtain suite 100 (1,500 sf) we would have 4000 sf of lobby, museum, interactive information centre and reception area functions.

Suite 105 (2,217 sf) is not available until April 2014. When it becomes available, it would make and ideal location for the engineering museum and interactive learning centre.

In November 2009, a vision session was conducted by &Co. Visioning sessions are typically used in the design field to develop concepts for space utilization. In PEO’s two sessions, PEO councillors, committee chairs, chapter chairs, staff and stakeholders were asked to provide input into how PEO’s new home can be the most functional, practical and liveable space possible.

& Co took participants through recent developments in architecture, engineering and interior office design, and helped PEO to determine how these principles and ideas may relate to PEO as a vital organization– its public role, its regulatory role and its role in fostering the development of the profession and its members.

The initial direction for occupying space at 40 Sheppard was described through concept sketches, plans and diagrams, with particular attention paid to: openness, natural light, environmental responsibility and sustainability, technology integration, improved public presence, the PEO brand, meeting and dining facilities, integrating related associations/groups, and amenities for staff and members.

The goal of these sessions was to have everyone informed and engaged in the design process, ultimately enabling PEO to form consensus on how to create an environment that best reflects the values and principles of PEO. About 100 participants were informed and engaged, and began building a consensus about the physical expression of those concepts in the new building.

The near-term concepts put forward have been incorporated in the master plan.

From the visioning session, it was clearly identified that the use of the entire ground floor is important for PEO. The thinking at this time is to expand the Lobby (1,800 sf) to occupy the entire west side. We currently have the mail room set up in suite 101 (929 sf) and if we obtain suite 100 (1,500 sf) we would have 4000 sf of lobby, museum, interactive information centre and reception area functions.

Suite 105 (2,217 sf) is not available until April 2014. When it becomes available, it would make and ideal location for the engineering museum and interactive learning centre.