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Tye Farrow was asked to present his thoughts on the future of senior living and care from a design perspective to the Ontario Retirement Homes Regulatory Authorities Annual Board of Governors Retreat in Toronto. The association is responsible for administering the Retirement Homes Act which includes licensing and regulating retirement homes on behalf of the government of Ontario. They are an independent, self-funded, not-for-profit corporation, committed to the protection and wellbeing of seniors living in over 800 facilities in the province.

Their mandate is to ensure retirement home residents live in dignity and have the support and knowledge needed to make informed choices about their care options.


Farrow Completes Trafalgar Castle School Master Plan

Farrow presented the final master plan for Trafalgar Castle School, one Canada’s oldest independent schools, located in Whitby Ontario to the school’s community in October. The master plan includes new collaborative gatherings space, student common area, fitness centre, performing arts centre, music centre and visual arts study space. The master plan also reorganizes the internal circulation as well as repositions a number of interior spaces.

Housed in a castle, built by Nelson Gilbert Reynolds, Sheriff of Ontario County, as a private residence in 1859, the building was the largest private dwelling in Canada until Casa Loma was built in Toronto. The new master plan will include additional performance space, common areas and learning amenities for the girls.

Farrow has completed over 30 master plans and has work with a number of Canada’s leading independent schools.


Farrow Begins Kingsway College School Master Plan

Farrow has begun work on a master plan for Kingsway College School, an independent school located in Etobicoke, which provides their students with rich and diverse experiences focused on the Four Doors to Learning – Academics, Arts, Athletics, and Citizenship. The master plan is anticipated to be completed by January 2019. Farrow has completed over 30 master plans and has worked with a number of Canada’s leading independent schools.


Farrow Commences Designs for Landmark Oakville Building

Farrow has commenced designs for the renovation and restorations of Oakvilles landmark Knox Presbyterian Church in the centre of the towns downtown core. Growing out of a master plan Farrow completed in 2017, the design includes new community education, meeting, kitchen, office and support areas along with a new reception, entrance and exterior city square, at the corner of Lakeshore Road and Dunn Street. Construction is anticipated to start in the early summer of 2019.


Construction Commences on TMS Bayview Campus

Construction has begun on the redevelopment of the Toronto Montessori Bayview Campus. The design includes a new main entrance and atrium lobby featuring a tree-like wood structure. The project included a building that will act as a new face for the school including new administrative space, performance centre and gymnasium. The new semi-circular building wraps around a new landscaped entry plaza which will create a sense of a campus for TMS. Building occupancy is slated for August 2019


Ottawa Sciences Lab Construction Begins

Construction has begun on the new Elmwood School sciences lab suite. The work includes new state of the art sciences learning space, collaborative areas and teach preparation areas. The project is the first phase of a larger redevelopment of the campus which includes a new arts suite, new entry courtyard, new entrance and reception, ding hall, student learning comments and garden terrace. The new labs will be occupied in the fall of 2018.


Medical Health Centre Designs Completed

Farrow has completed designs for a new community health centre and medical office space in Woodstock, opposite the community hospital. The three storey, 65,000 sqft building is a continuation of Farrows exploration of flexible, effective community health building typologies.


Toronto Hunt Golf Simulation Centre is Tendered for Construction

The Toronto Hunt’s new golf simulation centre, pro shop and related spaces overlooking the Lake Ontario, has gone out to tender in advance of a construction start this fall. The new centre will significantly expand the memberships golf experience with state of the art teaching equipment in a new daylit social area.

One of the oldest hunt clubs in North America and the second oldest in Canada, the Hunt was founded in 1843. Today, The Toronto Hunt owns approximately 71 acres with 2,000 feet of frontage overlooking the lake. Farrow has been completed a number of additions renovations and new building at the Hunt for over twenty years.


Royal St. Georges College Phase Three Begins Construction

Construction has commenced on the third phase of the four phased projects designed to transform the junior school of Royal St. George's College. The project includes a new entry hall, centre for collaboration, kitchen, food preparation area and renovation to all learning spaces on the first and second level. The final phase will involve altering the lower level of the building to collaborative and learning environments aligned with the Colleges' strategic objectives.