Facility Planning

Accessibility Codes for Group Homes Explained

by Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner, November 11, 2023 Navigating the world of building and accessibility codes can be very confusing, especially when the codes are applied to residential homes where people experiencing disability live. What is required, when does this code apply, and how do we know if we are compliant with newer accessibility […]
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Moving Forward Together

Moving Forward Together  National AccessAbility Week (#NAAW2022), May 29 to June 4, 2022 The theme for National AccessAbility Week is “moving forward together”. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of Canadians experiencing disability and promote efforts to increase accessibility and inclusion in Canada. Learn more about National AccessAbility Week.  While we still have […]
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Leaving No One Behind

National AccessAbility Week May 30 – June 5 Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner The Government of Canada has declared the last week in May (starting with the last Sunday in May) National AccessAbility Week. The goal is to promote accessibility and inclusion across our country and through our communities. “We all benefit from a society […]
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Choosing the Right Furniture for Your Group Home

by Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner How Do You Know What the Right Type of Furniture Is? Choosing the right furniture for your group home is not an easy decision. Durability and price point are often the deciding factors when buying furniture. Something that can stand the rigors of group home living on a limited […]
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What to Do with Your Unfinished Basement

By SARC Facility Planner, Don Epp During my time as Facility Planner with SARC, I have had the good fortune to visit many of the group homes in the province. One question that I have often been asked during my visits is, “What can I do with the unfinished basement?” Bare concrete walls, exposed floor […]
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Maintaining Your Building During Temporary Closure

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner Taking an Opportunity to Perform Some Overdue Tasks  During the Covid-19 pandemic, many organizations are closing their buildings to help slow the transmission of the coronavirus. Social-distancing is the new normal and the protection and safety of the clients and staff who would normally occupy these buildings is the highest priority for community-based organizations.  While your […]
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Aging in Place

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner What Does Aging in Place Mean? Aging in place has become a catchphrase in the housing industry. It is a response to the need that people want to live in their home for as long as they can. More specifically, aging in place is the ability to live in […]
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Are You Renovation Ready? Part 2: Hiring A Contractor

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner Why You Need a Contractor In the last article, we left the renovation project with a sound budget, accurate drawings, and a detailed plan. All we need now is a contractor to do the work; finding the right contractor will make all the difference in your renovation project. In […]
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