Architect Ltd. (RRA) is a twenty-seven year old practice with extensive
experience in the design of accommodation for seniors. We have
developed sensitivity to design for a range of older resident users
from fully self-supporting adults to cognitively impaired patients
requiring increased care. We are working with the Abbeyfield Society on
a continuing basis in assisting them to build small homes of 10-12
seniors across Canada; both through government assisted programs as
well as shared equity financing. Other seniors projects completed have
utilized the "life-lease" financing model with enhanced features for
aging-in-place. In recent years most of the seniors apartment buildings
include units for the frail and elderly to permit residents to remain
in the communities that they love.
Architect Ltd. (RRA) has been in practice for over twenty-seven years
with extensive experience in the design of special needs housing.
Through working closely with a number of different types of groups we
have developed an extensive knowledge of the special needs of the
disabled, of women in crisis, of housing for single men and for single
women. With the Abbeyfield Society of Canada we have created group
homes for seniors and with the YWCA shared accommodation for single
women. For Hostel Services (Durham Region) we developed a 36 bed hostel
for men and 18 apartment units of stage two housing in one complex.
Many of this housing required the addition of food service facilities
for the residents and extensive support facilities and administration
space for the staff.
Robert Reimers Architects Ltd. (RRA) has completed
work in many areas of design.
Although the core of our practice
is designing housing, RRA also has extensive experience in
institutional and commercial projects in various communities throughout
southern Ontario. A current trend in community based housing is the
inclusion of space for community economic development or socially
appropriate service provision
Earth-sheltered design employs the earth as a major
component of a building's thermal control system. In
the Canadian climate, Earth-sheltered building is the ideal form of
design to manage the extreme climatic conditions. At a depth of 4.5
to 5 feet, the temperature of the ground in constant all year
around, and since the building envelope is in contact with the earth,
conduction through the building elements (primarily walls and floor)
regulates the interior temperature. Elements incorporated
into Earth-shelter design include materials with a high thermal mass
(concrete, for example) and the use of passive solar features, which
can maintain comfort levels by warmin g
the thermal mass .