Smiths Falls & District Centre For Youth - Bathrooms
Posted on April 23rd, 2016

Project: Washroom Renovation and Bathroom Construction
Timeline: 3 weeks

The Smiths Falls and District Centre for Youth (SFDCY) building is often traveled by without being noticed, located in a quiet section of Main Street West.  When we were approached to quote the centre's bathroom renovation project, their existing washroom was dated, unwelcoming and run down.  A vanity with a missing door sat in a room with dim lighting and a window that didn't function.  

SFDCY serves over 200 youth in Smiths Falls, with 30+ dropping in on a daily basis, and plays a huge role in the positive lifestyle choices of local youth.  From sexual education to cooking, social skills to career building, the centre is a safe place where youth can come with issues and discuss intimidating topics with a staff that they trust.

Through securing a grant from Home Depot's Orange Door project, SFDCY was able to cover the majority of the funds required for a bathroom renovation project.  Working with their requirements, we met their budget and donated all other time/materials required beyond that amount.  Understanding the value of an organization like SFDCY, what they require in a facility and how many youth they directly impact, Geoff and I were incredibly excited to take on their project.  From design to completion, every aspect was considered and no detail overlooked.  The project required one room be demolished, and two rooms be constructed - one wheelchair accessible washroom, and one bathroom/laundry room.

Over the span of two and a half weeks, we performed the demolition, installed all new rough plumbing, spray foam insulation, LED pot lights, and enough ceramic tile to keep the space incredibly easy to clean.   Geoff's creativity inspired a job/activity bulletin board, which is located near the entrance door, on an exterior wall of the bathroom.  A vibrant orange accent tile was selected as it is known as a colour associated with social behaviours, while bringing energy and warmth to one of the centre's main areas.

SFDCY does incredible work in the community, and the staff take an individual interest in each of the youth.  To help with the amazing programming and support, visit their website or donate here.

- Ryan Holland

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