Key Elements of Inclusive, Safe and Calming Padded Spaces

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Oct 24, 2019 4:45:26 AM


    As our awareness of mental health continues to expand so too does the need for properly planned and inclusive spaces. These spaces are highly customized in design and often feature unique elements created with the end user or users in mind.

    Today, these padded spaces are used in a number of different applications ranging from healthcare facilities and educational facilities such as schools, to a variety of mental health institutions.

    With the rise in demand for these types of spaces, we have transformed our custom padding department to not only handle the increased volume of requests but have also invested in research and partnerships that aid us in ensuring they are as safe and welcoming as possible.

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    Topics: Custom Padding, Wall Padding, Padded Rooms, Correctional Facility Padding

    An Outdoor-Themed Calming Room for an Ontario High School

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Oct 17, 2019 5:24:52 AM


    Working closely once again with our partners at Avron Canada, we completed an incredibly important job which began in late summer.  Keeping with the rising trend of creating inclusive and safe spaces for children with special needs or for those who simply need reprieve from time to time, our attention turned to one school that wanted desperately to make a difference for one of their students.

    The school was home to one student that for reasons unknown, would become incredibly self-abusive. While the school did have a small “safe” room, it was quite small and was not set up to accommodate him.

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    Topics: Wall Padding, Padded Rooms

    A Complete Sensory Room for Woodview Mental Health & Autism Service

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Sep 24, 2019 5:31:17 AM



    Located in the western region of the Greater Toronto Area, Woodview Mental Health & Autism Services offers a number of services for children and youth facing mental health challenges and for those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    Originally known as St. Mary’s Asylum for girls and Mount St. Joseph for boys, the history of the facility dates back to 1853 and only officially became known as Woodview in the late 1970s. While a number of changes have taken place over the years, the goal remains the same today at Woodview, which has expanded to multiple locations providing community-based programs in the Burlington, Brantford, Halton and Hamilton regions.

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    Topics: Custom Padding, Wall Padding, Padded Rooms

    Sport Systems Provides Custom Calming Room Padding for Another Ontario School

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Sep 17, 2019 4:00:00 AM


    Many school boards across both Canada and the United States are recognizing their responsibility to provide safe and supportive learning and working environments for all faculty members and students. Often referred to as calming rooms, de-escalation rooms, quiet areas, calming rooms or sensory rooms, these spaces are based on the concept of reducing both environmental and physical triggers as a coping strategy for those experiencing heightened or depressed states of arousal. Outside of educational facilities, these spaces are common in residences, therapeutic clinics and a variety of other healthcare facilities.

    Ensuring that the use of these types of rooms and facilities are not used as punishment or seclusion, the use of these rooms is becoming more regulated by guidelines set out by school boards and other governing bodies.

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    Topics: Custom Padding, Wall Padding, Padded Rooms

    New Basketball Systems for Knox Christian School

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jul 16, 2019 4:00:00 AM


    In a picturesque rural setting with Lake Ontario to the south lies the city of Bowmanville, Ontario. Home to roughly 40,000 residents, Bowmanville is located just 75km (47 miles) from the great city of Toronto and offers a tranquil community as part of the Greater Toronto area.

    Travelling just north of the downtown core is the Gaud Corners community and home to the Knox Christian School, where one of our most recent projects took place. With deep roots in the community, Knox Christian School has been an admirable educational institution since its inception in 1957, providing students with strong academics and opportunities to grow spiritually in the Canadian Christian community.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Wall Padding

    Basketball Systems for Next Supply’s New Gymnasium

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Mar 12, 2019 3:14:00 AM



    Taking the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) by storm, the team at Next Supply has revolutionized how hydronics and plumbing supplies would be made available across this fast-paced region. By dividing the GTA into succinct zones based on neighborhoods and traffic zones, they have created a number of full-service locations across the region and have filled those locations with the very best industry talent in Toronto.

    The result has seen the decentralized business model embraced by those who have come to love the company, the people and what makes them different from the rest.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Wall Padding

    A Completely Padded Quiet Room for Cairine Wilson Secondary School

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Nov 13, 2018 4:00:00 AM


    Designed to offer students a place completely void of outside distractions, quiet rooms, sensory rooms and de-escalation rooms are now commonplace in many academic institutions across Canada and the United States.

    Depending on their exact purpose, these types of rooms can be outfitted with equipment used to help stimulate the senses or can have nothing at all and simply serve as a quiet place for students who simply need some time alone. Constructed entirely using our custom padding department, these rooms often feature wall padding including custom cut-outs, door padding and customized floor padding to ensure the environment is also a safe one for those who use them.

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    Topics: Custom Padding, Wall Padding, Padded Rooms

    Quiet Room Padding for the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Sep 25, 2018 4:00:00 AM


    Administering Roman Catholic schools scattered throughout the western portion of eastern Ontario, the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is comprised of over 30 elementary schools and 11 secondary schools in the region.

    As part of their equitable and inclusive education standards, the schools residing within the board are built on the foundations of discipleship, scholarship, and stewardship. As such, a number of the schools are equipped with specialized rooms that allow for a quiet or safe place for students who sometimes thrive by being temporarily removed from the often noisy and busy environments characteristic of the classroom.

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    Topics: Custom Padding, Our Work, Wall Padding

    Custom Wall Padding for Children of America Virginia

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Sep 12, 2018 5:17:09 AM


    Taking a different approach to traditional child care, Children of America is education-focused in caring for the next generation. Following structured curriculum, Children of America has grown to become the number-one preschool in the United States and currently serves children and families in 12 states across 64 individual locations.

    During the winter months of 2018, our team was in contact with key stakeholders from within the organization as they were in the market for some durable and safe wall padding for their location in Woodbridge, Virginia. The location had a specialized playroom for children that had become a slight safety concern as the room contained a variety of corners and pillars that could pose potential hazards for children at play.

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    Topics: Custom Padding, Wall Padding

    Wall Padding and Basketball Systems for the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Aug 9, 2018 4:48:25 AM


    Celebrating over ten years since opening in the Greater Toronto Area, the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC) is where one of our most recent projects landed us.

    The centre was created as a direct response to the growing need for awareness and support for South Asian families impacted by ASD and other developmental disorders.

    The centre has experienced exponential growth over the past decade, now servicing over 150 families. In the fall of 2017, they reached out to our team for help with a new facility.

    As part of their expansion, the SAAAC had plans in place to take over a building that had been donated to them by one of Toronto’s school boards.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Our Work, Wall Padding

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