York University Student Centre Named to 10 Best Canadian Architecture Projects of 2018

  • December 20, 2018
  • Publication: AZURE Magazine

World Architecture 100: CannonDesign Holds Strong as Global Design Leader

  • December 19, 2018
  • Publication: Building Design

A Closer Look: York University Student Centre

  • December 17, 2018
  • Author: Geoff Walters

The recently completed York University Student Centre was created to address the doubling of the Toronto university’s size since the original student center was built, providing a new gateway to the campus, along with 150,000 square feet of student-centered spaces for recreation, meetings, individual and group study, club offices, assembly, and multi-faith prayer. The student body was very involved in the building’s programming and its final expression; the very transparent façade, for example, was a response to their desire that the facility be welcoming and open to all.

So, where to focus our attention on this beautiful building, with its many interesting elements and features? Let’s take a look at the two-story Alaskan Yellow Cedar fins that provide a bold elevational feature and an interesting textual element to the primary glass and metal building enclosure. While the Student Centre has many sustainable design features and is pursuing LEED Silver, the fins aren’t primarily for shading — the fins do provide shading on the south elevation, but their shading effect on the north is minimal. The primary role of the fins is to significantly soften the large expanse of “welcoming” glass and introduce wood to the exterior, which is a large part of the interior material palette.

Two-story wood fins, however, are not so easy to do: The fins are very slender and tall, requiring lateral wind resistance; they’re big and heavy and their attachment points, with differential deflection and wood shrinkage, present a structural challenge; they are stiffened by both building them up with laminated sections and by running a tensioned cable through the center of the span connected back to cantilevered structure (the cable is so proportionally slender, it’s virtually unnoticeable), and the dead load of the fins is carried off the roof structure at the top attachment, making the bottom connection simply a lateral connection — this is where both deflection and any thermal/moisture length changes are accommodated.

The other textual aspect of the fins, providing another layer of interest, is that, they kink: The outside face of each fin has an inflection point that shifts its vertical position with each fin, providing a static suggestion of movement. These are appealing building elements that would be sorely missed if not a part of the final design.

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Laurier Brantford YMCA Hosts Grand Opening Celebration

  • December 12, 2018

Understanding the World of Telehealth Reimbursement

  • December 3, 2018
  • Author: Ian Kobernick

Telehealth not only has the ability to increase convenience and improve care for remote patients, it also improves emergency department throughput, and ultimately can reduce potentially avoidable admissions.

While telemedicine capabilities are some of the most exciting existing in healthcare today, inconsistent reimbursement standards continue to hinder successful program adoption. Challenges continue in navigating the state-level variability in regulations and capturing procedures to receive the appropriate compensation and reimbursement. Because of its potential, it is crucial for organizations implementing telehealth to work closely with legislators and insurance companies to ensure reimbursement occurs in a timely and effective manner. Fortunately, the growing interest in implementing telehealth solutions has prioritized reimbursement evolution.

The purpose of this paper is to review the current landscape of telehealth reimbursement and provide insight into strategies for dealing with the complex regulatory environment. For example, when we asked a renown Academic Medical Center in Dallas about its telemedicine capabilities, they give a semi-standard response: “We would like to offer more, but billing is a significant challenge.” We’ll also take a deeper dive and show how one particular organization’s telehealth services are functioning like a well-oiled machine.

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Decoding the Recipe for Success for Your Ambulatory Strategy

  • November 9, 2018
  • Author: Michael Pukszta

minnesotaWhile the major shift from inpatient to ambulatory care is allowing healthcare systems to remain at the forefront of medicine, it also creates significant challenges with respect to reimbursement, revenue, and patient volume. Exacerbating those challenges, there isn’t a “one size fits all” ambulatory strategy. Just as there is no single type of consumer, there is no single right or highest use of an ambulatory facility. Every patient is unique in how they want to interact with a health institution. And technology, digital solutions, experience, and patient expectations all play a role in their interactions.

In order to build a successful ambulatory strategy, health systems need to approach ambulatory care similar to how a chef approaches a recipe. While you may start with the same ingredients, the different amounts and ways in which they are mixed together will create very different results. It is essential for health systems to identify those ingredients, and then combine them strategically to create the successful recipe that matches their patients’ expectations.

Our ambulatory care team understands the many questions this “recipe” may pose for an organization, which is why our approach recognizes the uniqueness of each health system – targeting our efforts to identify ambulatory marketing opportunities and tailor solutions that correlate with each client’s definition of value.

We recently created a report that outlines the four major categories of ambulatory influencers and defines the building blocks for an ambulatory care site, to guide healthcare systems in tailoring an ambulatory strategy to their own unique brand of healthcare delivery.


CannonDesign Earns #4 Position in 2018 Architect 50 Rankings

  • November 8, 2018

West Park Healthcare Centre Breaks Ground on New Hospital

  • October 11, 2018

CHUM Earns 2018 IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Award

  • October 10, 2018
  • Publication: IIDA

York University Student Centre Featured in Urban Toronto

  • September 28, 2018