Publications

Publications

Koskie Minsky LLP

 

 

PDF icon Creative Matters.pdf

The Challenge of Low Vacancy Rates

 

 

PDF icon TLOMA - The Challenge of Low Vacancy Rates - February, 2018.pdf

Optics vs. Real Profitability

 

 

PDF icon Optics vs Real Profitability - November 1, 2017.pdf

Privacy: Is Your Data Really Secure?

McGregor Design Group was asked to write a piece for the September 2015 Admin Assistant's Newsletter, on the importance of privacy in the workplace and the role administrative assistants play in ensuring a company's obligations under federal and provincial law to safeguard the privacy of clients and employees are meet.

PDF icon AAU Sep 2015.pdf

What Does Your Office Look Like From a Wheelchair?

This Globe and Mail article by Jennifer Lewington, published April 6th, 2015, interviewed accessibility stakeholders, including Lynn McGregor of McGregor Design Group, to review how businesses are handling Ontario's new Accessibility Standards, and included some examples of office spaces that have been designed to comply. Compliance does not always result in the need for more space - if creative appraoches are taken to satisfying needs. 

 

Main Article:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/property-report/builders-landlords-adjust-to-barrier-free-rules/article23808763/

Examples of Compliant Space:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/property-report/ontario-makes-barrier-free-buildings-the-norm-not-the-exception/article23808856/?from=23808763

 

PDF icon Globe and Mail article - April 6th 2015.pdf

Ontario's New Accessibility Laws - Current AODA Knowledge is No longer Enough

McGregor Design Group was asked by TLOMA to write a piece for their September 2014 Newsletter, on the impact the new Ontario Accessibility Act will have on how office space for Law Firms can be used. The enclosed summarizes some of the Tenants new obligations to their staff and visitors - but it also reminds Tenants that Landlords also have new obligations to them.

PDF icon tloma-today-september-2014.pdf

Anticipating Accessibility Changes

The attached article from Canadian Facility Management & Design Magazine, provides just a few of the changes that have been made in Ontario in 2014, to enhance accessibility in the province, for all citizens, relative to the "built environment."

PDF icon Anticipating Accessibility Changes-FEB2014.pdf

Design For Growth

 

See examples of firms which have proven that investing in good design processes, creates key market advantages.

 

As noted in this video, for design to be successful, it requires "good clients" - people who understand what good design can do for them. And it's a lot.

 

Doing More With Less

 

A poor economic climate has put the squeeze on facilities in recent years. With real estate representing a large share of a company’s costs, this environment has given way to a trend of shrinking square footage. With this in mind, Interior Designer Lynn McGregor offers space planning tips on where to spend and what not to sacrifice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "Canadian Facility Management & Design"

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PDF icon 24_Sept2013_CFMD_DoingMoreWithLess.pdf

Measuring Productivity Over Time

 

McGregor Design Group

The McGregor Design Group holds that to be able to truely measure "Office Productivity", you must first understand how you define the term.

Enclosed are three case studies showing how productivitu was enhanced, with the use of design. The Bulldog Group, Maple Leaf Foods and MindShare; have all experienced productivity benefits, from their partnership with the McGregor Design Group. The cost of Design Services quickly dissolve when productivity increases.

 
By McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "Work Design Magazine"
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PDF icon 26_October2013_WDM_MeasuringProductivity.pdf

The Accessible Office of 2025

 

Ontario is committed to converting itself to a more accessible place, by 2025. Laws have already been passed to improve standards in the areas of customer service, employment, information & communications, and transportation. Still being worked on are the new standards for the "Built Environment", expected out in 2014. This will change the way office space can be used.

For a "sneak peak" at some of the code changes that are anticipated, please refer to the attached article from HR Professional (July/August 2013 edition).

It pays to prepare in advance, to ensure your facility will comply. McGregor Design Group works with commitees on the development of these new standards.

 

By McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "HR Professional"

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PDF icon 25_Sept2013_HR_TheAccessibleOfficeOf2025.pdf

How to ensure your staff look forward to coming back to work after summer holidays

 

Ensure your employees look forward to their return to their office routine following their summer break. Or do they dread the return?

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto

PDF icon BackFromSummer.pdf

Ontario is to be a more accessible province by 2025

Ontario is on a noble and appropriate quest to make the province much more accessible for all of us - including anyone who is either temporarily or permanently disabled. And they have set a deadline of 2025. How creative planning can help achieve the new standards.

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto

PDF icon Ontario is to be a more accessible province by 2025.pdf

Design Helps Business Succeed

Research studies done have identified the GTA as the third largest design hub in North America. Canadian businesses would be well advised to leverage the creative talent they have available to:  reduce overhead, distinguish themselves from the competition, strengthen their message to potential clients and investors, help increase market share and support recruitment efforts. You will find in this article a few ways to use design to achieve business objectives, while likely reducing the cost of overhead.

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto 

PDF icon design helps business succeed - Jan 2012.pdf

Videoconferencing: The World's Best Green Technology?

SAP, located in Palo Alto, California, is a market and technology firm specialized in business, management software, solutions and services. It adopts solar, LED ligjts, electric cars, videoconferencing and DC data centers. Follow the example and learn which ones saves the most.

 

PDF icon Videoconferencing - Dec. 2010.pdf

Reducing Overhead Costs through Facility Design

Astute organizations are always looking at ways of lowering their cost of doing business, but in today’s economy – the need is pressing. For more than 24 years, McGregor Design Group has been helping edge corporations such as Labatt Breweries of Canada, Maple Leaf Foods and Imperial Oil Limited to achieve their business objectives by creating office facilities that communicate the right message, reinforce marketing efforts, enhance productivity and reduce costs. It’s a good time to reduce overhead while updating facilities and planning for the long term. Here are just a few of the opportunities to consider.

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto 

PDF icon reducing overhead costs - April 2009.pdf

Taking Advantage of the Times

 

 

When the economic forecast is decidedly gloomy – is the best time to carry out an office facility project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "Canadian Facility Management and Design"

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PDF icon Taking Advantage of the Times - July 2009.pdf

Trading Spaces

Amy Jo Ehman, from the Canadian Bar Association, explains that the home renovation craze has spread to professional offices too, as law firms reinvent their workspace and their image through major redesign projects or wholesale moves. Here’s how five law firms went about becoming designer lawyers.

 

PDF icon Trading Spaces - Can. Bar Assoc. -May 26, 2009.pdf

Should we be LEEDing?

LEED (Leadership in Environmental Energy Design) is the latest buzzword in Architecture and Interior design. With so many office leases soon coming due, many law firms are considering whether they should be attempting a LEED approach to their new space. Here are the pros and cons of LEES as it applies to an office design project, to assist you in making your decision.

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto, for "The Lawyers Weekly"

PDF icon Should we be LEEDing-The Lawyers Weekly-May 2008.pdf

Harnessing the Power of Design

Business people are beginning to realize that design is a very powerful tool. It can go a long way to achieving business, financial and personal objectives. This includes the design of our interior spaces. And here is the really good news, professional design will most likely deliver efficient and effective solutions for a smaller financial investment than doing it without qualified professional assistance.

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "Power Within"

PDF icon Harnessing the Power of Design - 2007.pdf

Getting Design Firm Value: Beware of the Lowest Bidder

It’s a competitive environment for a designer right now and there is likely to be a wide variance in the quotes any tendered project will receive. Remember: the lower the fee, the less time and attention included. You can be fairly assured that your project will end up costing more in the long run, than it would if you had someone protecting your interests, throughout the process.

When looking for a design firm, here are a few things to consider.

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto, for "InSite"

PDF icon Getting Design Vale-Office Life-November 2004.pdf

Just Do It

Your office space is actually a valuable strategic tool.

Space should support the task at hand in a functional manner first, but if designed properly, it can inspire specific behavior, reinforce marketing mandates, assure staff how they are cared for. It also can assist with recruiting new talent.

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "Office Life Canada"

PDF icon Just Do It-Insite Office Life-June 2003.pdf

How to benefit from the economic times

Some advices to help you find success during difficult economic times including how to reduce overhead for the next 10 year period.

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "Canadian Facility Management & Design"

PDF icon Benefit Economic Times-Facility Mgmnt-May 2003.pdf

How effective Design Planning can bring Bottom Line Results

The design of your office space will affect both the residents and visitors to the space. One fact about design that amazes most people is, a well-designed space can often cost less than a poorly designed space. Good Design should provide higher value, amd a return of your investment.

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "The Bottom Line"

PDF icon The Bottom Line-May 2003.pdf

How safe is your workplace?

A report showed more than 40% of workers considered health, safety and comfort important to the overall value they place on their work environment. Employers are becoming more sensitive to the need to protect employees, and the legal issues surrounding maintaining a safe workplace. When it comes to design, McGregor Design Group offers preventative office health and safety assistance.

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "The Toronto Sun"

PDF icon How Safe... THE SUN May 7, 2003.pdf

Workplace Design key to Safety

Design is key to health and safety on the job – two workplace issues that are often overlooked. Canadians spend more time at work each week than they do at home, making safe worplaces critical. Employers have an obligation to their staff, to do whatever they can. Enclosed are suggestions, relating to: workstation design, emergency escape routes, code compliance, office space planning and first aid rooms.

 

Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "Metro Toronto News Services"

PDF icon 11_April2003_METRO_WorkplaceKeyDesignKeyToSafety3.pdf

Good office design can cut costs, boost productivity

Good office design can cut costs and boost productivity. The design of a workplace has a dramatic effect on how employees feel about their work, their employer and, consequently, how productive they are. McGregor Design Group uses design skills to enhance your corporate image and increase your business success.

 

By Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "The Lawyers Weekly"

PDF icon Costs Productivity-Design-Lawyers Weekly-March 2002.pdf

How many lawyers can you cram in a cockpit?

How approach to Law Firm Design allows Fraser Milner Casgrain to accomodate 20% more staff without expanding.

 

Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "Financial Post"

PDF icon FMC Cockpit-Design-National Post-January 16, 2002.pdf

Out with the new, in with the old

The dot-com meltdown has companies ditching some New Economy trappings and getting back to basics. What is the busting influence of the past period, and what is gone for good?

Office space is getting tighter, and furniture more basic. Welcome to the new New Economy, where it’s out with the new and in with the old. The entrepreneurial flavor of the dot-com will last in non-tech professions along with “teaming”, which allows staff at a number of levels to feel free to contribute ideas. Lynn McGregor has seen a shift in what companies want to do with their work space.

 

Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "The Globe And Mail"

PDF icon Out with the new-ROB-May 15,2001 .pdf

Betting The Farm

The farm, a marketing and communication firm wanted to attract the much-sought-after new breed of Generation X entrepreneurial information worker who shuns the typically sterile office environment. So McGregor Design Group enhanced the loft-like qualities of the Farm’s vintage space, adding a casual, comfortable feel that nurtures a community spirit.

 

Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "Canadian Interiors"

PDF icon THE FARM CDN INTERIORS-SeptOct 2000.pdf

Hip Workplaces seen as Hot Recruiting Tool

Hip workplaces seen as hot recruiting tool. Especially true in "high tech", as cappuccino bars and schmoozing zones jockey with cubicles for space. Interior Design Firm McGregor Design Group came up with the floor plan to accommodate Willow in her privileged position as office dog at Bulldog Group Inc.

Unfazed by the barkfest, Lynn McGregor says if a client wants space for dogs to keep its employees happy, the client gets space for dogs. If employees want room by their desks to park mountain bikes - no problem. The office that McGregor Design Group designed for Bulldog is more functional than flashy, with plenty of rambling room for people.The most successful employers recognize that happy employees are more productive and more likely to stay. It’s not just an ambience issue, it’s a lot more than that.

 

Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "The Globe And Mail"

PDF icon The Farm-Design-Globe&Mail-August 9, 2000.pdf

Facility Design: Saving Space with Style

A long-established law firm put a modern face on its offices, made more room in its real estate and improved ergonomics. Toronto law firm Fraser Milner asked McGregor Design Group to bring its offices into the next era.

 

Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "Canadian Facility Management and Design"

PDF icon Saving Space-Facility Mgmnt-June 2000.pdf

Tasteful Decor Woos Employees

Office with all the comforts of home hits the right note for communication firm. Interior Designers suggest employers should focus on making workplaces more comfortable, since employees who feel at home will work harder and stick around longer. The example of the work of McGregor Design Group for the Farm confirm this idea. 

What do Canadians say is their motivating factor in staying in their jobs?

 

Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto 

PDF icon Woo Employees-Sales Promotions-April 2000.pdf

Office with all the comforts of home hits the right note for Communications Firm

Office with all the comforts of home hits the right note for communication firm. Interior Designers suggest employers should focus on making workplaces more comfortable, since employees who feel at home will work harder and stick around longer. The example of the work of McGregor Design Group for the Farm confirm this idea.

 

Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "National Post - Working World"

PDF icon The Farm-National Post-December 23, 1999.pdf

Your Office Environment Can Improve Your Profitability

Your Office Environment can improve your profitability. Office space must ensure cost-efficiency, must promote productivity and must support the recruiting and retaining of top talent. With professionalism, strategic and ergonomic plans, McGregor Design Group will assist you in achieving success.

 

Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "The Scrivener"

PDF icon THE SCRIVENER September 1999.pdf

McGregor Charbonneau designs The Bulldog Group

This article refers to the work that McGregor Design Group did for the Bulldog Group and how the upstart communication firm discovers that its new office is its best marketing tool.

 

Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "Arch&Design Insite"

PDF icon Bulldog Group - Arch Design Insite -March 1994.pdf

The Human Element of Banking

The Human element of banking and how the more competitive banking environment is having a positive effect on the interior design of office spaces for banks. This article refers to the work that McGregor Design Group did for CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce). The goal for CIBC was to have not only a functional but also an aesthetically pleasing environment. A goal that was completely achieved by McGregor Design Group.

 

Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "Canadian Interiors"

PDF icon Human Element of Banking-Canadian Interiors- Jan 1991.pdf

New Faces: Professional Office Design

Here is the genesis of McGregor Design Group and how the Interior Design Firm starts its business in Toronto.

 

Lynn McGregor, owner of McGregor Design Group, Interior Design Firm of Toronto for "Professional Office Design"

PDF icon New Faces-Professional Office Design-May 1989.pdf