Garden River Adults in Motion Centre

After several meetings with our friends at the Garden River Adults in Motion Centre we have finalized our plans. I am excited to share with you what we call, "Project Social Well-Being". The project name has been derived from Garden River Adults in Motions "About" statement, "to provide a first class service and experience that will help enhance ones total social well-being." The aim of this project was to create a holistic design that would connect the school and incorporate land based teaching in this outdoor education environment. Not only will this space be for Adult In Motion but it will be a space for the community to gather for outdoor fires, sporting events and has the potential for any other outdoor social gathering. 

Our Plan

After a long Northern Ontario winter we are ready to check this project off the list as soon as the snow melts and the frost is out of the ground. Its important to ensure that the frost is out of the ground to avoid any movement, cracking and shifting after our work has commenced. With hopes to begin this project mid May we have finalized our pricing, decided on products to be used, ordered our products and called in for our locates (locates allow for us to know where gas lines, power, water and phone cables are located underground). 

Our Designs

"Project Social Well-Being" is a total of 1600 square feet of paving stone. We will create a 140 foot long by 5 feet wide walkway starting from the rear exit of the building ending at the entrance of the greenhouse (used for fresh vegetables). The walkway will continue at the rear exit of the greenhouse and end at the garage side door (35ftx5ft). 

 Having a walkway pattern layout prepped and ready for the crew is crucial. If properly planned and materials ordered to spec you can avoid cutting and having waste materials. 

Having a walkway pattern layout prepped and ready for the crew is crucial. If properly planned and materials ordered to spec you can avoid cutting and having waste materials. 

Our fire pit design will be located at the southeast of the building 75 feet away from the outdoor garden. The total size of the fire pit area will be 20ftx20ft with a 3ftx3ft centered fire pit. Surrounding the fire pit will be custom chairs designed and built by one of our sub-trades. Attached will reside a walkway (60ftx5ft) at the rear of fire pit area leading to the beautiful White Pine smothered bush lot. 

When meeting with the team at Adult In Motion they stressed how important it was for us to landscape a level ground area with new grass for the kids to play sports. Well, of course we made it happen!!. Situated at the rear of the building lies over 3 acres of unused land. We decided the best place for our 7800 square foot sports and recreational area to be located is between the rear of the building and greenhouse. This area will be excavated, graded and new sod will be installed. 

Our Products

We will be using a Canadian made paving stone product called Appian which is manufactured at a facility in Ontario just over 200 kilometers from Sault Ste. Marie. The facility employees over 50 staff and has provided Canada with quality paving stone for over 100 years. The Appian paver will be in a Timberwood colour and have a Blackwood border stone. 

The fire pit will come from the same manufacture listed above and we will be using a "Kent Fire Pit" system which will be lined with fire rated stackers and an in-lay fire rated steel insert. 

Our sod will come from a local farm located 15 kilometers outside city limits in Echo Bay, Ontario. The sod is best known as Kentucky Blue Grass. 

Final Remarks

We look forward to keeping you updated as the job progresses. For now, get your shovels out and enjoy the snow.

Paul Caputo 

PAC Group LTD.