DECIEM Manufacturing Facility
DECIEM Manufacturing Facility
2019 - 2022
- Interior Design
A new 15,000-square-foot administrative office and main entrance has been consolidated to the west side of the facility. This wing will accommodate 40 staff. Included in the design are meeting rooms, a staff kitchen and a 40-seat training room that can be separated into smaller meeting rooms. All rooms are located off a central spine connecting staff directly to the manufacturing areas to the east of the building.
The new staff area has been located at the centre of the building, allowing easy access to the manufacturing and warehouse spaces. This area includes a locker room for 300 staff, a new lunch room accommodating seating for up to 150, washrooms, an airlock, gowning space, and a security room. The new lunchroom is at the heart of the staff zone where the old shipping area once existed and is defined by a tall space with overhead glass doors allowing natural daylight to fill this tall space acting as an internal courtyard along the central pedestrian circulation spine.
The staff-related program areas have been designed as low pods to contrast the impact of the tall, open-ceilinged warehouse space. Clad with coloured tiles and rounded corners, the pods provide a visual impact while reducing wear in high-traffic areas. All walls and ceilings above the pods are painted black.
All skin care formulations are mixed within the compounding room in stainless steel kettles. SvN helped coordinate a complex network of services that feed into the kettles which include steam, water and compressed air. A new dust collecting system has also been added.
The bottle filling and tubing area has been divided into an outer ring of GMP spaces and a non-GMP packaging room. The finished product is fed into either bottle filling or tubing lines, packaged and then stored in the shipping warehouse.
The QC lab is used to prepare samples and conduct testing on manufactured goods before packaging and shipping. Small-scale processes such as weighing powder materials, blending, and heating will occur within the room. The alcove located within the QC lab area will contain cold storage for samples. A new fume extraction system with associated arms has also been designed to support lab functions.
SvN worked closely with the QC Lab Manager to develop the overall design, including coordinating all equipment within the space. SvN also designed the metal casework.
Toronto Purchase Treaty 13 (1805)
Indigenous Rights Holders
Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
Anishinaabe, Attiwonderonk, Haudenosaunee, Huron Wendat
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DECIEM is a novel and youthful science-first consumer cosmetics brand headquartered in Toronto. To accommodate the growth of its existing 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the city's west end, SvN undertook a significant reorganization of its floor plan and upgraded the facility to good manufacturing practices (GMP) standards established by Health Canada. A new 15,000-square-foot administrative office wing and QA/QC laboratory was also added.
Manufacturing facilities are often lightless and impersonal workplaces that heavily emphasize process flow and efficiency. SvN's approach to the staff-focused areas was to bring an element of urban design to help organize and add delight to the facility. This "Workplace Placemaking" approach organizes the 150-seat staff lunchroom at the facility's heart. Large, glazed overhead doors bring ample natural light into the space. A pedestrian spine connects the lunchroom to a series of coloured, tiled pods containing lockers, washrooms, microwaves, fridges, and a gowning area. Along the pedestrian spine are alcoves with seating, allowing staff to connect.