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Architectural Standards

Architectural Review Committee (ARC) Request

In 1986 when McGill Place was built, architects were transitioning from stark modernism  (like John Portmans) to a modernism with allusions to the past. This can be seen in the hipped roofs, gables, multi-paned windows, and half-moons on the porch gables.
With 188 units some individuality is invited in the public areas, but to protect our overall visual continuity, and keep it from looking absolutely unplanned, below are (I) procedure and (II) specification guidelines to get there fast. If you have an idea that looks good but is not quite to standard, please come to the board meeting and present your idea, we are very open-minded.

(ABOVE) Various views of McGill Place Residences.


1. Make sure you are within the Architectural Standards and Guidelines in part (II) below.
2. With the specific specifications that are being utilized, submit an Architectural Review Committee (ARC) request using New Request then category Request-Architectural Review Committee(Not Public) at or on your phone app.
3. The board will conditionally authorize the work after receiving a
complete ARC form and spec describing the scope of work.
4. Once the work is complete, notify the board and Sentry Management the
work is complete.
5. Sentry Management and/or board will review the completed work for compliance with
the Specification and will provide notice the work generally complies with the
Specification (go to Step 6), or

  • If there is a deficiency, Sentry Management will provide detail on what requires
  • Once corrections are made, go to Step 4.

6. Once the completed work has generally complied with the Specification,
you are good to go!


Below is information on:
(Column 1) Architectural Standards and Guidelines
(Column 2) Specification Locations: either in the Sentry Portal or McGill Place Condo Declarations
(3) Remodeling Information

ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES  WHERE TO FIND  the spec that accompanies the request
Attic Insulation Spec: Reimbursement for supplementing attic insulation is available when the mean depth of the insulation falls below five inches (5”). Sentry Portal*
Hard Surface Flooring Spec: To reduce sound transfer only if your unit is above another unit. Sentry Portal*
Window Replacement Spec: Must look like original existing windows. Sentry Portal*
Door HW Replacement Spec: All items must be similar in type and style . Sentry Portal*
Porch Curtain Spec: Shall be white or off-white in color and have tiebacks. Sentry Portal*
Porch Fans Spec:  Fan must blend in with the existing porch ceiling material. Sentry Portal*
Porch Lights Spec Sentry Portal*
Porch Swing Spec Sentry Portal*
Porch Insect Screen Install Spec Sentry Portal*
Porch Glass-in Install Spec Sentry Portal*
Special Permissions (flags, planted areas, etc):  Potted plants are fine if they are maintained and enhance common areas; if other do a request. Description and/or photo is all that is needed.
WHERE TO FIND (not subject to change or a spec because a Condo Declaration)
Window Treatments: If used and visible from the public exterior of a Unit shall be white or off-white in color and shall not be of reflective material. McGill Place Condo Declaration 6.19 in Sentry Portal
Porch Furnishings: Only decorative elements that enhance the public views of the building exterior; no unsightly storage units. Limited Common Areas; McGill Place Condo Declaration 6.4 in Sentry Portal
(3) REMODELING INFORMATION: An ARC review is not necessary if not impacting the architectural exterior. BUT protecting your neighbors’ property and your own is the owners’ responsibility:
– If moving walls consult with a qualified GC, architect or engineer.
– Electrical and plumbing must be completed by a certified professional.

  • Common Sense
  • Permit(s)
  • Common infrastructure
WHERE TO FIND: Remodeling McGill information

Sentry Portal*

*Sentry Portal is at
Path to documents:
On the side menu select : Community Information
Cabinet: Association records
Drawer: Community information
Folder: Architectural Standards and Guidelines