Construction Specifications Canada

24 for 48 Ontario

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Congratulations Winners!

Awards Night on May 16th held in the Atrium at Catalyst 137 – The site of last year’s design competition.  Gorgeous space – thank-you Frank, PM Riley & the Building Team – a pleasure!

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Shout out to our esteemed judges who made it possible to narrow down from 24 inspiring and noteworthy entries.  Well done students!

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Teams from Ryerson University, OCAD, UWaterloo, Conestoga College participated and five challengers rose to the top:

Fifth Place:  “Statera” – Conestoga College Team: Mashael Alharbi, Chelsea Hummel & Amber MacPherson

Fourth Place: “Blues & Brews” – UWaterloo Team: Marius Hexan, Alexandra Siu, Hayley Sykes & Emmeily Zhang:IMG_5690.JPG

Third Place: “The Dark Room Hotel” – OCAD Team:  Tori Wang, Lily Ni & Feeleng Leng:Third Place Winners.JPG

Second Place: “The Four-Eight” – UWaterloo Team: Teresa Tran, Azadeh Shayanfar, Anisha Sankar & Parisa Hassanzadegan:IMG_5703.JPG

First Place: “House of Tech & Blues” – UWaterloo Team: Lauren Kyle, Jeremy Jeong, Justyna Maleszyk, Michelle Piotrowski & Keegan Steeper:IMG_5695.JPG

Just AWEsome…for more about the Student Design Competition, visit the official website at cscdesignchallenge.ca

 

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Designing the Future

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Shout out to Chris Adamkowski who knows a thing or two about future proofing in the age of Artificial Intelligence. He was the keynote speaker at this year’s CSC Building Expo, on Wednesday, February 28th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Chris is the Head of Industry at Google and manages a high performance team dedicated to Government, Travel, and Tourism clients in Canada. He dropped by our display of the 2017 Design Competition winning entries from Conestoga College and was introduced to the unique Maker Space Hub at http://catalyst-137.com/.

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We hope to see more of him in Waterloo Region!

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Ground Hog Day in DTK

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Students & faculty from the Ryerson School of Interior Design enjoyed a tour of 48 Ontario Street in Kitchener on Friday, February 2nd. This is the school’s fourth visit to Waterloo Region to experience the local culture and study the architectural, economic and demographic forces on significant properties of historical/cultural influence.  Their research will inform this year’s case study of the former Bell Telephone Co. building turned Royal Canadian Legion Branch 50, otherwise known as “the Legion”.

Statement of Cultural Heritage Value for 48 Ontario Street North

Glenn Smith joined the tour to get reacquainted with the building where back in 1986 he launched an outrageous experiment as a concert promoter and introduced such talented blues artists as Buddy Guy and Mel Brown from (mostly) New Orleans, Detroit and the Chicago area to a new audience in Kitchener-Waterloo.   Legendary performances and Sold-Out shows at the Legion Dance Hall begins the story of Kitchener’s love affair with the Blues.  Who remembers that Colin James played there when he was just 18?!  If the walls could talk…

Watch for more about Glenn and Kitchener’s blues roots starting with the soon-to-be-released live interview with Martin de Groot at the Commons Studio

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Sunshine & Frigid temperatures set the stage for a twist on the urban legend of Groundhog Day at Kitchener City Centre.  Far from the predictable news from Willie, here is proof that Waterloo Region is not stuck in Groundhog day with this candid snapshot of genuine multi-sectorial collaboration.  Shout out to our esteemed community leaders Martin de Groot, Raj Saini MP Taymoore Balbaa, Cathie Schneider, Tammy Lawrence, Councillor Sarah Marsh, James Howe, and Glenn Smith.

That’s me between Martin and Cathie…two of the few who would never try to shoot down a good idea before it gets a chance to fly:)

For more about the CSC Student Design Challenge, visit the official website here and facebook page here

In the News…

Construction Canada Magazine Jan 9/18

Construction Links Announcement Feb 13th/18

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of Specifying Stone

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Cathie Schneider delivers an insightful and informative talk on the subject of specifying natural stone at this month’s CSC-GV luncheon on October 18th, 2017**Shout out to our venue hosts at the Grand Valley Construction Association who never complain about us leaving a trail of sandwich crumbs on the carpet. You’re the best!

Cathie Schneider, CTR, the VP of Stonequest Inc. is an accredited speaker with the Marble Institute of America and has been in the stone business for 25 years. She is a member of IDC Canada and the current Chair of the Grand Valley Chapter of Construction Specifications Canada.  Architects, Interior Designers, Specifiers, Distributors, Landscape Architects, Contractors, Construction Managers, LEED Evangelists and ESPECIALLY Building Owners should listen carefully to the podcast recorded at this event, or better yet… reach out to Cathie before planning your next project with natural stone!

Who is Joe?

Joe Ippolito, CTR and VP of Quarry Sales at Arriscraft makes a brief “guest appearance” on the podcast.  We will be sending him a courtesy copy.  Same with Stefanie Hargest of Boehmer’s Block who knows a thing or two about building to LEED Standards.  She gives great hugs too (go to the 1:11 mark on the video).

How do I listen to the podcast?  

Test your Stone IQ here

Fill out the form below for a password to unlock the podcast

AND

we MIGHT even send you the test answers

Cathie Schneider takes us on a stone quest to Rivendell where all the Consultants of Elrond (Design & Construction Team) are thriving under the transformative leadership of the building Frodowner…

she will share the magic word with you if you ask nice (or you could try Stefanie)

**Like the Soundtrack? Special thanks to Mother West Wind’s Animal Friends (recorded at a live performance in 2016 at the End of Summer Festival in Uptown Waterloo)

LINKS:

Interior Designers of Canada

Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada

Natural Stone Council

MIA + BSi (Marble Institute of America)

National Building Granite Quarries Association

National Tile Contractors’ Association

 

 

Catalyst Conestoga Co-op

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Congratulations to Professors Sarah Turner & Ann Callaghan and Students of Conestoga College’s Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)

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You are all winners

The energy and enthusiasm at The Pines on the evening of May 11th was absolutely infectious.  Design teams from Conestoga College presented their vision for a public gathering space at Catalyst137, the subject building of the 2017 CSC Student Design Competition to an audience of AEC professionals at Connections Cafe, an annual networking event sponsored by the Grand Valley Chapter of Construction Specifications Canada.

The 475,000 sq ft building located at 137 Glasgow Street in Kitchener, historically used for warehousing tires and footwear will soon house the world’s largest maker space campus, a hub for the talent, hardware, engineering services and venture capital support needed to build the next generation of IoT companies.

The theme of the Design Competition, “public collaboration and connection” inspired student designers to create a space that would invite social interaction between building occupants and neighbours of Belmont Village. Interaction with the natural environment added a strong complement to the theme, through various strategies including the use of the Iron Horse Trail for commuting to the site.

Team Two Takes top prize of $2,000! 

IMG_9216Congratulations Team Two:  Thiska Meereboer, Erin Wetzel, Henry Dowling and Mike Latter for winning first place and for making such a great impression on the crowd at Connections Cafe that they voted your work for

The People’s Choice Award

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Nicely done! 

Second Place winning $1000…

IMG_9220.JPGCongratulations Team Three:  Brooklyn Taylor, Emily Turchi, Maria Van Woundenberg & Han Xie

Third Place winning $500…

IMG_9217.JPGCongratulations Team One : Brianna Dancy, Jandi Gunn, Laura Kular & Tessa MacDonald

Fourth Place awesomeness…..

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Congratulations Team Four:  Stephanie Moraweitz, Mia Bartels, Gemma Gorkes & Kelsey Elford

The scope of the design competition did not impose budget constraints on the proposals, but the inclusion of specific construction materials and a detailed product specification was required to qualify (view competition documents here) More about the 2017 CSC Student Design Competition here and Connections Cafe here

Construction Canada Announcement here

Catalyst Conestoga Co-op?

The Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) program has been designed in consultation with the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and is on ARIDO’s list of recognized interior design programs.  It provides a unique co-op experience, with a focus on technical competency that stresses the importance of building code compliance, accessibility, sustainability, energy efficiency, building maintenance and operations to inform design intent and provide both aesthetically pleasing and build-able solutions.

Invited guests from the local construction and design community joined event sponsors in rallying around the competing teams while students seized the opportunity to network with industry professionals, welcoming the spontaneous “peer review” of their projects while vying for the “People’s Choice Award” decided by popular vote during the evening.  Take in the action at #connectionscafe2017

Thank-you Community Partners, Catalyst137 and iGuide and members of the Design Competition Team at CSC Grand Valley and CSC Toronto for making it happen…

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See you next year!

#connectionscafe2017

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The 4th annual Student Design Competition comes to a close today, May 11th, 2017 with an impressive group of entries from Conestoga College’s School of Interior Design on display during Connections Cafe this evening at the Pines in Cambridge, Ontario.

Many thanks to Frank Voisin at Catalyst137, Kevin Klages and the iGuide development team at Planitar and especially Sarah Turner and her 3rd Year Students for working with us through unexpected hurdles to finish the race. We are incredibly fortunate to belong to such an innovative, supportive and resilient community.

Shout out to this year’s sponsors of Connections Cafe for giving us the thumbs up. We wish you a rewarding and memorable experience and invite you to discover what inspires the Prime Minister of Canada and business leaders from around the globe to invest in Waterloo Region…and don’t forget to fill out a ballad for your favourite entry!

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CSC Grand Valley is committed to professional development in the AEC industry that builds confidence, invites collaboration and values relationship.

We invite you to join us on our journey…

 

Shot live on location at the Pines in Cambridge, Ontario. Features the winners of the 4th Annual CSC Student Design Competition co-sponsored by the Grand Valley & Toronto Chapters.  Music by the Paul Stouffer Jazz Group with Paul Stouffer on keyboards, Denis Rondeau on bass and Robin Habermehl on the saxophone

CSC Toronto Building Expo 2017

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Many thanks to Sponsors of the CSC Building Expo

Shout out to

Chuck Dykstra of Fluke Electronics for the insightful chat about mapping/testing facilities for internet signal strength, security issues, and much more!  Glad to hear the wireless division is now being handled by Netscout a division of Keating Technologies Inc.   Great tip on getting the most out of my fluke equipment by checking out their online training

David Webster of Leland Industries Inc for setting the record straight on the risk of using impact drivers on fasteners and the impact of that practice especially on warranties for metal roofing systems

Anthony Caruso of Quikrete for the handy concrete mix calculator. The online version looks pretty good too and I’m pleasantly surprised that your product catalogue includes a link to current MSDS sheets…what a break!

Geoff Smith whose passionate and refreshingly honest keynote speech at lunch kept me up last night thinking about the changing landscape…the death of the change order business model, the impact of new technologies, especially BIM in the AEC industry, the emerging of foreign contractors and new directions like modular construction to mitigate a decline in productivity growth.  What was that he said?  Is Autodesk a competitor? Hmm…there’s an aha moment.  Just how does the industry migrate to 3D modelling software anyways? Not to mention 4DBIM, 5DBIM, 6DBIM and who gets left behind?

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Thanks Geoff, you nailed it

What’s next?  Just when you thought you had sorted out SB-10

more about ever changing building codes…who-what-where-when-how will data impacting the built environment be gathered, analysed and implemented?

Post (Expo) Script...Appeal to Owners from CanBIM

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Yep…

Looks like we will need to stick together to figure this all out