A Glimpse of Patagonia

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#thefluffybeaver

The Fluffy Beaver returns to K-town!

Discover Patagonia and the delightful aroma of Fresh Ground  

February 17th from 11AM to 1PM

Jessica Rose is a French self taught photographer and illustrator and has been for the past 15 years. Depending where she finds herself (her husband moves around a lot and she likes to follow), or where her life’s at, inspiration comes along to animate her camera or pencils. She’s currently working on a comic book and has a few projects up her sleeve.

Check out her work here :
Pictures : https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jessica-rose.html
Blog and Tarot Game (stories on the illustrations and rules) : http://www.thefluffybeaver.com/
Tarot Game shop : http://www.thefluffybeaver.etsy.com/
Instagram : jessikrose
Commissions and information : jessicarose@thefluffybeaver.com

Coming soon! a virtual shop on society6.com 

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The fluffy beaver returns to K-town in August.  Watch for a sighting near you!

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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

 

 

 

 

 

PM trends in Canada? WePivot (slowly)

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Technology is not the new flavour. How do we manage the change process? 

Josh Lipton moderated an insightful panel discussion with industry leaders at the 2017 PM expo Wednesday afternoon.  Here’s my take-away…

Peter Altobelli, VP of Yardi Canada, reflecting on the evolution of commercial leasing, spoke about change management with the confidence that comes from years of steadying the ship.  He discussed the impact of “WeWork” the latest disruptor, completely unforeseeable as a business model in previous decades.  Waves of humiliation rolled over in fear that I probably had no idea what he was talking about.  Then suddenly, aha! I HAD heard about WeWork.  A notice in my inbox from the Meetup Community announcing it had been acquired.  All for We

Robert Plateck, Founder/CEO of SensorSuite  and Building Systems Engineer, Laura Tousley spoke on the importance of open architecture for software integration of legacy systems and future expansion to optimize everything.  I starting thinking building performance like indoor air quality and energy consumption;  tenant information and concierge services, maintenance, security, life safety all connected and operated from a single dashboard.  I imagined systems linked to reporting and remittance functions (like energy benchmarking) informing financial planning and providing intelligence to risk management in real time.

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Core readiness for future proofing will include building infrastructure investments in wired, wireless and radio communications.  The importance of cybersecurity and training on the devices and apps that interact with the building cannot be overstated.  I had heard that same warning delivered at an earlier seminar and made a mental note to flag these as barriers to user adoption.   The Buzz in the room agreed.

 

Plan an exist strategy for software use.  Who owns the data? Can you transport all your work to a new platform?  

 

Our panel’s vision of the future extends beyond a fully automated, integrated and even modular building to include smart neighbourhoods, powered by local solar/wind generation.  Energy storage and local demand response are other strategies that have been tested to improve service where power outages are common.  Knowledge will increase in the deployment of battery energy storage for peak shaving and further the clean energy market.

Max Steinman Director of Sales for Landlord Web Solutions reflected on the trend toward marketing running everything at the site level.  3D virtual tours complete with virtual/augmented reality may soon replace the role of the leasing agent.  Having worked with the folks at iGuide, I was somewhat familiar with that reality…slipping into the not too distant future I imagined all of the savings possible (time, fuel, disappointment, not to mention the inconvenience to existing tenants and pets).  Virtual tours would show the space in pristine condition at any hour of the day, provide accurate room dimensions with tools for furniture placement and estimating window coverings, appliance specifications, and more.  One stop collaborative tools for connecting to local utility providers, day care centres, grocery delivery, movers, driverless car pick-up…

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What process/analysis can be put in place for a new vender?

 

What specific applications and collaboration tools work with senior housing? Student residences? Family multi-residential? Commercial tenants?

 

Engagement Engagement Engagement

 

Forget Credit Karma, artificial intelligence will predict tenant behaviour and launch  credit check accuracy, employment and personality screening to a new level enabling instant tenant approvals.  Out pops a smart lease, ready for immediate digital endorsement thanks to the advancement of blockchain technology.  Questions about living in the building? Neighbours? There’s a chatbot for that.  Keys?  Yep, fully functional on moving day and you can probably unlock a private storage locker in advance as a signing bonus.  Just hit the send button on the lease to seal the deal.

 

Data driven, experience driven, and tenant driven change are the new forces bearing down on landlords 

 

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think mobile

think Millennials

think bed bug registry

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)

2017 Design Competition Winners

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! 

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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!

data! tada!

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The Honourable Liz Sandals MPP (Guelph) & President of the Treasury Board opened the 2017 GO Open Data Conference on May 5th at the City of London’s Public Library. Minister Sandals spoke about the Province of Ontario’s commitment to open, transparent governance and announced that Ontario has officially adopted the International Open Data Charter

Download a copy of the Conference Review at opendata.ca

Culture, Currency & Communitech

Kevin Tuer, Ph.D., P.Eng and Managing Director of odx Canada’ Open Data Exchange, spoke at the Conference about the need on both the supply side and demand side to understand the value of open data and the need to strategize to define an outcome. Kevin made reference to Map Your Property as an App that demonstrates that understanding.  Minister Sandals is also a fan (go to the 5 minute mark on the video). I haven’t had a chance to try it out, but as a tool for real estate/land development professionals working in Toronto or York Region, it looks very promising!

Communitech data hub

“newest addition to Waterloo’s Innovation Ecosystem”

 Open Data 150 Canada Project

Thanks to organizers of the GoOpenData conference for sending this update:
“The Open Data 150 (OD150) is your opportunity to be heard. It is the only survey of its kind in Canada to identify open data use and needs by companies. The survey results will be reviewed by Governments at all levels (Municipal, Provincial, Federal) to understand the value of Open Data sets so that resources can be applied to priority data sets. Advocate for your data set and your company and be part of the 150. 
Additionally, for a limited time only, companies who fill out the survey by May 31st will receive a custom ODX shirt”
Open Data 150 link: http://canada.opendata500.com/
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 “The real battle is for the data that delivers the most relevant and pertinent insights — the combination of data sets that enable effective and more rapid monetization of data.” This means combining data from customers, social media, machines and the Internet of things. It means finding new ways to transform the data into information and knowledge. In the end, Capgemini CEO John Brahim noted, organizations that do not act…and react appropriately, face a “serious threat to survival.” – See more at: http://www.cioinsight.com

#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