Cathie Schneider

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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! 

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

People's Choice Award

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.

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!
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2016 CSC Student Design Competition

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cscdesigncompetition.com

Full 13 minute version of the invitation to participate in the 2016 CSC Student Design Competition sponsored by the Grand Valley and Toronto Chapters of Construction Specifications Canada. First a quick 45 second pitch for the 2016 Design Competition followed by a montage recapping highlights of the 2014 and 2015 competition. Features footage of the 2015 Award Ceremony held in May during Connections Cafe at the Pines in Cambridge.

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This year’s theme, “High Tech Business Cluster” allows for adaptive re-use of the 2016 site at 8 Queen Street in Kitchener as open office space and/or for businesses and services that support the unique culture of this transformative industry. An impressive high end brick and beam office renovation is underway at the 40,000 sq ft subject building to meet the needs of the growing technology market looking to locate in the downtown core. The former Goudies department store will soon be home to Vidyard, a home grown start-up success story committed to playing an active role in shaping the city centre.  Shout out to Voisin Capital & Brick by Brick Developments and  Nith Valley Construction!

 cscdesigncompetition.com

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about Vidyard

“whats happening here really really matters”

Each year a site of significant historic, architectural or community interest is chosen as a case study with the potential of inspiring vibrancy in core districts

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CSC-GV Chair Cathie Schneider and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

The former Galt Post Office and National Historic Site at 12 Water Street S in Cambridge was the subject of the 2014 competition, now a significant City Asset undergoing radical change for its debut as Canada’s first completely digital library.

City of Cambridge Press Release:   2016-03-17 Citys Old Post Office project gets international Architectural Review commendationAODA

about the idea exchange post office project
therecord.com/news-story-galt-s-post-office-library-project-breaks-ground

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2015 Design Competition Winners at the Award Ceremony in May 2015

Construction Canada Online

The 2015 site at the old post office in Hespeler Village proved to be another great case study. The Design Competition Committee gratefully acknowledges that the success of the competition was due to tremendous support from The Fashion History Museum, the Hespeler Village BIA, the Idea Exchange and A Company of Neighbours.

Many thanks to all for providing a rewarding experience for students and sharing your invaluable local insight

fashionhistorymuseum.com
cambridgetimes.ca/news-story-fashion-history-museum-settles-into-hespeler-core
facebook.com/HespelerVillage

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1st place $2000.00

2nd place $1000.00

3rd place $500.00 

Must include 5 of the 10 selected product categories into their design.  Must include one specification based on their selected product. 

see cscdesigncompetition.com for complete details

 Archived:
2015 Competition:
Link here to the pitch for the 2015 competition
Link here for the invitation to the 2015 award ceremony and links to follow up media
 2014 Competiton:  
Link here to the pitch for the 2014 competition
Link here to full length Montage (wrap-up) video for the 2014 competition
Link here for the award ceremony/live streaming invitation and more about the 2014 competition