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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

 

 

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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! 

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!

#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

2016 Connections Cafe & Awards Night

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 Winners of the 2016 CSC Student Design Competition

CSC Student Design Competition Co-Chair, Cathie Schneider is the Master of Ceremonies during the Awards Presentation May 19th, 2016 at Connections Cafe. This annual networking event for professionals in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries was held at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener, a section of the former Goudies department store adjoining 8 Queen Street (subject building chosen for the competition). Conceptual drawings & floor plans from six winning student teams were exhibited for attendees to explore in a relaxed and informal setting in advance of the Awards Ceremony.

The 2017 CSC Student Design Competition is on facebook at facebook.com/CSCDesignCompetition

In the News…

http://rsid.ryerson.ca/news/csc-competition-2016

Conflicts in Construction Specifications

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The role of specifications from the legal standpoint

Mr. Richard Wong, Chair of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s national construction and infrastructure practice group and Evan Barz, Student-at-Law, speak to the membership of Construction Specifications Canada at a luncheon presentation hosted by the Grand Valley Chapter on February 15th, 2017

Key talking points include:

  • How much weight do specifications hold in terms of project documentation?
    Do typos really matter?
  • Are drawing notes an acceptable form of specifying requirements (i.e. replacing specifications)
  • What happens if project requirements (i.e. specifications) are not properly reviewed prior to project commencement?
  • Who is ultimately to blame for mistakes made in the contract documents?

Presentation slides are included in this video and it may be necessary to pause at each slide to read the content thoroughly

More about upcoming events at the CSC Grand Valley Chapter here

 Construction Specifications Canada

2017 CSC Student Design Competition

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“Public Collaboration & Connection”

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Site: Catalyst 137 

 3D virtual site tour of 137 Glasgow Street

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Construction Specification Canada (CSC) Grand Valley and Toronto Chapters proudly present the 4th annual Student Design Competition open to all current post-secondary school students in Ontario with an interest in construction-related activities such as architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, interior design, construction management, innovative products, and manufacturing

Entries can be submitted by individuals, or by teams consisting of up to 4 people.  See Competition Documents for complete details:

Competition Documents

Registration closed on Karelo HERE 

1st place $2000.00

2nd place $1000.00

3rd place $500.00 

Site: 137 Glasgow Street, Kitchener, Ontario

Situated 3 km SE of the University of Waterloo and about 1 km west of Google’s new Kitchener Headquarters in the Innovation District.  The location has close proximity to the niche shops & restaurants at Belmont Village and borders the Iron Horse Trail, allowing pedestrians, cyclists and joggers to access the public space at the front of the building

Voisin Capital’s newest project is an ideal case study to expose young design professionals to a relevant and trend setting initiative. Use of the lobby, the public gathering space inside and the outdoor collaboration space will be the focus of the competition

Catalyst 137’s impressive 475,000 sq ft space will be purpose-built for makers, a concentration point for the talent, hardware engineering services and venture capital support required to build the next generation of IOT companies

In the News…

Kitchener Innovation District

Restaurant of the Future coming to Catalyst 137

Construction Canada Announcement January 18th, 2017

Kitchener Mayor supports Tech Sector & Strong Neighbourhoods

Catalyst 137 off to a Flying Start

Globe & Mail

Cantech letter June 2016

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Links…

Miovision

Voisin Capital

Zehr Levesque

Dfy Studio

SRM Architects

Open Data Kitchener

Belmont Village

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2016 Winners 

Archived Posts…

2016 CSC Student Design Competition

CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City (Act1 Scene1)

CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City (Act 1 Scene 2)

CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City (Act 1 Scene 3)

Link here and here for the 2015 competition

Link here  and here for the 2014 competition and here to view full length Montage video

CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City (Act1 Scene1)

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Students from Ryerson’s School of Interior Design get immersed in K-town’s industrial architecture & urban history

Many thanks to University of Waterloo Professor Rick Haldenby for kicking off a tour of the City Centre with an inspiring and insightful address at THEMUSEUM on January 25th, 2016. This is the first in a series of (gorilla) video shorts capturing bite sized pieces of important historical facts drawn from a deep reservoir of professional research, analysis and intimate observation.  52 minute podcast on Soundcloud here

Kernels of truth that may unlock the mystery of the Illustrious, Industrious

City of Kitchener

About Robertson Simmons Architects Inc.

About Architect Carl Reider

Rick Haldenby (FRAIC) was born in Toronto, the son and grandson of architects.  A graduate of Waterloo, he became a professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture in 1976, founded their award-winning Rome Program in 1979, and served as Director of Waterloo Architecture from 1988 to 2013. A specialist in Roman archaeology, architectural history and in the design of cultural sites, Haldenby is the author of the Master Plan for the Heritage Park at Ta’Cenc, Malta and co-author of the book Il Progetto del Antico. We look forward to his upcoming book about Kitchener’s City Hall!

52 minute podcast on Soundcloud here

CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City:

go to  Act 1 Scene 2       go to  Act 1 Scene 3

more about the CSC Student Design Competition  here