interior design

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!

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

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

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2 minute trailer captures the vision for Goudies Lane

Students from Ryerson’s School of Interior Design tour the building at 8 Queen Street in downtown Kitchener on January 25th, 2016. The former Goudies Department Store is the site of the 2016 Design Competition sponsored by Construction Specifications Canada, Grand Valley & Toronto Chapters.  Winning entries will be on display at an invitation only networking event for the local design and construction industry on May 19th at THEMUSEUM.

Shout out to Frank & Steve Voisin for their generous support, enthusiasm and for sharing their vision of a downtown core we could brag about

Act 1 Scene 2

More about the Design Competition  here

cscdesigncompetition.com
Ryerson School of Interior Design
8queen.com
Nith Valley Construction
About Vidyard

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

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Thank-you Cory Bluhm &

Mayor Berry Vrbanovic

for the tour of City Hall and an exceptional view from the tenth floor!

Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic welcomes visiting students and faculty from Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design. Students will study Kitchener’s industrial history and the impact of the technology sector on the downtown core to inform a conceptual design proposal for their submission to the annual Student Design Competition sponsored by Construction Specifications Canada

Next to Act 1 Scene 3 here 

Back to Act 1 Scene 1 here

 

10 minute podcast below recorded live during the tour of City Hall (2 1/2 minute video loop repeats during playback):

 

Student Design Awards LIVE at Connections Cafe May 20th – UPDATED

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Connections Cafe 2015 live stream inviteWatch Event Slideshow here

Construction Canada announcement here

Connections Café is about meeting with our colleagues in the design & construction community to discuss trends in the industry, share stories and make plans for the future.  On May 20th at 7pm we will proudly introduce the top five winning teams of the 2015 CSC Student Design Competition

in celebration of the outstanding effort by all contestants & faculty

and   the empowering inspiration of community & creativity

Segments of the evening will be videotaped to share with friends of CSC across the country in recognition of the contributions of many supporters, especially our sponsors!

join us at:   http://www.ustream.tv/channel/csc-design-competition

Construction Canada online here

Following Connections Cafe, a display of the top five entries will be available for public viewing

at the Fashion History Museum at 74 Queen Street East in Cambridge

CSC is Tapping the Future

Tune in on May 20th!

join the live stream here at 7pm

View the Connections Cafe 2015 live stream invitation

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