News Clips/ Les manchettes
Oct. 18, 2013

Downtown Halifax transformation unveiled
Daily Commercial News
Robin Halifax Holdings Ltd. has unveiled plans to transform a downtown city block in Halifax into a mixed-use development housing a boutique hotel, condominiums, restaurant, office, retail, and public spaces with underground parking. LEED Platinum (core and shell) is being targeted. The developers said the 500,000 square-foot, twin-tower development, named 22nd Commerce Square, will span the area bounded by Granville, George, Hollis and Duke streets in the heart of downtown.More

Midtown Montreal morphs into new office hub
The Globe and Mail
For four decades, the hulk of a building on Mile End Street was a warren of distributors, manufacturers and rag-trade operations: General Textiles, Papillon Blanc Lingerie, Warh Lay Confection. But that former industrial building in the Park Extension area, still surrounded by moving-van parking lots and mini-storage places, is undergoing a transformation.More

Enjeux énergétiques du Québec : l'Ordre se prononce
Politique énergétique pour le Québec : Passer à l'action ! C'est le titre du mémoire que l'Ordre des architectes a déposé auprès de la Commission sur les enjeux énergétiques du Québec. Le document propose des pistes de solutions concrètes en se concentrant sur l'efficacité énergétique des bâtiments et la planification du territoire.More

Careful planning helped TASK deliver an award winning library
Journal of Commerce
When the $12.6 million Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) was being planned, cost was critical. "The biggest issue was trying to provide the program that the client wanted for the budget established," said John Hiebert, project manager and former owner of Task Construction Management, which undertook the project. What ORL received was an architecturally striking facility that reflected local values and would accommodate increased and diverse users from children to seniors.More

Talking with architect Thom Mayne
Despite what you may think, Thom Mayne isn't the "bad boy" of architecture — at least, not according to Thom Mayne. He sees himself more as a skilled negotiator than a starchitect (a phrase he hates) — after all, he reasons, how else would he have completed so many buildings? More

Institut canadien de la construction en acier (ICCA) — « Prix d'excellence 2013 »
C'est récemment qu'avait lieu la remise des Prix d'excellence de la construction en acier décernés annuellement par l'Institut canadien de la construction en acier (ICCA), au Centre de Congrès Palace, à Laval, pour récompenser des équipes québécoises qui réalisent des projets en acier inusités. La remise des Prix d'excellence est l'occasion unique pour souligner le travail exceptionnel qui se fait au sein des professionnels qui le composent. More

Architect: 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium is too big
Yahoo! Sports
A prominent Japanese architect is campaigning to reduce the size of the spaceship-like main stadium approved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, saying it's too expensive and would clash with its surroundings. Fumihiko Maki, who has designed some spectacular buildings of his own, says he's not criticizing the design of the stadium by award-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, just the size. More

Société des musées québécois (SMQ) — « Le Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan remporte le Prix d'excellence »
La Société des musées québécois décerne son Prix Excellence 2013 à Espace pour la vie pour la réalisation du Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan C'est avec beaucoup de fierté que l'équipe d'Espace pour la vie a accepté hier soir le Prix Excellence — groupe institutionnel 1, remis par la Société des musées québécois pour la réalisation du Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan.More

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada welcomes project submissions for In-Context Video Series
Canadian Architect
Think your project tells a compelling story about contemporary Canadian architecture? Share it with the RAIC and it might get profiled on In-Context, a web-based video documentary series presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). More

Restoration architect urges town to take action to save Sackville United Church
Sackville Tribune-Post
One of Canada's leading experts in restoring heritage buildings is urging Sackville town council to help support the community's efforts to save a downtown landmark that has been a part of the local landscape for 135 years. Preservation architect Chris Borgal of Toronto paid a visit to Sackville to take a tour of the historic Sackville United Church, which is in a state of disrepair and under the threat of the wrecking ball.More

Duchess Park Secondary School / HCMA
Arch Daily
Situated in the historic Crescents neighbourhood of Prince George, B.C., Canada, Duchess Park Secondary School is a state-of-the-art building designed expressly for its northern climate. The two-level school sustains a diverse educational community of nearly 1,000 individuals. The general environment of the school — that of a modern collegiate campus — maintains the school community's rich tradition of academic and athletic excellence while promoting inclusiveness to all of its students.More

Awards competition boosts momentum of sustainable construction
Since 2005, more than 150 projects advancing sustainability of the built environment haven been celebrated in the Holcim Awards as outstanding, innovative and inspiring examples of sustainable construction. Winning a prize in this international competition has sign-posted professional success for the project teams; highlighted sustainability on the public agenda; accelerated tangible change for urban poor; and secured funding for environmental recovery and research.More

School construction was a learning experience for students
Journal of Commerce
As the new Samuel Brighouse Elementary was rising out of the ground next door to the old school, general contractor EllisDon Corporation did the unthinkable. The contractor welcomed more than 400 kids, plus faculty and maintenance people, onto the construction site during the build-out. "We knew this was going to be a huge distraction for the kids and maybe cause some conflicts while we were trying to build," said site superintendent Kevin Little. "So, we decided to engage people in the process."More