What's New 518959c97a50720420001c0f 2020-01-06T11:31:34-05:00 OUR NEW LEED® PROFESSIONALS 5e0fa3c676ed7f3a951331a5 2020-01-06T11:31:34-05:00 2020-01-03T15:00:00-05:00 <p><span class="caps">ACI</span> Architects Inc. is pleased to announce that three of our employees have successfully written exams and received professional accreditation from the US Green Building Council (<span class="caps">USGBC</span>). Kelly Rusnak, Youlim Jo, and Jason McConaghie are the newest <span class="caps">LEED</span> Green Associates on the <span class="caps">ACI</span> team.</p> <p><span class="caps">LEED</span>, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. <span class="caps">LEED</span> Green Associates earn their credentials by passing an exam, and are required to maintain their credential through continued education.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5e135e77c52e8364db2d6791/600x600/Kelly_LEED.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <img src="/assets/5e0fa3d876ed7f3a951331ad/600x600/Youlim_LEED.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <img src="/assets/5e135e63c52e8364e206b8c3/600x600/Jay.jpg" alt="" /></p> Jason McConaghie Career Milestone 5d1e673d21c79b1704422bb1 2019-07-05T17:06:44-04:00 2019-07-04T16:00:00-04:00 <p>Congratulations to Jason McConaghie! Following close to ten years of dedication and sustained effort, Jason received confirmation today from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (<span class="caps">RAIC</span>) that his thesis project has been accepted as the final chapter of his studies towards completing the RAIC&#8217;s Syllabus program. This means that Jason is now eligible to register as an Intern with the Alberta Association of Architects, and following an approximately six-month period of internship &#8211; to then write his ExAC exam (Examination for Architects in Canada) leading to the title of Architect. <span class="caps">ACI</span> is thrilled for Jason and his family and proud to have him on our team.</p> <p><a href="/assets/5d1fb946438fc31e601bb29d/RAIC690_Jason_McConaghie_Final___reduced.pdf"><span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">REVITALIZATION</span> OF <span class="caps">EDMONTON</span> CN <span class="caps">TOWER</span> <span class="caps">LANDS</span> <span class="caps">INTO</span> A <br /> <span class="caps">SOCIAL</span> <span class="caps">HOUSING</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">SOCIAL</span> <span class="caps">SERVICES</span> <span class="caps">SUPPORT</span> <span class="caps">HUB</span> <span class="caps">THROUGH</span> <br /> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">UTILIZATION</span> OF <span class="caps">DECONSTRUCTIVIST</span> <span class="caps">ARCHITECTURE</span></a></p> CaGBC National Conference 5cfe9b8321c79b16fc8266e8 2019-06-10T14:59:30-04:00 2019-06-10T13:00:00-04:00 <p>This year I attended the Canada Green Building Council&#8217;s National Conference in Vancouver. The conference was a whirlwind of activity, starting with the Annual General Meeting on the Tuesday night. A networking event was held that evening in the exhibition area to break the ice. I&#8217;ve found these a great way to make connections. The big move the conference made this year was to only serve vegetarian food, except the Gala Dinner which had salmon, to lower the carbon footprint.</p> <p>The conference also aided in business to business meetings which I took advantage of during the two days. I heard about new products and ideas for moving sustainability forward in operations of buildings as well as methods of construction.</p> <p>The first day I enjoyed a session on innovative technologies, that sometimes are ahead of the current codes, and how artificial intelligence helps with site monitoring; a session on active buildings, the urban strategies to interconnect autonomous energy surpluses, and the considerations for a sustainable building structure that is dynamic and the purpose for its whole life; and a session on Life-cycle Analysis and the tools to help determine the embodied carbon of construction materials.</p> <p>The evening Gala Dinner was a great way to celebrate the leaders in sustainability. Later that night, Alberta was represented well on the dance floor with a fantastic DJ.</p> <p>The second day started off with a Women in Green &#8220;Leading with Purpose&#8221; breakfast that was uplifting and presented encouraging messages to move social equality forward. Sustainability is a principle that considers ecosystems, natural resources, human development, economy, and society. Diversity in leadership is definitely on the rise and still needs advocates to continue the boost.</p> <p>I took in a session on a restoration project in the Greater Toronto Area along the East harbour that will help with the storm water drainage in the area as well as add transit stations to a 10 Million square feet commercial space and 2 Million square feet living space; a session on an alert system that monitors projects while under construction that helps reduce the energy used and reduce damages that can be caused by temperature fluctuations; and a session on the many sustainable rating systems that are no longer just for buildings, but for sites, wastes, resilient design, human health within buildings, and systems that raise investor confidence.</p> <p>The last evening of the conference I went to an after party at Mahoney and Sons along the pier where I got to say a few good-byes to the fantastic people I met. It was a great way to end a jam-packed few days.</p> Provincial Skills Canada Competition 5ce5d29321c79b16fc62c4af 2019-05-22T18:53:48-04:00 2019-05-22T18:00:00-04:00 <p>For the third year in a row I had the opportunity to judge the Provincial Skills Canada Competition in Alberta for the Architecture Technology and Design team. The 2 day competition was held at the Edmonton Expo Centre and was a beehive of activity. The event is used to highlight to students and visitors the courses available and the educational facilities that offer them.</p> <p>Competitors from all around the province and from both Secondary and Post-Secondary institutions come to show off their skills in a very limited amount of time. This year I judged the Post-Secondary group of students from Athabascan University, Medicine Hat College, <span class="caps">NAIT</span>, and <span class="caps">SAIT</span> and another Edmonton technical college.</p> <p>I am a <span class="caps">NAIT</span> alumnus from the Architectural Technologies program and feel pride in this year&#8217;s competitors and their submissions. The programs for testing their skills have progressed to meet the National competition level and the current industry standards. Skills Canada competitions work to help develop young minds in anticipation of future trends that will help Canada compete successfully in the changing market. Each student should be proud of their work that represented their respective educational facility. Well done everyone.</p> <p>Students from each education level will be selected to represent Alberta at the National Skills Canada competition in Halifax at the end of May. I wish all the best for each of the competitors from this year who took the time to challenge themselves.</p> <p>This year&#8217;s gold medalist for post-secondary is Jacob, a <span class="caps">NAIT</span> graduate currently enrolled in Athabasca University&#8217;s RAIC_IRAC Architectural program. Congratulations!</p> <p>- Trish Bolen</p> Larkspur and Pilot Sound 5a50101a40780805c40530c6 2018-01-05T19:01:31-05:00 2018-01-05T18:00:00-05:00 <p>As part of an Integrated Project Delivery (<span class="caps">IPD</span>) team along with Delnor Construction and subject-matter experts Number 10 Architectural Group of Winnipeg, <span class="caps">ACI</span> Architects is excited to have been awarded the delivery of two new schools by the Edmonton Public School Board (<span class="caps">EPSB</span>).</p> <p><strong>Pilot Sound</strong> will be a K-6 school with a capacity of 600 students to be built in the growing northeast Edmonton community of McConachie<br /> <strong>Larkspur</strong> will serve 900 grade 7-9 students in Meadows in southeast Edmonton.</p> <p><span class="caps">EPSB</span> as well as engineering sub-consultants and construction sub-trades will be integral to the development and delivery of these two innovative 21st-century learning environments. Total project budget is set at $41.5million with an additional investment of $750,000 earmarked for the integration of solar technologies. The new schools are slated to receive their first students in 2020.</p> Highlands School 59e7c43e4078084692035a57 2017-10-18T17:20:40-04:00 2017-10-02T17:00:00-04:00 <p>Edmonton Public Schools (<span class="caps">EPS</span>) has selected <span class="caps">ACI</span> Architects as Prime Consultant for the modernization of and addition to the architecturally-significant 1914 Highlands School, currently a 7-9 junior high school serving 200 students. Upon completion, capacity will increase to 800 students across grades Kindergarten to 9. A driver of the redevelopment as expressed by the <span class="caps">EPS</span> Project Team is delivery of a building that speaks to 21st century learning. The approximate construction budget has been established as $20.5million with an additional sum of $750,000. available for design and installation of solar-related sustainable technologies. July 2020 is targeted for substantial completion.</p> Bonnyville Centralized High School 59e5318140780846b9000314 2017-10-18T17:20:25-04:00 2017-09-19T18:00:00-04:00 <p><span class="caps">ACI</span> Architects is very pleased to have been selected by Alberta Infrastructure to work with Northern Lights School Division on the major modernization of Bonnyville Centralized High School. A grant of $750,000 is dedicated to implementation of solar technologies towards reducing the school&#8217;s long-term consumption of natural resources. Scope includes replacement of several components going back to 1958 and construction of close to 1200 square metres of new space. At completion, capacity will increase to accommodate 550 students. Occupancy of the revitalized facility is scheduled for September 2020.</p> ACI - A Quarter Century 56411b36d4c961061025d479 2018-01-05T19:03:42-05:00 2016-11-08T17:00:00-05:00 <p><span class="caps">ACI</span> Architects Inc. was incorporated on November 1st, 1991 and is proud to have had a hand in building Alberta for the past 25 years.</p> Feast on the Field 55ce2ff5c0d67141d70043d2 2015-08-25T11:06:51-04:00 2015-08-14T14:00:00-04:00 <p><span class="caps">ACI</span> takes pride in supporting our clients and our city. One fun way that we were able to do so was by sponsoring the inaugural Feast on the Field, to benefit the CapitalCare Foundation. The Foundation works to improve the lives of residents at CapitalCare, many of whom are afflicted with Alzheimers or other forms of dementia, by purchasing equipment, renovating facilities, providing education assistance for staff, and adding to the quality of life of residents.</p> <p>Feast on the Field was a long table event held right on the field at Commonwealth Stadium. We had the pleasure of being served food prepared by Brad Smoliak, Chef and Owner of <span class="caps">KITCHEN</span> by Brad Smoliak; Steve Buzak, Executive Chef at the Royal Glenora Club; and David Omar, Executive Chef at Zinc. After an exquisite dinner we tossed footballs around on the field and climbed aboard the Edmonton Eskimo&#8217;s fire truck.</p> <p><img src="/assets/55ce3072edb2f325fb0027eb/thumb/IMG_1758.jpg" alt="" /> <img src="/assets/55ce3770d4c96124dd003cea/thumb/IMG_1751.jpg" alt="" /> <img src="/assets/55dc8324c0d6714abc00658d/thumb/FOTF_2015_1439.jpg" alt="" /> <img src="/assets/55ce2f47edb2f325d3002bcd/thumb/IMG_1768.jpg" alt="" /></p> 2015 Alberta Masonry Design Awards 553fa637d4c96156ac049f74 2015-05-26T16:14:16-04:00 2015-04-28T11:00:00-04:00 <p>We’re excited to announce that Stephens Kozak <span class="caps">ACI</span> Architects and Planners received an Honourable Mention for the Edmonton Police Service Southwest Division Station located in Windermere.</p> <p>The project showcases Tyndall Stone at four prominent exterior walls visible from the west and south. Tyndall stone is a unique material containing patterns created by fossils, crystals and petrified material which give each piece a distinctive appearance. Some fossils are still clearly visible &#8211; be careful though as the police may be watching you if you stare too long!</p> <p>The cladding on three of the four walls extends into the building. This creates a sense of continuity between interior and exterior spaces while allowing us to maintain the integrity of the building envelope.</p> <p>The fourth wall is the most interesting as it leans outward from the base to the parapet giving the appearance that the wall will soon topple. Don’t worry &#8211; the backup structure is designed to handle the load of the blocks pulling away from the building.</p> <p>Thanks to Protostatix Engineering Ltd., for helping bring this playful idea to life. The installer, Scorpio Masonry, made this installation appear flawless as there was much onsite work to get the corner and edge pieces to match the split face front of the block. Without their collaboration we would not have won this award, and we are pleased to share the credit.</p> <p>Thank you to the Alberta Masonry Review Board for recognizing this project. We look forward to wowing the judges again in the future.</p> <p>Trish Bolen, <br /> Stephens Kozak – <span class="caps">ACI</span>.</p> The Trip That Went to the Dogs 55ce1553edb2f325fb00252a 2015-08-14T15:47:29-04:00 2015-02-20T12:40:00-05:00 <p><img src="/assets/55ce17e3d4c96124bf0034bf/blog_post/2015_02_07_07.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="/assets/55ce1acac0d6714196002163/blog_post/P1060191.JPG" alt="" /> <img src="/assets/55ce181cedb2f325ca00498a/blog_post/IMG_6024.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>This year, <span class="caps">ACI</span> treated all of our team and their families to a winter trip in Canmore to experience the thrill of a dog sledding adventure! We were looking forward to spending time in the mountains with the beautiful dogs and experienced guides of Mad Dogs and Englishmen, but the weather did not cooperate. Due to a lack of snow, and rain that persisted throughout the night (In the mountains! In February!) making the high alpine roads treacherous at best, our dog sledding adventure had to be cancelled. Mad Dogs and Englishmen made the best of the situation though, by giving us a tour of the dog kennels and treating us to a fantastic meal by the fire. <br /> The beautiful weather did allow for very enjoyable explorations around town, and the heated outdoor pool and hot tub at Mystic Springs Chalets were a big hit!<br /> Thanks <span class="caps">ACI</span>, for this fantastic getaway in the mountains!</p> Eco-House Design Challenge 5421aab9d6af686f55000011 2014-09-23T13:16:31-04:00 2014-09-23T13:15:00-04:00 <p>I am proud to announce that for the Eco-House Design Challenge held by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Suncor Energy, my group, Sage Advice, has earned second place in the Professional category.</p> <p>The intent of the design was to provide possible designs for a home, built of up to three reused construction site trailers while considering products from local department stores and other technologies that can be shipped to Fort McMurray. The idea was to help with the housing crisis while diverting waste from their local landfill.</p> <p>By using locally available and affordable water, electricity and heat reducing technologies we designed homes that would have less impact on the environment. Other important considerations were air quality, thermal resistance, site orientation, and the use of products that contain recycled materials or have low manufacturing emissions.</p> <p>I enjoyed this experience, and learned much about working with team members involved in different facets of the industry and the creativity this can bring to a project. I&#8217;m proud of what we were able to accomplish.</p> <p>I have donated my share of our prize to the Edmonton Humane Society, an organization close to my heart.</p> <p>~Trish</p> Another Week in the Windy City 5419a492f002ff6b16000076 2014-09-17T11:11:16-04:00 2014-09-17T11:00:00-04:00 <p>Ah Chi town… such a marvelous city. My daughter Kat and I stayed on Ohio Street just off Michigan Ave. The hotel building was historic (built in the 1920’s) which was cool, but the rooms were old and the bathrooms small…which wasn’t so cool. The location however was excellent because it was central to great shopping and great restaurants.</p> <p>We were at the mart every morning for the 8:00 keynote speaker. I don’t know why more people don’t go to those…they are absolutely fascinating and by far my favorite part of Neocon. Besides that, they are free and an inspiring way to kick off the day. The first speaker was Todd Bracher, designer of furniture, lighting and other objects. I loved the simplicity and clarity in his design approach. The second speaker, Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist interested in the development of intelligence, creativity and personality was very humorous and entertaining. Laughter is a great way to start the day. Adrian Smith, the third speaker we heard is an architect of super tall buildings like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai…enough said.</p> <p>A few showroom tours were planned each day, as well as a tour off site of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robbie House. We also made sure to explore the showroom floors on our own. By the way, an absolute must to visit is the materials pavilion on the 8th floor.</p> <p>Beyond Neocon, which was once again soooo worth it, we enjoyed the city itself. The food was somehow magical. Can food actually be magical? I think so. This food was. I don’t know what they put in the chow of Chicago but every restaurant we went to was fabulous. If you are ever in Chicago go to Seasons 52 Fresh Grill. They have live music and the best flat bread. In fact it was so good we had to go back a second time! We walked down Michigan Avenue, along the river, visited Millennium Park, the Tilt in the John Hancock Tower, and did a serious amount of shopping…how could we not…we were on the Magnificent Mile!</p> <p>~Laurie Tingley</p> Hollick-Kenyon Park Grand Opening 53bda1584f720a71d600000f 2014-07-09T16:10:33-04:00 2014-07-09T16:00:00-04:00 <p>I have been working with the Hollick-Kenyon Park Society since 2009, and have been Chair of the group since 2010. The Hollick-Kenyon Park Society was created with the goal of building a playground within community, home to a 900 student school that opened fall 2010, and a community that has been without a playground since homes were first built in 1991.</p> <p>Through the incredibly generous support of all donors, the Hollick-Kenyon Park Playground finally became a reality with the Grand Opening held May 10, 2014. <span class="caps">ACI</span> is the largest corporate donor to the project, donating $5,000.00, as well as other time and resources over the past few years. The amazing staff also personally donated well over $500.00, receiving recognition on the Donor Plaque. It was also great to see a number of <span class="caps">ACI</span> staff at the Grand Opening, despite the less than perfect weather we experienced, including some snow.</p> <p>Without the ongoing support from <span class="caps">ACI</span> Architects Inc., this project would not be where it is today.</p> <p>~Devin McIntosh</p> The Tomato Kitchen Design Awards 53bd9a034f720a67f500000c 2014-07-11T13:04:18-04:00 2014-07-09T15:40:00-04:00 <p>Over the past few years, <span class="caps">ACI</span> has had the privilege of teaming with The Capital Care Foundation. Renovations to the dining rooms in their Lynnwood, Grandview and Dickinsfield extended care facilities were completed, and our work was recently recognized in the July/August 2014 Edition of The Tomato Kitchen Design Awards, where the retrofits were profiled.</p> <p>Being able to create the shift from a traditional institutional dining room to an area that feels like a high end hotel dining room is something that we feel very proud to have accomplished; Congratulations to Laurie Tingley, head of our Interiors Division, for envisioning these beautiful spaces!</p> <p>This is what the post had to say:</p> <p>&#8220;The Capital Care Foundation carried out a successful fundraising campaign to retrofit the dining rooms in their extended care facilities. While not kitchens exactly, we wanted to highlight the beautiful results.</p> <p>&#8217;For an institutional dining room to have the ability to bake cinnamon buns or bread right in the dining room is an incredible feature. It not only creates aromas that make the juices start to flow but also provides opportunities for conversation with the staff and residents. This helps create a more homelike atmosphere moving us far from the institutional feel of the traditional hospital.</p> <p>The second cooking component of our renovated dining rooms is the self-serve kitchen for residents and families. They can make toast and coffee, heat up favourite foods brought from home or make a quick bowl of hot soup to tide one over until meal service. This type of self-serve helps to ensure independence for those who still can.&#8217; — Sherry Schaefer, director of Fundraising, Capital Care Foundation&quot;</p>