What's New 518959c97a50720420001c0f 2016-12-19T10:22:24-05:00 ACI - A Quarter Century 56411b36d4c961061025d479 2016-12-19T10:22:24-05:00 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> 20th Jeux Francophone Games of Alberta 53b581954f720a7894000081 2014-07-03T12:29:05-04:00 2014-07-03T12:00:00-04:00 <p><img src="/assets/53b5811bd6af68142a00036c/300x300/DSCF2340.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="/assets/53b5809cd6af68146900007c/300x300/IMG_3249.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>Zone 4 &#8211; Centralta was very well represented at the 20th Jeux Francophones Games of Alberta, which was recently hosted in Grande Prairie (May 30-June 1). Chef de mission Monique Lavallée, who was recently awarded &#8220;French ambassador for French Sport in Alberta&#8221;, brought 48 athletes and trainers to take part in this event. The signature Red Water Bottles, sponsored by <span class="caps">ACI</span> Architects, were definitely noticed and appreciated by all. In the name of the Zone 4 delegation, Monique Lavallée received two incredible awards at the closing ceremony: the &#8220;Linda Beaudet Award (Sportsmanship Award)&#8221; and the &#8220;Friendship Award&#8221;. Over 400 athletes from all over Alberta took part in this event, from which eight Zone 4 students were selected to represent Alberta in Gatineau, Quebec this July for the Canadian Francophone Games. Thank you to <span class="caps">ACI</span> Architects Inc. for having so kindly sponsored our team.</p> 2 New Schools Awarded to ACI 53a0aac3d6af6828b4000005 2014-06-20T15:31:54-04:00 2014-06-20T15:00:00-04:00 <p><span class="caps">ACI</span> Architects, in collaboration with Jen-Col Construction, has been awarded the Design-Build contract for 2 new schools in Alberta. One of the schools is a K-6 school located in Joussard, AB, and the other school is a K-9 school located in Neerlandia, AB. We are aiming for construction to start in August, with a completion date by the end of 2015.</p> BBQ Season Has Arrived! 53a060c24f720a16e9000106 2014-06-17T14:46:27-04:00 2014-06-17T11:00:00-04:00 <p>Now that the weather has finally warmed up, we can enjoy our patio again! <span class="caps">ACI</span> treated everyone to a delicious <span class="caps">BBQ</span> on Friday &#8211; Good weather, great food, and even better company made for the perfect start to the weekend.</p> Eco-Solar Home Tour & Bike Tour 539b5a36f002ff3f6b000006 2014-06-17T14:46:41-04:00 2014-06-13T16:00:00-04:00 <p>On Saturday May 31st and Sunday June 1st Edmonton held its 15th annual Eco-Solar Home tour. The purpose of the tour is to give residential homes the opportunity to show off the environmental technologies to the interested public.</p> <p>I took part in helping show off the Westmount home on May 31st &#8211; showcasing the increased insulation values from typical residential construction, solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, on-demand hot water, and heat recovery ventilation.</p> <p>The basement had approximately 30 R using insulated concrete forms (<span class="caps">ICF</span>) and 35 R wall construction for the main and second floors. The reduction of heat loss and gain through insulation means less energy is used to correct these fluctuations.</p> <p>The roof had 8 photovoltaic (PV) cells &#8211; solar panels &#8211; on the roof that generated energy through the seasons. During the summer the unused energy goes back into the grid and cost savings are realized.</p> <p>The basement used geothermal in floor heating and the main and second floor had forced air that was heated and cooled by the geothermal system. Many people don&#8217;t realize that the geothermal system can be used as a cooling system in the summer. No separate air conditioning is required.</p> <p>This home also had a hot water on demand system so that excess energy is not wasted to heat up large quantities of water and a heat recovery ventilation system to collect the heat out of air leaving the home to preheat the air coming in.</p> <p>This home was quite well designed and incorporated many technologies that would make any owner proud.</p> <p>On Sunday June 1st I helped organize the Canadian Green Building Council&#8217;s (CaGBC) Emerging Green Builders (<span class="caps">EGB</span>) Bike Tour to coincide with the Eco-Solar Home Tour. We had a nice turn out of a dozen bikers for this event. Unfortunately our guide was unable to make the trip due to her bike tire having a flat. Madeleine Drake, a fellow <span class="caps">EGB</span>, and I were able to take two groups on the tour to show off the homes in the Belgravia and McKernan area as they were closely located.</p> <p>The first tour group and I got separated along the trip so I hope they were able to locate many of the homes on the tour. I was able to catch up with Madeleine&#8217;s group and we finished the tour together. The rain held off just long enough for us to get to the fifth home. I believe the group had a nice time and enjoyed a leisurely ride.</p> <p>For those who would like more information on the Eco-Solar Home tour they can checkout the website: ecosolar.ca</p> <p>It was a fantastic weekend and I&#8217;m glad I could be apart of such a wonderful event. <br /> Trish Bolen</p> Construction Specifications Canada's 2014 InfoNet 539b5b67d6af681c8200002b 2014-06-17T14:46:54-04:00 2014-06-13T16:00:00-04:00 <p><img src="/assets/539b5be0f002ff3b4d000036/300x300/trish_reduced.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="/assets/539b63bbf002ff50b1000070/300x300/Pam_and_Jennifer_Heil_fixed_smalls.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>In April of this year five members of <span class="caps">ACI</span> attended Construction Specifications Canada&#8217;s 2014 InfoNet event at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre; Darryl, Ron, Devin, Trish and Pam were guests of StonCor Group, I-XL Masonry Supplies Ltd., and <span class="caps">DDL</span> Group. A big thanks to Mike Ewaskiw, Mark Owen and Don Lopatka.</p> <p>The Event was well attended and there were many great displays at the tradeshow. Many of us were able to visit each stand for a basic overview of the latest products offered. The tradeshow was also an excellent networking event and we&#8217;ve held quite a few meetings since with these suppliers.</p> <p>The tradeshow was followed by a dinner with our hosts, which was wonderful, and with guest speaker Jennifer Heil, Olympic Champion, World Champion and Overall World Cup Champion in Freestyle Mogul Skiing. Jennifer supports the charity Because I am a Girl which raises funds to advocate for women&#8217;s education and help impoverished women around the world. She also is the co-founder of the B2ten group that contributes to Olympic sport in Canada and runs a girls only mogul ski camp. On top of everything else, Jennifer Heil is a fantastic motivational speaker as she explained to the crowd how she was able to train for the Olympics with the help of those who believed in her. Pam and I were lucky enough to have our pictures taken with this inspiring individual.</p> <p>The event was fantastic, and <span class="caps">ACI</span> staff sincerely appreciated being invited along with the opportunity to spend time with trades, clients, and friends.</p> Bengali New Year Celebration 5369179b4f720a4707000136 2014-06-17T14:47:10-04:00 2014-05-06T13:00:00-04:00 <p><img src="/assets/5369179b4f720a470700013a/300x300/P1020553_copy.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>My husband, Halim Shah, was proud to organize this year&#8217;s Bengali New Year Celebration held at the Royal Alberta Museum auditorium on April 25th, 2014. I created the event poster and provided coordination for our community&#8217;s celebration. We are very grateful to our sponsors and to the community for helping make the event a success as well as to the <span class="caps">RAM</span> for meeting our live and digital presentation requirements.</p> <p>The event began with a slide presentation of our sponsors as people took their seats. When the audience was settled in I acted as emcee and introduced the following events. The Bengali celebration typically begins with a drum ceremony however we were unable to find a local, traditional group so great thanks go to the Edmonton Korean Community Centre Foundation and to their performers for delivering an energizing set. They were followed by a traditional Bengali dancer and singer.</p> <p>The celebration was headlined by the amazingly talented <span class="caps">LRB</span> Rock Band from Bangladesh, on their third-stop of a cross-Canada tour. The crowd was so excited with the band that many were dancing in the aisles, crowding the stage, taking selfies from the edge of the stage to capture the band and generally having a wonderful time. One audience member in particular will be forever remembered for his energetic dance moves and uncontained enthusiasm at seeing the band and hearing the music.</p> <p>Several <span class="caps">ACI</span> colleagues also attended the celebration in support of my efforts and of our community, and have expressed accolades for the presentation.</p> <p>I would like to send a final thank you to all those in attendance who helped this cultural event be such a success.</p> <p>Mumtaz Anwar</p> New School Awarded to ACI 534ea14e4f720a485100005e 2014-06-17T14:47:21-04:00 2014-04-16T11:00:00-04:00 <p><span class="caps">ACI</span> is pleased to be working with Alberta Infrastructure on another school project. We have been awarded the bridging role for a new K &#8211; 4 school in Cold Lake, and are looking forward to addressing the challenges associated with coordinating the design for an elementary school.</p>