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Time to get creative with office space and looming vacancy

Published one month ago

Whether it is Reimagining an entire building through a comprehensive redevelopment such as Procura is doing on WSP Tower (109st/Jasper Avenue) or Reimagining an outdated and uninviting space in an existing tower as the Skills Society did with their Action Lab (124st/Stony Plain Road), we certainly need to get creative in Alberta with how we manage and take advantage of our increasing office vacancy rates. 

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360 Main Street - Artis REIT Redefines the Skyline

Published 4 months ago

As one of the largest diversified commercial real estate investment trusts in Canada, Artis REIT is transforming Winnipeg's premier business address in downtown Winnipeg from a 40 year old energy hog into a modern LEED Gold/BOMA Best star. 

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Reimagine Magazine - the 5th issue

Published 5 months ago

 

Our team is excited to celebrate the launch of Reimagine Magazine’s fifth issue for some perfect summer reading. This issue is a special one, as one of our current projects graces the cover: WSP Place. The story of how we are transforming a drab 1970s concrete tower into a healthy, light-filled and sustainable office space is an exciting one, particularly for Edmonton's downtown core.

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Why we should reimagine buildings

Published 5 months ago

Vivian Manasc discusses the importance and benefits of reimagining aging buildings versus tearing them down.

Video link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAPa_kk2_xw

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WSP Place - Reimagined

Published 6 months ago

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Strategic Transformation

Published 10 months ago

A makeover of Calgary's 1800 breathes new vitality into an entire Mission block.

As the city of Calgary emerged from the devastation of the 2013 flooding, as debris was cleaned up, electricity restored, and as life once again bustled in the downtown core, it was fitting that the first post-flood development permit the city issued would also facilitate another transformation. The project: redeveloping the 1800 building, a mixed-use structure named for its address (1800 - Fourth St. S.W.). The building is located in the Mission area, south of the downtown core, which was among the places in the city hardest-hit by flood damage.

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Sustainable Servus

Published 10 months ago

It isn’t every day that a banking group lets you smash a hole in the centre of its head office, but that’s precisely what happened at the Servus Credit Union Corporate Centre retrofit.

Servus Credit Union is an Alberta community-based financial institution with a progressive approach to doing business. The largest credit union in the province, Servus takes pride in its community leadership, performance and corporate social responsibility commitments. In 2007, Servus approached Alberta architectural firm Manasc Isaac with a request: to transform a recently purchased former call centre into a healthy, vibrant workspace for 400 of its staff.

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Whats Old Is New Again

Published 11 months ago

Proponents of reimagning agree holistic retrofitting is a better but often overlooked option for aging and underperforming buildings.

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The Roots of Reimagine

Published 11 months ago

Reimagine magazine sat down with Vivian Manasc, principal architect at Manasc Isaac, to talk about reimagine projects and integrated design.

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Beautifying Brutalist

Published one year ago

Pike Research predicts that the global market for building retrofits will nearly double between the years 2014 and 2023. NewYork City, in particular, is a hotbed of retrofit activity. The Empire State Building made the news in 2009 when its renovation strategy was widely applauded not only for restoring the building’s original lustre, but also for integrating modern sustainability upgrades.

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