Archives: 2011

Reimagining Winter Structures - Metropolis

Published 5 years ago

Metropolis will consist of four free-standing, heated temporary structures made from Aluma Systems construction scaffolding covered with white shrink wrap. This technique is based on cold climate construction technology and will offer a sheltered atmosphere suitable for normal winter conditions in the Edmonton Capital Region. In the inaugural year architects from Canada and the USA have been invited by Events Edmonton to design the pavilions, including our own Richard Isaac's 'Polar Brewhouse'. In subsequent years an international design competition will be staged. This will foster a competitive spirit and ensure that the structures will change annually. The design will include a multi-media presentation consisting of visuals and sound. The festival will be green and sustainable with the majority of the materials being rented.

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PLATINUM AWARD: Genetics Laboratory, Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.

Published 5 years ago

Building Design+ConstructionBy BD+C Staff

Constructed in 1970, the 4,150-sf Genetics Laboratory at the National Zoological Park had become inadequate for researchers’ needs because the existing floor area was inefficient for their multi-step research and documentation processes. Collaborating researchers were also located more than a mile away, and the building was situated within the flood plain of Rock Creek. Periodically, flooding would close the lab, endangering collections and equipment, while disrupting experiments.

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Reimagining Ottawa - Horizon 2067

Published 5 years ago

As part of Horizon 2067, the plan for Canada's Capital for 2067, our 200th birthday, Vivian Manasc and Shafraaz Kaba participated in leading the NCC's Capital Conversation which took place in Edmonton on November 2nd.

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Oxford Properties Group Announces $65 Million Redevelopment at 111 Richmond W

Published 6 years ago

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2011) -Oxford is pleased to announce the redevelopment of 111 Richmond W, one of Toronto's icons of architectural modernism. The 215,000 square foot office property will be completely redeveloped to the latest standards in technology and environmental specifications while preserving the design integrity of renowned architect Peter Dickinson. The building is 60% pre-leased, including a lease of 89,000 square feet to one of the world's largest technology companies and a lease of 40,000 square feet to a leading Canadian accounting firm.

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Another successful reimagine lunch!

Published 6 years ago

Thank you to those who joined us for our fifth reimagine Tower Renewal Summit. We hope everyone enjoyed hearing Michael Brooks, CEO of REALpac, speak about the insights gained from the results of REALpac's 2010 Energy Benchmarking Report: Performance of the Canadian Office Sector. To download a PDF of the Report or to learn more about REALpac, please visit HERE. We'd like to thank Michael for coming from Toronto to share this valuable information with us.

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reimagine luncheon – save the date!

Published 6 years ago

To read the 2010 REALpac Energy Benchmarking Report, please download the PDF. http://www.realpac.ca/

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Manasc Isaac Announces Winners of Blue Sky Award!

Published 6 years ago


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2010 Zerofootprint Re-skinning Award Winners

Published 6 years ago

"The Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards showcase excellence in holistic retrofitting projects from around the world. These are projects that update older buildings to bring their carbon, energy, and water performance to sustainable levels, improve their aesthetics, and make them "smarter."

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reimagine newsletter - Summer 2011

Published 6 years ago

 

SUMMER 2011 • VOLUME 1 NUMBER 2

We’ve been busy reimagining here at Manasc Isaac these past few months. We kicked off Spring 2011 with an outdoor party to celebrate the addition of solar panel sunshades to our home, the Oliver Building. We are also very proud recipients of the Outstanding Design Award for a school building addition/modernization at the Pacific Northwest Regional CEFPI conference in May. This design award was presented to Parkland School Division and our firm for the reimagined Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain. In this issue of our reimagine newsletter, we’re focusing on reimagine here and around the world.

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Manasc Isaac is one of the newest members of BOMA

Published 6 years ago

 

 

On Tuesday, June 14th Manasc Isaac joined BOMA Edmonton. "Founded in 1907, BOMA International is the oldest and largest professional association representing the commercial building industry, with 100 Federated Associations in Canada, United States, and around the world. Companies and individuals benefit from the knowledge and experience of BOMA membership 18,500+ strong. BOMA International's members are building owners, managers, developers, leasing professionals, medical office building managers, corporate facility managers, asset managers, and the providers of the products and services needed to operate commercial properties." - BOMAedmonton.org

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Manasc Isaac's got it made in the shade!

Published 6 years ago

At Manasc Isaac, we’re always looking for ways to reduce the impact our office has on the environment. The latest addition to the Oliver Building (10225 100 Avenue) are photovoltaic (PV) panels that also operate as sunshades. During the warmer months we rely on operable windows, not mechanical air conditioning, to keep us cool while we work inside. The sunshades are installed on the south side of the building which receives a generous amount of sun during the day. 

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Downtown by design is within reach

Published 6 years ago

As seen in today's Edmonton Journal - a story by Todd Babiuk about this month's M.A.D.E. event.

On April 6, more than 50 people were turned away from a sold-out panel discussion about architecture and urban design at the Art Gallery of Alberta. On stage, two architects from Edmonton and two architects from Vancouver talked about designing a downtown.

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Manasc Isaac's First Annual Blue Sky Award!

Published 6 years ago

 

This award was created to enable Alberta based not-for-profit organizations to move their projects from the idea stage to reality. In support of this goal, Manasc Isaac will donate $10,000 of consulting time to the creation of a Conceptual Design/Feasibility Study. This will enable your organization to use this concept to seek partners, funding, and determine timelines for your project. 

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Designing Downtown : Between Two Cities

Published 6 years ago

What is a downtown? What elements make it inviting, interesting, and beautiful. How does built form influence your experience? What challenges do downtown's face? What 'lessons learned' can be borrowed from other cities adventures in urban renewal? 

Manasc Isaac's own Shafraaz Kaba joined Matthew Soules, Trevor Boddy, and Gene Dub the past week to discuss this lively soup de jour. The Edmonton Journal's Todd Babiak moderated this sold out M.A.D.E event.

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Newsletter March 2011

Published 6 years ago

MARCH 2011 • VOLUME 1 NUMBER 1

 

reimagine is a Manasc Isaac initiative to transform existing buildings into beautiful, healthy, sustainable spaces. By reimagining aging building stock; owners can restore their assets, deliver better value and healthier spaces to tenants, and make a beneficial contribution to the environment.

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April 12 BOMA luncheon - Greening Existing Buildings

Published 6 years ago

Vivian Manasc will be speaking on reimagine: 'Greening existing buildings'..opportunities for the next decade. For more information and to register, copy and past the link below.

http://www.bomaedmonton.org/events_register.php

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Reimagining Toronto

Published 6 years ago

 

With the recent revolution towards producing energy efficient green buildings entering into mainstream discussion, Toronto city officials and members of the design community have realized that it is not only new buildings that needs to be focused on, but existing infrastructure as well. 

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Ontario's largest green retrofit at 222 Jarvis Street

Published 6 years ago

The Ontario Realty Corporation has embarked on the modernization and retrofitting of a 455,000 sqft Provincial office building at 222 Jarvis Street in downtown Toronto, with completion set for summer 2011. This retrofit will include a comprehensive array of envelope, mechanical, electrical, and public space improvements. A true demonstration of the Ontario Government's commitment to environmental leadership and reduction of their carbon footprint. 

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Yonge and Eglinton Towers getting 'reimagined'

Published 6 years ago

 

Canada's largest Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), RioCan, is poised to begin a $100 million redevelopment and re-skinning of two high-rise office towers at one of Canada's busiest intersections. Yonge Eglinton Centre will undergo a vertical addition along with a new exterior skin, redesigned street-level to improve the public realm, and is aiming to achieve a BOMA 'Best Level' designation for 'green practices' in recycling and energy conservation.

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Reskinning the Aging Building

Published 6 years ago

 

Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia, wanted to reskin a patient tower built in 1963. But beyond this, the project offers a look at the multiple objectives that can be achieved through reskinning.

Issue Date: April 2006 by TOM BIRKEMEIER

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