Just can't get enough of this song!
Just can't get enough of this song!
Doing some research on event insurance? I've never worked with this company before but their website has some good information that could help as you shop around and consider your needs. Sportsinsurance.com
Check out this Olympic hockey-related video if you need a chuckle today.
Congratulations to Quebec City for being selected as the hosts of SportAccord 2012. It's a beautiful city and a great choice to introduce the SportAccord family to Canada. Click here for the full story.
I'm exhausted and inspired! I worked and volunteered at 3 events in 5 days – all over the lower mainland. The post-Olympic hiatus is obviously over in Vancouver!
I started off by helping my friends at McHugh Productions with one of the conferences that they were servicing at the Wall Centre, then zipped over to False Creek to help set-up and welcome the VIPs to the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragonboat Festival. Rested for a day then drove WAY out to beautiful Whonnock Lake to assist with the Iron Mountain Triathlon. The next day I wrapped the blitz off with teardown at the Dragonboat Fest. (sigh)
It was so incredible to see all of the volunteers and spectators that came out and I have so much respect/awe for the athletes of all ages that train and compete at these events. Someday I'll have to come out from from behind the scenes to get on to the field-of-play.
Not today though! I'm going to rest up so that I can catch the action at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k this weekend.
I’ve across the following competition announcement from Architecture from Humanity. If you have done some work or research on prefab housing for disaster areas, you may want to consider entering.
“The Building Back Better Communities RFP has been officially released–calling for appropriate prefab solutions for Haiti. The Government of Haiti has enlisted our help and that of the British architecture firm Malcolm Reading to hold a design competition Expo for prefabricated housing solutions. Details can be found at the Malcolm Reading website.
The deadline for submissions is June 28. Questions should be directed to BBBC@malcolmreading.co.uk
The Haitian government encourages participation from as many different sectors around the world as possible. If you’re a designer, architect, contractor, consultant or other professional who wants to help build back better, you’re invited to submit a design to be evaluated and built. A prototype housing Expo will take place in Port-au-Prince from
early October 2010. The development of an exemplar housing settlement will follow shortly after.
The scope and spirit of the competition are captured in an introductory letter from the Haitian Prime Minister, copied below.
Best of luck to the entrants!
Architecture for Humanity
To Whom It May Concern
The earthquake on January 12, 2010 destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, directly affecting over 1.5 million Haitians and impacting the lies of millions throughout the country. In response, the international community began developing strategies to assist the people of Haiti in developing permanent housing solutions.
The Government of Haiti is pleased to announce a formal process for managing this important component of the recovery effort. The attached Request For Proposals (RFP) seeks to ensure that the development of the housing sector in Haiti will include both the International community and the Government of Haiti working together for the Haitian people. Participants are encouraged to seek integrated approaches, including of Haitian products in housing designs, construction of local manufacturing facilities and entering into partnerships with Haitian companies. In addition, the housing sector should be a driving force for employment and skill training for Haitians. These important areas should be taken into account when developing housing proposals.
The purpose of this RFP is to attract the best, safest and most sustainable housing designs that can serve as models in a Housing Expo, during which the Government of Haiti and the Haitian people will select housing models that are best suited for Haiti and its recovery process. In addition to constructing model homes, the Housing Expo seeks to
integrate green business, technologies, and sustainable energy projects into the rebuilding and recovery process. Thus the utilization of solar, wind and other natural elements into the development of model communities, the Haitian Government seeks to reduce the use of fuels that are costly both in financial and environmental terms. Finally,
this Housing Expo will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas regarding sustainable housing models and green building technologies.
The Government of Haiti welcomes your participation in this importantprocess.
Jean Max Bellerive
There's an open house planned to allow the public to review the re-zoning application that's been submitted for an entertainment complex adjacent to BC Place. For more details, click here
Last Sunday I just happened upon a great National Geographic documentary on the stadiums that were built for the upcoming World Cup called "Build Up to the Cup". It does a great job of taking you through the challenges that the design teams faced with the weather, new technologies and construction methods and really makes you appreciate the engineering and architectural achievements behind these amazing structures. I can't believe they had to wait until the last piece was in to see if the arch on Durban's stadium was built correctly!
I'm certainly going to watch it again. Here's the link for details on the repeat broadcasts.
Hockey Canada issued a press release today naming Dave Cameron as the Head Coach of the 2011 jr. hockey team. While you're reading the posting, if you'd like to get in line for tickets for the 2012 World Juniors you can register on the same site.
Read more at Hockey Canada
On a recent project I had to take a very large, very open floor plate and sub-divide it into several offices and meeting spaces. Given that the schedule called for us to complete the spaces shortly after we acquired use of the venue, the task was a bit daunting. Wood framers can erect a wall extremely quickly and if you don't mind seeing the joints between the sheets of gypsum board (drywall) or MDF (medium density fibre board), you could construct temporary spaces quite easily. The added bonus is that during teardown, all or most of the materials can be recycled or re-used. One of the problems is that when crunched for time, waiting for the paint to dry (literally) may not be an option.
Another solution to consider is a wall system similar to what you can find in many office buildings that have cubicles and matching private offices. These systems are designed such that they can be installed very quickly, they can include hidden channels to run electrical cords and best of all have an immediate professional, finished look. If you're not creating back-of-house spaces, this can be an important consideration.
A few questions immediately come to mind so my assignment for this week is to seek answers to the following: Can a wall system be rented/purchased at a comparable price to building a wood stud wall from scratch – I suspect not. How do the two wall types differ in terms of acoustic properties? How do you facilitate air flow from one room to another if the factory wall needs to go right to the underside of the ceiling to keep sound in? Is it possible to request panels with air vents? Lastly, my question to a vendor would be about service options during the event. If a panel is damaged, what would be the response time to repair or replace it?
If you distribute wall systems that could be appropriate for use in an event setting, please contact me and/or send me a sample and specifications that I can review.