Vestacon V - A Quarterly Newsletter - March 2021
Our latest Newsletter is out! Read all about the updates on our work at 99 Atlantic, Vestacon’s experience building mixed-use spaces including our own head office, find out how hot Vancouver really is and learn the top five reasons why women should consider a career in construction.
Continued Progress at 99 Atlantic
It doesn't feel like much has changed, but the calendar tells us it’s a new year, and with some of our projects paused during the recent Ontario lockdown, we’re excited to share an update on the progress of the Achievers project. As one of the projects affected by the Province-wide lockdown, Achievers’ well-planned project schedule meant the work could proceed as planned prior to moving into shutdown and makes it possible for us to pick up where we left off when restrictions are lifted in Toronto.
In our last update for Achievers, occupying three floors at 99 Atlantic, we described how hoisting of materials by the use of a crane from street level was underway. These materials have since been deployed and include feature ceilings, fabric panels, millwork, Muraflex frames and telescopic doors. The space will receive carpet and other floor finishes as soon as we can return to the site.
The continued progress for Achievers is the result of tremendous teamwork on all levels, throughout the project. For example, TPL Lighting helped create a moody atmosphere in the games room, and Salex Lighting assisted with lighting design in the café. As this project wraps up, Vestacon, alongside Syllable Inc., X-Design, Kevric, and other suppliers and consultants, is excited to see this space come to life, and we can’t wait to share the final result!
Rendering and photo: courtesy of Syllable Inc.
All Under One Roof
Vestacon has worked with many clients in the past by transforming warehouses into office spaces including our own Head office (read more about that project later in this Newsletter). In the last few years, we have seen an increase in requests to build mix-used spaces. These hybrid projects include elements of a traditional office such as open-concept workstation spaces, meeting and collaboration rooms, reception area and servery/cafeteria amenities together with warehouse, lab, and/or other industrial use spaces. The industrial mixed-use space offers the client an opportunity to keep production in all stages under one roof, which is beneficial for communication and coordination within all aspects of the company.
One great example of a mixed-use project is the space we are currently working on for a Multi-use Client in Brampton. This project, with design by Kasian and Project Management by CBRE, is undergoing a transformation where flexible offices and collaboration areas are separated from the warehouse which boasts 30 feet high ceilings and epoxy flooring, by cost-effective yet aesthetically pleasing acoustical curtains. This 51,400 square foot space also features monochromatic jewel-toned finishes to represent the interior brilliance of a crystal which juxtaposes the otherwise austere feel of the industrial neighbourhood in Brampton where it is located.
A short walk through the office to communicate changes to an order being sent out or a quick knock on a door to ensure a test is underway as scheduled. Having it all under one roof can be beneficial for companies who have an industrial, laboratory or warehouse component to their business.
A Wealth of Change
Hot office design. This 17,000 square foot office for a financial institution client in Vancouver, design by SGH Design Partners and Project Management by BGIS, includes a dramatic floating fireplace that warmly welcomes guests and staff into the space from the elevator lobby to the reception area. So long, the fireplace extends into the boardroom and serves as the backdrop for clients and staff to enjoy while utilizing the space. The surround of the fireplace feature is clad in marble-look stone tile and is framed and supported strategically with structural steel, giving it the illusion of floating. The flames are convincingly simulated using light projection and an evaporative water mist system.
Aside from this fiery design feature the scope of this client-facing full floor renovation also included elevator lobby and washroom upgrades, an elegant new reception area, fully outfitted boardrooms, private offices and several other staff and client amenity areas.
Top 5 Reasons for Women to Consider a Career in the Construction Industry
In recognition of International Women’s Day, this edition of our Industry Insight brings to light some female perspective from two of Vestacon’s own women in construction. Julie Zabizewski recently recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Canadian Construction by On-Site Magazine collaborates with her colleague Kim Van Leeuwen, having over 20 years of experience in this field herself, to explore the "Top 5 Reasons for Women to Consider a Career in the Construction Industry".
A New Home With Room to Grow
When Vestacon outgrew our second office space at Yonge and York Mills we started planning for an upgrade with enough space to further expand. Originally a fabrication warehouse, the new head office at 3 Bradwick Drive in Vaughan provided just what we needed. The interior was designed by Figure3 and built with oversight by Vestacon to suit the requirements, and taste, of the owners and staff. We kept the existing shell of the building but returned it to back-to-base condition to maximize potential. Special features of the building include a functional garage door which is in the lunch area where staff can enjoy seasonal open-air dining, lots of large windows, including many which were added as part of the renovation, high ceilings with exposed painted ductwork giving the office a modern and authentic industrial feel. All existing electrical panels and systems were demolished and replaced with new. We also upgraded the IT fibre cable from the street to the building and installed new CCTV and security systems.
Although we made many changes to covert the warehouse to an office that would suit the needs of our growing team, there are still elements of Vestacon's head office that serve as clues to its past.