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Vestacon V - A Quarterly Newsletter - November 2020

In our third edition of our Vestacon V – Newsletter, we offer insight into our (virtual) night at the REmmy’s, tell you all about our Habitat for Humanity Build Day in Vancouver, showcase the continued progress of one of our projects at 99 Atlantic Avenue, and invite you to read our latest industry insight and White paper. Want to make sure you don`t miss out? Sign up and receive the Newsletter directly in your inbox, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

A Virtual Night at the REmmy's

Social interactions on hold, 2020 has seen many events pushed to an unknown date in 2021. Earlier this year we wondered if the annual REmmy Awards would be one of them, however to our joy, CoreNet Global Canadian Chapter decided to put together a virtual event. Nominations to decide on the finalists in three categories started this summer and suddenly, on November 17, it was that time of the year again. It felt familiar, yet different. Introductions were presented via an interactive live screen, conversations held in chat rooms and viewing of projects available in the finalist's gallery. 
For Vestacon the category of most interest was the Workplace 50,000 sq. ft. and over. One of the finalists, UBER Toronto Head Quarters was completed in collaboration between CBRE Project Managers, B+H Architects and Vestacon. A magnificent Toronto pearl, where innovation driving the future can live and thrive, the project features a custom catering kitchen, open ceiling throughout, numerous folding walls, design-build millwork package, colourful details throughout the space, numerous meeting rooms, open office workspace and much more.
As this category rolled around, we were happy to find ourselves in good company with two other finalists. Although we were not the official winners, we still feel that being one of the final three finalists, among a pool of great projects submitted, is an incredible honour, and we hope to be in good company again at next year’s REmmy Awards. Next time, hopefully, in person.



An Update on Achievers

In our last Newsletter, we shared a look into the Achievers project at 99 Atlantic Avenue, including a sneak peek into what the design team from X-Design and Syllable Inc. envisioned for the space. This 52,000 sq. ft. office expanding over three floors, has seen tremendous progress as installation of the interconnecting staircase and bleachers have commenced.
In October, steel for the stair opening, drywall, studs and a Muraflex telescopic door were hoisted up from street level. Once all materials were in, Vestacon and our team of trusted sub-trades were able to start cutting the concrete for the staircase. The staircase also includes provisions to facilitate a future slab infill should it be necessary for the future.
Hoisting materials from street level, using a crane, comes together with extensive safety procedures, city permits, and effective communication from all stakeholders. Vestacon has managed material hoists up to 32 floors and although 99 Atlantic (while the tallest building in Libert Village) is only 8 stories, safety procedures, due diligence and care remain the same.


Habitat for Humanity Build Day - Greater Vancouver

During these times, locals supporting locals is a good place to start making a difference. Vestacon’s Vancouver team has found a way to make an impact in nearby communities in an engaging way. Together with Habitat for Humanity-Greater Vancouver the team arranged a Build Day and recruited several partners along the way.
Habitat for Humanity has a special place in Team Vestacon’s hearts. Since 2011, we have participated in Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area - Women Build Day. An annual event that engages volunteers to raise funds and awareness for a great cause and concludes in a build day. With such a great tradition already installed in Toronto, Vestacon’s team in Vancouver felt inspired to get involved in this cause.
On Friday, November 20, it was cloudy, but a mostly rain-free morning. The team was all smiles behind their face masks, equipped with gloves, hardhats, and steel toe boots and ready to take on the task in Mission, BC. Excited to connect with our building partners for this great cause, the day kicked off with a safety briefing from the Habitat for Humanity on-site staff. Then the work to build a 19-unit multi-residential building commenced. Some of the work that was done by the team included drywall installation, electrical rough-in, installation of backing to existing framing, and painting.

What made the day even more impactful was that the team met, and worked alongside, one of the future tenants who was contributing her own volunteer hours for this special project. 

Tired but still smiling, we feel fortunate to have been part of making a significant change for families who will make this project their home in the future. We already look forward to organizing another build day in 2021, and we hope to be able to work alongside even more of our partners at that time.

Thank you to Habitat for Humanity - Greater Vancouver, and to all our partners!

  • Turner Bros
  • Tomcat Demo
  • Brooks Corning
  • SGH Design Partners
  • Mott Electric
  • Feature Millwork
  • Team Glass
  • Davidson Bros


Top 5 Things to Consider When Building an Office In A Converted Warehouse Space

Few buildings offer the unique design opportunities of an authentic industrial warehouse conversion, but there are significant trade-offs to be aware of before signing that lease. Arm yourself with some key points to be considered by reading our Industry Insight: Edition 3.

Remember, you can read our previous Industry Insight Editions, and all of our White papers on our website and contact us for more information on how Vestacon can help you with your project.


Should you Hire a Construction Manager or a General Contractor? Here Is Some Help

Among the many decisions, companies are faced with when it comes to planning a construction project, one which stands out as both challenging and impactful is whether to engage the services of either a Construction Manager or a General Contractor. Read our white paper below, or contact us to get your own copy, for some compelling information to help make the decision-making process a little easier.

Remember, you can read our previous Industry Insight Editions, and all of our White papers on our website and contact us for more information on how Vestacon can help you with your project.