Thanks to Lauren Gibbs and Dale Pozzi of HOK’s Strategic Accounts + Consulting group for passing this our way:
Fraser Milner Casgrain, Vancouver
A recent article published in the Great Features: Ideas in Innovations section of the Toronto Star featured how new ways of working, along with changes in working environments, have promoted collaborative, effective team environments for many organizations. Several companies that have recently redesigned their work spaces are featured in the article, including those designed by HOK.
Lisa Fulford-Roy, HOK’s vice president of client strategy, stated that many companies are looking to implement agile workplace standards to reduce costs and space while also improving flexibility for …
I just met a new awesome woman of HOK: the Planning Group’s fabulous Amy Roots, from HOK’s Toronto office. No, I didn’t meet her because of a project or any official reason. I met her because another awesome woman of HOK (Jeannette Thompson) decided that we should connect. And we did!
Amy’s about the same age that I am (we refer to ourselves as “tweeners” – not quite at the senior executive level, but well into our careers), and has been at HOK for about the same amount of time. We giggled about how being in your early 30s is fantastic because it’s the “whatever” years. Whatever you do …
Where did community go?
Brought to you by the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.
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The Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building, designed by HOK in joint venture with Bergmark Guimond Hammarlund Jones in PEI, delivers on the federal government’s pledge to embrace new technologies, methodologies, partners, and means of delivering service to Canadians. Thoughtfully planned, the JC building has revitalized an underused neighbourhood, uses design to reflect the local flavour of the community, encourages employees and residents alike to use the space and sets the standard for environmentally-progressive government buildings.
The following video explores how the design team successfully met the federal government’s objectives of sustainability, supportive work environments, and connectivity, and highlights HOK’s integrated design approach to the project.
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For the second consecutive year, the Toronto studio participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Gingerbread Build. The design inspiration for this years house was the 2010 winter Olympics with a sprinkle of Dr. Seuss’ Who-ville.
The base is a sugar covered “Whistler” mountain with a competative skier making her way down the slalom course. At the finish line the Olympic mascots, including Quatchi the Sasquatch, Sumi the Thunderbird and Miga the Sea Bear, cheer her on! The house mimics a home from Who-ville painted in all 5 official Olympic colours and they’ve even included an Inukshuk marker at the top of the mountain to represent a guiding light for all our Canadian athletes!
GO CANADA GO!
All gingerbread houses will be auctioned …
Halloween in the Toronto studio is always an extravaganza – never a lack of effort that is for sure! This year was no different; in fact some might say that this was the best year yet! Perhaps my opinion is biased since the Marketing team went all out, but judge for yourself. : )
Marketing Team as the cast of ‘Star Wars’ – left to right:
Jessie Mendes – Luke Skywalker
Gabriella Adorjan – Darth Vader
Lia Oh – Wicket the Ewok
Kim Stockton – Princess Leia
Wendy Tam – Clone Trooper
Jessica Rowen – R2-D2
The accounting team also decided on a themed group costume and ended up winning the contest! Not only did they dress-up, but they performed a …
HOK’s dragon boat team, Hell on Keels, recently clocked their best time of 2:21.59 during the Annual Great White North Dragon Boat Challenge, placing fifth overall in their division.
The race was in support of the YMCA of Greater Toronto, which serves 150,000 people of all ages in the Greater Toronto area alone. This year the race brought together 5,000 participants who helped the foundation achieve their goal of raising $150,000!
Congratulations to the following HOKers who participated in the event:
AND a special thanks to HOK’s team Captain, Laura Fyles, for her dedication!
HOK Canada’s design director talks about the Edmonton Clinic.
“Our client, the University of Alberta, has asked us to help them change the world of health and wellness. So it’s not a small goal in any way, shape or form.”
In this next clip Gordon talks about topics ranging from why he is a designer to his team’s design process. “The client holds the secret,” he says. “What makes a really great piece of design is when the actual people who are making use of that design are living and working within it and they are completely enjoying their lives — they are being productive and effective. That is when the design is truly successful — when they are engaged.”
Previous edition of …
The memories of family camping trips are still a source of strength for me. I remember my first time quite vividly, kind of like the first time I drank a cup of water. Waking up early in the morning. Climbing into the back seat of the car. Getting something to eat – probably Tim Horton’s. We’d drive and drive and drive, until we finally stopped. I didn’t really know where we were, but there were some trees there. The rush of blood to my feet from running to the washroom always made me feel all tingly inside after a long car ride. I think we ate some kind of food, maybe played …
With the first long weekend of the summer past us and the warm weather ahead, I thought I would take the moment to discuss with all of you an argument I am sure to have this summer, because it happens every summer: women’s clothing.
For some reason, men’s summer business attire is pretty drab. In the winter months, it’s dark dress pants, light shirt; while in the summer, light pants, any colour shirt. I’m surprised Hallmark hasn’t created a greeting card to mark the occasion of changing of the different colour pants. It’s almost as if someone somewhere decided, that all men participating in the act of business need to dress the same to look ‘professional’. It’s a wonder why men …
HOK has just been selected as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2009.
Robert Venturi once wrote a book entitled Learning from Las Vegas, in which he describes the essence of Las Vegas and the opposing architectural styles of the ‘duck’ and ‘decorated shed.’ Now I’m no Venturi, but I thought I would introduce you to this little oasis to the north – Niagara Falls.
Internationally known, Niagara Falls is listed as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, and also the ‘Honeymoon Capital of the World.’ Its history dates back thousands of years, but has only recently taken on a new form. While the waterfall still remains, the surrounding landscape has changed quite dramatically over the years.
If you’re not familiar, or have never been to this attraction, Niagara Falls the …
This week being the same as last week has taken on a whole new meaning in Dubai. While most are counting the seconds until the upcoming weekend, Dubai is in the midst of celebrating their third biannual event – Canada Week. (This isn’t an April Fools Joke, it’s actually happening.)
Now why would a city, completely opposite and having little to do with Canada, want to do such a thing? Because the Canadian traditions I complain about are only folk tales in the land of the sun. From knitting a scarf to making maple syrup, even shoveling the fake snow off of the driveway. Nothing says ‘visit Canada’ like …
A great sign for Canada/US relations, is the news that Obama will visit Canada as his first official International visit as President. Watch the CBC report here. The relationship was strained at times during the Bush years, but that is about to change. I think I speak for most Canadians when i say that we are just as excited as you about what changes are in store.
While our friends to the south were enjoying cold turkey and unnecessary shopping, we in the north once again showed the world why we have the most inept elected officials. If you’re familiar with my earlier post telling the story of our federal election in October, you would have noticed my prediction of an election in 2009. But unfortunately my assessment was wrong.
The majority of the countries on this globe are talking about economic stability, but here in the hinterland our government is talking about election reform.
For my American friends, our government is based on the number of seats each party holds in the House of Commons. The Conservatives hold the largest number of seats and therefore are …
This question has transcended generations, and still has not been solved. Is Canada cool? Not in the literal sense, but in the context of where people want to be. I have to be honest, Yahoo.ca did an article about it, just like every year, and I thought I would offer my own opinion.See I’ve lived in various places, well too many places, 14 places in the last 5 years to be exact. From the Lone Star State, to the T-Dot, and even the armpit of Canada; but I have never really quite put my finger on what makes Canada ‘cool’.
In the Yahoo article, Canada is ranked 2nd strongest in national brand, but 8th in places people want to visit. …
Our friends in architecture, Peter Schefcick and Adam Spitz, are back from their meetings in Toronto, and have brought back priceless gifts for Dorota. Way to go, guys.
Justin, Janet, and Todd: Your mission is now to post an image with the equally stereotypical ‘ATL’ written on it. Be on the lookout!!
“Competition to find and keep talented staff has never been more intense. These are the employers who know what it takes to get the hiring edge.”
HOK Canada was recently ranked among the top 100 places to work in Canada by MacLean’s Magazine. Mediacorp reviewed the recruitment histories of more than 75,000 companies and invited about a third to apply for the award. Award recipients were ranked on eight key areas: physical workplace, work atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits, vacation and time-off, employee communications; performance management; training and skills, development; and community involvement.
Speaking as someone who has worked in the Toronto office for almost 10 years, I have seen …
Janet posted rock and roll Gordon Stratford here, right below this post.
Yes, this is the same reflective, deep thinking guy who also can belt out a Simple Minds song as comfortably as lead singer Jim Kerr: