Home to the majority of the world’s arctic polar bear population, Canada has a unique responsibility to protect these majestic predators of the north. Concerns about the health of our polar bear population stem in large part from climate change and its impact on the natural habitat. It was important for the state-of-the-art International Polar Bear Conservation Centre at Assiniboine Park Zoo to set an example for responsible, sustainable architectural design that mitigates impacts on the environment.
The International Polar Bear Conservation Centre (IPBCC) is a key component to Winnipeg’s new Journey to Churchill exhibit at the zoo, designed by Number TEN and Seattle’s Portico Group. The 912 sq. m. facility contributes to environmental and wildlife education, research, conservation and rehabilitation of orphaned polar bear cubs. Earlier this week, the facility earned LEED Silver certification for excellence in green building from the Canada Green Building Council.
The facility houses the zoo’s polar bear rescue and transition program, designed to rehabilitate cubs for eventual placement in pre-approved facilities. In consultation with conservationists, the sub-arctic landscape structures and animal enclosure walls were fabricated and installed to mimic the bear’s natural habitat, using artificial materials and finishes that simulate snow, ice formations, the Canadian Shield, and Hudson Bay cobble and sand beaches.
The project included the renovation of an existing 273.5 sq. m. building on the site along with a new 638 sq. m. addition. The existing building was upgraded with new bear enclosures and transfer chutes designed to meet current zoo standards, along with new offices and a food preparation area. The new addition houses a mix of interactive public display areas, as well as private office, research and educational spaces. Using high-tech exhibits, hands-on artifacts, and interactive displays, visitors can explore trends in climate change science.
Green building strategies for the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre include the incorporation of a unique district geothermal energy system that shares energy with nearby buildings at the site, implementation of energy and water efficiency technologies, significant reductions of waste produced through construction, extensive use of recycled construction materials, sourcing of locally produced materials wherever possible, and use of FSC Certified wood for construction.
What is LEED?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an international green building rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for sustainable design in 150 countries. Learn more about LEED accreditation here.
Number TEN Architectural Group was presented with an award in recognition of its status as One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies at an elegant gala and symposium event on March 31, 2015 in Toronto.
Photo: Practice Leader Greg Hasiuk accepts Best Managed Companies award on behalf of Number TEN.
Sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums, the Best Managed award recognizes Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million for sustained growth, financial performance, management practices and the efforts of the entire organization.
The event, attended by all of Number TEN’s six current partners and recently retired partner Terry Cristall, included a symposium addressing leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today’s business leaders. For more information on the best managed companies program, please visit www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca
Photo: (from left) Number TEN Partners Barry Cosgrave, Barrie Ottenbreit, Doug Hanna and Greg Hasiuk attending Best Managed Companies Symposium.
Number TEN’s design of the Qualico Family Centre and Park Cafe was recognized with a Prairie Wood Design Award presented at a gala event on March 17, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton, AB. One of the central components to the first phase Assiniboine Park’s redevelopment, the Family Centre features a unique nature-inspired design that offers beautiful views of the duck pond and surrounding forest.
Upon entering, visitors pass through a compressed entry vestibule into an expansive sun lit gallery. Internal spaces are defined by a fractured roof geometry of warm heavy timber that evokes an image of walking beneath the forest canopy.
Wood floors are made from oak trees lost during the construction of the facility. Soaring transparent walls allow the trees themselves to define the boundaries of each space, as if the rooms were carved from the forest, blurring the distinction between inside and out.
The Prairie Wood Design Awards recognize the vision of architects, engineers, contractors and manufacturers in creating beautiful, functional and sustainable buildings for us to work and live in. The Qualico Family Centre and Park Café also earned a Commerce Design Award in 2014.
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Number TEN earned the title of one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies program for 2014, sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. “I would like to congratulate Number TEN and its entire workforce. Achieving this standard of excellence takes a united effort from a dedicated team,” says Peter Brown, National Co-Leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program and Senior Practice Partner, Deloitte.
An extraordinarily complex healthcare redevelopment project was unveiled today during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Buhler Eye Care Centre, part of an ambitious redevelopment occurring at Misericordia Health Centre in Winnipeg. President and COO Rosie Jacuzzie declared phase one of the redevelopment complete and offered words of thanks to the many stakeholders who helped make the eight-year project a definitive success.
The first phase of Misericordia’s overhaul involved replacing existing 1900-era wood frame structure (Maryland Wing) with carefully planned new and renovated structures that serve to consolidate a variety of healthcare departments into a modern, sustainable and efficient new healthcare environment.
One of the principal challenges of the project was to maintain full healthcare operations during construction, which was made possible by a carefully coordinated and executed phasing plan led by architectural prime consultant Number TEN Architectural Group. The first phase of the redevelopment includes the new Buhler Eye Care Centre, a new ambulatory diagnostic centre, and space for the new PRIME program, which offers elderly patients a variety of healthcare, wellness, community and recreational programming to assist them in remaining in their own homes as long as possible.
Number TEN provided full architectural, planning and interior design services as part of the 85,000 sq.ft. (7896 sq.m) project, plus approximately 20,000 sq.ft. of renovation in the existing buildings.
On Wednesday, December 10 the new student commons at Maples Collegiate officially opened to a packed house consisting of students, alumni, community members and other project stakeholders. The new 17,000 sq. ft. Judy Silver Student Commons was unveiled with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony following an impressive event program organized by Maples’ students, complete with hors d'oeuvres created by students in the culinary arts program and live performances by the high school orchestral band and choir.
“It was amazing to see the excitement on the students’ faces as they interacted with the new space,” says Christina Legris, Project Architect with Number TEN Architectural Group. “They put on a fantastic event and we were very impressed with the student performances. The acoustics and overall layout of the space worked exactly as we intended them to. It’s always wonderful to see the vision of an entire community come together.”
The new student commons area is unlike any other in Winnipeg. The goal of the project was to connect two separate school facilities in both a physical and social sense, while drawing inspiration from the natural calmness and tranquility of a birch-wood forest.
“The addition was conceived as a transparent cube with a deep sheltering roof that sits within a grouping of trees,” explains Doug Hanna, a Partner with Number TEN. “Irregularly spaced and angled columns were inspired by the randomness of a forest. The windows and coloured glass create a visual connection between the exterior soft landscape and interior of the commons.”
The interior design re-enforces the forest theme, with a bright yet natural colour palette and intricate patterning inspired from the randomness of nature. “The angled columns were reflected in the interior design, using patterns and circles that create a stimulating and fun environment for the students and community,” says Kristin Sidoryk, an interior designer at Number TEN. “The shadows created from the way natural light is drawn into the space interact with the patterning on the floor, adding energy and character to the room.”
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After an incredible 46 years of dedicated service, Number TEN said farewell to its longest serving employee, John Wassenaar today. Known as the ‘Cal Ripken Jr. of Number TEN’ for his legendary consistency and durability, John’s tenure with the firm began in 1968 when he was hired to produce blue prints in the firm’s early days at #10 Donald Street.
After year’s of hard work, John’s keen interest in blue printing would evolve into a role as a draftsman with the firm. His talents would then evolve to construction administration, where he honed his skills for over 30 years until his retirement on November 28, 2014.
John is known throughout the construction industry for his approachable nature, level-headed perspective and solid common sense. Throughout his career, he applied his skills on a wide variety of projects across multiple industry sectors including schools, hospitality and entertainment facilities as well as a host of civic and commercial projects.
In the 1980’s, John organized Number TEN’s first softball team and would bring his entire family out to either play or cheer the team on. He is also known for his strong golfing and bowling abilities, the latter of which he demonstrated at his well-attended staff retirement celebration held at Laverendrye Lanes last evening. John also enjoys relaxing at his cottage on Baconia beach, or heading down south to enjoy the Florida sun in the winter.
We wish John continued health, happiness and well-earned relaxation and family time in his retirement. His dedication to his clients, wide and friendly smile, and keen sense of humour will be dearly missed at Number TEN.
Congratulations John for your well-earned retirement.
Number TEN is putting the finishing touches on the newly upgraded Canadian Coast Guard Station at Bamfield Inlet near Tofino, BC.
Our ten year involvement with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans began with a master plan study in 2005 and has since seen the construction of the new Rigid Hull Instructors Operators Training School (RHIOT), a new simulator building with video-based virtual marine training equipment to train the inflatable boat operators, a new Operations building for the Coast Guard's Search and Rescue services, and major renovations to the two residences on the site that house the Coast Guard and RHIOT staff.
The multi-million dollar revitalization of the Coast Guard Station at Bamfield, originally established in 1907, is wrapping up with the new site work tying all the buildings together and will be commemorated with a symbolic grand re-opening of the station in the spring of 2015.
Earlier this month, Number TEN volunteers from the Education and Recreation Studio ran a design-build session with students from Seven Oaks School Division's MET High School program in Winnipeg. The goal was to engage students in a challenge to design and build a landscape feature that reflects the innovative spirit and hands-on learning culture of the school; with an emphasis on teamwork, sustainability and creative problem solving. The Number TEN project, dubbed Make Your Mark, is part of an international initiative called the Green Apple Day of Service, which aims to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local volunteer service projects.
MET School students designed and built a school landscape project as part of the Green Apple Day of Service
“This was a very rewarding experience for our team – there were so many great ideas from the students, and to see them come to life on the site was very exciting,” says Number TEN architect Gabe Derksen, an advocate for green building and 21st century school design. “It’s not often that students are given an opportunity to put their own personal stamp on their place of learning.”
Using reclaimed materials from the recent renovation of their school, Number TEN’s volunteer team, led by Derksen and backed by a volunteer team of architects, interior designers and technologists guided students in the development of a building strategy plan, followed by a build session where the students constructed the project on-site in just one day.
The students successfully put together a beautiful project featuring oversized “MET” signage; a bench made from reclaimed lumber, stairs and concrete blocks; as well as a flower bed and screen wall feature which includes student artwork constructed from reclaimed sections of concrete sidewalk. The flower bed and signage will remain on site permanently.
Number TEN Partner and Education Studio Principal Doug Hanna saw the Green Apple Day of service as an excellent opportunity to engage youth in design and involve them in a greater conversation around the importance of environmental responsibility. “The Green Apple Day of Service is a great way for us to give back to the school community through volunteer effort,” says Hanna. “But the biggest reward for us is seeing the students so engaged in creating part of their future school environment and taking ownership of it in the process.”
Number TEN’s Victoria office is conducting a design study for a unique multi-residential housing project on Vancouver Island that would be constructed entirely out of re-purposed steel shipping containers. The study assesses the viability of modifying surplus steel containers from a large import/export business, shipping them directly from the factory to the site for final assembly.
The design study, which aims to create more affordable rental housing options on Vancouver Island, envisions a three-storey, 35 apartment complex comprised of 35.5 sq.m. (382 sq.ft.) one-bedroom units. The project is currently awaiting a suitable site on which to construct a prototype building.