Clear blue skies and a bright warm sun welcomed the sizable crowd that gathered to witness the Journey to Churchill ribbon cutting ceremony at Assiniboine Park Zoo on Thursday, July 3, 2014. After weeks of heavy rain and formidable winds, the pleasant weather was a cheerful start for the dignitaries, staff, and guests in attendance.
“We want to thank the design and construction team: Portico Group, Number TEN, and Stuart Olsen,” said Assiniboine Park Conservancy President and CEO Margaret Redmond.
“To us, you are heroes working through the long cold winter, torrential rain, in knee high mud from sun up to sun down,” said an emotional Redmond who also acknowledged the numerous public and private partnerships needed to develop the exhibit.
The ceremony marked the end of years of visionary campaigning, fundraising, research, design and development. Representatives from all levels of government were on hand to bring greetings including Aboriginal elders from the Ojibwe and Dene nations who had blessed the site in a Sunrise Ceremony yesterday.
“What we have here is something deeper than looking at animals and their behavior, but honouring our connection, a spiritual connection, with the animals and our ancestors,” Elder Marie Louise Campbell explained.
With the rapturous rhythm and singing of the North Man Dene Drum Group, the exhibit was ceremoniously opened as the only comprehensive Northern exhibit in the world.
The 10-acre site showcases northern wildlife including polar bears, ringed seals, snowy owls and muskox. Visitors are led along a scenic trail aligned with informative displays, activities, and native foliage as they move from each of the exhibit`s 3 distinct zones. The Wapusk Lowlands, Gateway to the Arctic and Churchill Coast represent the essence of northern Manitoba, from tundra to civilization, giving visitors an opportunity to interact with the animals from a number of viewing platforms as well as from inside a 10-foot-wide acrylic tunnel that allows visitors to watch polar bears swimming above them.
State-of-the art interactive displays, as well as a documentary film projecting onto a 360 degree viewing horizon at the Aurora Borealis Theatre, also offer insight to the sensitive northern climate. The ribbon cutting ceremony marks the end of a long journey for the project team, who were thrilled to watch the animals interact with their posh new surroundings.
More grand opening photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/number10photoblog/sets/72157645150078148/
Manitoba’s newest casino officially opened its doors on Monday, June 23 before a full house of project stakeholders, First Nations representatives and eager gaming enthusiasts. The 2,900 sq. m (31,200 sq. ft.) First Nation-owned Sand Hills Casino, located just south of Carberry, MB is expected to generate millions of dollars in annual economic spinoffs for the Westman region, and will see profits split between all of Manitoba’s 63 First Nations communities.
The casino is a pre-fabricated metal building designed with a country-ranch style motif, clad with board-and-batten style paneling. The large sloped roof at the front entrance creates a distinctive western feel, which is reinforced within the facility through the implementation of rustic timber accent details and prominent use of earth tones. Large suspended replica wagon wheels hover above the space, adding interest to the gaming areas, while the distinctive exterior copper-painted roof distinguishes the casino from its surroundings, drawing attention to the venue as both a landmark and destination.
The casino, which has a capacity of up to 1,025 patrons, also includes the Dunes restaurant and Oasis Lounge with a live performance stage. The first phase of the project (Sand Hills Casino) was completed in June, 2014. The casino was developed and managed by Hemisphere Gaming from Minnesota, which is optimistic regarding a possible future phase of construction to include additional amenities such as a conference centre, hotel and swimming pool on the site.
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From the very beginning, Number TEN has balanced its business success with a commitment to supporting a range of philanthropic causes that contribute to the improvement of the communities in which we live and call home.
“Corporate philanthropy is engrained within our culture and built into Number TEN’s business model,” explains CFO John Hudohmet. “Every year we invest heavily in social programs in the community through organizations such as the United Way. We believe our responsibility is to build more than just buildings. We believe in building strong communities where everyone has an opportunity to be successful.”
Number TEN received a prestigious Prairie Design Award on Wednesday, May 28 to kick off the 2014 RAIC Festival of Architecture. The award was granted in recognition of its contribution to the LEED®-certified Douglas Park School: an innovative, sustainable, and forward-thinking elementary school in Regina that is turning heads among industry professionals and school boards across the country.
We are pleased to formally announce Greg Hasiuk, MRAIC, MAA, SAA, LEED®AP as the firm’s new Practice Leader.
Greg brings over two decades of experience in major public projects including campuses, court houses, and educational facilities throughout Western Canada and the Arctic. Greg’s passion for sustainable design, implementing new technologies, and collaborating with clients throughout the design process will ensure the continuation of Number TEN’s successful business model for many years to come.
"Our mandate is to continue Number TEN's rich legacy, unique workplace culture and hard-earned reputation for design excellence, sustainability and corporate integrity," says Greg Hasiuk, who has built his career with the firm over the past 25 years. "We are excited about the future as we continue to develop new technologies, design innovations and business relationships to help us deliver quality projects for our clients".
Number TEN’s Mill Bay Fire Hall earned an Award of Merit at Vancouver Real Estate Board’s Commercial Building Awards on April 25, 2014. The awards recognize outstanding workmanship and design in commercial buildings north of the Malahat. Each year winners are selected by a panel of independent judges from various professional and development industries.
Following a competitive selection process, Number TEN, in association with Ager Little Architects, was selected to lead the design for a new leading-edge training facility for the skilled trades at Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus in Winnipeg. The project involves a 100,000 square-foot addition to the existing campus which will serve as a new focal point and centre of excellence supporting skilled trades training and development. Responding to the evolving needs of a growing number of technology and skilled trades professionals in Manitoba, the new Skilled Trades Centre will advance Red River College’s position as a national leader in the field of applied technology.
Number TEN is working with Canadian National Institute for the Blind to develop a proposed new CNIB Client Service Centre to be located in Regina’s Wascana Park. The schematic designs for the new facility integrate a simple floor-plan for intuitive wayfinding, light shelves for natural light diffusion that minimize glare, and a host of other design features to make the building accessible for those with visual impairments. The plans also include dedicated space for an additional tenant. CNIB is currently undertaking a fundraising campaign to generate financing for the new service centre.
Configurable to a variety of shapes and sizes with the push of a button, the innovative new Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg is set to open on May 19th, 2014 with Grammy Award winner’s Huey Lewis & the News. The new technologically advanced venue will host a range of events from concerts, to trade shows and gala fundraisers.
Number TEN is always looking for new and innovative ways to connect with current and prospective clients. We hope you enjoy the improved look of our website news section, now featured more prominently on our home page. In addition, over the next few weeks Number TEN will be rolling out its new and improved blog, called Number TEN Inspired. The new blog will feature a host of new talented staff blog writers who will write about their design influences, the latest trends in building technology and design, their experiences working in the architecture and interior design industries and more. Stay tuned to our website and LinkedIn Company Page for the latest Number TEN news.