CBC Talks Green Ribbon
In light of yesterday's Waterfront Toronto and City of Toronto public meeting to discuss the future of the Gardiner Expressway, the CBC got in touch with Quadrangle Principal Les Klein to talk about our Green Ribbon proposal. The audio interview discussing Quadrangle's proposed Green Ribbon solution to the deteriorating Gardiner can be heard HERE.
Fighting Hunger at CANstruction
The 14th annual Canstruction design competition is taking place this week in support of the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank. Continuing with our annual participatory tradition, this year Quadrangle built a food stamp structure out of non-perishable canned foods, symbolic of ‘stamping out’ hunger. The exhibition at the Design Exchange is open to the public until 7 June.
Yorkville Welcomes New Kate Spade Store
A brand new Kate Spade New York store location opened its doors on Friday in Toronto's luxurious Yorkville neighbourhood. Designed by Quadrangle's retail division, the two-level store on Cumberland features upscale bags, clothing and accessories from the renowned American designer.
Quadrangle Rides for Heart
Quadrangle 's corporate team participated in the annual Becel Ride for Heart on 2 June 2013. Despite some rainy conditions, the team kept their spirits up and it proved to be a successful ride along some of the city's major highways. This is Quadrangle's 14th consecutive year participating in the fundraising event for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
University of Guelph Accessibility Conference
On 28 May 2013, Quadrangle accessibility specialists Amy Pother and Jesse Klimitz presented at the University of Guelph’s Accessibility Conference. The presentation, “Demystifying the Design of Public Spaces Standard,” discussed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Design of Public Spaces Standard, which is now law, and provided the foundation for understanding the new legislation, what is driving changes and how such changes can be applied to Ontario municipalities.
Quadrangle Presents at Land & Development Conference
This week, Quadrangle principal Sheldon Levitt was part of a panel discussion at the annual Land & Development Conference, held on 28 May 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Featuring a group of leading industry leaders, the panel topic of discussion was “Unlocking the Potential for Mid-Rise Buildings: Six Storey Wood Frame Challenges and Opportunities.”
Doors Open Toronto Speaker Series
This Saturday, 25 May, Quadrangle principal Sheldon Levitt will be will be part of the Doors Open Toronto Speaker Series in a panel discussion on “Innovating to a Better Toronto.” This is scheduled to take place at The Cathedral Church of St. James from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Doors Open, happening from 25-26 May 2013, gives Toronto residents and visitors a look behind the doors of over 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.
Quadrangle at Grey to Green Conference
Today, Quadrangle associate and sustainability strategist, Michelle Xuereb, presented at the Grey to Green Conference held at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. Her presentation addressed both the theoretical and practical value of green roofs, using Quadrangle projects as case studies. The one day conference facilitated various discussions on the economics of green infrastructure.
CTBUH Canada Chapter Inaugural Event
On 2 May, the inaugural event for the newly formed Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Canada Chapter took place at the University of Toronto Faculty Club. Quadrangle principal Richard Witt, as the Council’s Toronto City Representative and an organizer of the event, spoke to attendees about the intentions behind the new Canada Chapter.
Retail Focus Magazine Features Lululemon Yorkdale
Quadrangle's work on the Lululemon retail store in Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre has been featured in the April edition of Retail Focus magazine, in the article titled, "Lululemon." Based out of the U.K., the publication focuses on leading international retail design.
HOT Condominiums in Canadian Architect
In the April issue of Canadian Architect magazine, Quadrangle's HOT Condominiums project is featured in the article, "Panelization Takes Command." The story discusses the mid-rise residential development designed for a site in Mississauga, and working with Toronto's Brockport Home Systems to produce the buildings' factory-constructed wood structures.
Quadrangle Participates in CanTech Conference
On 18 April 2013, Quadrangle principal Brian Curtner participated in the inaugural Canadian Real Estate Technology Conference held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. As part of a panel discussion on "The New Normal: Smart Buildings, LEED, Energy Efficiency and More," Brian focused on how technology is evolving the design of work environments and the ways people work. The conference attracts leaders and executives in the Canadian real estate market interested in staying informed about current technological advancements in their market.
Our Studio Featured in darc Magazine
darc Magazine, a decorative lighting and architecture publication based out of the U.K. has featured a story on Quadrangle's new studio, titled "Home Proud." The piece interviews principal Caroline Robbie about the inspiration behind the studio's interiors, including our bespoke light fixtures and collaboration with Castor Design.
ONroute Centres Receive LEED Silver Certification
The first seven phase one Onroute Centres have received LEED® Silver certification. The centres include the following locations: Trenton North, Morrisburg, Bainsville, West Lorne, Dutton, Tillbury North, Tillbury South. The ONroute highway services centres all feature several sustainable elements, such as energy efficient artificial lighting, use of local material and products, and were designed with a 50 year life-span.
The Globe and Mail Features Quadrangle Studio
Quadrangle's Studio on King Street West has been featured in The Globe and Mail's Report on Business section. “Refreshed office building goes to the head of its class,” speaks with Crown Property Management, the landlords of 901 King Street West, about their strategic vision for the commercial building. Quadrangle's Studio is cited as an example of the refreshed tenant base Crown Property is looking to attract as part of their plans to refurbish and modernize the 1990s building.
Quadrangle At Environments for Aging Conference
Quadrangle accessibility specialist, Amy Pothier, was in New Orleans, Louisiana this week, presenting at the Environments for Aging Conference held from 6-9 April. Amy's presentation, "Considering Vision - How to Create Effective Intuitive Spaces for Persons with Low Vision, " addressed common types of vision loss and highlighted how to accommodate for that loss through building design and selection of interior finishes.
2803 Dundas Street West Approved by Community Council
This week, our 2803 Dundas Street West project was approved at the public meeting held by the Toronto and East York Community Council. Located in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood, the seven storey multi-unit residential building will consist of commercial uses at grade and below-parking. Stay tuned for more details on this project.
1919 Minnesota Court Wins REX Award
1919 Minnesota Court, located in Mississauga, has won a 2013 Real Estate Excellence (REX) Award for Office Development of the Year. This award program is hosted by the NAOIP Commercial Real Estate Development Association and recognizes outstanding achievements in the industry for office, industrial and mixed-use real estate in the Greater Toronto Area.
Quadrangle Studio in Interior Design Magazine
Quadrangle's new studio is featured in the March 2013 edition of Interior Design Magazine. As part of the publication's Big Ideas feature, "Lend a hand" speaks with managing principal, Susan Ruptash. It discusses Quadrangle's advocacy of universal design, our involvement with AccessAbility Advantage, and how integrated universal design is incorporated throughout our new studio space.
Interior Design Trade Mission to South America
Quadrangle associate Vera Gisarov was one of ten Canadian interior designers selected as a delegate on IDC's Interior Design Trade Mission to South America, held from 15-24 March 2013. Visiting Santiago, Chile and São Paolo, Brazil, Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), in partnership with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), organized the mission to assist Canadian companies interested in pursuing business opportunities in South America.
Abacus Lofts Construction Update
Excavation has begun on the site of Abacus Lofts. Located along Dundas Street West near Ossington Avenue, this dynamic mid-rise building will be the first major residential development in the area and will feature south views of the Toronto city skyline. Abacus is scheduled for occupancy in 2014.
Quadrangle’s New Studio on King West
Quadrangle is proud to call 901 King Street West the home of our new studio. The open-concept space features natural light throughout, sweeping views of the city and seamlessly incorporates universal and sustainable design principles. It is a tangible representation of our creative vision for architectural and interior design, our brand and our core values.
Lululemon Yorkdale Garners International Attention
The Lululemon store location in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre has caught the attention of an international magazine. Retail Focus magazine, based out of the U.K., has featured the project on their website. The design was a colloboration between Quadrangle, Lululemon and The Brothers Dressler.
Quadrangle Appoints a New Associate
Quadrangle is proud to announce an addition to our firm's management team. Vera Gisarov has been promoted to associate. Vera has worked with Quadrangle since 2001 and is one of the firm’s lead interior designers. Congratulations to Vera.
Quadrangle Participates in Come Up To My Room 2013
Quadrangle is one of several designers participating in this week's 10th anniversary of Come Up To My Room, the Gladstone Hotel's annual alternative design event. The exhibition runs from Thursday, 24 January to Sunday, 27 January at Toronto's Gladstone Hotel, with the Opening Reception happening on the evening of Saturday, 26 January.