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‘Feeling squeezed out’: Will a move to save Vancouver’s housing past compromise its future?

[The following excerpt is from CBC News. Visit their site to find out more!]

In a city where “bulldozer-bait” homes can fetch close to $3 million, Vancouver’s chief planner is faced with a choice that could shape the city for decades to come.

Are up to 12,000 pre-1940 homes — an immense swath of the city’s housing supply — worth preserving at the expense of a younger generation of people who feel they’ll never be able to afford them?

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Will driverless cars change retirement? Only if wary seniors embrace them

[The following excerpt is from the Globe and Mail. Visit their site to find out more!]

For a decade and a half, Alex Mihailidis has been studying the junction of technology and aging. After years of examining the benefits of smart-home systems and artificial intelligence, the biomedical engineer has begun researching a new phenomenon: self-driving cars.

Senior citizens, especially those with mobility challenges, are among the key demographics being floated to benefit from autonomous vehicles.

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‘Wood Innovation’ laboratory being built in Prince George

[The following excerpt is from CBC News. Visit their site to find out more!]

The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is getting a downtown laboratory to test out new uses of wood as part of their engineering program in downtown Prince George.

The Wood Innovation Research Lab will be used by students in the master of engineering in wood design program being run out of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre.

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YVR unveils new detailed plans for major expansion by 2037

[The following excerpt is from CBC News. Visit their site to find out more!]

The Vancouver International Airport released its plans on Wednesday for a major expansion over the next 20 years.

YVR’s $5.6 billion Flight Plan 2037 calls for expanded terminals, new taxiways and improved roads and bridges. 

“This plan is built to provide for the long-term capacity needs at YVR, while meeting and enhancing our sustainability goals and ensuring we build in an incremental fashion,” said Craig Richmond, airport authority president.

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1st automated vehicles begin tests on Ontario roads

[The following excerpt is from CBC News. Visit their site to find out more!]

Ontario has achieved an important first by putting automated cars on the road for the first time, but it still has a long way to go to catch up to competitors, according to a Canadian industry association promoting automotive innovation.

The first automated vehicles are now operating on Ontario roads in a pilot project involving cars developed by the University of Waterloo, the Erwin Hymer Group and BlackBerry QNX.

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YVR named best airport in the world

[The following excerpt is from CBC News. Visit their site to find out more!]

Vancouver’s airport might not be everyone’s favourite place to hang out, but in 2016 it has been named the world’s best airport by the CAPA Centre for Aviation.

CAPA gives the award to the airport that is considered the biggest standout strategically and the one that has advanced the progress of aviation internationally.  

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Henriquez Partners Wins Prestigious Architizer Award

April 25, 2016 VANCOUVER, BC – After 400,000 public votes from over 100 countries and territories, TELUS Garden joins the winners of the 2016 Architizer A+Awards, the world’s largest awards program for architecture and products.

With entries from over 95 countries, Henriquez Partners were the only Vancouver-based firm to be recognized amongst the winners. TELUS Garden was recognized as both the Popular Choice Winner and the Jury’s Choice Winner in the Office – High Rise (16+ Floors) category.

The development features a 22-storey signature office tower in Vancouver BC, the first building in
Canada built to have achieved the 2009 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standard and a 47-storey residential tower targeting LEED Gold standard. This landmark development reinforces TELUS’s commitment to the City of Vancouver, making a significant contribution to the city’s goal of becoming the greenest city in the world. It is also home to new headquarters for the Canadian telecommunications giant. The development features 10,000 square feet of green roofs providing organic produce for local restaurants, two elevated roof forests, local artwork and light displays. TELUS Garden boasts half a million square feet of new office space for multiple tenants and 424 new residential units, all setting new standards for environmental sustainability.

“We are thrilled to be recognized amongst such a high caliber of internationally acclaimed projects,” says Gregory Henriquez, Managing Partner for Henriquez Partners Architects. “We knew from the beginning TELUS was a special project. It has made an impression on Vancouver and set the tone for future sustainable multi-use high rises in our City. This would not have been possible without the visionary leadership of TELUS CEO Darren Entwistle and Westbank CEO Ian Gillespie who paved the way for innovative design and for setting compelling goals in technology and sustainability.”

TELUS Garden has radically transformed an aging block of downtown Vancouver into a future friendly community fusing beauty, functionality and environmental stewardship. It is one of the most technologically and environmentally-advanced sites of commerce, employment, and residence in the world and now with international recognition.

“Our goal was to design an office building to inspire its occupants, animate the streetscape and set a new standard for sustainable workplace design in North America,” continues Gregory. “The team is so thrilled, as this recognition from the 300 judging experts supports this vision”

About Henriquez Partners:
Henriquez Partners is an architecture and design firm located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The firm is dedicated to working closely with clients to create buildings that are both culturally and environmentally sustainable. They believe every project is an opportunity to enrich local communities by seamlessly integrating ethics and aesthetics. Informed by this credo and by an unwavering commitment to design integrity, they have consistently demonstrated the ability to manage projects from design through to construction, and the technical expertise to create structures that stand the test of time.
http://henriquezpartners.com/
www.facebook.com/henriquezarch/
www.twitter.com/henriquezarch
www.instagram.com/henriquezarch/

About Architizer A+Awards
The annual Architizer A+Awards honor the best architecture, spaces & products. Now in their fourth year, the Architizer A+Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products. Its mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life.
http://awards.architizer.com/

Telus Garden, Architizer A+ Award Winner for Office – High Rise (16+ Floors)
Popular Choice Winner and Jury’s Choice Winner
For more information, please contact:
Jenn Wint
jwint@blitzme.ca
604.671.7976

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Mainroad Group launches new online Career Paths tool

Mainroad Group Human Resources is pleased to announce Career Paths, a career road map for prospective candidates.

“As Mainroad continues to grow, the need for talented employees is critical to our success. This new tool is designed to help both current employees and future employees see where their career path can lead them,” says Richard Sakaki, Vice President of Human Resources.

“Young people today want to see a career path and not just a job opportunity. Candidates can browse various career streams within our Highway Asset Management, Contracting, and Products businesses and see where they can go in the organization,” says Sakaki.

Mainroad Group has become one of the largest road and bridge infrastructure maintenance companies in Canada. With 18 operating companies and three business divisions, the Career Paths tool will help candidates understand what we do.

“The more information we can give candidates, the better – we want to show what is possible for them,” notes Sakaki.

The future looks very exciting for the Mainroad Group. We have significant growth plans in all areas of our business including general contracting, corporate office positions, as well as highway asset management, our core business in British Columbia and Alberta.

Visit Career Paths | Join the Mainroad team and be an owner!

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BMS Canada Risk Services appoints Shaun Johnston as Chief Operating Officer

[The following excerpt is from BMS Canada. Visit their site to find out more!]

BMS Canada Risk Services (“BMS Canada”) the Canadian arm of the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker BMS Group Ltd., today announces the appointment of Shaun Johnston as Chief Operations Officer (COO). He will report to Brian Gomes, CEO of BMS Canada, and will be located in BMS Canada’s Vancouver office.

Shaun joins BMS Canada from Aon plc (Aon) where he spent over a decade in the company’s Construction Services Group based in Vancouver. During his time at Aon, Shaun led a team of 20 specialists and grew a leading broking portfolio, providing risk management services, national and cross-border insurance programme design and management to some of western Canada’s largest and most diversified construction and property development companies.

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