Star struck

Designers overly impressed with their work? Many years ago, back in the first century BC, the architect and author Vitruvius laid out the objectives for good architecture. His rules can reasonably be applied to design and they have weathered well: Firmitas (stability), Utilitas (usefulness) and Venustas (attractiveness). The things we make, whether buildings, chairs or […]

Installation management

Important details for commercial projects About 40 years ago, I started working full-time in this industry and since then I have worked in retail sales, technical support and commercial sales, having worked with most types of floor covering along the way. One thing that has not changed since 1978 is the common opinion that our industry has a […]

St. John’s hospitality

Newfoundland ambience inspires hotel reno TRANSFORMING THE DESIGN OF HOTEL public spaces is necessary to the lifeblood of any innkeeper. The Delta Hotels by Marriott St. John’s Conference Centre in Newfoundland was certainly in need of a transfusion in the spring of 2016. According to Kara MacGregor, principal at Mac Interior Design of Halifax, N.S., […]

Workplace investigations

More common, and must be done right Investigations into claims of employee misconduct were once reserved for the most serious and complicated allegations of wrongdoing involving a company’s senior-level employees. However, workplace investigations are becoming increasingly common in light of recent high-profile incidents, which have raised public awareness for the right of all employees to be free from […]

Outsiders

Designers set apart by their work I used to ask a fresh group of first year students to raise their hand if they considered themselves to be an outsider. Everyone would. Then I would suggest that they look around and realize that they were no longer outsiders, at least not within the environment of the […]

Built on Inuit tradition

Iceberg-inspired Nunavik cultural centre TRADITION MEANS THAT NUNAVIK’S Inuit north of the 55th parallel do not hesitate travelling long distances by plane to visit each other or to attend an important cultural event. Since fall 2017, the 10,000 people living in one of Nunavik’s 14 communities on Quebec’s northern peninsula can now gather in a […]

Digital assets: Don’t ignore this component of your estate plan

We draft wills and name executors to carry out our wishes for our assets when we die. Digital assets are becoming ever more present in our lives but are often overlooked in estate planning. Take a moment to contemplate your digital assets. Consider your digital devices — your desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone — and […]

Concrete Q and A: The questions never stop!

Just as I was contemplating the topic of this month’s column, three situations came my way that not only gave me inspiration for the topic but also reinforced that there is still a lack of understanding of concrete floor slabs and how they interact with floor coverings, even by people with tremendous knowledge of building […]

Airport watering hole goes for gold

Standards meet style WHEN TRAVELERS ARE ENCAMPED at hotel near an airport for a night or two, the temptation to hop in a cab for more pleasing surroundings looms large. The Winnipeg Hilton Airport Suites hotel wanted to provide just such a positive environment when it enlisted Susan Rea, principal at Susan Rea Interior Design […]

Construction liens

A remedy tough as nails Construction liens offer security to anyone providing labour and materials that enhance the value of land and property. Practically speaking, registering a lien on title to a property will prevent the owner of the property from mortgaging, selling, or otherwise dealing with the property until the lien is dealt with. […]