Ar­chi­tec­tural firms bring world to Cal­gary

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Mar­shall Tit­te­more Ar­chi­tects (MTA) de­cided a year ago to open an of­fice in Ed­mon­ton, be­liev­ing there was an ad­van­tage in hav­ing a strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the ground in both ma­jor Al­berta cities. It has worked out so well that the prin­ci­pals Bill Mar­shall and Tom Tit­te­more have now strength­ened the com­pany’s pres­ence in Ed­mon­ton by forg­ing an al­liance with highly re­spected Van­cou­ver ar­chi­tects, Rus­sell Ch­er­noff and Rand Thomp­son to cre­ate MTCT Ar­chi­tects in the cap­i­tal city.

MTA still re­tains its of­fice on Jasper Av­enue but join­ing MTCT will pro­vide solid ex­per­tise in spe­cialty ar­eas such as post-secondary sci­ence labs and re­search fa­cil­i­ties. It has com­pleted like projects at Wash­ing­ton State and Ge­or­gia State uni­ver­si­ties and seeks Al­berta gov­ern­ment, mu­nic­i­pal, recre­ation cen­tre and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion projects.

With com­bined re­sources of more than 110 per­son­nel in West­ern Canada MTCT has five as­so­ciate offices in Al­berta and B.C. and is reg­is­tered in On­tario, Cal­i­for­nia and Ge­or­gia.

Com­ple­mented by the ex­per­tise of MTA’s Jane Pen­der­gast, for­mer cam­pus ar­chi­tect with the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­gary, the new com­pany has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence with uni­ver­sity own­ers and mu­nic­i­pal leaders to aug­ment their fa­cil­ity pro­gram­ming, de­sign and mas­ter plan­ning needs.

The Ed­mon­ton staff of MTA is busy with other projects there, in­clud­ing multi-fam­ily hous­ing, work­ing with lo­cal school boards and mas­ter plan­ning and fa­cil­ity de­sign at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in north­ern Al­berta for Health Canada.

In Cal­gary it is en­joy­ing great suc­cess with some ma­jor works. Tit­te­more says it is bring­ing the world to Cal­gary in writ­ing the terms of ref­er­ence for the de­sign of the new down­town li­brary that will be put to in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. It is charged with a sim­i­lar task for a de­sign-build stu­dent res­i­dence at Uof C, in­volved with the pro­gram and plan­ning for a re­design of MacEwan Hall and writ­ing terms of ref­er­ence and de­vel­op­ing a pro­gram for the Leth­bridge Arts Al­liance Cul­tural Cen­tre.

Bill Mar­shall is prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect at MTA for the new $400-mil­lion trade and tech­nol­ogy com­plex and re­lated cam­pus ex­pan­sion at SAIT Polytech­nic, and MTA is re­spon­si­ble for phase one of the multi-phase $1.5-bil­lion re­sort by Stone Creek Prop­er­ties at Sil­ver­tip above Can­more. Pat­terned on a Euro­pean hill town, it is be­ing de­signed with two-mil­lion square feet of res­i­dences, 100,000 square feet of re­tail, restau­rants, spa and a lux­ury ho­tel.

And Tit­te­more still finds time to act as chair of the Cal­gary Pub­lic Art Board.

Sa­fari Lodge at the Cal­gary Zoo is the venue where our lo­cal branch of The United Na­tions As­so­ci­a­tion in Canada is cel­e­brat­ing UN Day on Thurs­day, Oct. 23. Key­note speaker is Lea Cham­bers, as­so­ciate mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Golder As­so­ci­ates, who will speak on the Golder Trust for Or­phans.

The trust was es­tab­lished in 2003 to pro­vide chil­dren who have been or­phaned or dis­placed by AIDS with the care, coun­selling and op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to grow and reach their full po­ten­tial. It is funded by con­tri­bu­tions from Golder’s op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies and staff; it cur­rently sup­ports NGO’s in projects in South Africa, Kenya and Swazi­land.

The Art Gallery of Cal­gary has had a busy time of late with its brand­ing launch last week and yes­ter­day’s Mas­ter­piece 2008 fundrais­ing art auc­tion. But the good news that should not be missed in the ex­cite­ment is that Va­lerie Cooper, pres­i­dent and CEO for the past four years, has signed a five-year con­tract to con­tinue on that role.

Cooper holds a mas­ter’s de­gree in man­age­ment from McGill Uni­ver­sity and has brought sharp busi­ness acu­men to her role. Her man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes seven years at the Glen­bow Mu­seum and prior to join­ing AGC she was found­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Canada Safe­way Foun­da­tion.

She has built a strong team of gallery pro­fes­sion­als in­clud­ing Mar­i­anne Elder, se­nior art cu­ra­tor for the past eight months who has signed a three-year con­tract with the gallery.

John Torode has a lot on the go and he’s cho­sen a very ex­pe­ri­enced constructi­on/de­vel­op­ment in­dus­try man as his as­sis­tant in ap­point­ing Mur­ray Noble as his ex­ec­u­tive vi­cepres­i­dent re­spon­si­ble for all of his com­pany’s de­vel­op­ment and constructi­on ac­tiv­i­ties.

Noble had 15 years of ex­pe­ri­ence with PCL Constructi­on Man­age­ment be­fore join­ing Beutal Good­man, which be­came Ben­tall Real Es­tate Ser­vices 11 years ago. He was Ben­tall’s se­nior vice-pres­i­dent, west­ern re­gion at the time he left to join Torode.



Larry Delf has re­joined Cush­man & Wake­field LePage as se­nior vice-pres­i­dent and di­rec­tor of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. He has 28 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in com­mer­cial real es­tate, con­sis­tently been one of this city’s top bro­kers. He was pre­vi­ously with the firm in 1985-1987 but was most re­cently as­so­ciate bro­ker at Cre­saPart­ners. Delf will work as a part­ner with Peter Lock­hart and to­gether they will fo­cus on ma­jor as­sign­ment, pri­mar­ily in the down­town core.

A reader sug­gested I check out the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of Memo­rial Drive in Sun­ny­side and I have to agree with his com­ments on the light stan­dards. How could a city so keen on build­ing spec­tac­u­lar bridges across the Bow al­low such cheap looking lights on such skinny poles?

Courtesy, Mar­shall Tit­te­more

Tom Tit­te­more and Bill Mar­shall have teamed up with a pair of Van­cou­ver ar­chi­tects to cre­ate MTCT Ar­chi­tects.

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