Calgary Herald

Architectu­ral firms bring world to Calgary

- D AV I D PA R K E R

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.

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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?

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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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