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The GTA Construction Report – November 2010 – PAGE A5 ARIDO moves to new offices with IDC STAFF WRITER – GTA Construction Report


The Association of Registered Interior Designers of On- tario (ARIDO) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) have opened a new home for the interior design industry in Canada in Toronto.


More than 400 guests from the interior design commu- nity attended the opening event on Sept. 23. The new facilities, located at C536-43 Hanna Avenue,


Toronto, are owned by ARIDO, which leases office space to IDC. Three ARIDO staff members and eight IDC staff members moved into the new space at the end of August. “The new corporate headquarters has been designed with members’ needs in mind and will serve us for many years to come,” says ARIDO President Theo West-Parks. “We now have the meeting space and training facilities to allow us to hold seminars and professional development ac-


tivities. The facilities are also available to members, if they want to meet with clients or hold corporate strategy ses- sions. Members also have access to fully wired touchdown workstations, if they need a place to work for an hour, a day or a week.” The space was designed by modo to meet LEED CI Silver specifications. Corporate donations fig- ured prominently in the materials and furnishing of the new headquarters. Nienkamper and Keilhauer furnished the board room, while Teknion provided the staff workstations. Knoll provided antenna workstations, credenzas and chairs. Inscape provided the hotelling stations. All countertops throughout the space were provided by Cambria. “We are really excited about our new space. Our office is part of a mixed use residential/commercial condominium complex in Liberty Village, an area currently undergoing an exciting revitalization. Thanks to modo, the construc- tion team and our corporate sponsors, our office is a show-


Halsall Group joins Parsons Brinkerhoff STAFF WRITER – GTA Construction Report


The Halsall group of employee-owned professional services companies have become the Canadian operating company of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), a 14,000-person global prfoessional professional services firm specializing in infrastructure planning, design and program/construction management. The merger, announced on Oct. 13, involves Halsall As- sociatges, the consulting engineering firm founded in1956; Pivotal Projects, a national project management company, and Loop Initaitves, a corporate sustainability consulting business.


“As part of our overall plan to be leaders in contributing to community sustainability, we are joining a values-based professional services organization that has world class ex- pertise in transportation and power and steady growth in water,” said Halsall Group chairman Peter Halsall. “The op- portunity this creates is exciting and inspiring. Our clients can count on us for a broader range of solutions for their projects. Our employees increasingly will be able to apply their ideas, practices and innovations to infrastructure as well as buildings.”


In communicating the opportunity to employees, Hal-


sall said: “PB (Parsons Brinckerhoff)’s values, culture and commitment to being best of market in technical expertise and service delivery mirror ours. We are joining PB to en- hance our ability to generate great career opportunities as we expand our impact.” PB CEO George Pierson said: “Clients are at the center of what we do. Combining Halsall’s strength in buildings with PB’s strength in transportation infrastructure allows us both to provide enhanced services to existing clients as well as new clients throughout Canada. We share Halsall’s val- ues and commitment to community sustainability and are enthusiastic about the great potential to be realized by com- bining our teams.” Parsons Brinckerhoff has offices in the Americas, Eu-


rope, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia-Pacific regions. PB offers skills and resources in strategic consult- ing, planning, engineering, program/construction manage- ment, and operations for all modes of infrastructure, including transportation, power/energy, community devel- opment, water, and the environment (www.pbworld.com). PB is the professional services division of Balfour Beatty plc, an international infrastructure group operating in professional services, construction services, support serv- ices, and infrastructure investments.


case for the interior design profession,” says Susan Wig- gins, executive director.


Engineers for the project were Smith and Anderson; the construction team was Rae Brothers Limited. ARIDO and IDC are grateful to the industry manufacturers and suppli- ers for their generous donations and support.


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