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What office doesn’t need a waffle maker?

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What office doesn’t need a waffle maker?
We’re not sure because Proscenium certainly does.
As Waffle Wednesdays have debuted at Proscenium, here is a great recipe to get you started:

  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • cup whole milk or buttermilk (or a combination)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Butter and pure maple syrup, for serving
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat a waffle iron. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately with butter and pure maple syrup or hold in a 200 degree oven, directly on the rack (don’t stack them or they’ll get soggy). These also reheat very well in the toaster.

The Great One : Proscenium’s Matthew Kurnicki

 

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Where were you born? Warsaw, Poland

Where did you go to school? Why? Universite de Montreal, because it was in French & I could not  speak English at the time

What’s your most prized article of black clothing? Shoes

What was your most recent splurge? I paid for my son’s bathroom renovation.

Who do you have an architectural/interior design crush on? Corbusier

What is the best building of all time? Pantheon

What are some of your favourite micro-breweries/food-trucks in Vancouver? None

What do you never leave home without? Kissing my wife

Your Great Escape would be to? Italy 

What are you doing for fun when you’re not at Proscenium?  Go to classical music concerts after having latte with friends.

Getting to know Proscenium’s employees!

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Name?  – Ivan Kuptsov
Where were you born?  – Moscow, Russia
Where did you go to school? Why? – Moscow (Moscow Institute of Architecture) and Vancouver (School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture UBC). Moscow Institute of Architecture because it is the best architecture school available in the country. School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture UBC because I wanted to come to Vancouver, specifically because it is a young and a fast developing vibrant city, unlike many European cities.
What’s your most prized article of black clothing?  – glossy black crocodile leather shoes
If you could only play three albums in the studio, what would they be?
–  Front 242 – Pulse, Einsturzende Neubauten – Perpetuum Mobile, Antimatter – Leaving Eden
Who do you have an architectural/interior design crush on?  –  Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa
What is the best building of all time? – Melnikov House by Konstantin Melnikov
What are some of your favourite micro-breweries/food-trucks in Vancouver?  –  Fliptop, Brassneck, Howe Sound.
What do you never leave home without?  –  Music
What are you doing for fun when you’re not at Proscenium?  –  photography, sound synthesis and a bit of schmoozing

Guest Blogger: Jeff Bohnen, MEC

We are so excited to have Jeff Bohnen, Office Services Manager at MEC back as a guest blogger.  Please read on for some insight into the process of bringing the new MEC head office to life.

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After years of continued expansion, MEC has simply outgrown our existing Head Office space. Creative solutions to increase our capacity – increasing density by removing separation panels to create open, shared cubicles; adding new workstations at the expense of circulation and storage space; leasing space in other buildings – have allowed us to survive, but hardly. These band-aid solutions are barely keeping us afloat, and we are beyond desperate ready for a larger facility.

Thankfully, we’re constructing what will be an epic new Head Office on Great Northern Way. If you’ve been following Proscenium’s blog, you’ll have seen some of the progress as the building takes shape during the course of construction. But the structure that you see in the pictures is only part of the story. Of course the exterior is extremely important. For me, however, the bread and butter of this project is in the interior space that I’ll be inheriting as Office Manager.

How will the systems furniture provide us with the tools we need to be productive at our desks?

  • Will systems furniture be scalable and easily managed from a replenishment perspective?
  • What kind of formal and informal meeting spaces do we need? How will they be used?
  • Which departmental adjacencies are most important? Not as crucial?
  • What workstation layout will best support each person’s working style?
  • How important is privacy vs. openness?
  • What challenges will we have incorporating work groups not currently situated at Head Office?
  • Can we accommodate future employee growth?
  • Do we need the same kinds of storage space as now? Can we reduce our hoarding tendencies?
  • In what ways will the space support our culture?
  • How will we incorporate the fun factor into amenities and common areas?
  • And, most importantly, where the heck will my desk be?

During our discovery process, we assessed our existing office space, determined what some of our limitations are, and defined what is most important on an individual and departmental basis. We needed to contrast what we have today with what we want to achieve in our new space. And one of the most powerful takeaways for me during this discovery phase was the realization that we are a great company constrained by what has become inadequate office space.

So just how does MEC become a great company whose office space supports and enhances our vision and culture?

It all starts with the right choice of partner. Our track record with Proscenium made this decision a no-brainer. Just as they have done in several of our other recent construction and renovation projects, Proscenium have played a key role in this epic project. Marrying their building design with their interiors expertise makes total sense.

Enter the design team of Kerri Shinkewski and Alissa Foss. These ladies know their stuff! They ask the right questions to start the conversations we need to have. They bring us choices that help us determine the best fit for our requirements. They offer contrasting opinions when we get carried away. And they guide us with insight and direction, while leaving the final decision up to us. Needless to say, Kerri and Alissa support our choices, but aren’t afraid to offer gentle discouragement when needed.

It also means doing things differently. Under the leadership of our project sponsor, and with the support of Proscenium, our project team recognized early that we need to provide tools that will actively support our culture(s) and styles of work. For instance, we know that simply transporting our existing furniture – which can be called utilitarian, at best – to the new building just won’t do. Offering the same types of collaboration spaces isn’t good enough. Simply replicating the same work habits we have now will prevent us from improving. Providing a form without giving adequate attention to function will sabotage this project.

We know that failure to adequately address these things will lead to some serious lunchbox letdown. When you’re looking for a peanut butter and jam sandwich, you won’t be satisfied if you find spam. If we go to a new building, we won’t make it work by doing, and having, the same as now.

So, in tandem with Proscenium, we’re working to make the perfect PB&J sandwich: a building reflective of our dynamic, collaborative, and fun organization. Kerri and Alissa guide us through the list of questions, helping us find the answers to each. While it might sound easy, it’s truly exhaustive. We have several departments and 300+ staff involved. We have a Champions team that includes representatives from each department. We’ve solicited opinions from employees. We’ve consulted department heads. We’ve questioned people on how we currently do things, and have made suggestions on how things will need to change. We’ve redrawn department layouts over and over. And we’ve shot down a lot of ideas in order to keep our priorities clear.

This project is what consumes me at work right now. And it’s just going to get more and more intense as we approach moving day. With Kerri and Alissa helping guide the process, I know we’ll end up with the PB&J sandwich that we’re all looking for.

And I, for one, can’t wait to take the first bite!

 

About the author: Before MEC, Jeff Bohnen worked at Whistler Blackcomb, Intrawest and Cirque du Soleil. He credits his time as VIP Manager at Cirque for providing him with the tools it takes to be ringmaster, or Office Services Manager, at MEC’s Head Office in Vancouver.

Shovels in the Ground at Langara

Ground has been broken on the new Langara College Sciences and Student Services Building, the ground breaking ceremony being held this past Thursday, December 5th.  Work continues to finalize construction documents with an anticipated construction start date in early 2014.

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Office Field Trip

It was a rainy Friday when the office trekked out to see our latest completed project; 17,000 square feet of office space for Austeville Properties in Vancouver.  As the Final touches were being completed we had the opportunity to tour the space, appreciate the workmanship and a job well done.

 

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Duet

Proscenium had the good fortune to work once again with Chard Development on their new residential project in Victoria.  Now under construction, the Duet is 90 condos nestled in the prime Victoria neighbourhood of James Bay.  You can read more about our design process with Chard Development on the Duet Blog.

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Fun Fridays

The unprecedented good weather Vancouver has been enjoying this summer has sparked the imagination of the folks here at Proscenium and has resulted in Fun Fridays. Nearly every Friday this summer saw some kind of treat or fun activity. There was the Crawfish lunch complete with bibs, the Lucky’s donuts that just appeared one morning (Thanks Ben P!) and the blender drinks topped with little umbrellas. Our favourite was the Mango Mint Madness. The recipe can be found below.

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Mango Mint Madness
1 bag of frozen Mangos
2 cups Mango Juice
1 bunch of Mint
Juice of two Limes
1 can of Grapefruit Palm Bay
Ice to fill blender.

Blend Up and Enjoy!

Makes a little for everyone, or a lot for just one.