The firm is organized into five integrated practice areas — Building Structure, Building Skin, Building Performance, Property Loss Consulting and Construction Support Services — that are brought to bear globally on a wide range of Market Sectors. The practice areas are infused through all our offices and we build project teams using the best available talent, regardless of location. their approach to “building solutions” means they work both on buildings and on creating solutions for clients.
Quadrangle Architects can be summed up in two words: inspiration realized. Their creative vision as architects is always grounded in practical realities. Since founding the firm in 1986, they have consciously built a diverse and wide-ranging portfolio. They’ve never focused exclusively on a particular sector. Instead, they focus on a particular kind of client: visionary and idea-driven, yet anchored by pragmatism.
Every project they undertake is guided by a set of beliefs that, appropriately, has four sides. First, they believe that architecture is about solving real-world problems; the spaces they create are shaped by business insights. At the same time, each project must be part of a larger strategy; what they really build are relationships (and many go back decades). Third, they believe in thoughtful design that solves complex challenges while respecting budgets and deadlines. And lastly, everyone in their firm is passionately committed to innovative thinking and advancing the evolution of design. Of course, where they prefer to state their beliefs is through their work.
The challenge: Design a leading-edge film and television production facility, as well as the master plan for a creative innovation district, in Toronto’s revitalized Port Lands.
In 2004, Quadrangle partnered with long-time client Toronto Film Studios on a proposal to create FILMPORT, a complex with the calibre of facilities required for blockbuster films. The lakeshore site would be highly accessible, with outward-facing buildings housing offices, restaurants and a hotel. Within, a matrix of streets, lanes and squares would create “urban rooms” for filming. The completed Phase 1 studio lot (now Pinewood Studios Toronto) boasts the world’s largest purpose-built sound stage, enclosing 4,275 square metres of column-free space in a massive structure with a barrel-vaulted roof that has become an icon conveying Toronto’s production strength to the world. A total of seven sound stages, all with soundproofed concrete walls and truss grids for lighting and effects, are augmented by 10,000 square metres of painting, carpentry, wardrobe and production spaces. The multi-phase FILMPORT development is envisioned as a convergence district for creative industries – and a cultural destination in its own right.
HOK (formerly Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum) is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. As of 2013, HOK is the largest U.S.-based architecture-engineering firm and the third-largest interior design firm. The firm maintains more than 1,600 professional staff across a global network of 24 offices and is active in all major architectural specialties. Its senior leaders are located in several different locations across the world.
HOK is a leader in sustainable design. Professionals in the firm authored one of the industry’s most respected resources on the topic, “The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design,” originally published in 2000 by John Wiley & Sons. A second edition of the book was published in 2005. In September 2008, to better integrate nature’s innovations into the design of buildings, communities and cities worldwide, HOK announced an alliance with the Biomimicry Group, co-founded by Janine Benyus. In 2010, HOK and energy and daylighting consultant The Weidt Group completed design of Net Zero Court, a 170,735-square-foot, market-rate, zero-emissions class A commercial office building in St. Louis.
Reardon Smith Architects is an award-winning global leader in hotel and resort design. They have an unrivalled track record in the restoration and rebuilding of luxury hotels in London, an enviable reputation for the design of new destinations in Europe and the widest experience of hotel architecture across the entire spectrum of new-build and existing estates. The company’s achievement stems from a profound understanding of hotels as an asset, an operation and as a guest experience.
The practice has specialized exclusively in the design of hotels and resorts for over 25 years, and today has a portfolio of work that encompasses iconic hotels, visionary schemes, glamorous destinations and many of the preferred business and leisure hotels around the world. Projects are located across Western, Central and Eastern Europe, North and Southern Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.
Vekoma Rides Manufacturing is one of the largest roller coaster manufacturers in the world and a market leader in the amusement industry. Controlling and having the entire process in-house from (concept) design to engineering and manufacturing, of all types of coasters, such as family coasters, thrill and mega coasters and family attractions.
The latest Vekoma Rides designs are characteristic for its innovation, high quality and durability, whereby special attention is given to the specific wishes of clients to custom design their attractions. With a wide product range, Vekoma Rides is responsible for supplying all time favorites such as the Junior Coaster, the Suspended Family Coaster, Boomerang, Suspended Looping Coaster, Flying Dutchman and many more.
Vekoma’s latest innovative designs and developments like the Motorbike Launch Coasters, LSM and Hydraulic Launch Coasters, Flying Coasters and Mega Coasters, are driving the coaster industry of the future by setting new standards for quality and innovation. Vekoma Rides Manufacturing continues to focus on making rides appealing and accessible to a wide range of guests, so the entire family, from children to their parents and grandparents, can ride and enjoy the Vekoma Rides coasters and attractions.
The Vekoma Rides Manufacturing products are distinguished in four product groups:
- Family Coasters
- Thrill & Mega Coasters
- Indoor Coasters
- Attractions & Specialties
In addition to these products, Vekoma Rides has the capability, technology and certainly the interest to work with you on any attraction you wish for your park. Whenever you are looking for a new unique roller coaster or attraction, or new trains for an existing ride, our concept design department is enthusiastic to build your dream and create an unforgettable experience for your guests.
BROAD Group is an enterprise based on the vision of unique technologies and the tenet of preserving life. All BROAD products and services are essentially optimizing human life and the environment of the earth. BROAD Air Conditioning Co. Ltd. supplies non-electric central air conditioning powered by natural gas and waste heat with packaged water distribution system, 2 times more energy efficient than traditional central air conditioning.
BROAD Air Quality Co. Ltd. supplies heat recovery fresh air machines that can filter 99% PM2.5, mobile air quality monitors, air purifiers and central air conditioning terminal products. BROAD Energy Service Co. Ltd. provides cooling-heating-power (CHP) operation service, district CHP projects with the BOT approach, and promotes energy-efficient project designs and operation through the contract mechanism.
BROAD Sustainable Building Co. Ltd. provides factory-made sustainable buildings featuring 90% pre-fabrication, 5 times more energy efficiency, 99% PM2.5 filtration as well as no collapse in 9- magnitude earthquake. BROAD Group is headquartered in Changsha, China and has products in more than 70 countries.
Life Extension has one mission, and one mission only: to help you live a healthier, longer life. In fact, they are at the forefront of medical research, constantly looking for ways to prolong youth, health, and life. And they’ve been at it for more than 34 years, investing more than $140 million to find therapies and technologies that could lead to lifesaving cures for the diseases of aging. But as you’ll soon see, that’s only the beginning.
The Life Extension Foundation is one of the largest organizations dedicated to investigating every method of extending the healthy human life span. When seeking anti-aging therapies, health and nutrition, The Foundation has reported discoveries in the areas of atherosclerosis and stroke prevention, diabetes, prostate health, hormone replacement therapy, and other health concerns. The Life Extension Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose goal is to conquer the aging process within the next decade.
Life Extension believes in taking advantage of documented scientific therapies to help maintain optimal health and slow aging. The medical literature contains thousands of references on the use of antioxidant vitamins, weight loss supplements, and hormones that have been shown to improve the quality and quantity of life. Life Extension makes to possible to take advantage of this scientific information to enhance people’s chances of not only living longer, but doing so in good health.
Research supported by The Life Extension Foundation has documented the value of antioxidants in extending life span and in protecting cells against ischemia (lack of blood flow). Ischemia is the leading cause of disability and death. Ischemia can be caused by the blockage of a coronary artery, which can lead to a heart attack, or a cerebral artery, which can lead to a stroke. Accident victims often die from ischemia. The Foundation supports a full time research facility that has broken all world records in protecting against ischemia-induced free radical damage. View the Foundation’s scientific achievements in health and longevity.