Filming On Queen St. October 22, 2012

Window films are used in a variety of applications. Heat rejection films can be applied to windows to reject heat and reduce the amount of light entering the interior space.  In our case, privacy at street level was the primary need.  We chose a grid of white squares, four feet high. From outside it looks opaque in the day, and from the interior there is a degree of transparency that allows visibility of the activity on the street.  Facing North, we do not have the issues of direct sun and the need to reject heat.  With the amount of windows providing natural light, we have limited the light fixtures to perimeter corridor lighting and task lighting over work areas.  For additional lighting and privacy control we are keeping existing vertical blinds for reasons of sustainability as well as financial. [Read More]

Considering Office Relocation? October 2, 2012

Tips for handling an office move and designing an ideal space
The following article by Thomas Nater, ARIDO, IDC, Designer/Project Manager, Quartek Group Inc., was recently published in the September 2012 issue of Ontario Medical Review as a guide for physicians. [Read More]

Look Up! July 15, 2012

We have moved!  As the building sign goes up outside, the setup of phones and computers is happening on the ground floor.  The “Big Ass Fan”  is quietly turning above our new work spaces.  Quartek’s Architects, Engineers, Planners and Project Mangers are now all under one roof in downtown St. Catharines. [Read More]

Models On The Move June 28, 2012

Architectural models of the St. Catharines Court House (top) and the models of the St. Catharines Public Library with the Niagara Regional Police Headquarters (below) were on the move today to Quartek’s new offices at 89-91 St. Paul St.

The View From Here June 25, 2012

Looking north down St. Paul St. from the roof our new office.  As we push ahead with the logistics of renovating and coordinating the moving of three offices downtown, it is clear that things will be different here.  We are developing incentives for employees to walk, bike, take public transit, or car pool.  We are earnestly looking forward to Community CarShare for Niagara. [Read More]

Carbon Neutral In 9 Minutes Or Less May 23, 2012

Q: What steps are you taking to ensure the future of our planet?

A: Encourage alternative, convenient options to travel to and from work.

Based on a study by Environment Canada, transportation contributes to 27% of Canada’s overall greenhouse gas emissions. By relocating offices, Quartek Group is quadrupling the number of people in walking distance to the new location and increasing the options for alternative modes of transportation. [Read More]

Aiding and Abating: Dealing With Asbestos May 10, 2012

Preparation
The acoustic texture finish in the ground floor of our future office ceiling space has been identified as containing asbestos. Asbestos abatement process has started with the installation of wall and floor covering (orange polyethylene sheeting) as appropriate to catch debris. [Read More]

From Kool-Aid To Kiddo: What Architects Do? May 7, 2012

Our Robert MacKenzie will be featured in the next installment of Kiddo Magazine. Kiddo is a children’s magazine written in English and Spanish, recently featured in a St. Catharines Standard article spotlighting it’s creator, Zulima Wesso. Zulima is a former Quartek Group employee before deciding to devote more time to Kiddo. [Read More]

Walking “The Walk”: Quartek’s Carbon Footprint May 2, 2012

In 2011, Quartek joined the Niagara Sustainabilty Initiative (NSI) as a Monitoring Partner to help us practice what we preach and start walking “the walk”. We started with the following modest projects:

Implementation of a plastics, metal, glass and paper recycling program in all staff offices to increase Quartek’s diversion rate (amount of waste going to landfill).
Installation of programmable thermostats in our offices. [Read More]