February 9, 2015
by Canadian Architect
The Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal published Alberta’s Top 70 Employers, recognizing DIALOG as a top employer for the second year in a row. “DIALOG’s success is a result of our commitment to creating a unique and engaging employee experience,” says Director of Human Resources, Willemein van der Wal. “We’re dedicated to our people and career development, there’s diversity and opportunity in our project work, and we’re passionate about designing thriving and sustainable communities.” With four studios across the country, including Calgary and Edmonton, DIALOG’s footprint on communities is substantial, and DIALOG’s commitment to engaging and improving communities is just as significant.
Look around Alberta and you’re sure to find DIALOG projects. Previously known as Cohos Evamy, the firm began in Calgary in 1960, expanded into Edmonton and Toronto, and eventually merged in 2010 with Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden (HBBH) to become DIALOG. Notable Alberta projects include Calgary’s Foothills Medical Clinic, Edmonton’s Winspear Centre, and the Edmonton International Airport Office and Control Tower.
One of the Firm’s largest projects is the Calgary International Airport. DIALOG worked with the client to implement impressive sustainability features such as geothermal wells for heating and cooling the floors, rainwater harvesting and a high-performance building envelope. The overall design will reduce annual energy consumption by 83 percent. The Calgary Airport expansion will also launch Western Canada’s first “Call to Gate” concept when the additional 22 gates open and double the size and capabilities of the existing facility.
“DIALOG is a firm filled with creative minds and industry thought leaders in architecture, planning, interior design and engineering,” says Calgary Studio Managing Principal, Rob Adamson. “We have an excellent body of challenging design projects and we empower our people to lead designs, excel at what they do and truly make a difference.”
Opportunities to work on city improvement initiatives such as Edmonton’s Walterdale Bridge allows employees to see the impact their work makes on communities – a story the firm plans to share. Initially planned as a standard bridge replacement, DIALOG’s interdisciplinary team won over City Council with a vision of what could be. Opening in late 2015, the elegant through-arch bridge design will be a landmark of function and beauty for Edmontonians.
“Our people at DIALOG are the engine block behind our success,” says Adamson noting projects such Calgary’s New Central Library and Grande Prairie’s Regional Healthcare Centre. “A big part of our culture is to create an engaging design culture around innovation, sustainability, creativity, and the opportunity to positively impact our communities.”
For more information regarding projects, please visit www.dialogdesign.ca
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