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In a Post-Millennial generation that is often accused of being indecisive about the future, Mya Reid, Victor Chi and Ivy Jones have their futures in razor focus. Mya plans to be a design, systems or propulsion engineer at a defense contractor like Boeing or Lockheed Martin. Victor sees himself in a communications or sales role within the STEM industry, and Ivy envisions herself managing environmental or mechanical engineering projects.

Mya, Victor and Ivy all honed their interest in engineering through internships at McKim & Creed, Inc., one of the largest employee-owned engineering and surveying firms in the South. They arrived at those internships through the Durham (N.C.) YouthWork Internship Program (DYIP).

DYIP is a partnership of the City of Durham, Durham Public Schools, Durham Workforce Development, Durham Technical Community College and other organizations. Each summer, the program places approximately 200 Durham youth, ages 14-24, in paid internships with local businesses, non-profits and city and county governments. “The Durham YouthWork Internship Program prepares our youth for careers of tomorrow,” says James Dickens, senior employment program coordinator with the City of Durham.

McKim & Creed became involved with DYIP in 2016, and has hired a DYIP intern every summer since. “Organizations like Durham YouthWork give us an opportunity to embody our vision of ‘people helping people’ and to support causes that are near and dear to the hearts and minds of our clients. That’s a win-win for everyone!” comments Phyllis Elikai, chief people officer with McKim & Creed.

From Receptionist to Aerospace Engineering

Mya Reid was the first intern McKim & Creed hired through the Durham YouthWork Internship Program. She is a rising junior at N.C. A&T University and is studying physics and aerospace engineering.

Mya Reid began with the DYIP program when she was 15. “My first internship was as a receptionist and it was boring,” she recalls. When she had the opportunity to use her math and science skills in an engineering environment, she jumped at the chance.

During her internship with McKim & Creed, Mya worked with all four of the company’s business units: Water; Geomatics; Planning, Development and Natural Resources (PDNR); and Buildings, Energy and Infrastructure (BEI). “I learned to use AutoCAD, WaterCAD and other things. I got to plot a bunch of different water main lines. That was cool,” she recalls.

Mya also surveyed with one of our geomatics crews, learned about working with clients on their land development needs, and helped design an HVAC system for a university. Her favorite task, though, was working with AutoCAD. “I realized that AutoCAD was going to be my basis for any kind of engineering, because for design engineers, it all comes down to the design tools and systems.”

Today, Mya is a rising junior at N.C. A&T University, majoring in physics and aerospace engineering. Post-internship, she says “it’s fun to see people’s faces light up when they find out I’ve been in the real world and been to project management meetings. McKim & Creed taught me how to work with all different types of people. They put me to work every day; they didn’t have me getting coffee for them.”

Engineering Could Use Good Communicators

Durham YouthWork intern Victor Chi worked with McKim & Creed in the summer of 2018. He is studying communications and geography because “engineering could use good communicators.”

In the summer of 2017, Victor Chi became McKim & Creed’s second DYIP intern. He had graduated from Riverside High School in Durham and had participated in the school’s engineering program. The internship with McKim & Creed was a perfect match.

He spent two weeks working with each of the company’s business units. “They really tried to give me a taste of everything the office had to offer. I annotated drawings that were actually being worked on by other engineers at the same time, I created a topographic map of Durham County using GIS, and I even did my own takeoff for a project that had just finished a month before!” he says.

“It felt like I was an actual employee there. Everyone treated me with the same respect they showed their other coworkers and I felt that the work that they gave me was a perfect match for my skillset. They had me doing busy work to an extent, but it was busy work that actually mattered to the project. Like annotating drawings. Sure, they’ll revise it and look for mistakes and add things I missed, but for the most part that will be some of my work that they show their contractor. There was never any work that I felt didn’t matter.

“In the time I was there,” he continued, “I saw the workers lay down about 80 ft. of ductile iron pipe and install a fire hydrant assembly, which might be one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in my life.”

After a year studying construction management at UNC Charlotte, Victor changed to a double major of communications and geography. “STEM fields like engineering could use good communicators for data and working with contractors,” he says.

The Business Side of Engineering

2019 high school graduate and former McKim & Creed / Durham YouthWork intern Ivy Jones (center) won the SECU People Helping People award and a $10,000 college scholarship. This fall Ivy will enter N.C. State University to study engineering. She is pictured here with McKim & Creed engineering interns Catie Dunning and Wes Hutchins. Wes works closely with the interns from the Durham YouthWork Internship Program.

High school student Ivy Jones learned about DYIP through a newspaper clipping. “It sounds ancient, but my mom had a newspaper clipping and I kept asking her about it,” she laughs. At 16 she earned her first DYIP internship with the Durham County sheriff department. “I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do. It was really informative and very cool!” Ivy recalls.

Last summer, as a rising senior, Ivy applied for an internship with McKim & Creed. She says she wasn’t really interested in engineering until Wes Hutchins, an engineer intern with McKim & Creed, interviewed her. “As he talked about it, I became more interested in it.”

Her favorite part of the internship was visiting project worksites. “I had looked at the plans but it was hard to visualize, and it’s just ink.” Seeing pipes and manholes going into the ground, however, made the plans, and her career goals, crystal clear.

In June, Ivy was awarded the State Employees Credit Union People Helping People Award and a $10,000 college scholarship. This fall she will enter N.C. State University’s College of Engineering and will study civil engineering. Or mechanical engineering. Or both. She’s researched various engineering career paths and sees herself helping solve communities’ infrastructure problems. She also enjoyed learning the business side of engineering. “I didn’t realize there would be SO MANY client meetings,” she laughs.

A Model to Grow DYIP

“McKim & Creed has been an absolutely superb partner” with DYIP, says James. The company “interviews the students, makes a selection based on those interviews and hires the interns directly. This is the model we need to grow Durham YouthWork.”

From McKim & Creed’s perspective, DYIP is a sterling example of a successful internship program. “We have had the opportunity to work with three very talented young people through this program, and we are especially proud that all three have decided to pursue careers associated with engineering,” adds Ben Latino, PE, regional manager with McKim & Creed.

Today’s summer interns are tomorrow’s infrastructure leaders, and if Mya, Victor and Ivy are any indication, our future looks bright.


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Hawthorne, N.J. (June 26, 2019): Every four years, DFI and the DFI Educational Trust present the Legends Award to three practitioners — an engineer, contractor and manufacturer/supplier — who have made significant contributions and advancements to the research, design, construction, manufacturing, and use of deep foundations.

The 2019 recipients of this prestigious award are:

Engineering Legend: Bengt H. Fellenius

Bengt H. Fellenius

Bengt H. Fellenius, Dr.Tech., P.Eng., formerly professor of civil engineering at the University of Ottawa, is the 2019 DFI Engineering Legend. He is being recognized for 50 years of innovative engineering work in soil mechanics and foundation engineering.

Fellenius’ experience comes from a wide variety of assignments that encompass foundation design for industrial plants, water and sewage treatment facilities, bridges and highway projects, marine structures, and urban area development, as well as participation in special investigations and instrumented field tests.

He is and has been an active participant in many national and international professional societies and research associations and in Canadian and U.S. codes and standards development. Fellenius is the author of more than 400 technical papers, articles, books and book chapters, and has given lectures and courses to several universities and international conferences throughout the Americas, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contractor Legend: Thomas J. Wysockey

Thomas J. Wysockey

Thomas J. Wysockey, chairman emeritus of Thatcher Foundations, is the 2019 DFI Contractor Legend. He is being recognized for his contributions to the construction industry as an inspirational leader and mentor and an advocate for research, innovative techniques and safety.

His commitment to the industry is evident by his involvement in several industry associations, including as board member of American Subcontractors Association, Chicago Chapter; director at the Builders Association of Greater Chicago and the Chicagoland Construction Safety Council; trustee of the Construction Advancement Foundation; trustee of the DFI; president of the Industrial Contractors and Builders Association of Indiana; board member of the Society of American Military Engineers; and member of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings.

Wysockey has generously shared his knowledge and experience with future generations of contractors and engineers and has taught courses at several colleges and universities including MIT, Northwestern University, University of Illinois and Purdue University.

Manufacturer/Supplier Legend: Thomas Bauer

Thomas Bauer

Thomas Bauer, Dr-Ing. E.h. Dipl.-Kfm, past chairman of the supervisory board of the Bauer Group, is the 2019 DFI Manufacturer/Supplier Legend. He is being recognized for his relentless desire to innovate and set the highest standard in foundation drilling equipment.

During his 32 years at the helm of Bauer, the company grew to be the largest provider of specialist foundation equipment worldwide. Bauer was significantly involved in the development of several innovations including the hydromill, pressure compensation and the cutter wheel shock absorber. He also received patents for the auger drilling method with offset hollow stem auger, Paternoster parking system, underwater drilling system, and drilling tools with extraction system.

Bauer’s philosophy and his legacy for the company can be summarized as follows: the most important innovation is not the individual idea, rather it is the innovation culture of the company that is shaped by the top manager and kept alive over the years. The most decisive part is that all employees become part of the innovation. To succeed, the top manager should not relate himself to every good idea, but he should keep a low profile, continually encouraging and nurturing.

The recipients will be honored at the Legends Award Ceremony at the DFI 44th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, Thursday, October 17, at the Hilton Chicago.

Information about the Legends Award and the 44th Annual Conference is available at


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Pleasanton, Calif. — Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, announced it has launched an enhanced online Deck Planner Software tool to help deck builders and homeowners quickly and easily design their dream deck. Featuring 3D software, design guides and an in-app user tutorial, the free web-based design center provides a suite of intuitive tools and resources for designing and building stronger, more beautiful decks. 

With the 2019 deck-building season in full swing, Deck Planner Software from Simpson Strong-Tie lets homeowner DIYers and professional deck builders plan for beauty and design for strength. Powered by an in-app tutorial that guides users step by step through the custom deck design process, the software allows users to select shapes, modify dimensions and choose from various deck board and railing options. One-click toggling between 2D and 3D design modes makes it easy to view and design in different perspectives. 

The software also highlights the critical connections for building a strong, safe deck and recommends hardware based on any design the user customizes. When the design process is over, a full output report is generated that includes a bill of materials for all lumber, decking, railing and hardware necessary to build the deck. 

“Like all of the technology solutions from Simpson Strong-Tie, this next generation of our popular Deck Planner Software is incredibly easy to use while packing in robust functionality and features for users to take advantage of as they design more complex and customized projects,” says Simpson Strong-Tie director of Customer-Facing Software Tim Beckman. “More importantly, the software helps deck builders and DIYers easily design for stronger, safer decks that are longer lasting and provide homeowners with peace of mind.” 

Additional enhanced features and benefits of the new Deck Planner Software app include:

  • A selection of predesigned deck options
  • A selection of various wood species for framing lumber
  • Auto-save functionality to save works in progress 
  • Ability to change wall height and select from a large library of wall finishes
  • Ability to add furniture, plants and trees to visualize the deck design in the backyard
  • Enhanced 3D-rich graphics with lighting settings and various background options 

For more information or to use the free web-based Deck Planner Software and deck construction solutions from Simpson Strong-Tie, visit

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Austin, Texas – While achieving Net-Zero for one building is somewhat practical, the developer of Whisper Valley here decided that the entire 2,000-acre community with some 7,200 homes would be Net-Zero Ready. All structures will be ground source geothermal and solar equipped to meet the Net-Zero energy – carbon neutral – standard adopted by the City of Austin’s Municipal Building Code. The $2 billion development that also includes apartments, several million square feet of commercial space, schools and other buildings, will be the largest zero‐energy capable housing community in the nation. The key component for getting to Net-Zero is the geothermal, or geoexchange, cooling and heating system and its underground distribution piping system.

At the Whisper Valley net-zero capable community in Austin, Texas, each home is equipped by the developer with a REHAU RAUGEO PEXa vertical ground loop and a highly efficient geothermal heat pump, so homeowners enjoy substantial energy savings without incurring upfront costs for the geothermal infrastructure.

Each of the 237 homes in Phase I is equipped with a REHAU RAUGEO PEXa double U-bend pipe loop and a ground source heat pump. A total of 313,000 linear feet (95,400 m) of the pipe was used. All builders in Whisper Valley are required to hook up to EcoSmart’s GeoGrid, a five-mile loop of underground distribution piping that links each home to a geoexchange network, engineered by b2E Consulting Engineers. This geothermal system is predicted to reduce heating/cooling energy costs for homeowners by up to 65 percent as compared with conventional air-source heat pumps. EcoSmart Solution LLC is a subsidiary of Taurus Investment Holdings, developer and owner of the site.

Nearly 322,000 feet of REHAU RAUGEO PEXa pipe was used to produce the 237 double U-bends, which were inserted into each borehole. The crosslinked polyethylene (PEXa) pipe is specifically designed for geothermal applications.

“This project is a great example of the use of plastic tubing for geoexchange loops, and all the benefits that ground source systems deliver,” explained Lance MacNevin, P.Eng, director of engineering for the Building and Construction Division of the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI). “The PEX piping material is tough and durable and will provide decades of reliable service. Plus, the REHAU double U-bends increase the output of each borehole by up to 30 percent compared to single U-bends. This reduced the required depth of each borehole, as well as the number of boreholes required. And, naturally, cut drilling costs and the number of days spent drilling on the Whisper Valley jobsite.” PPI is the major North American trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry.

Whisper Valley will consist of seven separate villages with a fire department station and two schools for its nearly 30,000 residents.

Homes and buildings are located next to access roads and on top of the integrated geothermal district loop that will significantly reduce energy costs for homeowners. Those lots are sold to homebuilders with specifications for sustainable construction including hooking up to the loop. The end result will be highly energy efficient Net-Zero Ready homes with very low energy costs.

To use the earth’s relatively constant temperature (45 to 75°F in this location) for heating and cooling, the design incorporates boreholes up to 335 feet (102 m) deep drilled on each lot, into which the REHAU pipe loops were inserted. Boreholes were grouted after pipe insertion. As with all geothermal systems, fluid circulates through the pipes, exchanging heat to and from the earth for cooling or heating operation, respectively.

Each PEX vertical pipe loop connects to a system of horizontal pipes. This larger integrated ‘geo loop’ is augmented by two 250-ton cooling towers for meeting peak cooling loads during periods of high ambient temperatures.

It is estimated that homeowners will pay a monthly service fee of $60 for access to the system.

The pre-formed double U-bends are up to 335 ft in length and consist of RAUGEO PEXa pipe bent in a tight 180-degree radius and cast in a fiberglass-reinforced polyester resin eliminating the need for any fittings or joints in the borehole.

“This project shows how PEX pipe in a geoexchange application can help in the reduction of the overall carbon footprint by minimizing the energy required to heat and cool homes,” stated Tony Radoszewski, CAE, president of PPI. “The developer providing the geoexchange network and requiring builders to connect to it, is game changing. It removes the primary barrier that prevents more widespread adoption of geo-exchange systems. Whisper Valley is a successful business model that, we understand, Taurus plans to take nationwide. I’m sure other developers will duplicate it, especially as more municipalities set Net-Zero targets. Not only is this project a unique application for PEX pipe, it is also at the forefront of community geothermal technology.”

Whisper Valley was named the 2019 PPI Project of the Year for the association’s Building and Construction Division.

To further support the geothermal market, PPI has established the Geothermal Steering Committee within the Building and Construction Division. MacNevin stated, “PPI and our members promote the adoption of geothermal technologies to help reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling buildings, saving owners money. Other benefits of ground source systems are better reliability and building resiliency, with no exposed outdoor components. Also, water-to-water heat pumps are a perfect match for hydronic heating and cooling distribution systems, which are comfortable and efficient technologies for use in both residential and high-performance commercial construction.

“It is also important to note that the U.S. Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 reinstated the tax credit for fuel cells, small wind, and geothermal heat pumps. Signed into law in February 2018, it provides a 30 percent federal tax credit for geothermal, which, in some states, also qualifies for a state rebate.”

The PPI Geothermal Steering Committee’s activities include supporting industry efforts to update geothermal standards and codes, such as ANSI/CSA/IGSHPA C448, IAPMO’s UMC and USHGC, and ICC’s IMC and IRC; working closely with IGSHPA, GEO and other related organizations; publishing documents about the use of plastic piping systems for geothermal applications; and serving as a technical resource for geothermal system designers, with regards to plastic piping technologies. PPI also is a sponsor of the DOE’s Solar Decathlon – Design Challenge, a design competition focused on zero-energy ready construction.

Each of the 237 homes in Phase I of this net-zero-energy capable community is equipped with a REHAU RAUGEOTM double U-bend vertical ground loop.

Whisper Valley has received wide recognition including being named the 2019 Sustainable Community of the Year by Green Builder Media and receiving a Merit Award in the Best Innovative Energy Design category in the 2018 Gold Nugget Awards presented by PCBC.

According to Phil Schoen, president of Geo Enterprise Inc., (Tulsa, Okla.) that installed the system, “Whisper Valley’s district GeoGrid is already performing 20 to 30 percent better than projected. The system will gain efficiencies as it expands and the team works to wring out every possible Btu.”

Additional information can be found at the PPI website:

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Kari Hjelt, Head of Innovation, Graphene Flagship

Remember the computer triode? Unless you’re an early-tech enthusiast, it’s unlikely. Used as switches in the first electronic computers, these vacuum tubes consumed a great deal of power. They were unreliable and upon the invention of silicon chips, were quickly replaced. A new material has the potential to shift entire industries. Here, Kari Hjelt, Head of Innovation of the  Graphene Flagship explains how graphene is set to do the same.

Graphene, a material that is just a one atom thick, has exceptional physical properties. The European Commission launched the Graphene Flagship in 2013 to facilitate the transition of graphene and related materials from academic laboratories to applications. With a budget of €1 billion an initial period of 10 years, the Graphene Flagship is one of Europe’s biggest research initiative, aiming not only to continue developing graphene in academic laboratories, but also spearheads efforts for the commercialization of graphene, preparing for its widespread adoption in the industry.

Halfway through the ten-year project, the Graphene Flagship has successfully developed over 25 commercial products, using the impressive conductivity, strength and flexibility of graphene to improve on the properties of previously used materials.

However, bringing a new material to market is not without its challenges.

Historically, it takes an average of 30 years to take a material from its invention into the commercial realm. Low-cost aluminum, for instance, was first isolated in 1824, and for a while during the 19thcentury it was more expensive than gold, and considered as a very luxurious metal. Aluminum wasn’t widely used until an affordable manufacture structure was set up in 1886, and it didn’t become popular until the early 1900s. Materials that also experienced similar time lags in their adoption include titanium, Teflon, Velcro and polycarbonate, a plastic material used in the manufacture of bulletproof glass.

Careful planning is essential in the phase when research and commercialization start to overlap. Particularly due to the sharp contrast between the languages that are used in academia and industry. To ensure this process runs smooth and successfully, a key driver is the establishment of efficient networks between both worlds. The Graphene Flagship has done this through a core consortium of over 150 academic and industrial groups. Around 40 percent of the current members are companies aiming to incorporate graphene into their products.

More recently, the Graphene Flagship established a new kind of working groups among its consortium – the spearhead projects. This projects, led by key industrial partners, will boost the technology readiness level (TRL) of major technologies in the European industry, such as aviation, automation and energy generation and storage.

Thanks to this multidisciplinary network, the Graphene Flagship envisioned the

Graphene Technology and Innovation Roadmap   — an expected timeline for the adoption of graphene technologies. The roadmap focuses on fundamental industry areas, such as electronic devices, photonics, sensors, energy conversion, energy storage and biomedical devices.

The Graphene Flagship’s principal mission is to take technologies based on graphene from the laboratory to commercial application. During our first phase, we continued to witness the potential of graphene-based technologies to create market disruptions and transformational innovations.

In our next phases we will continue to move from materials research towards component development and system-level integration. Our focus is on combining technology push and market pull by working with industry stakeholders to increase technology readiness levels.

The  Graphene Technology and Innovation Roadmap predicts that graphene for use in flexible perovskite solar cells, high-frequency electronics and supercapacitors for warehouse logistics is likely to occur in the next five years. Later technologies, including bioelectric medicine and 6G wireless networks may take a while longer, with estimated adoption in 2030 and beyond.

On top of that, the Graphene Flagship has established two new services for the validation and standardization of graphene and related materials, which will be of outstanding utility for industries looking into incorporating graphene into their products. So far, the absence of accurate measurement protocols and the lack of standards have become a serious obstacle to the commercialization of graphene and related materials. The Graphene Flagship enabled professional validation and standardization processes –provided by national measurement institutes renowned for their excellence, integrity and impartiality– that will accelerate the technology development and transfer.

Soon, the Graphene Flagship will also release an open access publication that gathers all the know-how in the manufacture of graphene and related materials acquired during years of basic research. Encompassing over 1,500 references and the knowledge of over 70 co-authors from the Graphene Flagship consortium, this publication will provide a single source of knowledge on graphene and other layered materials.

There were 124 years between the discovery of silicon in 1824, and the creation of the silicon chip in 1958. Now, arguably the most influential invention in computing so far, this chip technology is used in almost all modern products. Bringing a new material to market cannot be rushed, but when managed properly, can yield incredible results.

For more information on the Graphene Flagship and its associated projects and research centers, please visit the Graphene Flagship website at

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Spartanburg, S.C. Tindall Corporation’s Spartanburg location is currently building a new state-of-the-art batch plant facility that will increase production and support the company’s overall growth and manufacturing demand. The space is estimated to be completed this summer.

“Our goal is and has always been to serve our customers,” said David Britt, Vice President and General Manager of Tindall’s South Carolina Division. “Our new batch plant will ensure we continue to deliver high-performance precast concrete that exceeds expectations and meets any design requirements.”

The batch plant will serve the South Carolina Prestress and Utility Divisions. The new facility will house equipment that combines ingredients such as water, aggregates, sand, cements, dyes and chemical admixtures to create technologically advanced concrete mixes for Tindall’s structural and architectural precast products. Innovative, automated machinery and state-of-the-art moisture controls will provide even greater consistency among products and allow Tindall to double its output in batches with minimized manual labor.

The batch plant is approximately 80 feet tall, with three levels to support production. The ground level contains two bays for equipment washout that utilizes recycled water and one center bay for concrete discharge. The next level houses a five cubic yard output mixer and a control room for the automated batching system. The upper level houses several conveyer belts, silos, aggregate bins and a penthouse that shuttles all materials to their appropriate stations.

“In addition to meeting Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and being more environmentally conscious, our new batch plant represents our commitment to innovation and creating more efficient processes,” said Elizabeth Remark, Tindall’s Industrial Engineer who is project managing the facility production. “We look forward to passing along the benefits of increased production to our customers.”

Additional team members who provided support on this project include Joel Sheets, Vice President and General Manager of Tindall’s Utility Division; Don Boyce, Quality Control/Batch Plant Manager; Scott Boling, Operations Manager of Tindall’s South Carolina Division; Keath Roberts, Plant Manager of Tindall’s Utility Division; and Joe Leija, Batch Plant Supervisor. Tindall partnered with Standley Batch Systems and Malley Industrial Solutions for general construction and design as well as Egan Controls for automation installation.

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Montréal, Canada – Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the Strøm Nordic Spa in Old Quebec, which opened its doors in October 2018, is a finalist at the International Hotel & Property Awards! These awards celebrate the most beautiful designs in all sectors of real estate and architecture around the world.

They are presented each year by The Design Society, a world-renowned association whose British branch coordinates these annual awards. Voting is now open at and closes on June 26 at 5 p.m. The winners will be announced at a gala event on June 28 at the Grand Hotel Quisisana in Capri, Italy.

Photo credit: Adrien Williams

Promote Quebec in a world-renowned competition

Strøm Nordic Spa honors local talents by highlighting the work of the designers and architects who led to the success of this major project. A remarkable recognition for Quebec’s expertise in the field of Nordic spas. In recent years, Quebec has carved out a place for itself in the wellness industry on the world stage and it is with great pride that Strøm Nordic Spa will represent local talents at the gala.

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Strøm Nordic Spa in Old Quebec: a unique architectural gem

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The Design Society refers to the Strøm Nordic Spa as a true architectural gem, citing the design intelligence and talent with which Lemay-Michaud’s architects have managed to integrate materials and stylistic elements that recall the harbor past of the Brown Basin, located at the very end of the magnificent Champlain Parkway along the river.

“For the design of each of our establishments, we always make it a point to integrate the architectural approach into the surrounding environment, both from a visual and historical point of view. We are very proud that this priority is recognized on an international level,” explained Guillaume Lemoine, President of Strøm Nordic Spa.

Strøm Nordic Spa borrows its colors from the landscapes of our winters, from the grey of the river; its minimalist character leaves plenty of room for a view of the St. Lawrence and adds to the pleasure of the experience for guests. As for the materials – glass, stone, steel – they evoke the cargo ships of bygone days and are inspired by the maritime past of this sector of the old Capital.

Strøm Nordic Spa offers 32,000 square feet of indoor space divided into four pavilions, eight pools, some of which include waterfalls, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, two dry saunas and two steam baths, the largest flotation bath in North America, an infinity pool, a “lazy river” hot water pool, 17 massage rooms and a gastronomic bistro with 70 seats, and an additional 30 seats on the terrace during summer months.

The Ordre des architectes du Québec rewards the Strøm Nordic Spa! 

Another source of pride for the Strøm Nordic Spa in Old Quebec: the Ordre des architectes du Québec has included it in its list of 2019 Awards of Excellence in Architecture! Here is an excerpt from what the jury said to justify its decision: “From the exploratory and development phase of the project, the primary source of inspiration was the St. Lawrence River, its vastness and the quiet strength that it emanates. Then, given the geographical location of the site and its history linked to maritime transport, which contributed to the development of the city itself, the decision was taken to implement the project in its physical environment but also to anchor it in its history. As a result, the layout of the spa facilities is inspired by the footprint of the former harbor docks that once formed the banks of the river, creating volumes that alternate between full and empty.”

For more information on this recognition:

Technical data sheet

Official name of the project: Strøm spa nordique Vieux-Québec

Location: Old Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Budget: $17M

Project end date: Opening: October 26, 2018

Surface area: 32,000 square feet of indoor space in 4 pavilions on 2 acres of land

Client: Strøm Nordic Spa

Architects: LemayMichaud

Designers: LemayMichaud; Érika Marcil, Project manager interior design, Strøm Nordic Spa

Project manager: Joël-Simon Gélinas, Director of Construction and Development, Strøm Nordic Spa

Collaborators: L’Intendant; Ambioner; Terralpha; Cima+; Soucy Aquatik

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