Vancouver loves Isokorb®… and we love Vancouver!von Christian Witt
From February 21st to February 23rd, Bill Chihata and I spent some time in Vancouver and Whistler doing Lunch and Learn presentations to Architects and enjoying the nice landscapes of British Columbia.
Especially Whistler was awesome. What a great place to install Isokorb®! And the best is: it’s going to happen! A private “Whistler Sky House” will use approx. 160 Schöck Isokorb® type S22 to insulate the beautiful inside from the cold temperatures outside. Different to the typical wooden building in Whistler, the Sky House will be made of concrete and steel. Only the roof will be made of wood. The location next to a “small” lake of approx. 3.5 km diameter and architecture of the house are just breathtaking.
But let’s go back to the day before in Vancouver… We arrived with an hour delay on February 21st but managed to get on time to Bill’s first Lunch & Learn presentation at Henriquez Partners Architects right in downtown Vancouver. 17 architects attended the presentation in a boardroom the size of a hot tub. But that did not influence their interest in the product or their mood. Their questions were excellent and I am sure they will be following the steps of other Architects in the area and design their future buildings with the only reasonable solution to avoid thermal bridging. If of any interest, the only issue we had was: no sandwiches were left for us 🙁
Right after the lunch and learn session we met with Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers and Pacific Arbour Group to discuss their latest project, the Seniors Residence on Marine Drive in Vancouver. Isokorb® type XM will be installed in all balconies of this very renowned building. We are looking very forward to this project. Way to go Bill!
The meeting went extremely well. The client is convinced of the unique benefits of the Isokorb®. This is their second project with Schöck. They must have been very happy with the first one! Well, how could it be different? The Schöck team did a great job during the first project. Usual service at Schöck. They also showed great interest in our Schöck Bole® shear stud rails for future projects. I have a very good feeling about the Bole® product in Canada.
After a long day (and after skipping lunch), we finally went to the hotel, checked in and asked for a good steak restaurant nearby. That’s how we ended up at Gotham. Great 24 oz T-bone steaks by the way! The price was a little bit high too but worth every dollar.
Next morning we met the Vancouver Construction Association at our hotel. It seems to me to be logical and very important to become an active member of the association since we are currently doing lots of business in the area and there are plans for much more!
Lunch time! Another Lunch & Learn, this time at Graham Hoffart Mathiasen Architects in Surrey. The audience (approx. 12) was 85% ladies. Unusual but nice! And the sandwiches were more than sufficient to feed all of us this time! Maybe because ladies don’t eat as much as guys? Also here we were confronted with excellent questions and big interest in the product. We learned about some new projects where they are thinking of introducing the Schöck Isokorb® as well as a LEED School in the area where Isokorb® has already been implemented in their design.
At 3:30 pm we left and drove all the way to beautiful Whistler. We rented a car for the 2 hours trip. The way up there was just fantastic. If you haven’t been there, you should include this place in your holiday plans for the future, especially if you love to sky or snowboard. We’ll go back there in 4 weeks to assist during the Isokorb® installation. I look very forward to it! Enjoy the pictures.
After dinner with the clients in Whistler, we drove back to Vancouver to get some rest. We left Vancouver next morning at 8:00 am after a successful trip and unforgettable experiences.
Isokorb® has demonstrated to be a success story right away. We will most likely achieve 50% of our forecasted sales volumes by March already. I am very confident that we will over exceed the goal this year. Thanks to everyone for their support! Thanks to the Emerging Markets team and Alex Krenczik for the fabulous groundwork and for all your continuous support since Schöck Canada took over the Isokorb®.