3DS US Expansion

April 25, 2015
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3DS Steps Up Its US Presence. We’re Closer And That’s Better

OUR REACH HAS BEEN GLOBAL FOR YEARS. 3DS has long developed and installed projects on the continent, off the continent and around the world. But our US business is now outpacing everything else, particularly with Museums, Science Centers and Resort Destinations. To handle this growth, 3DS has opened a US base of operations. Our new American home is in the international design hub of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a good twenty-four-hundred miles nearer the East coast than our Vancouver head office and conveniently central for clients across North America. This is a major improvement on all fronts. It’s better for proximity, better for service, better for logistics, minimizes time zone issues and makes 3DS readily accessible all over the US, especially down the Eastern Seaboard and through the Southern States.

You’ll be dealing with Danny Roger Hill, our US Managing Principal. Danny’s a former Savannah College of Art & Design Professor, with a deep history in exhibit fabrication and design/build for corporate interiors. His experience collaborating with designers and architectural firms makes him a perfect fit with 3DS. Danny speaks the language of the design world and interacts with the exhibitry & museum field as a natural ally. A history of clients like Herman Miller, Mercedes-Benz, Steelcase, Reebok and American Express doesn’t hurt, either.

Danny Roger Hill | Managing Principal USA | 616.706.4359 | dhill@3dservices.com

Telus World of Science – Edmonton

January 21, 2014

National “Best Exhibit” Honours For Edmonton’s 3DS-Built Science Centre Gallery

IT’S AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE TO VISIT AND IT WAS AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE TO BUILD. Telus World of Science – Edmonton was awarded “Best Exhibit, Large Institution”, by the Canadian Association of Science Centres, at their 11th annual Awards Gala. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in science and technology exhibitry. This world-class science centre inspires people of all ages with science and technology.

The winning exhibit is the Syncrude Environment Gallery. 3DS worked with Aldrich Pears Associates, who designed the gallery, and AV content was handled by NGX Interactive. Aldrich Pears came up with interactive exhibits, large and small, from enabling visitors to control mini-tornadoes using only their hands, to manipulating the weather of the entire world, on a massive hanging globe. This is the most complex and exacting science centre 3DS has built and we worked hard to bring it to life. Once everything was fabricated and on site, we were very pleased that it all fit together with remarkable precision – better than even we had expected.

This engrossing exhibit encourages visitors to become scientists themselves and to better understand the role of science in our ongoing environmental debates. The big ideas are made personal through contributions of actual scientists, from right in the local area. Graphics are vibrant, interactive exhibits are thoroughly engaging and opportunities abound for full-body play. The Syncrude Environment Gallery shines as a leader in high-quality, interactive exhibits that provide avenues for both learning and entertainment.

Wallpaper* Magazine Award

January 28, 2013
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An International Award From Wallpaper*, For An Immersive Environment That’s Anything But Wallpaper

“STRIKING”, “INSTANTLY ENGAGING”, “A CROWD-PLEASING PIECE OF CONTROLLED DRAMA”. That’s how Britain’s Wallpaper* Magazine, arbiter of style, design and all things cutting-edge, describes the University of British Columbia’s new Pharmaceutical Sciences Building. This latest in 3DS’ top award-winners received the publication’s “Best Lab” award for 2013. Together with Smart Design Group and NGX Interactive, we created a fully-immersive showcase that’s light-years from the stuffy, traditional halls of academia. Workers and visitors alike move daily through an interactive world of kinetic sculpture and responsive display, all designed to present science in the greater context of its place in mother nature. This important and prestigious award represents the recognition not just of England but of the entire world of design and we’re very proud to be associated with the project like this – one that’s made waves all the way across the ocean.

PHOTO: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes / Hughes Condon Marler Architects

National Association of Home Builders Award

January 23, 2013

River District Experience Centre Wins Gold Award – Best Presentation Centre in North America!

NOT THAT WE DIDN’T LOVE SEEING RIVER DISTRICT WIN THE URBAN DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE’S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE, “BEST OUT OF BOX”. That’s a huge honour and we all wear it proudly. Now, the National Association Of Homebuilders apparently agrees. In their recent annual Las Vegas awards event, ‘The Nationals’, the River District Presentation Centre was given their Gold Award, the show’s highest honour, for ‘Best Presentation Centre’ in all of North America. The Nationals is the largest and most prominent awards event in the industry and represents the greatest achievements in new-home marketing, across the entire continent. River District’s award-winning Discovery Centre distinguished itself as best of the best through its uniquely multifaceted capabilities, functioning as sales center, community center, and a true hub for the increasingly vibrant surrounding area.

Urban Development Institute Award

October 27, 2012

Actually, We’ve Spent Decades Outside The Box.

When the Urban Development Institute hosted its Pacific Region “Awards for Excellence In Urban Development”, 3DS was right there. From over 88 project nominations, one of our most “out of the box” discovery centers took the award for, well, “Best Out Of Box”.

River District is a master-planned community developed by ParkLane Homes and its remarkably innovative sales centre was created, with design partners Braun Allison, to help develop a sense of community, in an area that needed more of it. The centre has become a powerful marketing tool, drawing people to the site and showcasing a now vibrant, growing community. Focal points include a massive interactive site model that uses light projections to highlight aspects of the project, a giant wall map for orientation, screens and projectors for presentations and a lot of the interactive exhibitry technology 3DS is known for. All this connects the River District community to its surrounding neighbourhood.

The UDI Awards reflect judging criteria that include functionality, environmental sustainability, innovation & quality in concept, design & construction, neighbourhood integration, overcoming complex challenges in planning, development and construction, and success in marketing & sales. UDI President and CEO, Anne McMullin said, “For a winning project and its developer, an award of excellence is the highest form of peer-to-peer recognition one can receive in the development industry.”

Retail Council of Canada Community Outreach Award

December 10, 2011

CAYA Retail Store Design Award: Apparently, If We Build It, It Will Win.

One of our favourite recent projects made us even prouder, with a major national award. 3DS built the launch units of the innovative CAYA store, a co-venture of Telus and Black’s Photography. That store has now gone on to top honours, in the category of Best Retail Store Design, beating out a front line of the industry’s heaviest hitters, including Staples, Harry Rosen, The Bay/Zellers and RBC. Designed by our longtime collaborators, Waddell and Conder, the CAYA concept goes well beyond simply being a retail store, with a complex brand structure that’s as much community centre as retail facility.

Based on a joint connection of key lifestyle products, CAYA connects TELUS mobility products, Black’s photography & imaging technology, Optik TV and accessories. As a community hub, the ingenious “flex-space” hosts community events such as book launches, smartphone orientation seminars and even weddings. The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association, representing more than 43,000 stores, in all retail formats. RCC is a powerful advocate for Canadian retailing and works with all levels of government and other stakeholders.

BC Woodworkers’ Association Awards

November 30, 2011

3DS Takes Leading Industry Award For Major Ski Resort Renovation

3DS has taken a top prize at the BC Woodworkers Association Annual Conference. We were presented with the First Prize Gold in Projects For Export, for our dramatic revamp of a beloved California skiing landmark. Continuing our work on other lodges in the same resort, 3DS designed and executed a major renovation of Squaw Valley’s iconic Olympic Base Lodge, originally built for the 1960 Olympics. 3DS fully restored the entire main floor, including the historic “R1”, very first bar in Squaw Valley (hence the name). We gave it a strong mid-century look & feel, yet blended with it a very contemporary sensibility, allowing us to bring the California ski mecca into this century, while still honouring its proud legacy.

Plantscape Industry Alliance Award

September 6, 2011

We Honestly Never Thought We’d Win An International Award For Floral Display. Honestly.

But that’s exactly what’s happened. The Plantscape Industry Alliance Conference in Las Vegas has given 3DS its Award of Excellence. This is an international show and the top award for best floral display on the entire continent. We’ll bet you’re thinking of a nice flower arrangement, in a nice vase. At Grandma’s. This is nothing like that.

In fact, it’s a fully immersive world of Spring flowers – like a discovery center, but completely in bloom, everywhere you look. A Spring promotion for Richmond Centre Mall, the Spring Garden Display, aka “Blossom” allows customers to enter into the brilliance and fragrance of an early Spring, even while skies are February grey, outside. The display has been popular beyond all expectations and has been brought back for a second year.

Developed in conjunction with Joe Fry, acclaimed landscape designer, and master horticulturalist, Andrew Sloss, the 75-foot long Spring Garden Display had everything. Over the course of two months, the display involved 25,000 real plants and flowers, changed weekly, to ensure that all flowers appeared to be continually in bloom. In order to bloom early, they had to be ordered six months ahead and specially greenhouse-grown. The centerpiece is a “Wishing Tree” which, over the period of six weeks, filled up with over ten thousand origami flowers, with people’s wishes written on them.

Britannia Mine Museum

March 8, 2011

National Award Proves It: Life Begins At Forty

The accolades started at the top and got better. Just shy of its Fortieth birthday, the Britannia Mine Museum underwent a 14.7-Million-Dollar metamorphosis, with its key environments built by 3DS. Now, the vast new complex has been given the highest honour by the Canadian Museums Association, with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Facility Development and Design category. It was a unanimous decision on the part of the awards committee, who went even further, to state that “the project was nationally significant and exceeded the current standard of practice”.

3DS has partnered with Designers, D. Jensen & Associates, on a number of projects. That firm has been well-known for decades in Vancouver’s exhibit industry and this has certainly been the highlight of our association with them. Working with Jensen requires an ability to meet exacting standards and to deliver components crafted in concert with a project’s many other players. We created exhibits for the administration building, as well as the design & fabrication of exhibits in the Beaty-Lundin Visitor Centre, the complex’s main facility. “If It’s Not Grown, It Must Be Mined” is the museum’s core message and it resonates throughout the immense new visitors’ complex. The museum has now become a vibrant, internationally recognized destination. “We’re looking to change people’s attitudes” says Project Director, Phil Aldrich.

Vancouver Canucks Hall of Heroes

December 11, 2010

3DS Builds Vancouver Canucks “Hall Of Heroes”. Heroes Approve.

It was a gala event for Vancouver’s hometown hockey team and 3DS built their three greatest players a monument the city will never forget. A stadium capacity crowd of fully-charged Hockey fans cheered the opening of the Vancouver Canucks Hall Of Heroes, December 11th. and its enshrinement of star players Trevor Linden, Stan Smyl and ex-team Captain, Markus Naslund, whose No. 19 jersey ceremoniously joined those of Linden and Smyl that morning in official retirement.

“It’s a really cool display”, Linden told the press. “To see the unique memorabilia that’s displayed here and some of the interactive items, really captures Stan and myself and obviously Markus”. An immense, seven-foot high-definition screen is the exhibit’s centrepiece. This main display is flanked by a series of smaller, fully interactive touchscreen displays, which allow visitors to explore the entire career of each player. Pucks from famous goals, helmets, trophies, equipment – it’s all there, with photos, artifacts and memorabilia dating right back to childhood. Even the X-Ray of Naslund’s broken leg is included.

The overall exhibit was created by Montréal’s Moment Factory, a lighting effects specialty house with clients as diverse as Microsoft, the Pan-Pacific “Sails Of Light” show and Nine Inch Nails. Design of the space itself went to Karo, one of Vancouver’s oldest & largest design firms, who brought the build to 3DS. Together, we were able to showcase numerous actual artifacts in a fully interactive exhibit environment. This included Trevor Linden’s entire locker & changing area – not a re-creation, but the genuine articles, all set up exactly as they were, for visitors to sit in and explore. The very floor itself is an impeccable recreation of an NHL ice rink. In true 3DS style, it’s absolutely indistinguishable, blade marks and all, from the real thing. A second phase of the exhibit is planned, but we can’t talk about that until the official announcement. Stay tuned.

Telus CAYA Store

December 1, 2010

Telephony, Photography & Community, All Together In One Intensely Stylish Retail Package

It’s a visionary move that combines both the strengths and markets of two seemingly unrelated industries. But, as the worlds of telephone communications and photography converge, Telus and Black’s Photography have joined forces to move that convergence to its next stage. The store is “CAYA” – “Come As You Are” – and the concept revolves around an array of products that flow naturally from a meeting of the two fields – products for creating, displaying and sharing personal photos and digital communications. Each company brings its individual expertise to the game and 3DS built the store.

To launch such a venture, CAYA targeted its inaugural location at Vancouver’s vibrant, diverse alternative community. These are the “bleeding-edge” early adopters, the socially & digitally connected, who Get It because they already live it. And these prime digital consumers bring another layer to the concept: being concentrated somewhat outside the mainstream and inside Vancouver’s West End, there is a definite “local community” aspect to this market’s interactions, a point CAYA didn’t miss. The designers, our brilliant friends at Waddell and Conder, made sure the entire store was readily convertible, with rolling display cabinets enabling it to turn instantly into a community event space.

Of course the decor had to match the rest of the customers’ stylish lives. In this slick, savvy space, ceilings soar to twenty feet, over all-designer store fixtures, glowing under rich, dramatic lighting. Spectacular display graphics bring context to everything, for a perfectly contained world. We completed this formidable package in only 4 weeks, start to finish, and went straight into a second location in Vancouver’s Gastown. Telus plans to make CAYA a nationwide chain.

A 3DS Creation, Installed by the Queen herself

July 3, 2010

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II Unveils 3DS-Built Time Capsule In Historic Winnipeg Airport Ceremony

ORDINARILY, WE DON’T GO IN FOR CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENTS but, sometimes, you just have to make an exception. Demanding a level of quality and craft befitting no less than a Royal visit, this is exactly the kind of challenging, complex project 3DS has spent years becoming famous for – an unusual, one-off creation that not only had to be both dazzlingly beautiful and thoroughly official, but will also have to look brand new after fifty years in a sealed compartment. 3DS was simply the only company that could make this.

On July 3rd, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and husband, the Duke Of Edinburgh, became the first passengers to arrive at the Winnipeg Airport’s new terminal, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2010. Accompanied by Canada’s Lieutenant Governor, Philip Lee, Her Majesty dedicated the terminal and signed a letter to the future youth of Manitoba. Along with a hand-blown glass rose, which the Queen had brought with her, the letter was deposited into a sealed, gold-plated tube, which was inserted into an intricately designed time capsule, to be reopened in 2060.

Everything had to be realized with Swiss-watch precision and rock solid durability and 3DS delivered on all accounts. Designed by Stantec Engineering, this proved to be an incredibly complex fabrication challenge. The Time Capsule itself, a 2 foot cylinder of solid glass, encloses the exquisitely delicate hand-blown Queen’s Rose securely within an impenetrable stainless steel housing bearing a dramatic, laser-etched Royal Crest. This is in turn built into a cutaway in one of the terminal’s columns, with the entire assemblage measuring 5 feet high. The Time Capsule fabrication was a formidable challenge, but you could say we rose to the occasion. Pun intended, of course.

3DS Makes the Top Ten Twice – SkiingMag.com

March 18, 2010

“To Call These Places Cafeterias Simply Doesn’t Do Them Justice”

WHAT FABRICATION COMPANY wouldn’t want to see a project of theirs in Skiing Mag.com’s “Ten Best Ski-Resort Cafeterias”? Exactly. So, imagine how great it was for 3DS to learn that our projects had landed not one, but two spots in that Top Ten. The magazine’s emissaries ate at ski areas all over North America and selected the 10 best on-mountain restaurants in the ski industry. Two were 3DS projects.

First up is Colorado’s Moffat Market, in the Number Four slot. It’s named after the famous Moffat Tunnel, which has its West end right at the Winter Park Ski Resort. We have a soft spot for Moffat Market. It’s one of our earlier ski resort food courts and was one of our more conceptually ambitious undertakings, offering nothing short of a culinary railroad tour of the continental USA, all in the space of a single lunch stop. We had fun with it, as well as with the “Derailer Bar”, at the building’s other end, and Skiing Mag.com described themselves as “blown away”. Of course they’re talking mainly about the food, but we like to think the surroundings had something to do with the experience.

Next is The Canyons’ Red Pine Lodge, in Park City, Utah, at Number Seven. This is the one that was straining at the seams in a too-small, too-busy space and needed serious reorganizing. Our servery facelift brought things nicely into line and the facility now comfortably accommodates hundreds of hungry skiers, every day.

We feel privileged to keep company like this and it’s really brought home when Skiing Mag.com writes, “to call these places cafeterias simply doesn’t do them justice”. Naturally, our collective hat’s off to the Snow Park Restaurant in Deer Valley for taking the Number One position. And we’ve made a note to call them.

U.N “Olympic Truce Wall”

February 10, 2010

A PERMANENT United Nations monument was unveiled by Canadian Governor-General, Michaelle Jean, and 3DS is proud to have been its fabricator. The “Olympic Truce Wall”, a symbol of peace and fair play at all Olympic Games, was created by acclaimed First Nations Artist, Corrinne Hunt, who also designed the official Olympic medals.

3DS made and installed the entire monument. Hunt’s dramatic, highly contemporary designs for the wall are derived from her Olympic medal designs, which were previously unavailable to collectors. The graphics themselves are laser-etched onto precisely interlocking stainless steel panels which are in turn layered onto towering concrete slabs. Three monuments in total were made: two identical pieces will reside permanently at the Olympic Athletes’ Village in Vancouver and at Whistler Village. The third, a smaller alternative version, will remain on permanent display at the UN Building in New York. It was unveiled by the Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon in October, 2010.

Photo by Jenelle Schneider / PNG

Coast Salish Grand Piano

January 29, 2010
Coast Salish Piano

A Classic Steinway And Classic First Nations Art: 3DS Know-How Is The Link

3DS IS PART OF another historic first. A white Steinway Concert Grand Piano, the first ever to be transformed with Coast Salish artwork, is on exhibit during Vancouver’s hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Created by First Nations Artist, Jody Broomfield, the striking design involves Native imagery from deep in the Coast Salish tradition: the piano is painted with crests of thunderbird, salmon, ocean and human ancestors. Working largely behind the scenes, as a key part of the Artist’s process, 3DS was instrumental in creating the masterwork.

“We helped the Artist actualize it – to actually get his design onto the piano”, says Ross Ireland of 3DS. Far from being simply a matter of painting by hand on a flat surface, this was very much a precision job. “It was no small task. The level of craft had to be flawless, all the way through, since we only had one chance to get it right. Our paint masks were precision-cut by computer and had to meticulously follow Jody’s designs”.

The result is a genuine work of Art that is completely unique. The $500,000 piano was unveiled at the Chief Joe Mathias Recreation Centre, on the Squamish Nation Reserve in North Vancouver, BC. It will be sold after the 2010 Olympics, with partial proceeds going to the BC Lions Society For Children With Disabilities. Broomfield, who also created the Four Host First Nations Crest for the 2010 Olympics and has designed coins for the Royal Canadian Mint, said of the finished piano, “It has its own life and spirit, now”.

Photo by Ian Lindsay / PNG

Cutting Edge Display Tech, Built by 3DS

January 26, 2010

State Of The Art Tech Lets This Award-Winning Video Wall Respond To Your Movements

3DS HAS BUILT one of the world’s largest interactive video walls. A key feature of Robson Square’s 2010 Commerce Centre, this 100-foot long Interactive digital corridor in the centre’s BC Showcase welcomes visitors from across the globe during Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

3DS was uniquely suited to build and install this interactive exhibit. The installation was designed by Switch Interactive and the project was a team effort of Lower Mainland companies. Switch Creative Director, Catherine Winckler says this is “It’s rare to be given the opportunity to work on an interactive installation of this scope and size”.

The BC Showcase covers 2,500 square feet of space and features BC wood, from floor to ceiling. The Interactive digital wall presents 17 animated stories, with motion effects that respond to viewers’ actions, which are continuously tracked by 45 overhead infrared sensors. Small Business Minister, Iain Black explains the project’s purpose in a nutshell: “It’s designed to show off our province to the world. This is going to make a huge impression on our Olympic guests – it’s one of the world’s largest interactive walls”.

Photo by Ian Smith / PNG

3DS Moves & Expands

September 25, 2009

3DS HAS MOVED. For years, our work has been steadily growing bigger and more exciting, while our original premises barely grew at all. We’ve been producing world-class exhibitry and interiors, all while straining at the seams in our old place. Now, we’ve made the jump to the next level.

And it’s a great level: now in our own standalone building, we’ve effectively tripled the size of our operation, going from 7,000 to 18,000 sq. ft. We now have two full floors of offices, with Design & CAD on one and corporate on the other. We’re setting up, settling in and operating at full speed, all at the same time, and the biggest adjustment for everyone is getting used to a comfortable amount of elbow room.

But it’s our new shop that’s the real quantum leap. As big as a hockey rink, this facility was made to order for 3DS. Having everything on one level gives our production flow a major boost. We can accommodate fabrication of virtually any size in working comfort and efficiency. And when the job is done, we can drive a semi-truck right into the building, to load & ship.

We have clients all over the world but, if any of you want to stop by, we’ll proudly give you the tour.

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