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Private Public Partnerships:
for demonstrating sustainable concepts, healthy materials and green products


Jorg Ostrowski has worked on 5 demonstration projects since 1976. Three of them are shown below with about 300 Industry, Government & NGO partners. Where appropriate, some are linked directly to their environmental or home page for further information. For further details on these and other project, please see Portfolio.

1.0 Stampede SunSeed (1979): for Calgary Exhibition & Stampede Board
(with Helen Ostrowski and Michael Kerfoot)
PARTNERS: Petro Canada, IKEA
(interior furniture), Plasti-fab Ltd. (styrofoam insulation), Tremco (Canada) Ltd. (caulking), CPI Canadian Pittsburgh Industries (Div. of PPG), Northern Eau Claire Lumber (lumber), Duro-test Electric Ltd. (fluorescent lights), Fiberglas Canada Ltd., Winroc Gypsum Supplies (Calgary) ltd. (drywall), Bapco Decorating Center (paints), Consolidated Concrete Limited, Weldwood of Canada Sales Limited, Olympia Floor and Wall Tile Company, Donnel Supply Company Limited (windows), LockWood (windows), Nu-West Development Corporation Ltd., Georgia-Pacific (4x8 exterior panels), Cutforth Technologists Limited, E. Hrudko Enterprises Ltd. Consulting Structural Engineers, Westeel-Rusco (steel roofing), Janet Lumber & Trading Co. Ltd., Logger Lumber and Building Supplies Ltd., Lumber King, Redi-Cut Lumber Ltd., Crystalplex Plastics Ltd. (SDP-16 acrylic glazing), Calgary Fresh Air Fireplaces ("zero clearance" fireplace), Porter Tile & Marble (tiles), Actiplast Industries Ltd., Gunnars Garden Centre Ltd.

2.0 The Alberta Sustainable Home/Office
(completed April 1994, with Tony Argento, Orian Low, Helen Ostrowski & Karen Braun)

PARTNERS: The design and construction of this innovative project was made possible through the participation of about 220 local, national and international companies. The Governments of Alberta and Canada were instrumental in this "real world" project. Some of our team members were the following:
A) ENGINEERING: Dr. Robin Basu; Almor Testing Services Ltd., Dave Spencer, Spencer Design Group, Angus Norman, Rae McClay McLean Ltd., Robert Wilson, Dr. Rob Dumont,
Adart Engineering Services Ltd., Campbell Woodall & Associates, David Begin, Loeppky Matthyssen & Associates
B) PRINCIPAL PARTNERS: The Knoll Group, Lenbrook Industries, Marquis Scenic Acres Development Inc., Royal Bank of Canada, Tanks-A-Lot and Willmar Windows
C) PUBLIC AGENCIES: City of Calgary, Canada Mortgage And Housing (Peter Russel, Chris Ives), Corporation, Alberta Labour (Robin Ford), Alberta Municipal Affairs (Terry Toth),
Energy Mines and Resources Canada and the National Research Council
D) INDIVIDUALS: Helen Ostrowski, Joanne Wright, Tony Argento, Orian Low, Valentino Iervella, Braydon Low, Ken Milne, Steven Oystryk, and Eamon Quinn.
E) KINESIOLOGY: Petria Faulkenberg, Therisa LaPierre, Shirley Ribus, Linda Seifert.
F) INDUSTRY: Adanac Tiles Ltd., Advanced Composting Systems, Air Tightness Consultants, Akrilon Industries Inc., Alberta Distillers Ltd., Aqua Decor Ltd., Austin Innovations Inc., Avva Light Corp., Bathtub King Refinishing Ltd., Beaver Plastics Ltd., Big O Inc., Bioscapes Ecological Landworks Inc., Blanco Canada, Bona Kemi USA Inc., Broda Drywall Ltd., Burnco Rock Products Ltd., Calgary Base & Trim, Calgary Metal, Can-Cell Industries Inc., Canedco International Marketing Ltd., CanInsul Ltd., Cellufibre Industries, Chariot Express Ltd., Charlie Major Custom Carpentry, Consolidated Cocrete Ltd., Courtaulds Aerospace & PRC Corporation, Custom Woolen Mills Ltd. , D.A.D. Sales, Defra Glass Blocks, Domtar Gypsum, Dritac Adhesive Group, Dyna-Crete Supply, Ecco Heating Products Ltd., Eecol Electric Ltd., Engineered Air, Environmental Flooring Products Inc., Envirosoft Water Inc. (Brian Ward) (NOT recommended), Envirotherm Ltd., Fantech Inc., Foothills Electric Ltd., Foothills Landscaping, Foothills Locksmiths Ltd., Franklin International, National Concrete Accessories, Gabriels Plumbing and Gas, Green Company, Greenlife Landscaping Ltd., Happy Harry's Recycling, Harris Rebar, Home Air Leakage Testing, Hoyme Manufacturing Inc., Hydro-Coil Inc., Glidden/ICI Paints, Icynene Inc., Innovative Design, Innovative Woodcraft Enterprises Ltd., Insul Pro (Calgary) Ltd., IXL Industries Ltd., Jager Industries Inc., Timber Tech Truss Systems Ltd., Keystone Excavating Ltd., Kenroc Building Materials Ltd., Lafarge Construction Materials, Laycock Marketing, Louisiana Pacific Canada Ltd., Low Voltage Research & Development Ltd., M. Marr Electric Ltd., Nu-Tek Plastics Inc., Masonry Contractors Association of Alberta (Southern Region), McMahon Canada Ltd., Forbo Floors, Nilex Geotechnical Products Inc., Northern Cross Industries, Norwesco Industries Ltd., O-Well Products Ltd., Pace Chem Industries Inc., PJ'S Home Cleaning Services Ltd., P.J. White Hardwoods, Polymer Science Corporation, Pro-Deck, PPG Industries Inc. (Glass Group), Praxair Inc., Quil Stone Products Ltd., Radar's Rental World, Radiant Heater Corp., R &S Enviro Products Ltd., RCR International-Jacobs & Thompson Division, Rockyridge Landscaping, Roxul Inc., Sealand Technology Inc., Shea Foams Ltd., Southwall Corporation, South-way Equipment Rentals, Stabilized Water of Canada Inc. (Brian Ward) (NOT recommended), Stanley Bostitch Division of Stanley Canada, Sto-Cote Products Inc., Storage Works, Solshine Energy Systems Ltd., Radiant Design & Supply, Sunergy, SunPower Inc., Suntek Inc., Supply Install Systems Ltd. (SIS), SWC Eavestroughing, Syncloid Co. of Canada, Tam Industries Manufacturing Ltd., Tanks-a-Lot, Temp-Cast EnviroHeat Ltd., Thermo-Kinetics Co. Ltd., Thermomax, The Cedar Shop, The Stair Shoppe, The SunPipe Company, The Millenium Group Inc., Thermo-Kinetics Co. Ltd., Timberwolf Wood Stoves Inc., Tremco, 3M Canada Inc., TrusWal Systems Canada Ltd., TransAlta Utilities Corporation, Twin Maple Marketing Ltd., Velux-Canada Ltd., Waste Management Calgary, WaterWick Inc., Weather-Bos Inc. and Woodmann Interiors Ltd.

3.0 The Airdrie Environmental Education Centre
(completed February 2002,with Orian Low & Helen ostrowski)
The design and construction of this innovative project was made possible through the generous participation of the Alberta Government. It also demonstrates the products and services from 64 partners in industry, some of which include: ASH-Autonomous & Sustainable Housing Inc., Home Depot, LaFarge Canada, ZyTeck Building Systems, Plasti-Fab, Pedersen Engineering, Conserval Engineering, NuTech Energy Systems, Soleno, Dow Chemical Canada Inc., Solar Services, Tim's ReUsables, National Concrete, LePage/Henkel Canada Corporation, Xpex Chemical Corporation, Soltek Solar Energy Ltd., Wirsbo Canada, Chacare Inc., and Can-Cell Industries.

Note: After 27 years some of these companies are no longer around or have changed names or products.

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Principals: Jorg Ostrowski, M. Arch. (M.I.T.), B. Arch. (Toronto), Helen Ostrowski, B. S. Arch. (U.S.T.)
28 years in "Real World" professional Green Building practice, new & retrofit, 4 residential/commercial Demonstration Projects completed