New practice’s roots deepen in Saskatchewan
Team looks forward to growing and moving into new space
The seeds of a new practice that supports communities teeming with energy and vibrancy are becoming more deeply entrenched, as Urban Systems in Saskatchewan sets up permanent office roots.
The Saskatchewan team, which is also poised to grow, has just moved into a space at the 100+ year old Avenue Building at #204 – 220 Third Ave. South in Saskatoon. This location in the heart of the city’s downtown core exemplifies the social, economic and environmental values that Urban Systems seeks with all of its office locations. Established as a department store in 1912, the building tenant profile has evolved to include a variety of professional service providers.
“We want to promote life in the downtown core and all the benefits that come along with that,” says Clayton Drewlo, who leads the Saskatchewan practice.
The downtown transit terminal, Meewasin Valley Trail, hotels for colleagues and clients, and city hall are all within two blocks of the team’s new home, supporting the active and sustainable living and work opportunities that team members seek. They also want to be part of flourishing downtown centres.
“We expect this (desire to be in an energized and liveable downtown core) will be even more important to our next generation of professionals, so we’re happy and excited to be investors in that regard,” Clayton says. “It’s encouraging to see how the new office location has already had such a positive impact on our daily routines. Commutes now include walking/cycling to work or taking transit and some frequent the local gym over the lunch hour.”
As the team looks forward to celebrating their new home base with a social gathering planned for September, they are continuing to develop and grow the practice in Saskatchewan.
Engineer Vince LaHaye will be relocating from Urban’s Calgary branch, coming home to Saskatchewan to work with Clayton and planners Tonii Lerat, Danny Gray and summer planning student Vanessa Wellsch, all of whom are originally from the province as well.
Vincent has said previously that he looks forward to working with communities that he grew up in and around, as the province embraces prosperity and growth.