You Win Some and You Lose Some

Well, you just cant win them all. We received word yesterday that we lost the bid that I wrote about in my last blog post. It was months of preparations, tweaks and changes and an incredible learning experience for me.

Submitting a bid for large commercial projects will always run a risk of not winning the job and when that happens we need to stop for  moment and take stock of what is really important. It would be very easy to wallow in self-pity or play the victim card. With any creative project, you put your all into your work and once you put it out there, you have to leave it out there. I think that is the hardest part of it all. At the end of the day, be proud of the work presented, know you brought your best to the table and hope for a better outcome the next time around.

You can never please everyone so start with yourself and never beat yourself up over something that is out of your control.

And its on to the next one…

(if you just started singing Swizz Beats you just won some major points in my book)


Where I’ve been…


A few weeks back, I made a commitment to blog, and to do so regularly during my work week. While I may have already slagged on that last part of the commitment, I have a fantastic excuse! I completed a MAJOR presentation a little over a week ago for a full refurbishment of a 12 storey condominium in downtown Kingston. The scope of work surrounding this project is the largest I have ever tackled and the preparation for the final presentation took a lot of time and energy. I am ever grateful that I work with/for an experienced designer and business man who has been able to assist me through this entire process. With voting now open to the owners, I have nothing left to do but wait for the results…. this may just drive me batty!

Let me share with you, my concept;


The corridors: new carpet from the second floor up to and including the 12th. Remove existing wallpaper and wall sconces, paint all doors and trim.  The colour concept needed to flow with the Lobby that was renovated a couple of years ago so I pulled the choices directly from the existing furniture fabric. The new sconces will double the light output in the corridors without doubling electricity costs. The corridors are 6ft wide and there is not a lot of room for artwork so we will update the directional signage at the elevators while adding some black and white photography of local landmarks – a different one for each floor. The directional signage is mounted on aluminum which transports the viewer inside the photograph in a way that can only be accomplished with this mounting process.


The changerooms off of the Gym and Multi-purpose rooms also need a face lift. For budgetary restraints we choose a durable vinyl floor with a floating laminate countertop. New plumbing and light fixtures throughout will update the space and make the rooms more efficient with low-flow toilets and urinals. The Gym and Multi-purpose rooms will have a carpet tile border with proper rubber flooring for the equipment in the centre of the rooms. The same carpet tile will also be used in the Library and will use a 1/4 turn installation for added interest. 

So what do you think? Would you vote for this concept?