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#1021 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 07:06 AM

A few weeks ago, I had a bit of a wait for a bus, so I thought I'd take a look-see at the Atrium parkade, I had never been down there, I just thought I'd take a look at how it worked.   I walked in and started looking around.

 

Holy moly, security was on me real quick, great work.   :cop:


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#1022 Rob Randall

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 07:17 AM

You didn't feel the need to pull a "Do you even KNOW who I am?"

I'm guessing security has been stepped up recently?

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#1023 Nparker

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 07:51 AM

You didn't feel the need to pull a "Do you even KNOW who I am?"...

That might be the reason that security stopped him in the first place.


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#1024 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 08:07 AM

You didn't feel the need to pull a "Do you even KNOW who I am?"

 

I hit my personal panic button and the Citified Sonic arrived in 4 minutes with lights and sirens (Code 2.2.45) and so it all got worked out


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#1025 Mike K.

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 08:23 AM

So that's where it went. I thought it had been stolen.


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#1026 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 08:31 AM

So that's where it went. I thought it had been stolen.

 

No, I converted it to driver-less, I thought I told you.  I was so shaken up by the incident I skipped the bus and the Sonic drove me home too.


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#1027 Mike K.

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 08:49 AM

And that explains the empty gas tank.


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#1028 johnk

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 09:37 AM

You didn't feel the need to pull a "Do you even KNOW who I am?"
I'm guessing security has been stepped up recently?

Proper reply would be to call a supervisor and report someone wandering around who does not know who he is.

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 10:20 AM

CBSA has an office in the atrium complete with detainee lockup area (from what I've been told). I am guessing CBSA is the main reason for the high level of security.
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Posted 16 September 2016 - 10:44 AM

CBSA has an office in the atrium complete with detainee lockup area (from what I've been told). I am guessing CBSA is the main reason for the high level of security.

That is one reason, along with the BCF Operations center. Not even their IT people have access to that room. BCF are high visibility and potentially high priority terrorist targets. Security taken very seriously there. I got a peek at the time only because my ex-IT group were the first tenants in the building when it opened and BCF hadn't yet moved in.

 

As an aside I do have to say BTW the office the President for BCF - David Hahn at the time - is nice. Like.....really nice, lol.


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#1031 laconic

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 10:53 AM

I worked for a large oil company in Calgary in the 80's. We had a very large computer floor and mainframe operating 24/7. One evening the shift supervisor found a man wandering around on the computer floor. She escorted him out the door. Later that evening someone told her it was the company president, so she was very worried about her job.

 

The next day her boss got a nice email from the president. He was impressed that an employee had done the right thing, regardless of who he was.



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 01:40 PM

As usual, problems with a water feature.  What's new.  Building envelope engineers spend so much time trying to keep water out of buildings, keep it from pooling or aggregating.  Then some loony architect or developer invites it in as a "feature".     :badpc:

 

 

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#1033 jonny

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 01:50 PM

That water feature was weak anyway. It was literally a puddle with no fountain or anything.

 

The Atrium seems to have some new rusty looking planters outside. Perhaps the are this fancy new Cor Tech stuff we've been hearing about? So trendy.

 

Also, the Atrium/Jawl is setting up some sort of bicycle sharing/co-op. I bet the new Pandora and legislature buildings will be linked up as well. 



#1034 nagel

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 02:10 PM

know where I can find details on that bike sharing scheme?


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#1035 JanionGuy

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 02:16 PM

know where I can find details on that bike sharing scheme?

 

 

Me too.  I'd like to see one in JanionTown, once the plaza is completed.



#1036 Nparker

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 03:03 PM

As usual, problems with a water feature....

If much older buildings can have large swimming pools that can last with for years with minimal issues, it's not beyond the skills of modern engineers to design a small water feature that doesn't leak.



#1037 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 03:17 PM

If much older buildings can have large swimming pools that can last with for years with minimal issues, it's not beyond the skills of modern engineers to design a small water feature that doesn't leak.

 

I think older buildings do not have parking garages underneath them.  Leaking water just goes into the ground water.  Atrium presents more problems when your car is getting rained on.


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 03:28 PM

That water feature was weak anyway. It was literally a puddle with no fountain or anything.

 

The Atrium seems to have some new rusty looking planters outside. Perhaps the are this fancy new Cor Tech stuff we've been hearing about? So trendy.

 

Also, the Atrium/Jawl is setting up some sort of bicycle sharing/co-op. I bet the new Pandora and legislature buildings will be linked up as well. 

 

That is what that dock-locking thing outside of Cook Culture was. Interesting.



#1039 Nparker

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 03:30 PM

I think older buildings do not have parking garages underneath them...

Oh for sure, but as I said, it really shouldn't be rocket science to engineer a small leak-free water feature.



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 03:34 PM

know where I can find details on that bike sharing scheme?

 

I saw a couple of the bikes. They look like the Bixi's in Montreal or the Mobi's in Vancouver. They'll have fancy docking stations like those services as well. They have started to install some of the racks around the Atrium.



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