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Those of you familiar with us here at Applied Colour know that our company is built on the strength of our relationships. To that end, and given the new, social media / electronic era that we are immersed in, we wanted to continue developing relationships through a Quarterly Newsletter.  But this won’t be your typical corporate newsletter - it will, instead, offer a few peeks behind the curtain, so to speak - a couple of tidbits in every issue that show a different side of Applied Colour.  We hope you like it and share it with your friends and family and, as always, your feedback is greatly appreciated. 
We love what we do and it shows!  
The best part of our job is when we get called upon to be a part of fun and interesting things in the community.  This picture is of a school playground remodel project.  They wanted a huge game of snakes and ladders painted in the play area for the kids to enjoy during recesses. We loved that it was outside the box and so much fun to do! Follow the link below to see pictures of the complete project.
Cyclic freezing and thawing is a commonly encountered mechanism of deterioration for exposed building materials such as masonry or concrete.
5 Winter Challenges Buildings face
Each year winter brings freezing temperatures, snow and ice to many parts of the country. We respond by grabbing our coats, gloves, and snow shovels. As much as we are aware of how the changing weather affects our daily activities, we must also remember the impact severe weather has on the built world.
For building owners and maintenance professionals, winter often brings many unique challenges not experienced during warmer months. Here are five common winter challenges to consider while servicing your building or structure this winter
  • Condensation
  • Snow Accumulation
  • Freeze-thaw cycles
  • Corrosion and
  • Ice Damming
To find out more click here to continue reading www.durabilitydesign.com
What we're reading.... 
Turn the Ship Around by L. David Marquet
 
This suggestion from Lonny Vanderheide at Oxford Properties is a wonderful read and gaining an understanding of moving from the traditional Leader-Follower to a Leader-Leader model is a great shift. Seeing it done in the US Navy is even more impressive.  Here’s a summary...
 
"Leadership should mean giving control rather than taking control and creating leaders rather than forging followers." David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. As newly appointed captain of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, he was responsible for more than a hundred sailors, deep in the sea. In this high-stress environment, where there is no margin for error, it was crucial his men did their job and did it well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention in the fleet. Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. When he asked why the order wasn't challenged, the answer was "Because you told me to." Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. That's when Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Turn the Ship Around! is the true story of how the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet by challenging the U.S. Navy's traditional leader-follower approach. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control. Before long, each member of Marquet's crew became a leader and assumed responsibility for everything he did, from clerical tasks to crucial combat decisions. The crew became fully engaged, contributing their full intellectual capacity every day, and the Santa Fe started winning awards and promoting a highly disproportionate number of officers to submarine command. No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet's radical guidelines to turn your own ship around. The payoff: a workplace where everyone around you is taking responsibility for their actions, where people are healthier and happier, where everyone is a leader.
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The Applied Team
 
Operations Manager
Daryn Kemp  
Sales & Business 
Development
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Friends of Applied
 
We work with so many different businesses and hear about so many wonderful Edmonton success stories that it only seems fitting to share some of these stories with you.
 
Desco Coatings is an Edmonton based privately held corporation that was founded in 1956 by brothers Nestor and Orest Samycia.  In the early 1990s as Nestor and Orest reached retirement age, Nestor’s sons Daryl and Chris, along with son-in-law Michael, became owners as they continued the tradition of being a family run business. Also at Desco is Nestor’s daughter, Terri, wife to Michael, and their two sons; meaning that Desco will continue true to company values for another generation. Working along side local companies like Desco allow us to learn from their wisdom and to look to them as an example of what true success in Edmonton and area looks like.
Thank you Desco, for your continued friendship!  www.descoalberta.com
 
Solution 105 has been making sense of energy in Edmonton and beyond for over 16 years.  They are committed to simplifying the utility industry for their clients, to ensure that all expenses are optimized. What makes sense for your bottom line also makes sense for the environment, and they take pride in the fact that their initiatives successfully reduce their clients’ utility cost, and environmental impact. Give them your energy portfolio and they'll turn you into responsible stewards of resources, building your reputation and reducing your footprint. Solution 105’ers live, eat and breathe their company values, one of which is giving back. (That's one of our values too... they say birds of a feather!) At Solution 105 they love to do their part. Volunteering bonds them together as a team as well as binding them to the wider community, building a better society and brighter future for all. We're grateful and proud to call Solution 105 our friend in the Edmonton business community and more.  To learn more about Solution 105 and their initiatives visit www.solution105.com 
The downtown landscape is changing! 
It feels as if the entire city has been talking about this arena for what seems like forever.  But this year we'll actually start to see some of the end results.  The following are five
ICE District features opening in 2016: 

 
1) Rogers Place
2) Community Rink
3) Grand Villa Edmonton Casino
4) Edmonton Tower
5) The Winter Garden

We're looking forward to taking in some of the amazing action in the new ICE District!  Hope to see you there.
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