Posts Tagged ‘Joel Solomon’

VanMag: Joel Solomon – The Unlikely Revolutionary

May 29th, 2009


Vancouver Magazine: The Unlikely Revolutionary
Joel Solomon has put his millions, and those of a powerful circle including Rubbermaid heiress Carol Newell,into a new business-first socialism

Frances Bula
Vancouver Magazine
May 25, 2009

Across from Victory Square, a crowd is celebrating the reopening of the historic Flack Block, a monument to Vancouver’s gold-profiteering past that has been transformed into a home for people who believe in changing the world one socially responsible business at a time. Mayor Gregor Robertson, reading a proclamation honouring the restored building, and several of his councillors are here on the fourth floor. So are a woman with a company that manufactures cloth menstrual pads, a man whose firm delivers organic food to people’s homes, and staff from the collection of like-minded save-the-world enterprises that have decided to bunk at the Flack Block, like Rainforest Solutions Project, IdeaLever, and ForestEthics.

Amid the bustle at what’s now called the Tides Renewal Centre, the man at the centre of the room seems unremarkable. Tall and lanky, with a thin, lined face and rectangular metal glasses, Joel Solomon, 54, is the hypersensitive host preoccupied with making sure that everyone feels good. You wouldn’t guess that this guy in shapeless black jeans, black runners, and a nondescript suit jacket is the force behind this room, this gathering, this restoration. Or that he binds this group, giving them the sense of being part of a grand revolution that will remake Vancouver.


re:place Magazine: Flack Block celebrates its opening with City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Honour, and new innovative tenants

April 6th, 2009


Vancouver urban design magazine, re:place has published a story about the opening of the Flack Block. Below is their story. I encourage you to take a few moments to look at their website – lots of Vancouver history (in ‘5 minute’ segments) and green content as well.

After two years of restoration by The Salient Group, and an intensive period of tenant space renovation by Renewal Partners, the 1898 Flack Block recently celebrated its official re-opening. The Flack Block is the new home to theTides/Renewal Centre, a collection of socially progressive businesses including Renewal PartnersTides CanadaHollyhock Leadership InstituteForest EthicsRainforest Solutions ProjectPenner & Associates sustainable design, and Raised Eyebrow Communications, among others.

Under the leadership and commitment of Renewal Partners, the Tides/Renewal centre office renovation in the Flack Block will achieve a LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors certification from the Canada Green Building Council. This designation is among the first in Canada in a heritage building that will be made available to lease.

You can see the rest of the story here:

Flack Block: Tides Renewal Centre Springs to Life

March 3rd, 2009
Dominion Building and Flack Block


Work on the Flack Block heritage restoration at West Hastings and Cambie Street is almost complete. Joel Solomon of Renewal posted about moving their offices into the Flack Block on their blog. In addition to Renewal, other tenants of the new office space include Tides Canada, Hollyhock Leadership Institute, Penner & Associates, Forest Ethics, Raised Eyebrow, and Rainforest Solutions Project. See more pictures of their office space and some magnificent detail photos of the beautiful stonework on the archway on their Flickr gallery.

Below is an excerpt from Joel’s post:

Tides Renewal Centre Springs to Life
by Joel Solomon on January 26, 2009

The Tides Renewal Centre is springing to life. The exquisite renovation of the Flack Block by Robert Fung and Salient Group stands kitty corner from Victory Square on the Cambie and Hastings adjacent to the Woodward’s redevelopment.

This intersection was once the centre of the City. Victory Square was the original site of the Courthouse – across from it rose the Flack Block in 1898, one of the largest and most elaborate buildings in the city at the time. (Yes, the Dominion Building was a late comer to the ‘hood).  The location alone ensured it would become a local landmark. The Klondike gold rush spurred a building boom in the 1890’s on Hastings Street, as Vancouver was one of the main supply centres for those heading to the gold fields. For decades afterward, Hastings Street remained the central shopping district in Vancouver. (more…)