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Why Auspod Design

We pride ourselves on building long lasting relationships with our Clients and the team members with whom we associate. We understand that our reputation is our greatest asset. Every job must be accomplished with the highest level of skill, integrity and service to retain the respect and support of those who affect our success. As a result, with over 20 years of business experience, our Clients provide our strongest endorsements.

Auspod Design has continuously sought a balance between the art of design and the business of project co-ordination and has developed a reputation for reliability in all facets of Interior Design from Planning and Design concepts through Construction Documentation, FF&E specification and Project Management. We have an integrated approach to project management and understand the counter-dependency each aspect of a project has on another. Our staff are well versed in project deliverables, construction detailing and contract administration.

A Principal will oversee the development of the design direction of the overall project and will be the prime contact throughout the entire design process. The team is comfortable with the organization outlined and understands the importance of using methods of teaming to control cost.

The Project Designer is responsible for ensuring that the program and design intent guides the project and that these carry forward through all project phases. They will work closely with the Project Team to assure that the design is implemented within the project cost parameters.

On any project, our basic goals are to develop complete, high quality deliverables on time and within budget. To achieve these goals the operational context of work remains the critical aspect of each project’s effort. The Project Designer / Manager is the first line of assurance and remains in continual contact with the office and the field with technical support personnel. This person has first-hand observation capability and is aware of field performance and report writing efforts of personnel supporting the project.

Our team’s organization and systematic management assures delivery of the highest standard of services. Quality control and consistency are monitored through senior staff who review work at key stages in the design process. Clear communication, coordination and prompt decision-making are important to project success. We propose that systematic coordination involving regular meetings or conference calls with our Clients be implemented from the outset. Such meetings facilitate identification of issues, decision-making, and presentation of recommendations.

We utilize AutoCAD as the main drawing tool supplemented by 3-D rendering tools. The Microsoft Office Suite is utilized for Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Project for scheduling. We establish a secure project folder on our FTP site for exchange of drawings to all team members and the Client on a timely basis. Daily communications are coordinated via telephone, email and conference calls. As well, video conferencing is available in-house.

Sam Maxted, Principal

MBA, BID, Design Lead

The majority of Sam’s career has been in the hospitality industry. Her creative talents, along with her business acumen allow her to drill down on solutions that enhance both the guests’ experience and meet the business objectives of a property. She has “hands-on” experience in programming and master planning through to project completion, implementing strategic operational changes to enhance the functionality, operational and aesthetic requirements. On projects such as the Hyatt Regency Vancouver and Hotel Indigo Scottsdale Arizona her strong communication and interpretive skills have assisted the project teams in developing a signature property.

Edith Wormsbecker, Principal

BID, RID, Design Lead

As the Principle-in-Charge of Auspod Design Vancouver. Edith is the Design Lead for hospitality projects. She has worked closely with the Client and the Design Team on the conceptual design of such projects as the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Hyatt Rosemont Chicago and Fortune Plaza in Beijing. As well, she has “hands-on” experience in the assessment of facilities / operational requirements, space allocation, and fixturing. Having worked closely with architects for the majority of her career, her knowledge of the interface of base building architecture and the interior fit-out has allowed for creative solutions to be developed to enhance both the structure and the interiors.

Dale Kosowan, Senior Project Director

BID, FF&E Resource

Dale will be working closely with the Design Lead as the implementer of the design concepts and manage in-house resources. Dale’s experience working with various brand hotel chains has given him a thorough understanding of standards, fixturing and furnishings. He has the ability to work closely with the Client, as well as the supplier to make sure the project comes in on time and on budget.