Cornerstone has been in operation since 1974 and is one of the pioneers in Facilities Programming and Consultation. The firm has maintained a commitment to continually advancing the effectiveness of our planning framework and the quality of our services.We also decided, early on in our history, to work with many different types of organizations in a variety of contexts, rather than specializing in planning for one type of organization. This has given us a breadth of experience that includes virtually every sector of the community and every level of government.
While this approach may not be as lucrative as only undertaking studies for one kind of organization, we placed more value on continually gaining new insights from different contexts that fosters innovation and keeps us ahead of the curve. As we head into our fifth decade, our approach has proven to be resilient and we are incorporating new insights into our strategic planning and feasibility studies.
The Cornerstone Model
For many years we have used a conceptual model developed from general systems and decision-making theories. This proprietary model has enhanced our ability to focus on gathering relevant information in an efficient manner and articulating the important questions to be discussed.
The model focuses on resources as an interconnected system, and on activities as the driver of space.
The mandate of an organization determines its goals and objectives, the services it provides, and the activities it undertakes. Cornerstone’s model posits that every organization works to achieve its mandate with five resources – Human, Facilities, Equipment, Information, and Financial. Some organizations such as galleries, museums, and libraries have a sixth resource – Collections. These are interdependent in the sense that a change in one affects the others. Cornerstone specialises in Facilities planning by considering the impact of all other resources. This model gives us a holistic, robust view of possible futures, allowing us to define the facility that will best support an organization’s changing needs into an unknown future.
Cornerstone specializes in strategic planning for public sector organizations; in particular, the infrastructure and organizational requirements that support them. Cornerstone has designed and carried out over 1,000 projects in support of a wide range of high-profile planning initiatives for the public and private sector organizations throughout Western Canada.
Our projects span sectors, from health to education, communities to operations, justice to fire halls. We service partners in government, indigenous communities, and the private sector. As our projects typically have long range timelines of 20+ years, our commitment is to provide our clients with the tools needed to make informed decisions about resource requirements to meet their mandates in an ever-changing environment.