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City of Coquitlam project announcement

For the past 2 years, Challen and I have been working with the City of Coquitlam on a substantial project encompassing the Evergreen Line along North Road and Clarke Road. This enhancement project includes the installation of a number of iconic gateway lighting features. To date, we have been commissioned to manufacture and install the North Star Gateway Feature, Clarke Road Gateway Feature and illuminated Street Markers. But wait … there’s more to come!

Read the City of Coquitlam announcement here.


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Happy New Year from State of the Art Concepts

Challen and I would like to thank everyone who commissioned our services this past year. Since relocating to Vancouver Island we have been extremely busy whether it be new or existing business, subcontract work or the launch of our new doghouse line. We look forward to continued relationships with all of you and wish you all ongoing success in 2015!!!

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Pet-A-Palooza 2014

Pet-A-Palooza 2014Where all the COOL dogs go !!!

Hound Asleep Custom K9 Shelters is excited to announce that we will be the Presenting Sponsor at the Pet-A-Palooza Festival 2014. This is a yearly FREE pet-friendly festival hosted by the JLA Society on Vancouver Island and in the City of Vancouver.

We encourage you to come and visit us during these paw-sitively fun filled days. The Vancouver Island festival will be held at Ogden Point, Victoria, BC on August 9th & 10th, 2014 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The City of Vancouver festival will be held at Coopers Park, Yaletown, Vancouver, BC on August 24th, 2014 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Newly custom-designed dog houses will be ready for preview, purchase or placement of a special order.

Every dog deserves a “home”.

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Tape Measure Dog House at the Baeumler Family Foundation Gala

Recently, Hound Asleep Custom K9 Shelters donated a Tape Measure Dog House to the Baeumler Family Foundation Gala as an auction item. Our hopes were that the dog house would generate a sizable contribution and enjoyment for the prospective bidder and their canine family member. The host of HGTV’s DIY Network – Million Dollar Contractor Steven Fanuka was one of the celebrities at this charitable event.

Tape Measure Doghouse Tape Measure Doghouse

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Coming to see us at the Vancouver Island Pet Expo?

Buy one regular priced admission and bring a friend for free when you present this coupon. The Vancouver Island Pet Expo is May 24 & 25, 2014, at the Pearkes Recreation Centre (behind Tillicum Mall). Normal admission is $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and children. First 100 people at the door receive a special gift bag!
2 for 1 Hound Asleep Coupons

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The Baeumler Family Foundation’s 2nd Gala

SOTAC was honored to have been approached by Brian Baeumler of HGTV to donate an item to their 1st Baeumler Family Foundation (BFF) Gala. We are once again excited to announce that we will be donating an item to this charitable cause. The BFF 2nd Gala will be held at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto on May 22, 2014. Our hopes are that the donation will generate a sizable contribution for the BFF and enjoyment for the prospective bidder. We will announce what our donation was along with photos when the event has concluded.

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Announcing Hound Asleep Custom K9 Shelters

Hound Asleep Custom K9 Shelters welcomes everyone to come and visit us at the Vancouver Island Pet Expo at Pearkes Recreation Centre in Victoria, BC on Saturday May 24th 2014 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm & Sunday May 25th 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We are excited to launch our custom K9 shelters. The Pet Expo display shelters will be available for sale or consult with us to create a tailor-made special order for your canine family member.

We are looking forward to the weekend event and meeting all of the pet lovers.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE … If you purchase a display shelter or place a special order with us during the Expo you may be eligible to win your Hound Asleep Custom K9 Shelter for FREE !!! Please visit us at the Expo for more details.

“Love me, love my dog”.

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SOTAC moving to new workshop on Vancouver Island

To our valued Business Associates, Customers, and Vendors,

State of the Art Concepts Ltd. is moving effective November 15, 2013. We are not leaving B.C., just relocating to the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. We plan to carry on business as usual with a new state of the art workshop. Challen and I are committed to ongoing business relations, comprehensive service and quality products. The only difference being that we’ll be a short ferry ride away.

In other news…

We are excited to announce the launch of our new custom-designed dog house line called “Hound Asleep – Custom K9 Shelters” (a division of State of the Art Concepts Ltd.) This product line will be available soon via our online website at

Our new contact information for both companies are as follows:

State of the Art Concepts Ltd. and/or Hound Asleep Custom K9 Shelters
5959 Clements Road
Cowichan Valley, B.C. V9L 6J8

Tel: +1.778.455.4484
Fax: +1.778.455.4485
Toll Free: +1.855.547.5441

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The Artful Dodger Pub

SOTAC was commissioned by The Artful Dodger Pub to design, manufacture and install a pylon sign that complemented their establishment and encompassed the surrounding horse community. The 26 foot pylon sign included a 3D whiskey barrel and a 2D horse that was hand-sculpted using high density foam, hard coated with a polyurethane coating, airbrushed with industrial enamels and then clear coated.  The Artful Dodger Pub’s name was backlit and illuminated by using push-through letters.  The additional signage included a Liquor Store sign which was also backlit with a high-end LED message center below.  The message center is a key advertising tool for the Pub and Liquor Store as they announce sales and events.

For many years, the Pub has welcomed patrons and their beloved means of transportation … horses.  The Pub does not only provide great eats and thirst quenching drinks but they also provide a secured paddock which allows patrons to gallop over, whet their whistle, all while the horses relax in the corral.  Not to mention, horses and patrons are allowed to trot through the liquor store drive-thru window before heading west towards the sunset.  Yee Haw!!!

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