Kelowna, B.C., city council has approved Water Street by the Park, a three-tower development that includes 650 homes, 4181 m2 (45,000 sf) of retail and restaurant space, and what will be the tallest tower in B.C.’s Interior, standing at 133 m (442 ft) once completed.
For public projects, as for other types of buildings, new engineered mass timber products, supported by recent legislation, make wood an economic and functional choice in both rural and urban areas. Two recent B.C. projects illustrate this point.
When it comes to energy-saving policies, British Columbia is first, Saskatchewan is last, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I) is most improved, and the federal government needs to help all provinces ramp up to meet national goals, according to the second annual Scorecard of provincial energy efficiency policies by Efficiency Canada.
Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility, a nonprofit charity in Vancouver, has achieved the highest national accessibility rating to date under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program. With a score of 96 out of 100 points (96 per cent), the ‘RHF Accessibility Certified Gold’ rated building has set the Canadian benchmark for meaningful accessibility in the built environment.
GBL Architects have unveiled designs for Archetype, a mixed-use development in Vancouver’s newly revitalized False Creek Flats neighbourhood. The development is centrally positioned within an emerging and dynamic district that caters to the city’s innovation economy. Archetype serves as an innovative precedent for a mixed-use residential, commercial, and light industrial integrated urban development.
The Wedge, a new residential tower in downtown Victoria, B.C., has commenced construction. The $50-million development seeks to deliver artful, award-winning architecture, tailor-made for its location. The Wedge was inspired by the natural beauty of Vancouver Island.
Ryder Architecture has received unanimous approval from the Vancouver city council for their Passive House affordable housing development in Vancouver for the non-profit organization Brightside Community Homes Foundation. The development’s design is in response to the foundation’s ideals, namely the mandate to build and foster resilient communities for those who struggle to meet the demands of market housing.