Climate change poses challenges for building professionals tasked with the job of protecting structures from water damage. By becoming a part of the concrete, crystalline admixtures remove the need for a waterproofing membrane.
The 2015 edition of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) permits mixed-type occupancies on the first two storeys of wood buildings. Two facilities in British Columbia, both with primary retail occupancies, employ several mass wood products to achieve very different effects.
Three years ago, the British Columbia government said it would require all new buildings to meet a net-zero, energy-ready performance by 2032, the highest level of performance achievable today. To deliver on that goal, it kicked off the development of a regulation that is now steadily transforming communities across the province.
An article in our newest e-book explores the variety of creative solutions the TACC design team employed to achieve resiliency and ensure the facility remains operational during natural disasters. It appears along with two other articles on institutional architecture in “Designing MUSH Facilities,” a free, downloadable resource.
The Xiqu Centre by Revery Architecture and Ronald Lu & Partners, and the Polygon Gallery by Patkau Architects received the ‘Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture – Medal’ by the Architectural Foundation of British Columbia (AFBC). This award recognizes excellence in completed architectural projects led or designed by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) members.
At 52 storeys, 3 Civic Plaza is the third tallest building in British Columbia, and an anchor to the fastest growing metro centre in the province. It houses a luxury hotel, an urban campus for Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a rooftop garden, and 348 residential condominium units, all accessed by an expansive central lobby linking the building’s many uses.
The Ferris Elementary School in Richmond, B.C. is the winner of the annual Greenest School in Canada competition, conducted by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools.