Teck Acute Care Centre
BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital
With: AFFINITY P3 (ZGF & HDR-CEI Architects; Balfour Beatty; Ledcor and Black & McDonald)
Landscape Contractor: Houston Landscapes, UCC Group
After more than four years of working on the P3 Teck Acute Care Centre, the project is nearly complete!
The Teck Acute Care Centre (BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital) integrates multiple outdated care facilities into one new spectacular facility. The vision provides a bright, modern facility that affords every patient a room of their own, and a place for parents to comfortably stay with their child overnight. Natural light, fresh air, and connection to nature are the driving principles in the design.
Highlights at grade include: a pedestrian promenade with feature timber canopy, vehicular entry court, forest floor wellness walk, children’s play space and plaza, retention of significant ring road trees, rain gardens, and an outdoor cafeteria.
Throughout the building, children’s therapeutic gardens provide healing spaces bridging the inside and the outside. Elements of discovery and whimsy can be found throughout the design and are used as a way to engage children of all ages. The use of symbolic wayfinding icons expressed in the paving, landscape metaphors include the forest to the alpine mountain meadows, and the ‘labyrinth’ represents the journey to healing and wellness. Interior courtyard Zen view gardens provide a calming environment for NICU patients and families, through the use of crushed stone, shade understory, sculptural trees, and lighting.
Multiple pieces of public art are to be installed in the Fall of 2017. Phase 2 of the project is schedule for completion by 2018.
Site Area = +6 acres
Hospital Floor Space = 59,400m2
Hospital Footprint = 8,500m2
(5) Therapeutic Roof Deck Gardens = 1500m2
(3) Zen View Gardens = 1200m2
(2) Extensive Green Roof = 1250m2
LEED Gold Target
Images by: Ken Larsson and Oren Mizrahi
Happy Canada Day!
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery was host to celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday. Here are some photos from the event:
For: GWL Realty Advisors
With: Rostich Hemphill Architects
Location: District of North Vancouver
Since completion of Phase 1 in 2016, Northwoods Village has grown into a focal point within the District of North Vancouver.
A mixed-use community inspired by the natural and cultural setting of the North shore, Northwoods Village is located at the gateway to Maplewood Village, a master planned community, at the foot of Mount Seymour.
The development consists of a four-story, 80-unit rental apartment building and a neighbourhood shopping centre with multiple commercial tenants including Stong’s Market and CIBC.
The site retains an existing forested parcel while incorporating rain gardens and a local plant palette. The public realm is defined by a series of nodes and plazas using timeless materials representative of the North Shore’s natural and industrial history such as stone, timber, and steel.
Phase 2 is currently underway and will feature an anchor restaurant and patio together with a large piece of public art sited at the main entry to the development.
Site Area = 5.5 acres
LEED Gold Target
Awards: ADP Design of Excellence
Images by: GWL Realty
VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Center
For: Vancouver Parks Board
With: Perkins Will Architects; Cornelia Oberlander Landscape Architect.
Roof Design Collaboration: Architek/Zinco
Inspired by the form of a native orchid leaf, the landmark VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre connects people to the environmental issues of the 21st Century including water and energy conservation, re-use and recycle, beauty of our native plant ecology, and a healthier way of building and design. The project exceeds LEED Platinum and is certified by the Cascadia Green Building Council’s Living Building Challenge (LBC) 2.0.
The roof’s restorative planting strategy was inspired by our Pacific Northwest Coastal Grassland communities featuring custom fescue grasses with native perennial bulbs and sedums. The plants chosen for the garden were originally documented in Captain Vancouver’s historic journey up our coast in 1792 by botanist, Dr. Archibald Menzies. The 16,000 ft2 roof is shaped and divided like an orchid leaves featuring: 6 undulating petals; two blue roofs for water collection and for solar hot water collection, and 4 planted living roofs.
The roof is designed without irrigation and for minimal maintenance. Undulating roof planes range from 5% slope to near vertical grade with grow media depths averaging only 150mm. Roof runoff is collected, overflow directed to underground cistern, stream, and infiltration gardens. 100% of site runoff is managed on site for a net zero water facility.
This landmark facility was originally opened to the public in 2011. We’re pleased to see how the regenerative and resilient landscape strategy is performing.
Area = 5-acre site plan, 16,000-ft2 living roof
2014 Most Sustainable Building Award
2014 SAB Green Building Award
2013 Green Roof Leadership Award
2012 Lieutenant Governor of BC Award
LEED Platinum Certified
Cascadia Living Building Certified
Brett Ryan Hitchins
Images from 2017:
Finished project images from 2013:
Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Work to restore and upgrade the public plaza of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery (National Historic Site) is well underway. This is one of several sites that have received federal funding leading up to Canada’s 150th birthday.
We are very excited about the progress of construction and are looking forward to the completion which will be in time for Canada Day Celebrations. Phase 1 landscape works include a new plaza for gatherings, farmers markets, celebrations and interpretative activities. The upgrades will provide a significant upgrade to one of Canada’s best-kept National Historic Sites.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery celebrates Canada’s historic fishing industry and we’re proud to be working with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, Public Works and Services Canada, and Parks Canada on this important project.
Vancouver Public Library Renovations
Renovations of the Vancouver Public Library are taking shape and a long awaited publicly accessible roof deck garden is about a year away.
The renovation to the existing landmark facility will create a dynamic public outdoor gathering place on the 9th level. Inspired by gardens around the world, the public outdoor garden is flexibly designed to accommodate large groups for lectures, receptions, and for smaller intimate outdoor readings, quiet study and individual reading nooks.
We are collaborating with internationally renowned Moshe Safdie Architect, and Cornelia Oberlander, Landscape Architect.
North Vancouver Advisory Design Panel Award
Connect Landscape Architecture was pleased to receive a North Vancouver Advisory Design Panel Award of Excellence for Northwoods Village. The award was presented at the end of February at the District Hall. Congratulations extended to our client GWL and the architects RHA who shared in this award! We are proud of the vision put forth by GWL and the design team, and the excellent work seeing the project through to construction.