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Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre Renewal Program
For: Osoyoos Indian Band
With: Land Strategies, Human Studio Architecture, Aldrich Pears Associates, Eos Lightmedia
The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, located in Osoyoos BC, is an award-winning interpretive centre that is most notable for it’s rammed earth wall – the largest in North America. The centre, which first opened in 2006, currently features cultural exhibits, walking trails and a variety of hands-on interactive displays, including two theatres and an outdoor reconstructed village.
Connect Landscape Architecture is pleased to join Human Studio and Aldrich Pears Associates in a renewal project to reinvigorate the centre with a new gallery and event space, updated interactive displays, cultural programs, and an improved outdoor performance space. The landscape vision applies sustainable and passive design strategies responding to the local climate, topography, views and ecology. The site design will meet the aesthetic, sustainable, and functional objectives of the Nk’Mip DesertCentre Renewal Program.
At the heart of the landscape vision is the Spotted Lake Courtyard, which takes inspiration from the colours and forms of the nearby unique and natural occurring feature.The Spotted Lake Courtyard will be an outdoor year round multifunctional space with terraced seating (for over 150 people) and a shade structure.
Other highlights of the landscape renewal reinforce the mountain and lake views, a wetland reed reflecting pool and outdoor view deck. Trails and structures, outdoor interpretive village and desert remediation will be improved. We look forward to the next stage of this project kicking off in 2019.
Public Rooftop Garden with Beautiful Views at VPL
Connect Landscape Architecture is excited to announce that the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) rooftop garden is open to the public. With views of the city skyline, the Phillips, Hager and North Garden provides Vancouver a publicly accessible rooftop garden within the downtown core.
Connect worked closely with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander to ensure her vision for the new public library garden was realized. The all-inclusive garden is reminiscent of the Ancient Gardens of Paradise from around the world in particular gardens of Pompeii. The garden is flexibly designed to accommodate large groups for lectures, receptions, and for smaller intimate outdoor readings, quiet study and individual reading nooks. The central plaza has moveable tables and chairs, and can be used for larger events and receptions. The new garden will be an oasis away from the busy world to contemplate and enjoy the sites of Vancouver.
This iconic building originally opened to the public in May 1995. The nine-storey structure was designed by the joint venture of Moshe Safdie and DA Architects after winning a design competition against 26 other architects.
The original design team of Moshe Safdie/DA and internationally acclaimed landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander had imagined and designed a rooftop garden. And yet, as is common with many projects, budgetary constraints resulted in the top two floors being leased as offices to the provincial government.
In 2015 VPL decided it was time to create a 59,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor expansion of the library on the two top floors, and bring the once-imaged rooftop garden vision to life. The project removed ½ of the upper level to create the roof garden, opening up the floor between level 7 and level 8, and publicly connecting those levels with 2 new escalators.
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C.
Vancouver Public Library
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander / Connect Landscape Architecture
Moshe Safdie Architects / DA Architects & Planners
Smith Bros. & Wilson (BC)
Rocky Point Engineering Ltd.
Nemetz (S/A) & Associates Ltd.
In the news: Vancouver Sun
2018 Project of the Year Award
The No. 2 Road Pump Station in Richmond recently received the Project of the Year Award from the Public Works Association of BC at their annual conference and trade show. The stormwater pump station at No. 2 Road creates a landmark along the Fraser River. The landscape design complements the ‘wing-like’ architectural form paying homage to YVR Airport. Mass plantings in the form of drought-tolerant shoreline grasses contribute toward a resilient landscape approach rooted in place.
Location: River Road at No.2 Road, Richmond, B.C.
Owner/Developer: City of Richmond
Prime Consultant: Civil, Mechanical
Electrical: WSP | Opus
Architect: Feenstra Architecture
General Contractor: Stuart Olson
Landscape Contractor: North by Northwest
Structural Consultant: Integral Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering: Tetra Tech
Environmental Consultant: Dillon Consulting
Public Art: Germain Koh
Awarded for BC Children’s & Women’s Teck Acute Care Centre
Connect is excited to once again be the recipient of the CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Award of Excellence.
The 2018 CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Award of Excellence will be awarded for BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital Teck Acute Care Centre. Ken Larsson will be accepting the award at the ceremony in New York later in September.
Each year Green Roofs for Healthy Cities recognize integrated design and installation excellence with the Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence. Award winners will be profiled in front of hundreds of industry professionals at CitiesAlive, in the Living Architecture Monitor, and in numerous other publications.
- Owner: Provincial Health Services Authority
- P3 Team: Affinity Partnerships (Ledcor and Balfour Beatty) together with Black & McDonald
- Architects: ZGF, ZGF Cotter and HDR-CEI
- LEED: Edge Consultants
- Civil: HUB Engineering
- Structural: MKA
- Mechanical: AEI
- Electrical: SMP
- Code: LMDG
- Landscape Contractors: Houston Landscape and UCC Group
Connect Landscape Architecture is Excited to be
Part of YVR’s 20-Year Expansion Plan
For over 30 years we have worked together with YVR cultivating an award winning international ‘experience-based’ brand. We are proud to contribute successful and sustainable design enhancements improving the overall visitor and employee experience by car, plane and transit.
We are currently playing key roles on the following significant infrastructure projects:
Pier D Terminal Expansion (Completion 2021 Spring)
Creation of an island, tide pool, and forest experience welcoming passengers and providing a calming place of respite. Tide pools will simulate high and low tides. The forest will be open to the sky and will feature installation of 30 foot tall conifer trees!
With: Kasian, Grout McTavish Architects, and PCL Constructors
CORE – Infrastructure Utility and Parkade (Completion 2021)
Reinforcing our place in the ‘River Delta’ – Replacement of existing at grade value lot parking with a visitor landscape experience. The project will integrate a geothermal plant and parkade structure to provide a more sustainable heating and cooling supply for the terminal. Rainwater will be harvested and collected for re-use.
With: Stantec, Francl Architects, and Ellis Don
We are also currently working on or completed the following projects with YVR:
Templeton Greenway Strategy (Completion estimate 2020)
Working together with the Burkeville community and YVR to study design opportunities enhancing the Templeton Road right-of-way into a local and regional public amenity and provision for connecting multi-use pathway to the Canada Line Stations.
JetSet Valet Parking (Completion 2019)
Passenger valet parking shuttle facility. The landscape design symbolizes our place in the estuary.
Templeton Value Lot (Completed 2018)
The project features transplanting of onsite significant trees, drought tolerant design, stormwater management within linear bioswales, infiltration, and will achieve Salmon Safe Certification.
Aylmer Remote Parking (Completed 2018)
The new staff parking lot addresses tree canopy, stormwater management practices featuring bioswale infiltration and Salmon Safe Certification.
Pier D Terminal Expansion
Advisory Design Panel Award of Excellence
Earlier this year, Delbrook Community Recreation Centre received the award of excellence from the District of North Vancouver Advisory Design Panel. We are proud to have worked with the District of North Vancouver and HDR CEI Architecture on this exciting project. This is the second year in a row that Connect has won this award. (See: Northwoods Village)
The 3-acre site development replaces the William Griffin Community Centre with a spectacular community facility featuring leisure pools, racquet sports, fitness and gymnasium and public outdoor amenity.
Connect Landscape Architecture celebrates with the
City of Victoria the opening of the Johnson Street Bridge
On March 31, 2018 the City of Victoria celebrated the official opening of the Johnson Street Bridge – the culmination of a 10-year process. We are excited to see the work of the City of Victoria and consulting engineers MMM/WSP (original bridge design by Wilkinson Eyre Architects) come to be in this truly state-of-the-art bascule (moveable) bridge.
The 46-metre-long bridge has three lanes for vehicles, on-road bike lanes, a multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists, and a separated pedestrian-only pathway. In fact, over 50% of the bridge deck space is for pedestrians and cyclists.
Connect Landscape Architecture has been working with the City to revitalize nearly 3 acres of additional public realm improvements connecting public spaces on both sides of the new bridge. The long-term vision is to create a landmark arrival and gateway connecting people through the creation of public waterfront places including: waterfront public park on the repurposed S-Curve Lands, public plaza and promenade on the Northern Junk historic site, and a gateway marker at the intersection of Pandora, Johnson and Wharf Street.
The S-Curve Lands feature festival seating built into the hill with views towards the historic Fairmont Empress and Inner Harbour. The Northern Junk has an industrial feel with a feature ‘story walk’ leading pedestrians towards the new bridge and waterfront. The Triangle Island will feature large-scale urban public art designed by artist in residence, Luke Ramsey.
The David Foster Way pedestrian path below the new bridge allows views to the dramatic bridge structure and connects the Northern Junk to the Janion Plaza along the harbourfront.
In spring of 2017 the City approved temporary works designed to connect pedestrian and cyclist flows across and under the bridge as part of David Foster Way improvements. In summer 2018 the first steps towards creation of these public spaces will take place in phased installations.
$105M, City of Victoria’s largest infrastructure project to date
Largest single-leaf rolling lift bascule bridge in Canada – one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Vehicular Crossing = 30,000
Pedestrian Crossings Daily = 4,000
Cyclist Crossings Daily = 3,000+
Fraser River Flood Management Strategy
For: The City of Vancouver
With: EcoPlan International and Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd
The City of Vancouver is preparing for sea level rise and Connect’s Ken Larsson and Allison Tweedie are teaming up with EcoPlan International and Northwest Hydraulic Consultants to guide the engagement for the Fraser River Foreshore’s development of a Flood Management Strategy. Allison has previously worked with this same team of consultants for Surrey’s Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy.
Like many coastal cities around the world, Vancouver is beginning to see the effects of rising sea levels and increased storm events. In 2011, the Province of British Columbia advised municipalities to plan for one metre (three feet) of sea level rise by 2100, and two metres (six feet) by 2200. Vancouver responded by commissioning a Coastal Flood Risk Assessment (CFRA) to better understand flooding risk today and in the future for Vancouver’s three primary flood zones: The Fraser River foreshore; Jericho Spanish Banks; and Downtown, False Creek and the Port lands. Of these, the Fraser River Foreshore was identified as most at risk today.
The Fraser River Foreshore stretches 16 km along Vancouver’s southern border, crossing through Musqueam First Nation, residential neighborhoods, businesses, industry, recreation areas and important foreshore habitats. Over the coming months, the team will undertake engagement with people in the area to gather input on values, guiding principles, and potential flood management options. Stay tuned for upcoming workshops and events!
Victoria Hill Presented to the BCRPA
The British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) just held its 41st annual Spring Training Convention at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre in Langley. David Stoyko was proud to co-host a talk about our work at Victoria Hill in New Westminster, formerly the Woodlands property.
Larry Diamond, retired principal of our office, and Claude LeDoux from the City of New Westminster, were the co-presenters of this session, which outlined the history, progress, successes, and challenges of working for over 20 years on the development of a new master-planned community. It was an excellent opportunity to present years worth of history and learning that shaped this neighbourhood from the beginning.
The master plan for Woodlands was developed for the British Columbia Building Corporation (BCBC) and completed in 2001. Subsequently, the entire 63 acre site was developed by a single developer, the Onni Group. Connect Landscape Architecture was the landscape architecture consulting firm for all of the public realm components (streetscape, park areas, and greenway connections), and for approximately half of the on-site building development. The project work is finally completing this year as the last components of this long-term community building are completed.
The discussion at the BCRPA presentation outlined the long history of this work, the longer history of the site, the role and process of the City of New Westminster, and the details that went into making a successful new community. Maintaining and incorporating important historic buildings and elements, preserving the unique heritage trees, incorporating modern storm water management, and fitting new building sites into a challenging sloped site were all major themes of the discussion.
A thank you is extended to Claude LeDoux and Larry Diamond for helping to develop the presentation. It was a great experience to present with such knowledgeable and experienced speakers.
The BCRPA is a not for profit organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life in our province since 1958. Membership includes government and municipalities, corporations, and professional individuals involved in recreational activities, cultural programs and access to facilities, parks and other services. Connect Landscape Architecture is proud to have been involved in this important conference.