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Hillside ‘Innovation’ Publication – Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC

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APEGBC’s bi monthly publication strives to publish content that is interesting and relevant to professional engineers and geoscientists of all disciplines; this occasionally includes Landscape Architecture projects providing they have a strong relevance to advancing the fields of engineering and geoscience. In Innovation’s most recent publication, Hillside Centre was among the projects highlighted that demonstrated what a large property can do to lessen its environmental footprint.

Sharp & Diamond has been involved with the evolution of Hillside Centre in Victoria, BC since 1993. In 2008, the shopping centre undertook an $80-million renovation and expansion, adding over 150,000ft2 of retail space –including the addition of Target, Marshalls, HMV, and 20 new retail boutiques. Due to the mall’s close proximity to Bowker Creek, the design team and the client chose to incorporate several low-impact development features within the parking area and road frontage to provide treatment of stormwater runoff, thereby lessening the mall’s impervious footprint. Rain gardens, permeable pavers, a ground water recharge cistern, oil/grit interceptors, and an increase in vegetation remove over 80% of total suspended solids and provide a reduction in phosphorus and nitrogen loads.

Safe and convenient pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular access as well as good connections to transit were driving features of the new site layout. Four pedestrian promenades leading from the site’s perimeter to the main entrance are comprised of twin rows of trees and contain multiple bike racks. There are pedestrian activity nodes around the perimeter of the centre and a wide sidewalk creating a Main Street effect. Stores, restaurants, and cafes open up on to sidewalks with benches, tables, and chairs. These spaces obtain their character and charm from tall shade trees, flowerpots, and colourful planting beds.

We’re thrilled to be recognized in this influential publication alongside some truly remarkable projects (the Sea to Sky Gondola, the Coquitlam UV Disinfection Project, and SFU’s Green Images project, to name a few). We urge you to check out the online publication. Each feature is a single paragraph description of the project accompanied by an image. The publication’s intent is to introduce the reader to significant projects currently affecting the realm of engineering and geoscience, such that the reader is inspired to research further into the issues and technology.

Hillside Project Credits:

–      Client/Owner: Triovest Investment Management

–      Civil Engineer: Bruce Crawshaw, P. Eng. (Westbrook Consulting)

–      Landscape Archtect: Randy Sharp, Ken Larsson, Marina Rommel, Mike Enns (Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture)

–      Architects: MMC Architecture, CEI Architecture

–      Contractor: Ellis Don-Kinetic Joint Venture

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