Office Field Trip
It was a rainy Friday when the office trekked out to see our latest completed project; 17,000 square feet of office space for Austeville Properties in Vancouver. As the Final touches were being completed we had the opportunity to tour the space, appreciate the workmanship and a job well done.
Office Food Scraps and Recycling Programs
Get some great ideas on food scraps and recycling programs for the office from this article in Business Vancouver featuring expert advice from Jeff Bohnen, Office Manager at MEC.
MEC Reaching New Heights
The MEC Head Office is taking shape on Great Northern Way! The 4th floor structure is almost complete on the south wing of the building and the roof structure will be complete by mid-November. Ventana Construction is busy getting the tarps up before the November rains set in, making the building look like a huge sailing-ship that has come in off of False Creek.
I was able to attend the Wood Solutions Fair this week and was surprised to see the number of mass-timber buildings being built all around the world. The MEC Head Office will be in good company.
Proscenium had the good fortune to work once again with Chard Development on their new residential project in Victoria. Now under construction, the Duet is 90 condos nestled in the prime Victoria neighbourhood of James Bay. You can read more about our design process with Chard Development on the Duet Blog.
Spring Closet Clean Out
Earlier in the year, Proscenium invited local Designers to do a spring clean out of their closets and participate in a charity endeavour to benefit the WISH Drop-in Centre. We had an astounding response and 3 fully space planned car loads were taken down and delivered. 2013 was our 3rd year of the Spring Closet Clean Out Event, we hope to have many more. Keep an eye out for the Winter Collection email coming soon!
The following items are always needed at the WISH Drop-In Centre:
Underwear, socks, tights and pantyhose – Makeup and toiletries (new and used, or partially used) – Toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash – Season-appropriate clothing – Coats, hats and gloves – Shoes and boots – Bedding and towels – Handbags, purses and shopping bags
We also WISH for:
Books and Magazines – Arts and crafts supplies – First Aid supplies – Bus tickets for participants – Funding for a participant phone line – Long distance cards for women to call home
MEC Head Office Under Construction
Having worked with MEC on the design for the new head office since 2010 it is exciting for all of us to see it start to take shape. We are now into month 5 of construction and to quote Greg Piccini, the MEC Head Office is “rising like a lotus flower from the swamp.”
The unprecedented good weather Vancouver has been enjoying this summer has sparked the imagination of the folks here at Proscenium and has resulted in Fun Fridays. Nearly every Friday this summer saw some kind of treat or fun activity. There was the Crawfish lunch complete with bibs, the Lucky’s donuts that just appeared one morning (Thanks Ben P!) and the blender drinks topped with little umbrellas. Our favourite was the Mango Mint Madness. The recipe can be found below.
Mango Mint Madness
1 bag of frozen Mangos
2 cups Mango Juice
1 bunch of Mint
Juice of two Limes
1 can of Grapefruit Palm Bay
Ice to fill blender.
Blend Up and Enjoy!
Makes a little for everyone, or a lot for just one.
MEC North Vancouver Store Receives Award
In March of the MEC North Vancouver store received a North Vancouver Urban Design Award. The key criteria under consideration for the award included the project’s response to its context at several scales: immediate, regional and global. At the local scale it was concerned with the work’s contribution and sensitivity to its immediate surroundings and the public realm. Regionally, the focus was on MEC North Vancouver’s capacity to enhance pedestrian and cycling infrastructure; as well as the sustainable integration of landscape, response to climate and selection of materials. Finally, universal questions of accessibility and safety evaluated MEC’s concern for the global community.
The new Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) store in North Vancouver has become a hub for local outdoor enthusiasts and a showcase for sustainable development, transforming this previously impermeable site into a node of vibrant commercial and recreational activity. The 22,000-square-foot retail store offers a wide selection of outdoor recreation clothing and gear including bicycles, snowsports and watersports gear, equipment rentals and a bicycle service shop, as well as a designated community meeting room. Besides its retail function, the facilities promote outdoor recreation and sustainable strategies. The new store enhances public access to parks and trails through the seamless integration between the development and park space.