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MEC Vancouver wins CaGBC Award for New Construction

We are so pleased to receive the 2021 Canadian Green Building Award for New Construction for MEC Vancouver! Thank you to Canada Green Building Council for recognizing the project.

Hugh Cochlin will be giving a presentation on the building’s many green features along with Roland Charneux next week, September 28th at 9am PST.


CaGBC Awards Lunch ‘n’ Learn: New Construction

Tuesday, September 28th; 9-10 am Pacific, 12

Cost: FREE

Registration link

Lawn Bowling with PAI Staff

For the first time ever, it rained so much we almost didn’t get to play! Our staff’s annual August lawn bowling tournament at Dunbar Lawn Bowling was a bit colder than usual this year — but great fun once we got moving! Laughing, heckling and lawn bowling jargon were heard all over the green and PAI staff persisted through the weather with good attitudes and a healthy supply of beverages from Steel & Oak Brewing.

proud winners of the tournament & bragging rights for a year!

PAI Insight: Evolving Space Needs for Industrial/Office Buildings

Our projects like The Yukon (2021) and 750 SW Marine Drive (ongoing) have highlighted some recent changes in space needs of our clients. We’d like to share some insights on the mixed-use building typology of industrial/office buildings and how we’re navigating those changes.

MEC Head Office (2014)

Covid-19 Impacts on Workplace Design

The increasing capabilities of remote work and employee’s desire for flexible schedules are changing the way workplaces are envisioned, built and designed. Developers are asking for a greater variety of floor options for office buildings, including increased numbers of smaller units. One way we have responded is by designing leasing spaces that can be demised into smaller units (early planning here is crucial).

Inside the office, employers are rethinking layouts and even the need for personal desks for individual employees. At MEC’s newest Head Office (2021), we established unassigned “hotel-style” sit/stand workstations to facilitate this trend.

Industrial Space is Evolving

As a port city, Vancouver has a strong need for both industry and commercial/office use. Many neighbourhoods are populated with mixed-use buildings that do both. Traditional industrial space use has been evolving in recent years, including a desire for greater flexibility.

Second Floor “Buffer”

At Proscenium, we have been strategizing new ways to balance what we see as complementary typologies. At The Yukon and 750 SW Marine Drive, we established the second floor as a light industrial use level with direct freight elevator access. This level, which is often leased to medical labs or other lower intensity industrial uses, creates an effective buffer zone between the more traditional industrial use below and office space above. We have also recently been involved in a survey/brainstorming session with the City of Vancouver to explore other uses which can be stacked on top of industrial to create more flexibility while retaining the much-needed industrial zones.

The Yukon (2021)

Loading Considerations

Industrial units can come with unique and demanding requirements for loading—raw supplies from sheet steel to coffee beans arrive and leave as products with their own unique handling requirements. Designing with site circulation in mind from the outset is important. Proper loading access and a back of house circulation route are key to making sure the front of house first impressions are as well considered as the products being made.

750 SW Marine Drive (Ongoing)

MEC Vancouver wins the BC Wood Design Award 2020

On July 14th, WoodWORKS! BC announced MEC Vancouver is the winner of the BC Wood Design Awards (2020) for Commercial buildings! We are so glad to receive this award and thank you to our great project team for all their hard work on this inspiring, sustainable project.


Canadian Architect

Journal of Commerce

The building has also been spotlighted a Case Study publication put our by WoodWORKS! BC , which dives into the design and structural elements of the project.

Read the case study.


Meet Ee Jay, our new Junior Architectural Graduate

A warm welcome to Ee Jay, who joined our firm last month as a Junior Architectural Graduate.

Where were you born?

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. It is a city of an estimated 600,000 people, and a 20-minutes drive to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city.

How did you get into architecture?

When I was a kid, I liked to make handicrafts and drawings. Initially, I thought of becoming an artist. However, my parents discouraged me because I can’t make a living on that. Therefore, the closest option was to pursue career in architecture.

What class in school has proven to be the least useful?

Electrolysis in Chemistry, I just do not understand the logic.

What is the best building of all time?

Brion Cemetery by Carlo Scarpa. The details are subtle, yet breathtaking.

Best brunch spot in Vancouver is…

Chewie’s Biscuit along 4th Ave & MacDonald St.

You never leave home without…


Your Great Escape would be to…  

Isolated places with great scenic view.

What single piece of technology makes your life easier?

Rice cooker.

What is your spirit animal?

Probably an owl, I feel more active and calmer during the night than day.

What word do you have trouble saying?

I can’t think of any words, maybe a lot when I speak too fast!