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PAI Feature: Cook Street Plaza

Cook Street Plaza is a comprehensive mixed-use development in the City of Victoria, currently under construction. The vision for the project was to supply a range of market and below-market housing options and locally supportive commercial space for a walkable, thriving urban area with excellent access to transportation options. The scale of the site allows a holistic approach to the public realm; landscaped mews forming through-block connections that would not be possible without the proposed property consolidation.

The development includes a six-storey building designed to address Victoria’s new Inclusionary Housing Policy (“Haven”), the remediation and renovation of an existing medical office building, a 12-storey mixed use building including daycare facility (“Nest”), and an extensive site plan that ties the uses together to make a destination of the spaces between.

A well-defined architectural expression complements height and massing that is site-appropriate. The massing of the buildings has been arranged to be respectful of neighbours by orienting density towards the downtown core and stepping down in density towards the more urban-residential realm to the east. Buildings have been arranged to minimize the impact of on-look from one to the other. The proposal consolidates the properties bound by Yates, Cook and Johnson into three parcels of land.

Read more about the individual Nest and Haven projects in the “In Progress” section of our website.

Meet Carolyn, our new Junior Graduate Technologist

We’re excited to welcome Carolyn Rutter to the team at PAI.

Where were you born?

Duncan, on Vancouver Island.

How did you get into architectural technology/drafting?

I’ve always been interested in buildings and how spaces work. I considered interior design, but I found a great program to become a technologist — I definitely have a passion for both.

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

University physics. It was more trouble than it was worth!

What is the best building of all time?

In Vancouver, my favourite is the Marine building, which is really ornate with sea creatures on it. I love the detail.

Best brunch spot in Vancouver is…

Cafe deux Soleil on Commercial Drive.

You never leave home without…

My water bottle.

Your Great Escape would be to…  

Anywhere at all (pandemic life). But probably the beaches on Vancouver Island.

What single piece of technology makes your life easier?

Headphones — I listen to a lot of podcasts.

What is your spirit animal?

Realistically, a cat. I’m an indoors person.

What word do you have trouble saying?

I have perfect pronunciation!


MEC’s newest Head Office

New flooring is being laid at MEC’s new head office, the third our firm will have completed for the company (1999, 2014 and 2021).

Following a transfer of ownership, MEC gave up its former head office in 2020 and engaged Proscenium to do a basic tenant improvement for a new space on Great Northern Way.  The new, smaller footprint office is a clean shell and will feature “hotel-style” sit/stand workstations, offices and a staff recreational space for a new model of working.

NEWS: PAI named Associate Architect for new mass-timber office

Proscenium is excited to announce our involvement in T3 Mount Pleasant, a new mass-timber office building in Vancouver. Standing for “timber, transit and technology,” T3 Mount Pleasant will be a 10-storey, 196,000 sq ft office building geared towards tech and creative industry tenants.

PAI will be acting as Associate Architect to DLR Group in this project developed by the Houston-based Hines and local developer PC Urban. This will be our third mass-timber office project in the area.

Exterior of Hines’ T3 Minneapolis / Photo courtesy of Hines, credit Ema Peter

Interior of Hines’ T3 Minneapolis / Photo provided by


Proscenium will be acting as Design Architect for the heritage component, the SFU Annex building built in 1929 (a category “B” heritage building) which will be retained and revitalized as part of the new development.

Simon Fraser Annex heritage building (c. 1929), 123 East 6th Ave / Photo by Heritage Vancouver

The City of Vancouver-owned site was rezoned in 2017 to new I-1A and 1-1B (Industrial) zones in order to support and enable the intensification of digital and technology uses, increasing maximum floor space area ratio (FAR) up to 5:0 FAR with contributions to community amenities (CACs), e.g. affordable housing and heritage.

T3 Mount Pleasant is now in the Design phase with construction to start in 2022.


Western Investor

Urban YVR

The Daily Hive

Journal of Commerce

Supporting WISH Drop-In Centre

Thank you to everyone who donated items to PAI’s drive this Spring for WISH! We are so glad to hand over the much-needed clothing and other items for a great cause.

Alex and Pam proudly display the donations!

Proscenium has been involved in supporting the WISH Drop-in Centre Society for many years. We love this organization that supports women on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, providing clothing, essential items, hot meals, on-site nursing care and other services.

“Operated by women for the exclusive use of female survival sex workers, the WISH Drop-in Centre Society is a registered non-profit society that furnishes a variety of services within a nurturing and non-judgmental environment.”

Due to COVID-19, donations are down at many organizations like WISH and it’s more important than ever to support them through this difficult time. Thanks to Alex and the team for your efforts putting this together!