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Setting up Royal Bay Presentation Centre

After three recent successful residential projects in Victoria, BC in the last few years, Proscenium is excited to be continuing our work on Vancouver Island in Colwood, BC!

We are providing full interior design services for Royal Bay Ryder Village, a new multi-family residential development located in the Royal Bay neighbourhood of Colwood, at the edge of an urban seaside.

Our interior design team had a great time setting up the Presentation Centre last Friday, with little touches to convey the sophisticated west-coast modern design direction for the condos.

The project includes 117 new condominium units in two sister midrise buildings designed by RH Architects. Spacious floor plans allow for generous living spaces, modern kitchens filled with light and expansive coastline views for this new community just west of Victoria.

We look forward to sharing more about this project as it progresses!

We Are Hiring!

Proscenium is seeking one Senior Architect/Architectural Graduate to join our team.

WHO WE ARE

Proscenium Architecture + Interiors is a forward-thinking, mid-sized architecture and interior design firm working in an integrated design team (IDT) environment. We started in 1996 as a firm specializing in arts & cultural design and expanded our scope over time to include residential, commercial, institutional and public projects of various scales. In all our projects, we value Process-driven design, Sustainability and Community. We work with industry-leading consultants to deliver award-winning projects recognized for their design and innovative green strategies.

Proscenium is proud to have our offices located on the bright, spacious third-floor of the high-performance, mass timber MEC Vancouver building. Our Company Culture is important to us. We have good coffee, team bonding events, a stretch club, and some other great perks, like taking your birthday off if you bring in treats!

Proscenium is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to maintaining a fair, unbiased workplace.

 

THE JOB

Proscenium is seeking one Senior Architect / Architectural Graduate. The ideal individual must be confident enough to take on multiple projects, develop a work plan and work well both independently and as part of a team. Confidence in decision making and team co-ordination is an asset.

We offer a competitive level of remuneration, job security and extended benefits for self-motivated team players interested in a long-term relationship with our firm.

Required Skills:

  • AutoCAD proficient
  • REVIT proficient
  • Good understanding of BC Building code
  • Design and Construction drawing experience
  • Experience with building envelope design
  • Interior detailing experience
  • Experience in the detailing of multi-family projects will be a strong asset.

Perks

  • Extended health and dental benefits
  • AIBC, NCIDQ and IDIBC dues for Professional Members
  • Education fund for career development
  • Friendly and supportive team of designers, architects, techs and partners
  • Office located close to Main St and Olympic Village Sky train stations. We’ll even cover half your compass card!
  • Semi-annual team building events

 

If you possess these skills and think you are a great fit for our team, please send your resume and sample portfolio highlighting relevant experience, current references and contact information along with a brief letter of introduction outlining your employment expectations and goals.

Applications are to be sent by email only to info@proscenium.ca

We thank all candidates for their interest but please note that we will only be in contact with those that are selected for an interview.

 

Our Story – Celebrating 25 years of Proscenium

It is with pride that we recognize 25 years of Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc! What started in 1996 as a small architecture and interior design firm specializing in theatre design has grown to a mid-sized firm in 2022 working across many project types.

We want to take this opportunity to reflect on where we came from and where we are going.

Team members Alex, Ben, Hugh and Sandi, 2021

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

Since 1996, Proscenium has been involved in studies, renovations and the construction of arts and cultural spaces.

Thom Weeks and Jennifer Stanley, co-founders of Proscenium and now retired, were experts in theatre design. Working with them for over twenty years, our current Principals Hugh Cochlin and Kori Chan learned the ropes of the complex building typology that is a theatre—where every detail ranging from acoustics to the number of bathrooms affects its success.

Co-founders Thom Weeks and Jennifer Stanley

Original Proscenium team in the office at West 7th Ave, 1997

In the last twenty-five years, Proscenium has worked on dozens of theatres and entertainment venues in the Lower Mainland and beyond. Working in such a niche typology has led us to exciting and rewarding places, from the large-scale renovation of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (during which the ceiling was removed completely) to shaping the intimate room of the 75-seat Culture Lab at the Cultch. We developed a strong methodology for arts projects that includes comprehensive building assessments, studies, and phased renovations that work around an organization’s performance season.

Our understanding of performing arts spaces allowed us to approach unique institutional projects such as SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts—a post-secondary facility that includes a 400-seat black box theatre. Since many Vancouver theatres are heritage buildings, our team developed a deep understanding of heritage design, leading to other high-profile cultural projects like Christ Church Cathedral and bell tower renovation. In advance of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, Proscenium led upgrades for three major City-owned heritage performance venues—the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, The Vancouver East Cultural Centre and the Orpheum Theatre.

Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Goldcorp Centre

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 2010

EXPANDING THE FOCUS

In the mid-2000’s, Proscenium’s focus expanded as the firm grew and took on diverse projects, including post-secondary, office, heritage, mixed-use and multi-family residential buildings. Working with sustainability-minded clients such as the David Suzuki Foundation and MEC gave our team the opportunity to develop high-performance solutions and a passion for innovative sustainable design.

As Proscenium’s portfolio diversified, an approach formed through years of working with arts groups continued to govern our work—including a strong aptitude for working with multiple stakeholders and process-driven design sensibility. Working with commercial clients created opportunities to infuse new types of projects with our values and find synergies between building types on mixed-use projects. Maximizing the positive impact of great design on user health, whether it be for office workers, students or residential tenants, continues to motivate and inspire our team.

MEC Head Office, 2014

COMMUNITY & CULTURE

Establishing community has remained one of our key values. We try to foster the kind of culture where individuals bring their unique interests to the table to enrich the PAI team. We have annual ski and lawn bowling staff days, staff get to take their birthday off, and we close the office between Christmas and New Years.

From the outset, Proscenium made the conscious choice to incorporate social responsibility into our office culture. We function as a co-op, sharing kitchen, cleaning, recycling and composting duties. Many of our staff walk or bike to work and we reimburse those who take public transit.

We actively support local businesses and local initiatives that align with our values, including charity organizations like WISH Drop-in Centre, Working Gear and UNYA (Urban Native Youth Association) through donations and food-drives each year.

WHERE WE ARE GOING

In 2020, Proscenium moved to the new PAI-designed office on the third floor of the mass timber MEC Vancouver Store in Mount Pleasant. We are glad to work in a high-performance building with lots of green features including rainwater collection and re-use, and have our surroundings reflect the firm’s commitment to sustainability. In the large daylit, open-plan studio, our team has been expanding over the last two years.

PAI Office on West 2nd Ave

Though our portfolio now includes all types of projects, Proscenium continues to honour its roots by working with arts and cultural groups—large and small—on studies, built theatres and other cultural/entertainment spaces.

We are excited to see what the future holds for Proscenium, including how innovations in green technology and materials will help us find more materially efficient ways to do what we do.

750 SW Marine Drive in for DP

We are excited to start this new mixed-use project in the quickly developing South Marpole area of Vancouver. Proscenium is providing full architectural services for 750 SW Marine Drive, an eight-storey office/industrial building for Chard Development awaiting its Development Permit.

This is a much-needed building typology in Vancouver and we have used our recent experience to optimally combine office and industrial use in the program, while targeting a high level of sustainability.


COMPLIMENTARY SPACE USE

  • Grade and the top floor are public-realm and user-oriented, with ample common spaces and landscaping. The ground level is set back from the street, with outdoor seating, retail space and on-site rainwater management
  • Floors 1-2 are Industrial Manufacturing, with direct freight elevator access. The second floor provides light industrial space with an office-like feel.⁠
  • Floors 3-7 are Office space with Floor 7 providing roof decks for units. ⁠
  • Floor 8 has a shared rooftop amenity space and expansive patio deck with views in all directions.⁠

SUSTAINABILITY

The building is designed with a high level of sustainability to achieve LEED Gold standard.

  • The 40ft public plaza setback along SW Marine Drive is 75% permeable, which helps the site to control storm waters as well as collect and reuse some water for the building’s irrigation system.
  • Energy use reduction was considered at every stage of the design.
  • For the building envelope, simple form massing reduces thermal bridging at transitions, and incorporating solid walls and punched windows reduces the window-to-wall ratio, increasing energy efficiency.
  • The core and washrooms are positioned along the east wall to maximize daylighting into the floor space and reduce the need for artificial lighting.
  • The proposed primary mechanical system is heat recovery air source heat pumps. The system will recover heat from cooling areas of the building and provide it to the rooms that require heating, reducing GHG emissions.
  • A shared rooftop terrace and common boardroom provide workplace amenities while reducing operating costs for business owners, eliminating the need for individual private meeting spaces.

This is a great project that will create jobs and much-needed light industrial workspace close to rapid transit (2 blocks from Marine Drive Skytrain) in the South Marpole area. We look forward to sharing more about the project in the coming months!

 

See related industrial/office work by Proscenium:

The Yukon

34 West 7th

UBC MacLeod: Inside the Envelope

Clothing a building has become infinitely more complex due to new building codes. Building envelope technology, which once may have been akin to throwing on jeans and a t-shirt, is now the equivalent of designing a custom Gore-Tex parka, with a sweat-wicking base layer for good measure.

As expectations for buildings’ environmental performance increase to meet new sustainability goals by clients and municipalities, navigating envelope requirements calls for new expertise and staying on top of an expanding list of considerations—from energy modelling and specialized envelope knowledge to fabrication and construction sequencing. All of this takes a closely coordinated team of specialists on any given project.

UBC MACLEOD

Proscenium has worked with great teams on sustainably-focused buildings over the years with unique envelope solutions—both for mass timber and concrete. Our solutions are driven by a proactive approach to addressing energy conservation in every element. For the soon-to-be-completed UBC MacLeod Renewal project (with Teeple Architects), we led a complete renewal of the building envelope, as well as a complete gutting and reprogramming to bring the home of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty up to code and up to date.

ENVELOPE PERFORMANCE

On UBC MacLeod (targeting LEED Gold), we used energy modelling to develop performance targets for the envelope design, comprised of continuous exterior insulation behind precast concrete panels acting as a cladding in a rainscreen assembly. This method significantly reduces thermal bridging and provides an enhanced level of occupant comfort in tandem with an advanced mechanical system.

Energy modelling was based on predicted 50-year climate data to make sure that the building’s energy use would remain within acceptable parameters in the future, limiting the need to modify building systems in response to extreme weather events or rising temperatures.

ENVELOPE EXPRESSION

The pre-cast concrete panels are a cornerstone of the new design, and a contemporary approach to the original modernist building designed by Thompson, Berwick & Pratt (1964). Proscenium worked closely with UBC’s Campus and Community Planning Department to preserve the architectural integrity of the building, maintain the bold expression of the modernist structural grid, and choose materials that convey a similar strength and stature as the original cladding.

UBC MacLeod nearing completion, May 2022

The new envelope not only meets stringent energy performance requirements, but consciously and respectfully preserves the principles of the original façade while reflecting new possibilities of working with concrete.

We are excited to say that UBC MacLeod will achieve occupancy this summer to be ready for classes in September.

 

Proscenium’s expertise with high performance building envelopes has been recognized on other recent projects:

MEC Vancouver Store (commercial/office)

Elenore on Fifth (boutique multifamily residential)

Langara Science & Technology Building (institutional)