Author Archives for Rachel Maddock

Meet Rachel, our Communications Coordinator

 

Where were you born?

Good old North Vancouver!

How did you get into marketing/communications?

Strictly speaking, sideways? I come from a writing and dance background, but I often find myself in marketing.

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

African Dancing and drumming. Though it was an easy credit!

What is the best building of all time?

I feel somewhat underqualified to answer this one. I have a habit of entering every old church I pass when I’m travelling. I’d say one of my absolute favourites is Sacre-Coeur in Paris.

Best brunch spot in Vancouver is…

Somehow I never brunch?

You never leave home without…

Coffee

Your Great Escape would be to…  

Peru

What single piece of technology makes your life easier?

Bluetooth headphones

What is your spirit animal?

Probably a cat. I’ve been known to stretch…

What word do you have trouble saying?

I can’t seem to get “bagel” right.

 

MEC Vancouver in the Press

MEC Vancouver Flagship store seems to be the talk of the town! It’s great to see the project get some recognition for its various sustainable elements, from mass timber design to rainwater recycling.

Wood Design & Building Magazine, 2020: Print and Online: “Expressing a brand’s outdoor-friendly philosophy by building with wood”

Think Wood Blog: “Biophilic Brands: Can Wood and Nature Boost the Bottom Line?”

MonteCristo Magazine: “Inside MEC’s New Flagship Store: Vancouver’s Co-op Has Come a Long Way”

The Daily Hive: “New MEC Vancouver flagship store a showcase of wood construction”

 

UBC MacLeod: A Seismic Test Case





Our ongoing major renovation of The MacLeod Building, the electrical and computer engineering building at UBC, involves a complete gutting down of the building to its basic structural elements. Necessary seismic upgrades are driving the renovation, which provides a native opportunity to reconstruct the building to evolve its approach to 21st Century pedagogy. As part of the assessment, there was consideration given to not just upgrade to current code levels, but to exceed those levels.

The motivation was to limit damage to both structural and non-structural elements of the building, which would extend the useful life of the building, further protecting the investment in new infrastructure and systems that allow faculties to keep adapt to new teaching approaches.

After many years of working with UBC on various renew projects, we are proud to be involved in this exciting and sustainable approach to campus facilities! Extending the life of this 1967 building designed by Thompson Berwick Pratt is an important step in preserving the rich architectural history of UBC campus.

242 West 6th Site Visit

This beautiful heritage house at 242 West 6th is coming together, with the roof complete, windows in, and the shingle cladding being installed. The renovation/restoration project is about 80% built, with estimated completion for Spring 2021.

The project will really come together over the next couple months as attention is turned to tiling, millwork, painting, site work and landscaping.

The project converts The Witton Residence, formerly a single-family home, into a duplex, with a full suite in one side and an infill house on the lane. A site that housed one family will now house four, keeping in line with the goal of densification for neighbourhoods near downtown.

The project went through a rezoning and a heritage review. The design will maintain the heritage value of the house and its expression on the exterior, while adding a new addition that complements (but doesn’t mimic) the original cladding. Some original elements have been restored, including stained glass windows, existing shingle siding, a belly-band and bell curve skirt on the shingles. An exploration into the historical paint of the building confirmed a colour scheme of Comox Green, Dunbar Buff and Stratchcona Red for the window trim, which will be matched. The house has gorgeous views down the hill to downtown.