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Donation Drive for WISH and Working Gear!

Spring is in the air and we have completed our annual donation drive for WISH Drop-in Centre and Working Gear! These are two great organizations that benefit folks in need in our community. Proscenium has been supporting WISH and Working Gear since 2010. We truly believe in the work they are doing and are glad to be able to donate physical items again.

Thanks to everyone who participated, including other firms on our floor! Today, we were grateful to drop off a car load of essential items including clothing, toiletries, shoes and more.


MEC Vancouver receives 2022 SABMag Award

We are excited to announce that MEC Vancouver Store has received the 2022 SABMag Canadian Green Building Award for Mixed-Use projects!

We are blown away at the recognition this building has had since its completion in 2020, including the 2020 BC Wood Design Award, 2021 Canada Green Building Award, runner-up for the 2022 ASHRAE Technology Award and now the 2022 SAB Mag Award.

It’s a privilege to get the opportunity to design such a sustainably-focused commercial project. Our firm has worked with MEC for over 20 years, since the design of their original Head Office in 1999. The Flagship Store is a culmination of the architectural language we developed over the years to represent the brand and values of MEC, including many recognizable features such as the welcoming wood soffit canopy, steel staircase, mass timber and the use of daylight to create a connection to the outdoors. It is the second mass timber project we designed for the company after the acclaimed Head Office in 2014, and includes similar sustainable features like a grey water system, green roofs, rain gardens, passive sustainable design and highly efficient mechanical and electrical systems.

We are proud to say that due to its highly efficient mechanical and electrical systems, MEC Vancouver Store the first building in Vancouver that is a NET energy producer to the District energy network (NEU) in Olympic Village, injecting more heat energy to the system than it uses annually.

Thank you to SABMag for the award and to our consulting team for their solid work on this project!

Meet Saeedeh, our new Junior Architectural Graduate!

We are excited to welcome Saeedeh to our growing team at Proscenium! She joins us with a Masters of Urban Design from UBC and has hit the ground running in a busy spring season at the firm.

Where were you born?

I was born in Tehran, Capital of Iran

How did you get into architecture? 

When I was 15 I visited an art school. I met graphic designers, photographers, and architectural students and their architectural activities were so interesting to me, so a year later I registered there and became an architectural student.

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

Most of the classes have been useful, but I don’t know why now I have no idea about Math or chemistry.

What is the best building of all time?

There is a lot, but I am going to choose one of the Tadao Ando works, maybe invisible house or church of light

Best brunch spot in Vancouver is…

I usually have my breakfast at 6 or 7 am, so I don’t know about brunch spots.

You never leave home without…

Kissing my husband!

Your Great Escape would be to…  

Honestly, SHOPPING

What single piece of technology makes your life easier?

I guess my phone (Internet phone call/ video call applications), because whenever I miss my parents, I can call them and see them.

What is your spirit animal?

I don’t know, But I always wanted to be a giraffe.

What word do you have trouble saying?

A lot of words, but every time I wanna say probably, I stop and say another thing.

Staff Ski Day 2022

For our winter staff day out this year, one half of the team opted for a romp through the snowy woods of Cypress Mountain while the other half took a meander through Vancouver Art Gallery! We were lucky to have a gorgeous sunny day to enjoy the afternoon away from phones and emails.

Staff Ski Day came a little late for actual skiing this year, but we made the most of it crunching through the snow & enjoying the Yoko Ono exhibition.

An ASHRAE Technology Award for the MEC Vancouver Store

We are thrilled to share the news that mechanical/electrical lead on MEC Vancouver, Pageau Morel, has received second-place for MEC Vancouver at the 2022 ASHRAE Technology Awards.

During the winter conference of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Pageau Morel received a second-place Technology Award in the New Commercial Buildings category for the Mountain Equipment Company (MEC) store project in Vancouver. The international ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design for effective energy management and indoor air quality.

MEC Vancouver store is a new 10,500 sq.m. construction that includes an underground parking, retail spaces and administrative offices. It is the first building in Vancouver to provide excess energy to the Neighbourhood Energy Utility heating network (NEU), a district heating initiative that provides hot water by recycling waste thermal energy from sewage. The building injects in the district energy network almost twice as much energy than it takes from it.

We are grateful to have worked with such an amazing team of consultants on this project.