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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 has provided an opportunity to reconstruct the building to evolve its approach to 21st Century learning. 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.

Happy Holidays from Proscenium!

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, safe and comfortable holiday season, from the Staff at Proscenium.

Proscenium will be closed for the season starting noon of December 24th  and will reopen on January 4th.

See you in 2021!

Newly Registered Architects

Huge congratulations to Pamela Troyer and Teague Shinkewski, who are both fully registered Architects AIBC as of this month! We are proud to have 50% women staff represented at Proscenium Architecture + Interiors.

Pamela has a Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University and a Master of Architecture from UBC. Since joining Proscenium in 2019, she has assisted with residential and commercial buildings such as Cook Street Plaza and a heavy timber carwash in Richmond. Recently, she has been working on the UBC MacLeod building, an institutional renovation project, and an ongoing study of the Massey Theatre.

Pamela comes from a diverse background, studying abroad in Sweden and focussing on Industrial Design at Emily Carr University. She is also an active member of Vancouver’s cycling community, racing road bikes locally and internationally since 2016.

Teague joined Proscenium in 2016. Her design sensibility, attention to detail, and effective communication skills have allowed her to seamlessly transition to various projects roles and team structures within the firm.

Teague values architecture’s ability to enhance positive social, emotional and physical connection with the built environment and aims to bring human-centered design approaches to the projects in which she is involved. Recently, Teague has been an active team member in the design, tendering and construction documentation of UBC’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Building Renewal (MacLeod Building). She has a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Industrial Design and Visual Communication Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia (2014).