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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!

 

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 Hines.com

DESIGN ARCHITECT FOR HERITAGE BUILDING

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.

PRESS

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!

 

Affordable Housing at Vivid at the Yates

We’re proud to be involved in this affordable housing project by BC Housing and Chard Development at 845 Johnson St, Vivid at the Yates.

BC Housing posted a News article this week announcing that all 135 condominium units have been sold to middle-income families in Victoria, and the new owners are moving in this month.

Proscenium provided full interior design services for the building.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The project was financed through a 2017 pilot project with BC Housing’s HousingHub: Affordable Homeownership Program (AHOP). The Province provided a low-interest construction financing loan of approximately $52.9 million to Chard Development to develop the project. Families with average household incomes of $60,000 were eligible to buy units. The model was so successful, the developer is exploring options for a second building in Victoria.

Learn more about the program here.

Map by Chard Development

 

750 SW Marine Drive approved by Urban Design Panel

Another milestone moment for our project at 750 Southwest Marine Drive, which has full support from the Design Panel held last week.

THE PROJECT

The proposed building for Chard Development is an eight-storey, mixed-use building between Oak St. and Cambie St. in Vancouver’s South Marpole district. It is located on the southeast corner of Marine and Aisne Street, walking distance from the Marine Drive Skytrain station. The project, for Chard Development, offers office and light industrial space. Substantial set backs along Marine Drive create opportunities for landscaping and a pedestrian realm away from the busy street edge.

The project includes commercial retail space at grade, light industrial space on levels one and two, office space on levels three to seven, and a building amenity space on level eight with rooftop views. Enhanced end of trip facilities and additional bicycle parking are provided to reduce car demand. This building has energy efficiency as a primary goal and is targeting LEED gold.

DESIGN CONCEPTS

  • The building is set back from SW Marine Drive, allowing for generous pedestrian and landscaped areas to act as a buffer to the busy street edge and for storm water management.
  • Diagonal paths to the entrance serve two functions: to create a direct flow from for pedestrians from Marine Station and create accessible entry from either direction on the sloped site.
  • The final step in massing at the eighth floor creates a north and south facing amenity deck with intensive planting. The eighth floor provides indoor and outdoor amenity space for the entire building
  • From the second floor up, the building is designed to take advantage of views to the north, up the slope across the Marpole Community to the North Shore mountains beyond, and across the Fraser River and Richmond to the south and west.