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.
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!
Join us at the Wood Solutions Conference
On November 18th, Proscenium’s Hugh Cochlin (Principal) will be speaking at the annual Wood Solutions Conference (November 16-20) hosted by Wood WORKS! BC. This year all the sessions will be virtual.
Hugh’s session, “The Material is the Message,” looks at the connection between material and brand for commercial projects, with the new timber-frame MEC Vancouver building as an example. He will dive into the use of wood as both an aesthetic and structural choice, touch on sustainability concerns (is wood always a sustainable choice?) and give a virtual tour of the building and its innovative design solutions.
Register for the conference online.
UBC MacLeod underway
Out at UBC, we’re excited to see the renovation of the MacLeod building deep in progress! This gutting and renovation project on the electrical computer engineering faculty building is taking the building down to its basic structural elements to rebuild/reprogram/refresh for 21st century teaching.
We’re at that exciting turnaround point where we see the vision start to come to life…