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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.

Mass Timber projects featured on ArchDaily

We’re excited to see that two of our MEC projects have been featured in this great new article on biophilia and workplace design on ArchDaily.

The article points to the positive effects of wood in built environments, including the sensory experience of users and its timeless aesthetic value as a natural material.

The article points out that several new studies, including one from the University of British Columbia and a Brown University clinical trial show that “the visual presence of wooden elements can lower stress more effectively than plants, while rooms with about 45% of wooden surfaces boost perceptions of comfort and lower blood pressure.”

Thanks for recognizing our work!

Read the full article.

QET and BMO Theatre featured in Construct Connect

We’re excited to see two of our favourite theatre projects featured in September’s edition of Construct Connect. The issue’s main feature is an article on Acoustics called “Perfecting the Sound Experience in Theatres”, written by Payam Ashtiani.

It’s certainly an interesting time for the performing arts community as audiences re-enter theatres following the pandemic. Many organizations are looking for safe ways to accommodate higher numbers of people in the same space while allowing for social distancing and air flow. In the article, Ashtiani touches on these issues and how the future of theatre design may be impacted.

Meet Carolyn, our new Junior Graduate Technologist

We’re excited to welcome Carolyn Ruttan 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!

 

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.