Langara Bioinformatics Lab
The newly completed Bioinformatics Lab at Langara College is a molecular lab with a built-in tissue culture lab. Proscenium worked with Langara to create a unique facility for teaching upper level biology with built-in infrastructure to have industry professionals work on extended research projects. The project includes the science lab, faculty offices, two hotel-ing office stations for visiting scientists and a state-of-the-art computer lab. Five Virtual Reality stations allow users to build 3D models of enzymes, proteins and other molecular structures as a tool for teaching and research.
Proscenium’s design is functional and modern, fulfilling the needs of an academic science lab by integrating special building services such as access to water, compressed air, fume hoods, filters and methods of disposing chemicals.
The Royals in North Vancouver is a residential rental project by Chard Development including an upgraded 16-storey and a new 23-storey tower in the busy hub of central Lonsdale. Proscenium provided full interior design services for both buildings. The design intent reflects a west coast lifestyle, with modern finishes and soft tones providing a neutral backdrop for tenants to make their own.
Both towers, completed in 2021, include elegant, expansive foyers and elevator lobbies with wood-slat feature walls and signature light fixtures. Inside the units, kitchens pair white cabinetry with chrome faucets, stainless-steel appliances and quartz-composite countertops. Throughout, Proscenium chose durable, modern materials and warm-toned vinyl plank flooring that can complement anyone’s furniture.
The new Vancouver Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) store is the tenth and latest of a family of distinct new stores across the country completed by MEC over the past 5 years. Located at the corner of 2nd and Quebec, the three-storey mass timber building embodies MEC’s brand identity while acting as a gateway marker to the Olympic Village neighbourhood.
The innovative store is a high-performance building that uses almost one-third less energy than the standards set out by the national energy code. It utilizes innovative wastewater technologies, collecting rainwater in cisterns fed from a central blue roof sandwiched between two sloping green roofs. The building is designed to achieve a minimum of LEED Gold certification and is Salmon Safe.
Pipe Shop Phase Two
After the successful renovation of the Pipe Shop Venue in 2017, Proscenium returned to the popular heritage community hall with new features in 2019. Previously upgraded with stylish washrooms and a projection wall, the latest renovation prepares the venue to operate year-round with the addition of heating, cooling, and acoustic treatments. New ducts are tucked quietly away between the existing heavy timber framing while perforated steel plates obscure acoustic material between the wooden roof joists. Inspired by the pipe-bending history of the building, we added a bent steel stair to provide access to the mezzanine above. Proscenium hopes to one day convert the mezzanine into a green room and bridal lounge to complete the vision for a well-rounded community space in the heart of North Vancouver’s Shipyards District.
Elenore on Fifth
Elenore on Fifth is a mixed-use commercial and residential development at the corner of 5th Ave and Main St. in Vancouver. The project is a full Proscenium design; the interior and exterior design were considered together to create a cohesive experience throughout. The building was sculpted to view the mountains and terraces down the slope of Main St, creating opportunities for large residential patios and ample outdoor urban space. The use of brick references the district’s industrial heritage, while stone and wood-toned panels nod to contemporary neighbouring condos.
The project is LEED Gold certified and incorporates many sustainable elements, such as extensive green roofs, 5″ exterior insulation and durable materials such as brick cladding.