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 Venue at the Shipyards
We are excited to present our freshly completed renovation of the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards, in North Vancouver. Proscenium worked with the City of North Vancouver to renovate the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards into an adaptable and desirable community event space. On a tight budget and schedule, we sought to bring out the best in the 1940’s Pipefitter’s Building by using white paint to focus attention on the heavy timber structure (and pair well with wedding dresses!).
Locating a small addition of washrooms, a servery, and a projector surface to the far end of the building, we left the remainder of the space flexible for a wide variety of community events. Following the opening on April 8th, the Pipe Shop has hosted numerous weddings, yoga classes, galas, dinners, pop-up markets, the recurring Shipyards Night Market, learning initiatives, photo shoots, floor hockey, a quilt show, a 5K run, a children’s fundraiser, a tech event, and private events. Future planned functions include a fashion show, a travel expo, Oktoberfest, a haunted house, Saint Patrick’s Day, a photography festival, and a Tsleil-Waututh Nation Career Fair!
Space for a future upper floor and additional programming has been provided behind the projector surface. A red corridor has been carved out of our addition to direct the public to the washrooms and energize the atmosphere in the venue. We hope the community enjoys the facility as much as we enjoyed working on it!
Christ Church Cathedral Exterior
The purpose of the current and final phase of the Restoration & Rejuvenation of Christ Church Cathedral is to replace the roof – improving weather protection and thermal performance while integrating acoustic upgrades and completing the seismic diaphragm.
The crowning feature of the current project is the addition of the highly anticipated bell-spire at the north-east corner of the Cathedral set atop the existing elevator core – part of a previous accessibility upgrade. This open glass and steel structure housing four custom cast bronze bells will be the last significant Architectural addition to the project. The bell spire bridges the aesthetic gap between the Cathedral and it’s modern accessibility addition. Material inspiration is drawn from the Cathedral itself, then informed by the sleek concrete lines of the addition. The bell spire glass features a design by Canadian artist Sarah Hall. Titled “Welcoming Light” – it recalls the “beacon on the hill” analogy used to describe the Cathedral’s iconic profile in Vancouver’s historic cityscape.
BMO Theatre Centre
The BMO Theatre Centre is the new home for the Arts Club Theatre Company and Bard on the Beach. The project entailed a complete fit-out of an existing space with a 250 seat theatre, rehearsal halls, costume shops and offices for the two groups. The work included the infill of an existing double height space to facilitate a VIP balcony in the lobby and a perimeter catwalk for the theatre. The lobby facilitates pre-show gatherings and provides space for live music and a wine bar.
Base Building by GBL Architects.
Pumphouse Theatre Cultural Centre
In Partnership with Marshall Tittemore Architects
As the cultural anchor for Calgary’s West Village, the Pumphouse Theatre Cultural Centre builds on the existing legacy of the theatre by creating a central hub for the local arts scene. The project team completed schematic design for the renovation and upgrade of the two existing theatres (the Joyce Doolittle Theatre and the Victor Mitchell Theatre), including the addition of a 150-seat black box theatre, rehearsal hall, restaurant, and a business centre for use by non-profit arts organizations. Bow River Pumphouse No. 2, the focus of the development, is a heritage resource that will be conserved as part of the project.