Acton Ostry Architects Expands Leadership Team

March 2017

We are pleased to announce expansion of our leadership team. Five current leaders are joining Russell Acton and Mark Ostry to lead future growth of the firm. Alan Davies and Alex Percy are now associate principals while Ruth Chau, Derek Fleming and Matthew Wood are new associates. Alan Davies has been leading heritage rehabilitation projects and the planning and design of large-scale mixed-use residential projects. Alex Percy leads the design of public institutional projects, with a concentration on academic and cultural facilities. Ruth Chau is our operations manager, responsible for ongoing development and execution of office protocols and systems. Derek Fleming has lead the design of Cactus Club restaurants across Canada and is also involved with planning of mixed-use residential developments. Matthew Wood is a leader in the design of public institutional buildings, with a focus on academic facilities. As Acton Ostry Architects enters our 25th year of practice, we look forward to building upon our reputation as one of Canada’s leading design practices.

Vancouver College Redevelopment

February 2017

Vancouver College recently held a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of their $36 million campus redevelopment. Construction is now underway on Manrell Hall, a 4,088 square metre Middle School that includes: 18 classrooms; a learning common; informal study space; a dining hall; and an extensive arts space that features digital media and robotics. Read the full release of the Manrell Hall Ground Breaking below.

Brock Commons Tallwood House

February 2017

Brock Commons Tallwood House student residence at the University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus was featured in the February issue of the Canadian Architect magazine. Reaching New Heights by Bruce Haden The World's tallest contemporary mass timber building is nearing completion in Vancouver, presenting a pragmatic argument for how mass wood can be used for all types of buildings, from the audacious to the everyday. Click below to download a PDF or link to the article.

Brock Commons Tallwood House

February 2017

Russell Acton, Design Principal of the Brock Commons Tallwood House, will be presenting "Mass Wood for the Masses" at the Ottawa Wood Conference by Wood WORKS! Ontario of Canadian Wood Council on February 15, 2017. When completed in Spring 2017, the 18 storey Brock Commons Tallwood House student residence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, will be the tallest contemporary mass wood building in the world. Utilizing a highly collaborative integrated design process, this first-of-its-kind project quickly advanced from concept to construction in just ten months. To gain approval from authorities without the need to test new mass wood assemblies, the project team employed a “Keep it Simple” design approach that featured encapsulation of the mass timber structure to achieve required fire protection ratings, which also assisted with schedule and cost control. Learn how Brock Commons aspires to be a model for a future that features extraordinarily ordinary mass wood buildings for the masses. Russell will also be speaking at the Mass Timber Conference in Portland, Oregon, on March 30, 2017 and subsequently at the OAA/RAIC Festival of Architecture 2017 in May.

UBC Aquatic Centre

January 2017

The new UBC Aquatic Centre is completed and local media is invited to tour the new facility this week. A collaboration of MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects) and Acton Ostry Architects, the state-of-the-art $40-million complex opens to the public on January 23, 2017. More photographs can be viewed on the project page.

The Duke

December 2016

Construction of The Duke is well underway. With the penthouse level concrete poured, there are only two more levels to go. Located near a busy transit-oriented node in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, the 14-storey, 13,145 square metre, mixed-use project includes 201 rental units with ground floor retail housed in a unique building typology that is new to Vancouver. Scheduled for completion in mid 2017, The Duke was designed under the City of Vancouver’s Rental 100 Secured Market Rental Housing Policy and is targeted for LEED Gold certification.

UBC Aquatic Centre

December 2016

The UBC Aquatic Centre has received partial provisional occupancy two weeks ahead of schedule. Training for staff and lifeguards can now get underway in preparation for the facility to open for the public early in the New Year. The design is a collaboration of MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects) and Acton Ostry Architects. More construction progress photographs can be viewed on the project page.

UBC Aquatic Centre

November 2016

Water filling has begun at the UBC Aquatic Centre, starting with the 25m recreation pool and the leisure pool last week. Opening is scheduled for early 2017. The design is a collaboration of MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects) and Acton Ostry Architects. Check out our project page for more construction progress photographs.

UBC Hebb Building

November 2016

The University of British Columbia has retained Acton Ostry Architects for a $20 million renewal of the Hebb Building, a 5,957 square metre, six-storey, 1960s modernist building designed by Thompson Berwick and Pratt Architects. The renewal includes reconfiguration of teaching and support spaces to support contemporary pedagogy for the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2019.

UBC Aquatic Centre

October 2016

Construction is progressing at the new UBC Aquatic Centre. Ceramic tile installation of the pools is underway. Completion is scheduled for early 2017. The design is a collaboration of MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects) and Acton Ostry Architects.