Sauder School of Business
A forty-foot-tall flying buttress is a dramatic focal feature for the recently completed seismic upgrade to the Henry Angus Tower at the Sauder School of Business on the UBC Point Grey campus. The flying buttress was used in combination with two striated concrete shear walls as a means to retain two towering pine trees. The sculpted buttress supports a new coloured glass canopy that marks and celebrates the main entrance to the Henry Angus Tower.
National Soccer Development Centre
The Vancouver Whitecaps have moved into the new National Soccer Development Centre at the University of British Columbia. The 38,000 square-foot state-of-the-art training centre includes a physiotherapy area, hydrotherapy pools, a treatment room, gym, and dining hall. The facility is divided into two wings, one for the Whitecaps and another for the UBC Thunderbird soccer teams. The soccer centre also features three natural grass fields and two artifical turf fields. Acton Ostry designed the project in collaboration with BBB Architects.
Landscaping has begun on the roof of The Duke located in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The steel structure is complete and the tensile canopy is to be installed in the summer. The installation of the exterior masonry facade is progressing. Scheduled for completion in 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.
Brock Commons Tallwood House
A new report 'Procuring Innovation in Construction' published by British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) uses UBC Brock Commons Tallwood House as an example of design and construction of high performance wood structures driving the adaptation of modern methods of construction such as digital design and pre-fabrication. Check out the link below to read the full report.
Cactus Club Cafe
Once again, Cactus Club Cafe has received Gold for Best Chain in the annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. The judges praised Cactus’ "infallible consistency, be it at the swanky Coal Harbour flagship or the Kamloops branch”. Also mentioned was the great success of their Eastern flagship location that opened in 2016 at First Canadian Place in Toronto.
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Brock Commons Tallwood House
Russell Acton met with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill in Adelaide at "Building Greener Cities with Timber”, an event highlighting the environmental benefits of building with sustainable timber. The South Australian government has been a leader in recognizing the need to reduce carbon emissions through a Carbon Neutral Adelaide partnership with Adelaide City Council. The event featured a keynote address by Russell, during which he emphasized the need for urban centres to develop extraordinarily ordinary and environmentally meaningful mass wood buildings to help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
UBC Brock Commons Tallwood House
At the invitation of Forest & Wood Products Australia, Russell Acton is Down Under for the week of April 3-7 to present Brock Commons Tallwood House during a whirlwind tour of five cities in five days: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Russell will share his insights on Brock Commons as a genuine game-changer for the global tall wood movement that will help lead the way to a future of environmentally meaningful and extraordinarily ordinary, mass wood buildings for the masses.
Acton Ostry Architects Expands Leadership Team
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
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.