UBC Sauder School of Business

April 2014

The UBC Sauder School of Business was recently named one of the “50 Most Impressive Environmentally Friendly University Buildings” by BestMastersDegrees.com.

The facilities were selected for their eco-friendly features and qualities of sustainability. Each of the facilities has earned considerable industry honours for excellence in architectural and green design.

“These universities are showing themselves to be leaders when it comes to beauty and sustainability on campus,” said editor Marianna Chara.

Kingsway | Broadway

April 2014

Public Open House

Acton Ostry and Rize Alliance presented an update of the proposed Kingsway|Broadway mixed-use residential development during a public open house held at St. Patrick’s Church on April 14th.

The design reinterprets the rich, varied and vibrant artistic expression of the Mount Pleasant community captured through contemporary street photography, West Coast painting and sculpture, and the essence and order of steep and colourful hill towns. The tree-topped crown of the tower marks and distinguishes Mount Pleasant in Vancouver’s Greenest City skyline.

The Mount Pleasant Community Plan, adopted by Council in November 2011, identified the site as one of three in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood to accommodate increased density and building height.

UBC New Aquatics Centre

April 2014

The design for the new Aquatics Centre at UBC continues with further development of construction documentation and interior design studies.The project is a collaboration of MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects) and Acton Ostry Architects.

The bright, light-filled aquatics centre will feature a 50m competition pool, 25m recreational lap pool, leisure pool and other amenities including, universal change rooms, a hot tub, multi-purpose spaces, and spectator seating for aquatics competition events.

The project is being designed to a LEED Gold target and is scheduled for completion in 2015.

2014 CanPHI Spring Symposium

March 2014

As part of the Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI) Spring Symposium, Adam James will present “Breaking Down Barriers to Passive House Implementation in British Columbia.

Adam James of Acton Ostry Architects is a UK registered Architect and Certified Passive House Designer. He has successfully assisted with the detailed design and delivery of a 25-unit Passive House certified residential project in the United Kingdom. Adam has also worked on a number of adaptive reuse projects that have adopted Passive House principles to drastically reduce the energy and carbon consumption of existing buildings.