Brock Commons Phase 1 is one of the tallest mass timber buildings

October 2015

One of the tallest mass timber buildings in the world will soon begin construction at the University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus. The 18 storey student residence building will provide housing for 404 students with a mix of studio and quad units. The structure is a hybrid system comprised of CLT floor slabs, glulam columns, steel connectors and concrete cores. When completed in 2017 the $51.5 million project will stand 53 metres tall.

AOA Receives Three Masonry Design Awards

October 2015

AOA received three awards at the Masonry Institute of British Columbia Masonry Design Award Gala dinner on October 1, 2015.

St. Augustine School and Cactus Club Langley Bypass received Awards of Excellence and Congregation Beth Israel received an Award of Merit.

The Masonry Design Awards showcase beautiful and distinctive masonry projects and honour the owners and designers that contribute to their realization.

St. Augustine School Opening

September 2015

The new St. Augustine School opened its door to welcome students for the new school year.

The new school, clad with a playful red-brick masonry collage, provides a symbolic link to St. Augustine’s Church and Parish, located one block to the east, and pays homage to the original church and school building that once occupied the site. Buff-brick cruciforms modestly mark the building as a Catholic institution. Blue-coloured glass represents hope and good health while folded steel canopies recall the form of a nun’s habit.

AOA Presents at SustainaBUILD 2015

September 2015

Adam James of Acton Ostry Architects will be speaking at this year’s SustainaBUILD conference on October 6, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver on ‘The Extreme Green – The Passive House.’

Presented in partnership with Canadian Passive House Institute West, the presentation will demystify the use of Passive House standards in commercial and multi-unit residential environments. Speakers will address Passive House principles in context of the BC Building Code, expand on the associated benefits and address the role that Passive House design plays in Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan.