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

Ground Breaking Ceremony

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

Reaching New Heights

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

Mass Wood for the Masses

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.