Vancouver College Redevelopment
Manrell Hall Nearing Completion
Construction is nearing completion at Vancouver College’s new middle school, Manrell Hall, with most of the exterior finished and interior finishes in progress. The 4,088 square metre building, including a dining hall, learning commons and extensive informal learning spaces, is the first major phase in a comprehensive campus redevelopment. The second phase will replace the old school building with a new state-of-the-art elementary school. The project also includes a residence for Christian Brothers and the campus chapel, and will retain heritage elements from the original 1924 school building. It will be a busy summer, as the teachers and students move into Manrell Hall and construction begins on the new elementary school.
New Associates Announced
We are pleased to announce Milos Begovic, Mark Simpson and Nathaniel Straathof as associates of Acton Ostry Architects. The new associates join principals Russell Acton and Mark Ostry; associate principals, Alan Davies and Alex Percy; and, associates Ruth Chau, Derek Fleming, and Matt Wood in leading future growth of the firm.
Milos Begovic joined AOA in 2015 and is currently the project lead for an extensive redevelopment of Vancouver College that includes a campus master plan, academic quadrangle, chapel, middle school, and elementary school with a heritage facade retention.
Mark Simpson joined AOA in 2007 and is currently the project lead for the Lord Tennyson Elementary School and Child Care, which is part of the Vancouver School Board seismic upgrade replacement program and in partnership with the City of Vancouver to expand child care spaces throughout the city.
Nathaniel Straathof joined AOA in 2006. Nate is currently the project lead for the full seismic upgrade and renewal of the Hebb Building for the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UBC, which was originally designed by Thompson Berwick and Pratt Architects in the 1960s.
Acton Ostry Architects is currently celebrating our 25th year, during which time the practice has received over 100 local, national, and international design awards. Recent notable projects include Brock Commons Tallwood House, UBC Aquatic Centre, York House Senior School, and Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue.
Award Recognition for Both Projects!
The UBC Aquatics Centre and Brock Commons Tallwood House were both recognized at the 2018 AIBC Architectural Awards ceremony. Each year, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia showcases the best in architecture from the AIBC community.
The UBC Aquatic Centre received the award program’s highest honour: the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Medal in Architecture. Designed in collaboration with MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects), the 8,000 sqm facility accommodates high performance training, community aquatics and supports student campus life. Angular massing, a soaring roof canopy and extensive glazing all combine to give order to the interior within a dynamic form that dramatically reveals activities taking place within.
Brock Commons Tallwood House received the AIBC Innovation Award. The 18-storey student residence is the world’s tallest contemporary mass wood tower and aspires to be a model for a future that features extraordinarily ordinary mass wood buildings that are quick, clean and cost effective to construct, and that maximize carbon sequestering and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
International Prize for Wood Architecture
Acton Ostry Architects has received the inaugural International Prize for Wood Architecture for Brock Commons Tallwood House at the University of British Columbia. Principal Russell Acton accepted the honour at the Forum Bois Construction in Dijon, France.
The International Prize for Wood Architecture is awarded by the press and is intended to stimulate the development of innovative architectural thinking using wood, while establishing links between countries where wood construction is playing an increasingly important role. The jury, comprised of chief-editors from international magazines relating to wood architecture, awarded the prize to Brock Commons Tallwood House for reaching an architectural milestone that showcases new uses for wood in multi-storey wood construction and architecture.