UBC Hebb Building
The refurbishment of the UBC Hebb Building, a 1960s modernist building that houses the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UBC’s Point Grey campus, was recently completed. The extensive renewal included the reconfiguration of the six-storey classroom block to support contemporary pedagogy with extensive transparency between collaborative teaching lab spaces, a full seismic upgrade, and a new pedestrian bridge link to the adjacent Hennings Building.
Urban Development Institute Breakfast Seminar
Russell Acton, AOA principal, sat on the expert panel at the Urban Development Institute’s “What’s Next in Mass Timber” breakfast seminar recently for an enlightening discussion on the benefits of building with wood. Speaking to the question of “why use mass wood?” Russell explained that an encapsulated mass timber structure is quicker, cleaner, and quieter to construct than traditional steel and concrete buildings, which reduces the impact of construction on surrounding neighbourhoods and communities.
Canadian Modern Architecture
Four of Acton Ostry Architects’ projects have been featured in Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the Present: Chief Matthews Primary School, Cactus Club English Bay, the Sauder School of Business, and Brock Commons Tallwood House. Canadian Modern Architecture is a fifty-year retrospective with fresh insights from Canada’s most distinguished architectural critics and scholars into the country’s unique modern and contemporary architecture.
Construction has begun on two rooftop child care centres that will provide 74 spaces for infants and toddlers in Vancouver’s DTES neighbourhood. The centres are being built on top of neighbouring parkades in the historic Gastown neighbourhood. The City of Vancouver will own and maintain the childcare centres, and they’ll be operated by the YMCA of Greater Vancouver on a not-for-profit basis.