Clad in striking white masonry and steel, the new chapel at Vancouver College is taking shape. The arched doorway from the original 1927 school building has been restored and incorporated into the new construction as the main chapel entrance. Following the completion of Manrell Hall middle school in 2018, the second phase of the Vancouver College redevelopment includes a new elementary school and will be completed in the fall.
Construction is underway on the new UBC Geological Field Station in Oliver, BC. A cornerstone of geology education at UBC since the 1950s, the historic site no longer met the space requirements of the UBC Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. The new facility will provide a simple, functional teaching, learning, and living environment for students to learn about field geology and practice their newly-developed mapping skills in the surrounding wilderness.
The redevelopment of 445 Kingsway has been unanimously approved by Vancouver City Council. Developed by the same local business owner as AOA’s Stella Kingsway Honda project, this mixed-use building will provide commercial offices, ground-level retail space, and vital affordable housing units through the Moderate Income Rental Housing Pilot Program. 445 Kingsway will join a growing number of AOA projects that are transforming Mount Pleasant, along with our award-winning Stella, The Duke, and The Independent.
At a recent virtual gala hosted by the Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN), The Duke was recognized with two 2020 HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence from a field of more than 400 entries. The Duke received the HAVAN Award for Excellence in Innovative Housing, sponsored by BC Housing, and the HAVAN Award for Best Multi-Family Highrise. In 2019, this bright and colourful rental housing project received international recognition as a finalist in the prestigious Architizer A+Awards program and an honourable mention in the Architecture Master Prize awards.