Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon provides a ‘home away from home’ for 73 out-of-town families whose children are receiving treatment for serious illnesses at the BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital. It replaces a much smaller 12-unit complex that occupied a heritage house in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighbourhood. One of the most important design ambitions was to recreate the nurturing environment and sense of community so crucial for families facing one of life’s greatest emotional challenges.
Lord Kitchener Elementary School was established in 1914 in what was then the municipality of Point Grey, now the neighbourhood of Dunbar on Vancouver’s west side. The original wooden schoolhouse reached capacity in the early 1920s, when a second masonry building was constructed alongside it, followed over the ensuing decades by other additions and alterations. This project involved the rehabilitation and relocation of the original heritage schoolhouse, the demolition of the later structures and the construction of a new building.
This two-storey, 3,770 square metre facility was built under the province of British Columbia’s seismic mitigation program for schools. It replaces the original J.W. Sexsmith Elementary dating from 1912, that structural analysis had determined would be uneconomical to upgrade to current code standards. Located on a south sloping site in the Langara neighbourhood of Vancouver, the new school serves a diverse student population in an area that is transitioning from single-family to multi-family homes.
The University of British Columbia’s recently completed Earth Sciences Building had to live up to the university’s strong reputation in the earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences. It would have to be iconic and use green building technologies. The solution was the extensive and innovative use of cross-laminated timber (CLT), a new solid wood product that is as strong as reinforced concrete. The building used more than 1,300 cubic metres of CLT, all sourced and engineered in B.C.