Located in Nanaimo, BC, this BC Housing project for the Nanaimo Association for Community Living was recently granted Occupancy and is now home to 28 new residents. A big congratulations to the entire consultant/construction team for their efforts in creating this successful project.
Nuutsumuut Lelum is a new affordable rental family housing project developed by the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre in Nanaimo, BC. This project has been awarded Passive House certification, one of the most energy-efficient construction standards for buildings. Congratulations to the entire team!
Burquitlam Park Rental Residential Tower received a full building permit. On-site excavation is in progress. Thanks for the tremendous efforts from the team, the owner, and the City of Coquitlam for achieving this milestone.
Located in Nanaimo BC, this BC Housing project for the Nanaimo Association for Community Living is nearing completion. It will provide 28 new one-bedroom units to the community, while also preserving the forested area and wetland on the site for future residents to enjoy.
To our clients, consultants, and colleagues:
Following the Health Authority's move to Phase 2 of the COVID-19 response, dys architecture has shifted from the majority of staff working remotely from home to a reduced occupancy within our office space. We have adapted our office space to create a safe work environment. Reduced occupancy limits for all spaces within the office allow for appropriate physical distancing of staff members, supported by physical barriers where needed and enhanced cleaning services throughout the office. During this Phase 2 period, we still encourage online meetings over face-to-face meetings and most staff will work remotely from home for some days of the week.
Despite the challenges in trying to finish a construction project during the pandemic, full occupancy was achieved this week for NEXST Properties' townhouse project Woodstock at Oakridge Phase 1. Thanks to ETRO Construction and the consultant team for their hard work in overcoming the challenges during a difficult time in our City and around the world.
To our clients, consultants, and colleagues:
We are monitoring the ongoing developments regarding COVID-19. Our office is following the Health Authority's recommendations regarding hygiene and self-isolation of staff members who are returning from international travel, experiencing flu-like symptoms, or have household members in either situation. We have shifted to online meetings from face-to-face meetings and our staff is set up to work remotely from home.
While dys architecture is committed to maintaining existing deadlines and milestones on all projects, the current situation is fluid. We are in the process of assessing the potential impact on individual projects.
We will be contacting project teams directly with updates regarding project communications and upcoming meetings.
Construction for Burquitlam Park is now underway. This development includes three buildings: a Rental Tower, Strata Tower, and YMCA building. Both the Rental Tower and YMCA (architecture by others) are under construction at the same time, while the Strata Tower has started working drawings.
A three-phased plan to develop much needed housing for the Aboriginal community in Prince George is set to begin construction this fall. Under the leadership of David Simpson, founding partner of dys architecture, this new master plan will provide housing for up to 800 residents, and offer safe community gathering spaces and services for adults and children.
In addition, dys architecture has expanded the leadership group to include Darcy Imada, Kari Madsen, Otto Cheng, and Jodi Rock as new Associates
Darcy, the firm's Passive House Consultant, has focused on small to medium sized wood-frame projects. Her solid background in wood design detailing and technical resolution has helped to make all the projects she has been involved in a resounding success . She has recently completed the Passive House Affordable Housing project on Bowen Road in Nanaimo, a Senior's Housing facility in Port Alberni, and a City-initiated Affordable Housing project on Kingsway in Vancouver.
Kari is a strong leader who has been with the firm for 15 years and has been instrumental in the successful development of both architectural and interior solutions for many of our residential, commercial and institutional care projects. She has an innate ability to connect with people and brings her positive and respectful attitude to her personal interactions.
Otto is a seasoned project manager and has been a key member of the firm for 20 years. He has been involved in most of the firm's more complex mixed-use and high-rise residential projects, including Midori, Tapestry at Wesbrook Village, SFU Student Residences and Dining Hall, and Railyard Housing Co-Operative to name a few.
Jodi, with her strong technical proficiency, is an instrumental member of the firm's standards group. She brings over 30 years of technical and project management experience to the firm and has led projects of varying scales and types from complex residential care to high-density residential.
These new Associates have all been integral to the firm's project and office standards group for many years ensuring the highest technical, design and visual presentation standards are maintained on all our projects.
Photo above (left to right): Associates Darcy Imada, Kari Madsen, Otto Cheng, and Jodi Rock