Wiikšaḥiquʔił, which loosely translates as a safe place in Nuu-chah-nulth, is a second stage housing project providing homes for women and children who are impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking. The 22 units, ranging in size from studios to three-bedroom units, will fill a gap in women supportive housing in the region. dys architecture facilitated a Collaborative Design process with the Design-Builder team, Sage Haven Society, and BC Housing to ensure the best interests of accessibility, security, liveability, cultural meaning and community were included in every step of the design and construction.
Providence Health Care and the BC government have announced their plans to develop a new $207 million care facility on the former St. Vincent's Heather Hospital site, just south of the Children's and Women's Health Centre of BC. It will provide 240 units and offer vital senior services and care when completed. The new facility will be a safe, active, and healthy environment, and will also respond to the cultural needs of the Indigenous community.
DYS was honoured to attend the Coast Mental Health's Courage to Come Back Awards and celebrate the stories of five extraordinary British Columbians who have come back from extreme adversity to give back to their own communities.
Left to right: Keith Yeung, Craig Rogers, Kim Barnsley, Knut Boeck, Dane Jansen, Laurie Mackintosh, Lloyd Lieu, Emma Lew, Norm Chin
Left to right: Otto Cheng, Craig Rogers, Jennifer Boyle, Keith Yeung
Having celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2022, dys architecture is moving into the future with optimism and excitement. We are pleased to announce the promotion of the following talented individuals.
New Senior Associate
Otto Cheng has been a dedicated member of dys architecture since joining us in 2000, and we are pleased to announce his promotion to Senior Associate. Otto will take on greater office management, staff resourcing, and strategic planning roles, helping to influence the future direction of the firm. With his strong leadership and PM skills, Otto will continue to mentor staff as he leads mixed-use and high-rise residential projects, including many high-profile and complex developments.
Keith Yeung, Architect AIBC, joined dys architecture in 2010, after graduating from the University of Manitoba, and has been involved on many complex healthcare and institutional projects. Keith's analytical approach was instrumental in the successful completion of projects including the Willow Chest and Willow Pavilion Mental Health Renovations at VGH, compliance work for the Segal Heath Centre, the Lions Gate Hospital Redevelopment, and Richmond Hospital Redevelopment. As part of the management team, Keith will continue to support and lead our healthcare project teams.
Jennifer Boyle, Architect AIBC, has spent the last 7 years with dys architecture overseeing a number of projects with unique site conditions and programming challenges. Through a multi-disciplinary approach to design and execution, she undertakes these challenges with enthusiasm. Jennifer has been involved in various residential projects in the UBC Wesbrook neighbourhood. She has completed complex healthcare renovations at VGH and is currently a design lead and PM on a residential tower project in Burquitlam. Jennifer's strong leadership skills and ability to tackle challenging projects will ensure her continued growth and success in the firm.
Craig Rogers, an architect with nearly 20 years of experience, joined dys architecture in 2021. With his strong management skills and technical background, Craig will continue to lead numerous multifamily and mixed-use projects. His current projects include affordable housing in Delta, a residential development at UBC, a modular housing project for the Kwantlen Nation, and a mixed-use mid-rise in North Vancouver. Craig's ability to connect with others and his respectful demeanor result in engaged and committed project team members and ensure that he will positively influence the next generation at dys architecture.
These new Associates have helped shape the culture of our workplace, exemplifying strong leadership. They have been integral to the firm's success, ensuring the highest design and technical standards are maintained on all our projects. These well-earned promotions ensure that dys architecture continues to serve all our clients with dedication and commitment.
BC Housing makes a press release to announce new homes are under construction with support open for Indigenous Peoples in Prince George. Phase 3 pictured left, is a 4-story development in scale with the existing residential developments across 17th Avenue. When complete, the entire master-planned project will include approximately 160 residential units as well as a number of commercial units.
dys architecture in collaboration with Azziza Indigenous Design Group.
Congratulations to the entire project team! The exciting ground-breaking event was attended by dys pictured above (left to right: Ismail Karar of Reinbold, Gilbert Raynard of RJC, Norm Chin and Danny So of dys architecture). Slate is a new development that will add 341 residential units in a 45-storey tower next to the Millennium Skytrain Line on the edge of the Brentwood Town Centre neighbourhood of Burnaby. Completion is anticipated in 2025.
dys architecture in association with Rafii Architects Inc.
Client: Beedie Living
Render/Photo: courtesy of Beedie Living
We had a great time welcoming old and new friends, and industry colleagues to our dys Victoria open house last month. Though we've been settling into our historic Market Square office for almost a year now, we were excited to officially open our doors to welcome folks from the Victoria development community and show off our new digs. Thanks to everyone who came through--we're glad to be a part of the community and looking forward to working together!
DYS was thrilled to attend the ceremonial ribbon-cutting event for Phase 1 of lelem Village. This project, done by Polygon in partnership with Musqueam Capital Corp is the Village Centre for the mixed-use sustainable community that is to be the Village Centre for the development of the Musqueam Nation lands in the University Endowment Lands. This phase is comprised of three buildings containing 173 rental units, neighbourhood shops, and outdoor gathering spaces for the community. Congratulations to the Musqueam community for this important milestone achievement!
About nine months since breaking ground, wood framing is in progress up to Level 5 for the west wing of this Coquitlam project which will soon provide 164 units of affordable rental housing for low-income families.
Maitland Street Village has received the 2022 Award of Excellence at the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Awards. The 46-unit affordable rental housing project has received occupancy in January this year and is developed by the Alberni Low Energy Housing Society in partnership with BC Housing and the Catholic Diocese of Victoria. Compliant with Step 4 of the BC Energy Code, it has achieved the highest standard in developing affordable housing in Port Alberni.
Demolition has started this week for the anticipated, 68-unit signature collection of inspiring homes with Nexst Properties in the diverse and vibrant community of Renfrew-Collingwood.
The new Langley Lions Birch replacement building is now under construction. It will be a 101-unit, eight-storey structure attached directly to the existing Evergreen Timbers Assisted Living facility.
The first phase of this Urban Indigenous community project in Prince George has been completed and the first residents are living in the initial phase of 50 townhomes. Two more phases of housing are currently in construction and will provide homes for 35 seniors and 56 families along with new childcare and the Society’s renovated administrative facility.
Read more in the Prince George Citizen
As dys architecture embarks on its 40th year serving clients throughout the province, we are very excited and pleased to announce the expansion of our practice and presence in the province by opening a new branch office in the City of Victoria. This new office will serve the Victoria Capital Region and south Vancouver Island. The creation of this office in Victoria aligns with our firm's continued commitment to providing exemplary service to our existing and new clients in this region of the province.
Our Victoria team will be led by Amanda Morgan and Nate Mallari. Both of these talented and dedicated individuals originate from the Vancouver office. They will continue the firm's collaborative work culture while building upon our history of excellent service to our existing and new clients in the region.
The new branch office is located in Market Square in Downtown Victoria near the harbour at 201 - 560 Johnson Street, Market Square.
The ground has been broken for the highly anticipated $310M Acute Care Tower expansion at the Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. The state-of-the-art facility will provide the community and health care professionals in the region with eight operating rooms, pre and post-op care, 108 additional beds, and more.
Read more about Slate in the Daily Hive.
Tapestry at Victoria Harbour has achieved LEED Gold certification! Congratulations to the team!
Images courtesy of Concert Properties Ltd.
Congratulations to the Park Boulevard Team for receiving its Occupancy Permit!