We’re pleased to announce that principals Paul Hammond and Christopher Rowe, and senior architect Selena Kwok, have just received their Certified Passive House Designer credentials from the Passive House Institute in Germany. LHRA currently has two projects on the boards seeking Certified Passive House status, and four others designed with Passive House principles. Passive House is rapidly becoming the ‘gold standard’ for energy-efficient design and construction, and LHRA are now one of the leading Vancouver Island firms with the expertise and real-world experience in this new paradigm for sustainable buildings.
After a 17 month approval process, we are happy to announce that the development permits for the revitalization of Glenlyon Norfolk School’s Junior Campus on Oak Bay’s waterfront have been approved by Oak Bay Council. These included a Heritage Alteration Permit and Shoreline Development Permit. LHRA are now preparing construction documents for the first phase of the work. This will include the construction of two new buildings for junior kindergarten and kindergarten, the restoration of Francis Rattenbury’s boathouse for GNS’s Marine Adventure Program, and the relocation and restoration of the Rattenbury’s garage and associated Coach House as the new Music Room.
LHRA are very happy to have had the opportunity to assist Glenlyon Norfolk School with a number of long-term and short-term projects on their two campuses. Over the past year we have been working with the School and Denford Construciton Management to transform the former 1931 Norfolk House School gymnasium into a modern, well-equipped fitness centre for students and staff. The old gym, once a stand-alone building, has over the years become embedded in numerous additions. It remained a rather dingy and cold space for middle school phys ed until this project opened up new windows, removed an old stage proscenium, and introduced insulation (!), a stack-effect heat recovery ventilation system, LED lighting, and new finishes. The Scott Fitness Centre was recently officially opened by GNS and has been greeted with great enthusiasm by both students and teaching staff as the first of a series of projects to renew and update the campus.
We’re very happy to announce that Low Hammond Rowe Architects has been selected by Glenlyon Norfolk School to undertake the complete redesign of their Junior School Campus on Beach Drive in Victoria. Originally the home of noted Victoria architect Francis Rattenbury, the property became Glenlyon School in 1932. Our work will seek to preserve the special character of Rattenbury’s oceanfront house, coach house, boat house, and grounds, while helping the School create a unique learning environment for kindergarten to grade 5 children.
We were very sorry to see two talented members of our team recently depart for home in the British Isles: Tadhg Nihill has returned to his home in Ireland (technically part of the British Isles!), and Leigh Merrigan is back home in Suffolk.
We’re pleased however to announce the imminent arrival of Tim Kindrat, Architect AIBC, Howard Kim, Intern Architect AIBC, and Wil Wiens, Architectural Technologist AIBC – all of whom join us in October. More about them later!
The Nanaimo North Library had its grand opening on Saturday 12 July. Over 500 people from the community, along with members of the Vancouver Island Regional Library board and numerous local politicians, turn out to see the new facility, celebrate its completion, or just make use of the facilities. We were gratified to see all the multipurpose spaces in the branch being put to good use by children’s entertainers, science demos, and a jazz trio. Click here to see more photos of the building and the event.
Our small retail/office strata project at 1825 Bowen Road in Nanaimo for Windley Contracting Ltd is nearing completion – tenants should be in by the end of August.
Henry Kitchell and Christopher Rowe recently had the pleasure of being part of a charette team for the City of Victoria’s Harbour Dialogue Technical Workshop. Over the two day event we were privileged to work with some very committed city and marine stakeholders with passionate positions about the harbour’s potential, and we helped develop some interesting and achievable suggestions for waterfront revitalization. We look forward to seeing the City and its harbour partners take some concrete steps to improve the use of this immensely important public land on the water’s edge.
Thanks to all our friends from Team One for a great couple of days of invigorating discussion and idea generation, to the AIBC Vancouver Island Chapter for putting our names forward, and to Robert Batallas from the City of Victoria for including us in the event.
Low Hammond Rowe Architects’ designs for the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Cowichan Lake Library and Cumberland Library have been recognized by the BC Library Association with their 2013 BCLA Building Project Award. This is now the second time that LHRA projects have been recognized by the BCLA – our work for Camosun College at the Lansdowne and Interurban campuses received the Building Project Award in 2011.
The BCLA Awards Committee “felt that both the Cowichan Lake and the Cumberland projects showcase the leadership provided by VIRL in the development of a strategic plan identifying key building characteristics for your projects overall. Both libraries incorporate elements of community design and involved strong community involvement and champions. We commend you on the excellence of both the Cumberland renovation and the Cowichan Lake libraries. It is clear that your communities value and support library service which is a testament to your excellent work.”
LHRA is very pleased to be able to support the VIRL in reaching its ambitious goals for the renewal and expansion of library service on Vancouver Island.
Both projects are now open and operating; Low Hammond Rowe Architects’ project for the Nanaimo North Library is currently under construction and scheduled for completion for the end of May 2014.
Three projects by Low Hammond Rowe Architects received top awards at the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board’s 2014 Commercial Building Awards, held April 24 in Nanaimo. The Cumberland Library and the Cowichan Lake Library each received the Award of Excellence in the Community Institutional category. The Nanaimo Golf Clubhouse received both the Award of Excellence in the Hospitality category and the Judge’s Choice Award. Low Hammond Rowe Architects would like to thank our clients the Vancouver Island Regional Library, Nanaimo Golf Club, and Rideout Construction for providing the opportunity to work on their projects, and contractors Heatherbrae Construction and Windley Contracting Ltd for their implementation.