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.
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!
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.
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.
We are very happy to announce that Julia Roemer RID LEED AP has joined the firm to help develop our interior design capabilities.
Julia is a registered interior designer with 15 years experience in commercial and residential interior design. Having worked on large commercial projects to small renovations Julia adds value to any project type. She has designed for various design and architecture firms internationally and locally, small and large, as well as running her own business for 8 years.
Julia strives to be creative, innovative and youthful in her approach to design while always being mindful of our environment with her recommendations. Focusing on facilitating the design process she researches client needs and desires and identifies how to achieve these requirements. What gives Julia the most enjoyment in her line of work is building relationships and collaborating with a great client consultant team.
She holds a degree in interior design, is a registered interior designer and is LEED AP accredited.
Jackson Low, Paul Hammond, and Christopher Rowe are very pleased to announce the latest chapter in our firm’s continuous 29 year history. Effective Monday 24 March 2014, the firm name changes to Low Hammond Rowe Architects Inc. This reflects the retirement of founder Sid Chow and the introduction of new partner Christopher Rowe.
With our long history and stable continuous leadership, we’ve built an energetic and experienced team of 21, including 9 licensed architects. We’re now one of the largest architectural offices on Vancouver Island.
First established in 1985 by partners Sid Chow and Gary Fleischauer, the firm became Chow Fleischauer Low Architects Inc when Jackson Low became a full partner in 1996. With the retirement of founder Gary Fleischauer and the addition of partner Paul Hammond in 2006, the firm became Chow Low Hammond Architects Inc.
Christopher Rowe has practiced architecture in Victoria since 1986. He was a founding partner of de Hoog D’Ambrosio Rowe Architects in 1992, principal of his own practice Idealink Architecture Ltd from 1996 to 2003, and a design and sustainability leader with international A/E firm Cannon Design from 2003 to 2010. His project list includes the Selkirk Waterfront masterplan and Arc Building, the Vancouver Island Technology Park regeneration, the Broad Street Revitalization Project, Mermaid Wharf, Oswego Hotel, Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, the Centre for Athletics Recreation and Special Abilities at UVic, Telus World of Science in Vancouver, and the Whistler Blackcomb Peak to Peak Gondola Terminals.
Our clients and collaborators can continue to count on the partners’ enthusiastic hands-on involvement with every project, and our entire team’s focus on providing imaginative, versatile and responsive design, thorough technical execution, and personal service dedicated to our clients’ success.
For more information please contact Jackson Low, Paul Hammond, or Christopher Rowe at 250 472 8013.