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 are proud to announce that the Wilson’s Walk Affordable Rental Housing project is about to break ground this month. The project will provide 108 new affordable rental housing units in the Vic-West neighbourhood of Victoria, BC. The project is constructed by TL Housing Solutions for Pacifica Housing Advisory Association and represents the long awaited phase two of the Wing Development, also constructed by TL Housing Solutions of Vancouver.
Low Hammond Rowe Architects received four awards of excellence for various projects on Vancouver Island at the 2015 Vancouver Island Commercial Building Awards Dinner on April 23, 2015, sponsored by VIREB.
Uplands Walk Supportive Housing, owned by BC Housing and operated by Pacifica Housing Advisory Association won in the ‘Community Institutional’ category. Congratulations to our client Pacifica Housing, our LHRA team, CitySpaces Development Consultant, the consultants RJC Structural, Rocky Point Engineering Mechanical, RB Engineering Electrical, Herold Engineering Civil, Small & Rossell Landscape Architects and contractor Windley Contracting.
Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) – North Nanaimo Branch won in the Community Institutional – Renovation Category. Congratulations to our client VIRL, our design team at LHRA, the consultant team RJC Structural, WSP Mechanical, AES Electrical, Herold Engineering Civil, Gemella Design Inc. Landscape Architect, as well as the contractor Century Group Constructors.
Berwick By The Sea, owned by Berwick Retirement Communities Ltd, won in the multi-family category. Congratulations to Berwick Retirement Communities, our LHRA design team, the consultants Trilogy Structural Engineering, Avalon Mechanical Consultants, Triumph Electrical Consulting, Highland Engineering Civil and Forsite Landscape Architecture.
Island Optimal Health & Performance & Moksha Yoga won in the Retail category. Congratulations to our client Island Optimal Health & Performance, our LHRA design team, the consultants Sorensen & Associates Structural, Rocky Point Engineering Mechanical, RB Engineering Electrical, Newcastle Engineering Civil, Victoria Drakeford Landscaping and the contractor Windley Contracting.
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.