The Kitsilano Coast Guard building, a recognizable landmark, on the North East corner of Kits Point and in the shadow of the Burrard Bridge, required a complete building envelope retrofit. RATIO’s design plan is a significant update to the building’s weather-shedding and energy performance that meet prescribed energy targets for the building.
A thorough and collaborative approach ensures the new Vancity Chinatown Community branch would serve the neighbourhood’s diverse and robust community now and in the years to come. As prime consultant, our RATIO team was responsible for the planning and design of this tenant improvement project. The interior design embraces natural light and circular shapes acknowledged in both Indigenous cultures and Feng Shui principals.
On February 16, 2019 we lost Mike Barnes, Architect AIBC, a beloved friend, respected colleague, senior advisor and RATIO partner.
It wasn’t organizational challenges that drove Aldergrove Credit Union (ACU) to embark on a new branch design; it was opportunity. As a new branch in a new building in a new community, an opportunity arose for RATIO to integrate corporate goals into the branch design.
Vancity has taken steps to remove barriers and improve accessibility for the hundreds of employees and members who enter their branches daily. Vancity branches in Burnaby Heights and Vancity Centre have received the Accessibility Certified Gold rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program.
RATIO and We Care; a holiday tradition
The Kitsilano Coast Guard Station required an envelope upgrade to withstand a renewed lifecycle in a high-profile exposed marine setting. RATIO’s design plan will deliver a functional, robust and aesthetic upgrade required to meet the goals of the Canadian Coast Guard.
In case you missed it: Our expanded design team is having a terrifically busy year. We are a proudly diverse and talented group working collaboratively with our clients to create design solutions ranging from community infrastructure to workplace tenant improvements to the rehabilitation of heritage structures. Here is a quick look at some of the projects we’ve been working on.
A successful workspace tenant improvement will address the goals of the business, brand attributes, culture, the type of business, employee profiles and help drive creativity and innovation. A results-based design solution will ensure successful and lasting results.
RATIO principal, Chris Pollard was interviewed for Enterprise Magazine, published by the Canadian Credit Union Association for his thoughts on future-proofing credit union branch design. Credit Unions are adapting their branches to address usage shifts as a result of technology; now and for the future. Chris shares thoughts on scalability, member insights and community profiling.