Culture/Recreation Projects

Central Saanich Municipal Hall, BC - 2000

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We were retained by the District of Central Saanich to produce a comprehensive facilities plan for accommodating police, fire and administrative functions. We estimated future staffing and space requirements, and identified four building development options involving the redevelopment of the existing facilities and/or new construction. A comprehensive evaluation framework was used to assess each of the development options based on relevant functional, strategic and cost criteria. We concluded that construction of a new police building and redevelopment of the existing facilities was the most cost-effective solution in meeting the municipality’s long–term facilities needs. Completed in 2000.

Saint Michaels University School, Victoria, BC - 2000

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SMUS is a private school that offers programs to students from kindergarten to Grade 12. The senior school serves approximately 500 students. We developed a facilities program for three phases of proposed new and replacement facilities for the senior school. The three phases comprised the Classroom Block, the School House Block, and the Recreation Block. The Classroom Block provided replacement facilities for the arts and humanities. The School House Block was the complete redevelopment of an existing historic building for administrative and support functions. The Recreation Block provided a lap pool, racquet courts, and social space. In addition to the facilities program, we assisted in the selection of an architect and we reviewed the architect’s design for program compliance. Completed in 2000.

Victoria Conservatory of Music, BC - 1995

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The Conservatory planned a new facility as part of the redevelopment of the historic Saint Ann’s Academy site. Planning had proceeded based on a program produced five years earlier that was too large for the budget available. Our task was to update the existing facilities program to meet the budget, and to insure that the requirements reflect current operations and the most current understanding of future needs. Completed in 1995.

Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC - 1994

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BC Buildings Corporation had prepared a plan for the redevelopment of Royal BC Museum, including a life-safety upgrade and construction of a new entry lobby. The purpose of our study was to define long-term site requirements for the Museum, and establish a viable plan for responding to those needs. Key objectives were to determine appropriate site boundaries for the Museum; confirm that BC Buildings Corporation’s long-range plan was consistent with future opportunities; and prepare a long-range development plan for the site. We confirmed future program directions through consultation with Museum staff, and determined on-site parking and site access requirements through discussions with the City of Victoria. Completed in 1994.

Victoria Native Friendship Centre, BC - 1992

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At the time of our study, VNFC had assumed the role of a multi-service centre for the Victoria urban native community and wanted to expand its role as a major cultural centre. We prepared a Facilities Program for new facilities that addressed area and organizational requirements for each of the spaces to be provided within the new facility. The Facilities Program provided sufficient information to identify and assess potential site and development options; establish a fund-raising target for capital construction; and allow the project design team to proceed with the development of conceptual design drawings. Completed in 1992.

Mandate Review, Provincial Capital Commission, Victoria, BC - 1992

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We reviewed the operations and mandate of the Provincial Capital Commission and assisted in determining an appropriate future role for the organization. The project involved extensive consultation with other government agencies, aboriginal communities, community groups and the Commission itself. Views from the general public were solicited through newspaper advertisements and open houses. A comparative analysis was conducted of similar agencies and activities in other provincial capitals. The report included recommendations on the future role, the type of organization and resources required, and an action plan for the transition. Completed in 1992.