November 01, 2016
Under construction at the University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus, the $51.1 million Brock Commons Student Residence in Vancouver is now the world’s tallest wood framed building.
The UBC student housing tower, a design collaboration by Vancouver’s Acton Ostry Architects and Structural Engineer Fast + Epp, rises 18 stories high and reaches a stunning 178.8 (53 meters) tall.
It is the first mass wood, steel, and concrete...
July 07, 2016
Climate change and the resiliency of cities has been a hot topic in recent weeks, particularly in the wake of the wildfire in Fort McMurray. The fire forced nearly 90,000 people from their homes and is expected to be the costliest disaster in Canadian history. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, there was approximately $3.6 billion in damages.
Extreme weather conditions such as wildfires and floods are becoming more frequent and more...
April 18, 2016
Construction deficiencies are common in all types of construction, including residential or commercial buildings, condominiums, roads, highways, and bridges.
In a perfect world, when construction deficiencies arise developers will stand behind their projects and undertake the repairs and remedial work. Unfortunately, in many cases insurance is not available and developers are unable to assist with the repairs due to high costs. Repairing...
March 24, 2016
Whether we are talking about copy right, safe design, professional negligence or various other matters, architects from all around face risks in many different areas. It is important for architects and engineers to understand what all these risks are, and to have appropriate strategies and plans in place to manage them.
Copy Right & Intellectual Property:
Some people say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. However, under...
January 14, 2016
In traditional project delivery (design-bid-build), an architect or engineer provides design services while the actual construction or implementation of the design is carried out by the contractor. In this scenario, the potential liabilities facing the design professional and contractor would be well defined.
However, over the past few decades this traditional method has changed as the complexity of projects increase. Project owners are...
December 09, 2015
Once completed, the new One Undershaft tower will stand 73-storeys tall and will be the second highest column in the capital city. The new skyscraper will be a total of 309.6m making it 80m taller than the nearby Cheesegrater, which stands at 224m and will dwarf the 180m-high Gherkin.
Most skyscrapers are only used Mondays-Fridays, however the One Undershaft will be used seven days a week. Visitors can enjoy the public square located at the base...