Gastown, Vancouver

The firm has long been established in the historic Gastown area of Vancouver. The firm pioneered a new approach to upgrading, undertaking an important building study with UBC Masters students in fire protection engineering and a City of Vancouver study led by for Head Planner Ray Spaxman in year2000. This was a precursor to the current Vancouver Building bylaw provisions for upgrading existing buildings.

Leckie Building, Gastown

The Leckie Building was originally constructed as a boot and shoe factory in Gastown in 1908.  It was seismically upgraded as part of a general refurbishment in 1991.  The heavy timber construction  is a key feature of the building with old growth beams and masonry walls.  The fire protection programme was presented and accepted by the City of Vancouver.  The strategy enabled the heavy timber structure to remain exposed highlighting a key feature of buildings READ MORE…

Hat Creek Historic Ranch

John Ivison and Associates Ltd were retained to review the site with respect to the water supply and fire suppression strategy for this historic site of Hat Creek Ranch dating back to the 1860s. Various water supply and suppression as well as detection options were chosen and comparative costs determined for the design development and construction. The decision was to go with an underground reservoir which could also act as the foundation for the new READ MORE…

Bibury Court, Cotswolds, UK

Bibury Court is a Jacobean mansion dating back to the 1600s. The owners, who now operate it as a niche hotel, wished to upgrade the rooms and floor layout while addressing some key shortcomings of the construction in terms of its fire risk. A sprinkler strategy was utilised to upgrade the fire protection and life safety in the main building; this enabled the fire resistance of floors to be offset by fire suppression of fires READ MORE…

90 Alexander St, Vancouver

90 Alexander Street, Vancouver, BC is a small building in Gastown historic district of Vancouver. The Owners desired to add to the building vertically without upgrading the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) floors below. A strategy was developed that permitted the vertical addition to be constructed in wood frame by utilising the existing light well as the location of a new exit stair while constructing the new addition as an independently supported section above the SRO floors. READ MORE…

Fort Steele Historic Town, BC Canada

This large site managed by the friends of Fort Steele, was originally managed by the provincial heritage branch. The site is important historically as a river crossing was established there in the 1800s enabling the Kootenay River to be negotiated on the trail to the gold rush fields to the north. John Ivison and Associates were selected to undertake a site-wide assessment of the fire and life safety as well as security systems. A strategy READ MORE…

Nyrstar Mines, Myra Falls, Vancouver Island

John Ivison and Associates were retained to undertake a complete review of the fire protection and water supply infrastructure on the Nyrstar Mining site. We conducted a total of 4 days review of the above and below grade operations and facilities. Findings were summarised in a fire protection report outlining the remedial works required with budget estimates based on implementation in three phases.

Bramshill Manor, Hampshire, UK

This Jacobean mansion is now occupied as a one of the UK’s national police colleges. It has required significant ongoing maintenance. Various schemes for improving the usability of the floor areas were put forward. An analysis of the construction, exiting and escape times as well as compartmentation was undertaken. As floor were being taken up as a result of plans to utilise previously underutilised attic spaces, it was decided that the existing lathe and plaster READ MORE…