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.

Merchant Bank, Vancouver CA

Merchants’ Bank of Canada: Millenium Group – 1 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. This historic building was constructed in the aftermath of the great fire in 1886. We were retained to put together an affordable programme for upgrading the building. Previous attempts to do this in the 1990s had failed due to excessive costs of seismic and other work. The agreement with the City of Vancouver permits the original banking hall to be restored and an infill 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…