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.

Southend-on-Sea Pier, UK

Following significant fire losses in the UK’s historic piers, we were approached to undertake an assessment of Southend-on-Sea pier to determine if there was an effective means of significantly improving protection and minimising fire losses due to fires in above deck and below deck construction. The result is the first fully recirculating fire protection system that will enable the 3 km long pier to be fully serviced with fire water in all temperatures. The recirculating 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…