Kasian Collects Sustainability Awards for UBCO Projects

Two buildings located on the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia, both the work of Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd., have been for given top marks for energy and environmental performance. Both the Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research and the campus’s Arts & Sciences Building have been awarded five Green Globes™. Developed in Canada and administered by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the Green Globes is an online auditing tool that recognizes buildings that improve environmental performance in the areas of management, site, energy, water, resources, emissions and indoor environment. These are the first campus buildings to attain the top-level five-globe distinction as well as the first paired buildings to be so honoured.

Pedestrian Bridges That Make an Artful Connection

By Shelley White, Globe and Mail Update
April 23, 2012

Daring, innovative pedestrian bridges are popping up across Canada, with Calgary and Toronto at the forefront of the growing trend to give new recognition to those who commute on foot or by bike. Calgary’s latest architectural sensation, the predominantly red Peace Bridge, opened on March 24. The steel and glass structure, which crosses the Bow River into Calgary’s downtown, has attracted 4,400 citizens a day since it opened and become a focal point for residents and tourists. “There was one fellow who set up a time-lapse camera and [and he recorded] 1,200 people in an hour on the weekend,” says Calgary Alderman Druh Farrell, a vocal Peace Bridge supporter. “People are drawn to it: It’s become a magnet.” More … 

New Educational Provider: VICA

The AIBC is pleased to welcome the Vancouver Island Construction Association to the institute’s Registered Educational Provider Program. VICA’s primary goal is to support the construction industry and building community. From owners, consultants, engineers and architects to construction contractors, membership opens access to comprehensive services, programs and resources not found anywhere else. For more information on this and other AIBC Registered Educational Providers, visit the AIBC web site at http://www.aibc.ca/member_resources/professional_dev/CurrentREP.html.