Construction began on Centennial Secondary School in November of 2013. The school is expected to gain occupancy in May of 2016, with the neighbourhood learning centre opening a year later. Foundation walls for the library, main entrance and theatre areas are in place. Class and project learning areas are beginning to take shape.
Construction is progressing at Belmont Secondary School in Langford, B.C. We are working with Yellowridge Construction to meet the planned schedule to open the school in September of 2015. The project is ramping up to 150 men on site to ensure this timely completion. Currently, the structure is nearing completion, classroom blocks have studding and drywall is starting to go up.
GHMA is pleased to announce that Robert Parlane and Leonard Rodrigues have joined the firm to help strengthen our work in the post-secondary sector.
Robert Parlane, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, ARCUK, LEED AP BD+C, has been a qualified architect for over 22 years, with considerable experience in both post-secondary institutions and private sector research facilities. His strong passion for sustainability, simple design and love of detail also have major roles in his architectural work.
Robert combined his experience in the post-secondary sector and his passion for sustainability, becoming the Project Architect responsible for the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies for Okanagan College, one of the largest projects in Canada targeting the Living Building Challenge, which includes net-zero energy and water use. Robert places strong emphasis on the need for genuine team work within the design process to find holistic solutions to the complex problems such building types present.
Leonard Rodrigues, Architect AIBC, AAA, RPP, MCIP, FRAIC is both an architect and a planner. Len’s professional life has focused on City Design, Master Planning and Facilities for Education. He has been involved with large scale city and campus planning projects including the City of Calgary Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan and the planning for the 880 acres of the Currie Barracks lands developed by Canada Lands Corporation in partnership with the City of Calgary – a highly successful and paradigm shifting project for the City of Calgary. He served as head of Urban Design for the City of Calgary as well as an urban design consultant.
With over 30 years of experience, Len has been involved with Higher Education exclusively over the last two decades. He has an extensive knowledge of Post Secondary Educational planning both from a consultant’s perspective as well as an owner’s. In both capacities he has been responsible for educational building design, institutional governance, procurement and delivery methodologies, master planning, programming, campus sustainability, and the development of a high quality campus experience for a number of institutions.
The experience and passion both Robert and Len bring to their work is exemplary and we look forward to their contributions to the success of GHMA.
GHMA is very pleased to introduce Umur Olcay, REFP, RPP, as Associate Director of Community and Education Planning.
Umur is an experienced education planner and community planner with 33 years of experience in local governments and school districts. For the past 14 years Umur has worked as Manager of Facilities and Demographics Planning for Surrey School District, where he has advanced facility and education planning as part of the project management team for the largest and most rapidly growing school district in BC. He has also provided leadership in developing and managing capital and facility planning shared service projects for eight school districts in BC.
Umur’s varied professional expertise includes education facility planning, community planning, parks planning, demographic projections, social and economic profiles, location analysis, improvement of system wide space utilization, site acquisition and development, community partnership development, and stakeholder and community consultation.
Umur is a graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning. He is a Recognized Education Facility Planner and a Registered Professional Planner. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of B.C., and is a member of the Council of Facility Planners International.
Umur will be taking over GHMA K-12 education planning responsibilities from Hugh Skinner, who is retiring from GHMA as of June 30, 2014. Hugh will continue to be available post-retirement to assist GHMA with the successful transition and completion of current project commitments.