Groundbreaking for the new Robert G Kuhn Building at Trinity Western University happened in late February. The Building is destined to be the new home of TWU’s School of Business as well as GLOBAL, which represents non-traditional and extension programs. Construction is progressing on schedule and excavation is ongoing.
Ray Wolfe and Nick Bevilacqua from Fast + Epp, will be presenting at the Wood WORKS! BC workshop: Wood Construction Costing Beyond 2020 – Drilling Down Through Details. Their presentation focuses on a mass timber school costing study.
With BC’s recent early adoption of the 2020 national building code, there will soon be a surge of taller mass timber buildings in planning and construction. The workshop is tailored to help those attending understand the differences in pricing wood projects relative to other materials. Alongside Ray and Nick, experienced professionals will share their knowledge and experience – both successes and challenges – from concept through detailed estimating and to final assembly.
Ray will be presenting at the BC Construction Roundtable February Breakfast session focusing on K-12 school projects next week. Other presenters include: Hailley Honcharik, Regional Director, Capital Management Branch, Resource Management Division, Ministry of Education, Janson Ho, Director, Vancouver Project Office, Vancouver School Board, Autumn Sweet, Capital Projects Manager, Surrey School District.
In addition to an update on upcoming projects, different points of view will be presented on the importance of upgrading vs. new build, growth impacts, seismic mitigation program, developer collaboration, project procurement, project funding, sustainability goals, and the future of learning environments as they affect school construction.
- Leanne Soligo, Registered Architect and LEED AP, joins Thinkspace’s Kelowna office to continue the firm’s expansion throughout BC’s interior
- Leanne has been involved in all aspects of design over the past 30 years, including feasibility analysis, concept design, documentation and construction
Thinkspace is pleased to announce that Leanne Soligo, Registered Architect and LEED AP has joined the firm’s Kelowna office and will join its leadership team.
With three decades of experience spanning nearly every facet of architecture and project management in both private and public sectors, Leanne has led the design on a broad range of projects, with a special emphasis on civic, institutional and educational facilities.
“With so much opportunity throughout the Okanagan Valley, it’s the perfect time for me to join Thinkspace. I am very excited by the prospect of designing amazing places and spaces for communities, and its residents, throughout the region” noted Leanne.
An avid skier and golfer, Leanne is looking forward to returning to the BC Interior – a place where she grew up and cultivated her life-long passion for architecture. Thinkspace’s presence in the Kelowna began in 2010. With 8 staff, including 3 registered architects, Thinkspace has been involved in a wide range of projects in the region, including the Kelowna General Hospital Multipurpose System, Penticton Regional Hospital CT Scanner Renovation, Rotary Centre Of Arts, UBCO Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Feasibility Study, and the Kelowna Infiniti Nissan Dealership.
“Leanne’s an exceptionally accomplished designer, and highly regarded for finding creative approaches to solving a project’s most complex challenges. The entire team at Thinkspace is excited to have her join our growing firm,” commented Todd Dust, Partner at Thinkspace.