BC Construction Roundtable February Breakfast Session

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.

Accomplished Architect Joins Thinkspace to Grow Firm’s Kelowna Practice

  • 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.

Kwantlen Student Association Hub Building

Thinkspace is delighted to be working with Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) to define the “vision and needs” of the new “hub” building.

The design team (Ray Wolfe, Len Rodrigues and Andrea Ewanchyna) from Thinkspace completed workshop #1.

Thanks to Brent Elliot, Planning and Development, KPU and Alan Nicholson, Make Projects for participating in workshop #1.

Ray Wolfe will Present at the Wood Solutions Conference


Ray Wolfe and Nick Bevilacqua from Fast + Epp, will be presenting at the Wood Solutions Conference taking place in Vancouver next week. The conference is dedicated to design and construction with wood products and building systems, including mass timber.

Though timber construction offers a viable option for three and four-storey school buildings, code constraints have limited timber schools to a maximum of two-storeys while also imposing overall floor area limitations. Ray and Nick’s presentation, “Design Options for Three- and Four-Storey Wood Buildings in British Columbia,” will discuss the range of possible timber construction approaches for school buildings up to four-stories in height within a seismic region.

The conference takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre – East in Vancouver, BC on November 5, 2019. The full WSC Presentation Outline can be viewed here.