BC Parkway

Vancouver, British Columbia
2007-2009

The BC Parkway is an existing 26 kilometre regional greenway following the Expo SkyTrain line through four municipalities. PWL led a multi-discipinary team and worked with multiple stakeholders to prepare a conceptual design for the redevelopment of this important linear greenspace. This design showcases the best practices in safety, accessibility, systainability, and innovative facility design in a manner that is direct, pleasant to use, and engaging for both novice users and daily commuters.

BC Parkway

The BC Parkway is an existing 26 kilometre regional greenway following the Expo SkyTrain line through four municipalities.

Wall Centre False Creek

Vancouver, British Columbia
2010-2013

The Wall Centre False Creek residential development is located in the South East False Creek neighborhood of Vancouver, British Columbia. The landscape design and elements reflect the historical shipyard realm that once occupied the site. This is reflected in the nautical themed layout of the central courtyard in the shape of a ships hull. Within this courtyard is a water feature and whimsical seating. Opportunities for urban agriculture have also been provided in the form of planters and planting areas at street level and on the upper common area levels.

Wall Centre False Creek

The Wall Centre False Creek residential development is located in the South East False Creek neighborhood of Vancouver, British Columbia.

French Quarter Parklet

Vancouver, British Columbia
2013-2014

The French Quarter Parklet is the first parklet built under the new City of Vancouver Pilot Parklet program. PWL Partnership provided design services pro bono and facilitated the community project, bringing together designers, artists, and residents from the neighbourhood. The new public space spans two parking stalls and bridges the boulevard to the sidewalk. Features include custom-dipped triangular benches and native plantings. The parklet was installed in May 2014 and is an example of the endless possibilities of increasing access to public space and engaging the community in rethinking the role our streets play in the public realm.

French Quarter Parklet

The French Quarter Parklet is the first parklet built under the new City of Vancouver Pilot Parklet program.

New Water

Vancouver, British Columbia
2010-2013

PWL provided full design services for Polygon Homes' New Water Apartments. Located at East Fraserlands in South Vancouver, the landscape design is clean and modern, with key elements including natural play areas featuring water timber piping evocative of the rich industrial history of the site. The planting design features a rich texture of edible species including herb borders, espaliered fruit trees and berry bushes. Community garden plots allow residents to plant vegetables. Site amenities are integral to the project, with paths and pedestrian mews creating comfortable linkages to the surrounding community.

New Water

PWL provided full design services for Polygon Homes' New Water Apartments.

UBC East Neighbourhood Park

Vancouver, British Columbia
2010-2013

The existing site for the East Neighbourhood Park is a unique and ecologically valuable stand of mature, coniferous trees, located within UBC’s well-established East Neighbourhood community. The design for the park sets out to preserve and enhance the site’s existing forest character and build on the neighbourhood’s sense of community through preservation of existing trees, improvement of bird habitat, as well as the use of local, recycled, and natural materials. The park includes a bird nest inspired playground, a BBQ picnic area, exercise equipment constructed from wood and stone, and boardwalks through the wetland area.

UBC East Neighbourhood Park

The existing site for the East Neighbourhood Park is a unique and ecologically valuable stand of mature, coniferous trees, located within UBC’s well-established East Neighbourhood community.

Ronald McDonald House BC

Vancouver, British Columbia
2010-Present

The Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver is a home-away-from-home for families of ill children receiving treatment at the BC Children's Hospital. PWL is currently involved in the implementation of the landscape, from design through to construction. The new house will accommodate 73 families and will include a number of common indoor and outdoor facilities. The project features a garden experience that reinforces play and healing, an innovative wood structure, and is expected to gain LEED Gold Plus Certification.

Ronald McDonald House BC

The Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver is a home-away-from-home for families of ill children receiving treatment at the BC Children's Hospital.

Cedar Springs Independent Living

North Vancouver, British Columbia
2008-2012

Cedar Springs is a senior's independent living residence set in the Mount Seymour area of North Vancouver. The landscape responds to the active lifestyle of the residents by providing a putting green, outdoor terrace, greenhouse, walking path and four season garden. Special attention was given to the first nations public art and the native planting that was incorporated around this piece to ensure that it fit seamlessly in the overall landscape. Rain gardens within the native planting successfully disperse a large volume of the yearly rainfall.

Cedar Springs Independent Living

Cedar Springs is a senior's independent living residence set in the Mount Seymour area of North Vancouver.

Kiwanis Garden Village

North Vancouver, British Columbia
2010-2014

At Kiwanis Garden Village, the landscape not only provides a green setting for two new buildings, it also bridges the gap between new and exciting phases of development. A terraced community garden is the heart of the project and features garden plots designed for use by seniors, including a wheelchair accessible planter. The landscape incorporates sustainable measures such as permeable pavers, a rain garden and the use of durable and re-usable materials. Efficient irrigation and drought tolerant plants ensures that water use is kept to a minimum.

Kiwanis Garden Village

At Kiwanis Garden Village, the landscape not only provides a green setting for two new buildings, it also bridges the gap between new and exciting phases of development.

Concord Gardens

Richmond, British Columbia
2010-Present

PWL Partnership lead the public realm design and master planning for Concord Gardens in Richmond. The plan incorporates the principles of Feng Shui by creating a public realm and park system with a 'borrowed landscape' character that reflects the natural alluvial landscape of Richmond. An Asian inspired garden is created through a series of islands featuring contemporary pavilions that are reinterpretations of traditional tea houses. Water connects varying scales of public and semi-private outdoor spaces through tranquil reflecting pools, cascading waterfalls, and meandering streams.

Concord Gardens

PWL Partnership lead the public realm design and master planning for Concord Gardens in Richmond.

SFU Observatory

Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia
2013-Present

PWL Partnership was hired by Simon Fraser University Facilities Services as the prime consultant for the design and development of the SFU astronomical observatory and plaza at the Burnaby Mountain campus. The new observatory will house a telescope that the public can use to view galaxies billions of light years away. Electrical outlets will be provided to allow visitors to set up their own telescopes.

Adjacent to the new structure will be a modern interpretation of an ancient observatory – an earth mound dissected by walls that carefully control the view of the sky, highlighting the movement or celestial objects. Planting is arranged in patterns which represent the orbit of planets about the sun. The viewing plaza will feature a long seating plinth which will glow at night with lit coloured bands that reference elemental emission spectra. In reference to the magnitude of distances involved in the study of astronomy, metal bands set in paving will provide a graphic representation of the powers of ten.

SFU Observatory

PWL Partnership was hired by Simon Fraser University Facilities Services as the prime consultant for the design and development of the SFU astronomical observatory and plaza at the Burnaby Mountain campus.

Nak'albun School

Fort St. James, British Columbia
2010-2014

Located in Fort St. James overlooking picturesque Stuart Lake, Nak’albun Elementary is envisioned as becoming not only a premier school, but also a place for the Nak’azdli First Nations community to congregate. Truly a community-based project, that engaged local artists, trades people and students, PWL worked closely with the community and consultants to create a site-specific design response. Play areas were situated to take advantage of the surrounding natural scenic landscape. A swale constructed with locally sourced stone wraps around the north side of the school capturing and slowing snowmelt in the spring before it is diverted down the embankment and ultimately to Stuart Lake.

Nak'albun School

Located in Fort St. James overlooking picturesque Stuart Lake, Nak’albun Elementary is envisioned as becoming not only a premier school, but also a place for the Nak’azdli First Nations community to congregate.

House of Fairytales Competition

Denmark, United Kingdom
2013

More information coming soon!

House of Fairytales Competition

More information coming soon!

East Fraserlands Neighbourhood Park North

Vancouver, British Columbia
2010-2012

Neighbourhood Park North is a park space developed as a part of Phase II of the East Fraserlands development. The park is comprised of three distinct terraces accessible from two streets and the adjoining residential neighborhood. Despite the steepness of the slope, the park incorporates a wide range of program elements such as a climbing wall, play ground, seating areas, harvest table and vine trellis, urban agriculture plantings, heritage features and a picnic lawn. The challenges of the site’s grading led to a unique public park design that is richly detailed and carefully integrated into the adjoining development.

East Fraserlands Neighbourhood Park North

Neighbourhood Park North is a park space developed as a part of Phase II of the East Fraserlands development.

Sage at UBC

Vancouver, British Columbia
2007–2012

Set at the edge of Pacific Spirit Park in Wesbrook Village, the University of British Columbia’s newest neighbourhood, Sage’s landscape is sympathetic to the ordered geometry of the adjacent residential tower and townhouses. The four season planting softens the clean lines of the plant beds, permeable walkways and water feature. Although this entire project is built on the parking garage roof the urban garden seamlessly ties the overall site to its surroundings blurring the line between built form and natural environment.

Sage at UBC

Set at the edge of Pacific Spirit Park in Wesbrook Village, the University of British Columbia’s newest neighbourhood, Sage’s landscape is sympathetic to the ordered geometry of the adjacent residential tower and townhouses.

Triangle Park at Southeast False Creek

Vancouver, British Columbia
2009-2011

Triangle Park is a unique parklet located along the waterfront of Southeast False Creek. PWL led the conceptual design and implementation, developing a unique form approach for the park inspired by the gentle waves and winds along the False Creek Shoreline. The park consists of a sculptural arbor, designed in collaboration with Nick Milkovich Architects, that creates a wave-like canopy over the space. PWL also created a series of custom designed wave walls that incorporate unique seating opportunities, and become illuminated at night. The park elements are incorporated into a grass knoll that provides a soft area of respite along the industrially inspired shoreline.

Triangle Park at Southeast False Creek

Triangle Park is a unique parklet located along the waterfront of Southeast False Creek.

UBC Totem Park Student Housing

Vancouver, BC
2009-2011

The original UBC Totem Park design was prepared in 1964 by Lawrence Halprin & Associates working with local landscape architect John Lantzius. Only two buildings were originally proposed – a separate men’s and a separate women’s residence. Brick walls and gates delineated the women’s building, which is now the Dene/Nootka residence, from the rest of Totem Park. An outdoor social space, to be shared by the two residences, was built outside the men’s residence, which is now called the Salish/Haida residence. Over time four new residences and one common dining facility were added resulting in fragmentation of the landscape. The 2012 master plan prepared by PWL builds on the strengths of the original Halprin/Lantzius plan and works with the theme of connections. This is achieved through: visually and physically connecting the residences to the central pedestrian walkways; improving connections to the campus across Totem Park; providing opportunities for social connections with the development of a new outdoor social heart; and by initiating a regenerative forest program that strengthens the connection of Totem Park to surrounding forested and natural areas.

UBC Totem Park Student Housing

The 2012 master plan prepared by PWL builds on the strengths of the original Halprin/Lantzius plan and works with the theme of connections.

Guildford Town Centre Expansion

Surrey, British Columbia
2006-2014

PWL Partnership was responsible for the design and construction documentation for the Guildford Town Centre Mall in Surrey, British Columbia. The multiple phase, fast track project made significant improvements to the public realm around the perimeter of the project site. It also added connections throughout the site and a major new public space with a water feature at the heart of the development.

Guildford Town Centre Expansion

PWL Partnership was responsible for the design and construction documentation for the Guildford Town Centre Mall in Surrey, British Columbia.

Garden City Lands Master Plan

Richmond, British Columbia
2013-Present

Garden City Lands is a 136 acre undeveloped site in the heart of Richmond that is protected under the agricultural land reserve, contains a bog, and is envisioned to become a unique, multi-functional park amenity for the Richmond community and greater Metro Vancouver area. PWL lead the second phase of the project, transforming public, stakeholder, and the City's feedback into well-balanced and innovative design strategies. The resultant masterplan vision includes sustainable agricultural uses, park functions, play opportunities, imaginative public art approaches that celebrate the site's history, and ecological conservation areas that all blend and support each other.

Garden City Lands Master Plan

Garden City Lands is a 136 acre undeveloped site in the heart of Richmond that is protected under the agricultural land reserve, contains a bog, and is envisioned to become a unique, multi-functional park amenity for the Richmond community and greater Metro Vancouver area.

Ambleside Village Centre Streetscape Study

West Vancouver, British Columbia
2011-2012

The District of West Vancouver commissioned PWL Partnership to develop the Ambleside Village Centre Streetscape Standards to provide a cohesive and unified framework for ongoing and long-term maintenance, renovation, and development of the public realm within the Village Area. The Standards will provide guidance for all future changes to the Village’s streets capes whether through private sector redevelopment or District works.

Ambleside Village Centre Streetscape Study

The District of West Vancouver commissioned PWL Partnership to develop the Ambleside Village Centre Streetscape Standards to provide a cohesive and unified framework for ongoing and long-term maintenance, renovation, and development of the public realm within the Village Area.

Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver, British Columbia
2011-2014

PWL is working on a large multi-disciplinary and specialized team on the new expansion of the Vancouver Aquarium at Stanley Park. The new building entrance, gift shop and Outdoor Arctic Exhibition will provide a wide variety of new amenities for the Aquarium and Park users. The expansion will provide new entrance plazas with water features and gathering spaces, picnic areas, and outdoor exhibit viewing areas. The project will restore the native BC Forest character areas surrounding the aquarium and ensure better connections to feature surrounding park amenities.

Vancouver Aquarium

PWL is working on a large multi-disciplinary and specialized team on the new expansion of the Vancouver Aquarium at Stanley Park.

Tapestry Seniors Residence

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
2007-2011

Tapestry at Wesbrook Village UBC is a one-of-a-kind retirement community offering unique access for its residents to the services, culture and educational programs of the UBC Campus. PWL designed a greenway, a large open courtyard with garden spaces accommodating a range of seating options, a roof deck with a fire pit for outdoor eating opportunities, as well as green roofs and activity areas. The design of these outdoor 'rooms' provide comfortable spaces for seniors to find respite.

Tapestry Seniors Residence

Tapestry at Wesbrook Village UBC is a one-of-a-kind retirement community offering unique access for its residents to the services, culture and educational programs of the UBC Campus.

New Westminster Pier Park

New Westminster, BC
2012

The New Westminster Pier Park presents an opportunity for the community to reclaim its downtown waterfront as park and public spaces. PWL’s design embraces New Westminster’s rich heritage while addressing key urban design issues, such as connecting this former industrial site to the community, integrating a future civic centre and other development sites, and creating rich active open spaces.

The design for this 3.8 hectare site on the Fraser River incorporates remnant piers, boardwalks and naturalized planting to activate the waterfront and carry the energy and excitement of this open space to Sapperton Landing, New Westminster Quay, and the downtown core.

New Westminster Pier Park

The New Westminster Waterfront Master Plan presents an opportunity for the community to reclaim its downtown waterfront as park and public spaces.

Re:CONNECT - Visualizing the Viaducts

Vancouver, British Columbia
2011

Downtown Vancouver’s Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, functional remnants of an abandoned plan for a downtown freeway, have been reconsidered in PWL’s award-winning submission for the City’s Re:CONNECT design competition.

In collaboration with Dialog, Beasley & Associates, and Jim Green & Associates, our submission -Viaducts = Parks + envisions connections between eastside and downtown neighbourhoods being enhanced by removing the viaducts and replacing them with a series of extensive green spaces, efficient and elegant multi-modal transportation routes, and a range of cultural facilities.

Our submission earned both an Award of Merit and People’s Choice Award in the Visualizing the Viaducts category, and we are excited to have contributed our ideas to the ongoing planning of the False Creek Flats neighbourhood.

Re:CONNECT - Visualizing the Viaducts

Downtown Vancouver’s Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, functional remnants of an abandoned plan for a downtown freeway, have been reconsidered in PWL’s award-winning submission for the City’s Re:CONNECT design competition.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
2008-2011

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability is a “living laboratory” for UBC, where researchers and building industry partners can assess sustainable building systems and technologies. The development illustrates leading edge sustainable and ecological design that integrate building and landscape systems such as green roof systems and native plants that restore natural habitat. The project is targeted for Living Building Status and Greenest Building in Canada.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability is a “living laboratory” for UBC, where researchers and building industry partners can assess sustainable building systems and technologies.

Sunstone Community

Delta, British Columbia
2006-2012

The community plan for Sunstone focused on the creation of the public open space network including the streetscape design, entry sequence and overall community identity. The overall goal was to create a sense of place that responded to sustainable design practices including storm water management and habitat planting. The walking trails and main park with its 1.5 hectare storm water habitat pond helped to reclaim this once derelict gravel pit and turn it into a bustling new neighbourhood.

Sunstone Community

The community plan for Sunstone focused on the creation of the public open space network including the streetscape design, entry sequence and overall community identity.

Marine Drive Design Guidelines

North Vancouver, British Columbia
2009-2010

The Marine Drive Corridor Streetscape Design Guidelines provide a blueprint for the future of Marine Drive as a gateway street to the City of North Vancouver. It's intent is to implement the City's vision of Marine Drive as becoming part of a vibrant, diverse and highly livable community. When fully realized, the guidelines will achieve the City's vision of creating a more livable street by helping to attract more inhabitants, encourage a greater diversity of business that choose to embrace a pedestrian friendly street, create a safe and legible street to navigate on foot, and minimize stormwater flows into Burrard inlet.

Marine Drive Design Guidelines

The Marine Drive Corridor Streetscape Design Guidelines provide a blueprint for the future of Marine Drive as a gateway street to the City of North Vancouver.

Cactus Club Cafe - English Bay

Vancouver, British Columbia
2010–2012

The Cactus Club sits on the edge of English Bay within the boundaries of a City of Vancouver Park. The landscape design employed hard landscape materials including basalt paving, LED light strips to reinforce the urban nature of the location while the soft landscape reflects the Mediterranean theme of the park. The green roof and recycled grey water irrigation supply contributed to the projects LEED Gold certification.

Cactus Club Cafe - English Bay

The Cactus Club sits on the edge of English Bay within the boundaries of a City of Vancouver Park.

Hinge Park at Southeast False Creek

Vancouver, British Columbia
2006-2010

PWL was retained by the City of Vancouver to design and implement the central community park in Southeast False Creek, known as Hinge Park. In collaboration with Pechet Studios (formerly Pechet and Robb Art and Architecture), the unique design approach combined historical references to the former City Worksyard site with the creation of a naturalized wetland environment that manages rainwater runoff from the surrounding neighbourhoods while providing natural habitat to a wide variety of plant and animal species. Neighbourhood amenities include an innovative children's playground among an array of active an passive spaces characterized by a unique design expression that merges industrial references of the past with restored natural ecology of the present.

Hinge Park at Southeast False Creek

PWL was retained by the City of Vancouver to design and implement the central community park in Southeast False Creek, known as Hinge Park.

Windsor Gate

Coquitlam, BC
2005-Present

Windsor Gate is a new community in Coquitlam, on a former mobile home park. PWL played a role in the redevelopment of the brownfield site by creating a Master Plan that includes a range of housing options, public amenities, commercial opportunities, and public and private park and garden spaces. Landscapes for the streetscape, townhouse complex, multi-family buildings, clubhouse, and entry water feature are developed. The identity of this socially-oriented community is shaped with low granite walls, custom lantern features, and lush plantings.

Windsor Gate

Windsor Gate is a new community in Coquitlam, on a former mobile home park.

Sha Po Design Competition

New Territories, Hong Kong
2011

PWL Partnership was invited to participate in a design competition to prepare a conceptual landscape design for a new sustainable community in New Territories, Hong Kong. The site is deeply connected to the water and affected by it in many ways. Sha Po North will be an integral system of buildings, landscape, people, and the natural systems minimizing its negative impacts on the environment while still offering a high level of amenities and comfort to residents. Triple Bottom Line and Beam Plus initiatives were used as a basis for the design.

Sha Po Design Competition

PWL Partnership was invited to participate in a design competition to prepare a conceptual landscape design for a new sustainable community in New Territories, Hong Kong.

Granville Street Redesign

Vancouver, British Columbia
2008-2009

The Granville Street Redesign involves the redesign and reconstruction of the entire Downtown portion of historic Granville Street. The project significantly upgrades the quality of the streetscapes with a focus on improving the pedestrian experience. A flex-parking zone allows parking on the edge of the sidewalks at certain times while providing larger paved areas in the evenings when pedestrian traffic is at it's greatest. PWL worked with design consultant, Pechet Studio (formerly Pechet and Robb Art and Architecture), to develop a street redesign that engages the public and celebrates historical Granville Street.

Granville Street Redesign

The Granville Street Redesign Project involves the redesign and reconstruction of the entire Downtown portion of historic Granville Street.

Old Schoolhouse Park

New Westminster, British Columbia
2010-2011

Old Schoolhouse Park is a 1.2-hectare (3-acre) neighbourhood park located on the site of the local elementary school that burned down in the late 70s. Located in the centre of Queensborough, the park provides active sport and play opportunities and has become a destination for local residents who are excited by the new play opportunities it provides. The park features a balance between sports, park facilities, park play and nature. The retention of a number of existing tress, and provision of natural drainage help root the park in its surroundings and make it feel like it has always been a part of the community.

Old Schoolhouse Park

Old Schoolhouse Park is a 1.2-hectare (3-acre) neighbourhood park located on the site of the local elementary school that burned down in the late 70s.

Arbutus Centre

Vancouver, British Columbia
2009-Present

The Arbutus Centre project incorporates existing retail and commercial amenities into a new development within a 3.2-hectare (7.8-acre) area site. A variety of housing, including housing for seniors, is incorporated into the mixed-use community featuring significant public amenities. Focus is drawn to the seniors' centre, community centre and village square. Extensive garden and roof deck courtyards are utilized for amenity and social gathering, urban agriculture and green roofs.

Arbutus Centre

The Arbutus Centre project incorporates existing retail and commercial amenities into a new development within a 3.2-hectare (7.8-acre) area site.

Southeast False Creek Olympic Village Public Realm

Vancouver, BC
2010

Vancouver's Olympic Village was envisioned and designed as a community that would push the boundaries of sustainability, while possessing a unique sense of place. Its public realm is no exception. The project utilizes breakthrough rainwater management techniques and structural soil cells to reduce its ecological footprint. A rich palette of unit pavers and granite setts are used in the sidewalks, boulevards and streets to create a memorable pedestrian experience.

Southeast False Creek Olympic Village Public Realm

Vancouver's Olympic Village was envisioned and designed as a community that would pus the boundaries of sustainability, while possessing a unique sense of place.

Squamish Oceanfront Park

Squamish, British Columbia
2010

Located at the southern end of the Oceanfront Peninsula, Squamish Oceanfront Park captures some of the most dramatic mountain and ocean views in the region. The 8.8 hectare (22 acre) park is bordered by rich aquatic environments of the Howe Sound, the Mamquam Blind Channel, and the Cattermole Slough. Planned as a destination park for wind sports, community gathering, walking, hiking and picnicking, the park development will restore the foreshore along Nexen Beach and provide trails to the Estuary and downtown Squamish. The park is planned as the focal point of the future Peninsula Mixed Use Development.

Squamish Oceanfront Park

Located at the southern end of the Oceanfront Peninsula, Squamish Oceanfront Park captures some of the most dramatic mountain and ocean views in the region.

Eugene Water + Electric Board

Eugene, Oregon
2009-Present

PWL is developing a mixed-use community master plan for the City of Eugene, Oregon. Owned by the Eugene Water and Electrical Board (EWEB), this 11 hectare brownfield site will see the relocation of EWEB’s headquarters and maintenances facilities and the redevelopment of the property along the Willamette River into a vibrant community. The plan integrates sustainable design strategies to restore the river ecology and shoreline, provide a range of commercial, cultural and residential uses, and reconnect the city centre to the river’s edge.

Eugene Water + Electric Board

PWL is developing a mixed-use community master plan for the City of Eugene, Oregon.

New Westminster Waterfront Master Plan

New Westminster, BC
2009

The New Westminster Waterfront Master Plan presents an opportunity for the community to reclaim its downtown waterfront as park and public spaces. PWL’s conceptual plan embraces New Westminster’s rich heritage while addressing key urban design issues, such as connecting this former industrial site to the community, integrating a future civic centre and other development sites, and creating rich active open spaces.

The plan for this 4.5 hectare (11 acre) site on the Fraser River incorporates remnant piers, boardwalks and naturalized planting to activate the waterfront and carry the energy and excitement of this open space to Sapperton Landing, New Westminster Quay, and the downtown core.

New Westminster Waterfront Master Plan

The New Westminster Waterfront Master Plan presents an opportunity for the community to reclaim its downtown waterfront as park and public spaces.

Squamish Oceanfront Development Lands

Squamish, British Columbia
2009-Present

PWL is working with the project team commissioned by the Squamish Oceanfront Development Corporation to prepare the overall Master Plan for Squamish Oceanfront. The Oceanfront is envisioned to become a comprehensive new community that reflects and respects the values of all of the people of Squamish, and whose character and expression is inspired by the spectacular beauty of the surrounding natural landscape. Notable features include a continuous waterfront trail system and an internal network of thoughtfully planned civic spaces.

Squamish Oceanfront Development Lands

PWL is working with the project team commissioned by the Squamish Oceanfront Development Corporation to prepare the overall Master Plan for Squamish Oceanfront.

Silver Springs

Coquitlam, British Columbia
2001–Present

PWL was part of the design team that developed the overall concept and identity of Silver Springs while moving the project through a public consultation and rezoning process. Along with the various phases of residential development PWL was responsible for the design of the major water feature entry monument, trail system and streetscape. The overall project includes Trillium, Whisper Ridge, Summerlin, Tantalus and the The Cascade Club.

Silver Springs

PWL was part of the design team that developed the overall concept and identity of Silver Springs while moving the project through a public consultation and rezoning process.

Marine Gateway

Vancouver, British Columbia
2008-Present

Marine Gateway is one of the first landmark urban density projects along the new Canada Line. As a LEEDTM Gold sustainable development, it will create retail stores, restaurants, medical offices, condominiums, rental homes and business offices all in one convenient location along the Cambie Corridor. The landscape and public realm are integral in creating a great new community. All roots are utilized extensively as amenity, environmental, and sustainable features.

Marine Gateway

Marine Gateway is one of the first landmark urban density projects along the new Canada Line.

Dockside Green

Victoria, British Columbia

2006-2009

Dockside Green is a model livable community and project for which the developer and design team have pursued the highest goals in energy efficiency and sustainable design.

PWL Partnership, in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, produced the competition-winning master plan for this innovative pedestrian-oriented mixed-use community. Closed-loop design strategies employed at Dockside Green include on-site wastewater treatment and reuse, a biomass plant and central heating system, an alternative transportation strategy, and carefully integrated greenspaces and wildlife habitat.

PWL helped realize the first two residential phases and the central greenway, with the first phase achieving world record-breaking LEED Platinum certification for New Construction in 2008. PWL helped overcome numerous design challenges in order to meet LEED requirements, to meet code requirements for rainwater management, and to design a significant demonstration freshwater ecosystem.

Dockside Green

Dockside Green is a model livable community and project for which the developer and design team have pursued the highest goals in energy efficiency and sustainable design.

Crystal City

Tianjin City, China
2002–2003

Crystal City is a phased 25 Hectare residential redevelopment on the site of an historic glass factory. The project sits on the outskirts of Tianjin, China and aims to create a new planned community targeted at the emerging young middle class urban Chinese population. The master plan includes a variety of housing types, retail facilities, a recreation centre and a network of parks and open spaces. PWL Partnership has been involved in the project from the initial site planning concepts through design development and construction documents for the first phases.

Crystal City

Crystal City is a phased 25 Hectare residential redevelopment on the site of an historic glass factory.

Quilchena Park

Vancouver, British Columbia
1999-2005

The multi-phase development on the site of the former Quilchena golf course involves the construction of new market housing within an existing framework of 360 heritage trees. PWL collaborated with other members of the consulting team to carefully detail the building landscape interface to accommodate the relocation and retention of the trees. Alexandra House, Marguerite House I & II, Devonshire House, Matthews House, McClure Walk, McClure House, Laurier House represent 9 phases of the overall development.

Quilchena Park

The multi-phase development on the site of the former Quilchena golf course involves the construction of new market housing within an existing framework of 360 heritage trees.

Hillcrest Recreation Centre

Vancouver, BC
2004-2010

Hillcrest Park Recreation Centre is a regional destination aquatic centre combined with a community centre that includes an ice rink, curling club, field house, library, child care facility, and a fitness studio. PWL participated in the park master planning that included a multi stage public consultation process, followed by detailed landscape design, permitting, construction drawings and construction administration.

The landscape design supports the high traffic active use building functions and includes an outdoor pool, play spaces, community gathering places and a multi use entry plaza. Significant existing trees were protected and retained and now contribute to the dramatic architectural experience. The project is pursuing LEED Gold certification.

Hillcrest Recreation Centre

Hillcrest Park Recreation Centre is a regional destination aquatic centre combined with a community centre that includes an ice rink, curling club, field house, library, child care facility, and a fitness studio.

UniverCity Rezoning Master Plan

Burnaby, British Columbia
2008–Present

UniverCity at SFU is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. The main goal of the Public Realm is to pull this landscape deep into the community creating a strong sense of integration of the neighbourhood within its environment. This is achieved through maintaining forested “fingers” between several development sites, extensive landscape bump outs in the road right of ways planted with a wide variety of native and adaptive plants, careful selection of street trees, connecting the sidewalks to the existing trail network in the conservation area and the development of new trails directly within the community.

PWL’s contribution to UniverCity’s third phase will see the continued development of the concepts of liveability and environmental responsibility for this model sustainable community at Simon Fraser University. As with the first two phases, the third phase of rezoning will focus on stormwater management, native planting, engaging public spaces, and distinctive hardscape treatments.

UniverCity Rezoning Master Plan

PWL’s contribution to UniverCity’s third phase will see the continued development of the concepts of liveability and environmental responsibility for this model sustainable community at Simon Fraser University.

Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project

Vancouver, British Columbia
2005-2008

The expansion of the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre has added a spectacular urban plaza, public gathering spaces, living roof, and seawall pedestrian route to the Coal Harbour waterfront and downtown core. PWL Partnership designed the 2.4 hectare (six acre) living roof, the largest in Canada, and incorporated LEED initiatives throughout the open space design to create a world-class expansion of the existing facility.

Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project

The expansion of the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre has added a spectacular urban plaza, public gathering spaces, living roof, and seawall pedestrian route to the Coal Harbour waterfront and downtown core.

Harbourside Village Master Plan

North Vancouver, BC
2008-Present

The Harbourside Village Master Plan focused on reworking the existing Harbourside Business Park at the foot of Fell Avenue in North Vancouver to incorporate a broader use including residential, mixed-use and sustainable development. Working with a multidisciplinary team and the City of North Vancouver, a design ‘Sketch Book’ was created to present ideas to the community in a conceptual format. The sketchbook illustrated how the existing streetscape, the public open space including the Spirit Trail, and waterfront park could be enhanced and included in the proposed new mix-used community.

Harbourside Village Master Plan

The Harbourside Village Master Plan focused on reworking the existing Harbourside Business Park at the foot of Fell Avenue in North Vancouver to incorporate a broader use including residential, mixed-use and sustainable development.

East Fraserlands Master Plan

Vancouver, British Columbia
2006-Present

East Fraserlands is a planned sustainable community proposed for development on the banks of the Fraser River in South Vancouver. This 21-hectare brownfield site will be home to a population of 10,000 people housed in a wide range of medium and high density housing types complete with retail and commercial amenities, schools, a community centre, public parks and a restored waterfront. The master plan has evolved over a six-year period and has involved extensive collaboration between the developers, the City of Vancouver, local community groups and an extensive team of consultants. The first phase of construction will commence in 2010.

Since 2006, PWL Partnership has worked with the developer and project team to develop the overall Public Realm Plan for the first phase of development. The East Fraserlands master plan emphasizes the creation of a new sustainable community that celebrates environmental stewardship, the riverside context and the site’s cultural heritage.

East Fraserlands Master Plan

Vancouver, British Columbia
2006-Present

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Whistler, British Columbia
2004–2008

In the spirit of co-operation and goodwill, the Skwxwú7mesh and Lil’wat7ul Nations have constructed a shared cultural centre overlooking Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. This facility provided opportunities for the two Nations to showcase their cultures during the 2010 Winter Olympics and is a permanent venue for cultural activities and displays.

The landscape is a vital interpretive tool, integrating the architecture, an amalgam of the Squamish longhouse and Lil’Wat istken (pit house), into the site. The landscape, including the ethnobotanical garden, is planted exclusively with native species traditionally used by both First Nations groups. The istken features an extensive green roof that contributed to the project’s LEED Gold certification. Much of the site’s Coastal Western Hemlock forest has been retained and the existing trails incorporated into the plan.

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

In the spirit of co-operation and goodwill, the Skwxwú7mesh and Lil’wat7ul Nations have constructed a shared cultural centre overlooking Whistler and Blackcombe Mountains.

Electronic Arts Corporate Campus

Burnaby, British Columbia
2003-2008

PWL worked with the City of Burnaby and Electronic Arts to create a recreational environment that reflects the gaming and high tech design world, while seizing every opportunity to address ecological sustainability. The Electronic Arts Burnaby campus expansion integrates a range of studio and outdoor amenity spaces into an ecologically sensitive site. Landscape features include a Ceremonial Plaza, provision of green roofs, a dramatic makeover of the existing entry drive, and recreation and sports features including an outdoor soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts. Innovative components of the project include storm water retention ponds and creeks, public trails, and enhancement of the existing forest.

Electronic Arts Corporate Campus

PWL worked with the City of Burnaby and Electronic Arts to create a recreational environment that reflects the gaming and high tech design world, while seizing every opportunity to address ecological sustainability.

Richmond #3 Road

Richmond, British Columbia
2009-Present

In conjunction with the Canada Line construction along #3 Road PWL was part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the restoration design. The extent of the project included a 3 kilometre portion from Bridgeport Road southwards to Granville Avenue. As part of the design team PWL contributed to developing a unifying streetscape through the use of common paving materials, street furniture, vertical elements, and planting design. PWL was responsible for the detailed design, construction documents and construction implementation, which also included the interface design development of Lansdowne SkyTrain station with the streetscape.

Richmond #3 Road

In conjunction with the Canada Line construction along #3 Road PWL was part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the restoration design.

Vancouver, Washington Waterfront

Vancouver, Washington
2007-Present

PWL has been retained by Gramor Development and The City of Vancouver, to work on the industrial waterfront site once owned by Boise Cascade for their paper plant.

The project site, located on the Columbia River directly across from Portland, Oregon, is 30 acres in size and will be a new mixed-use neighbourhood including residential, retail, commercial, civic, and park spaces, as well as environmental restoration areas. PWL is collaborating with the architect and a multi-disciplinary team on the site planning, parks and open space planning, and landscape design for the project.

The project is presently in the planning stage with waterfront parks, streetscape, open space and trail design to follow.

Vancouver, Washington Waterfront

PWL has been retained by Gramor Development and The City of Vancouver, to work on the industrial waterfront site once owned by Boise Cascade for their paper plant.

Marguerite House

Vancouver, British Columbia
1999-2005

Marguerite House Phase I and II are two phases of a seven phase project at Quilchena Park is located on the site of the former Arbutus Gardens apartment complex built in the 1960s.The overall site contained three hundred and sixty trees with important heritage value, and the preservation of these trees became central tenet to the development. PWL Partnership worked with developer Polygon Homes and Nigel Baldwin Architects to establish the individual building sites, and grade the site to protect and successfully integrate the mature trees into the new site development. The result is a carefully designed and detailed landscape setting constructed with high quality local materials that frames the architecture and provides a park-like setting for the residents and visitors.

Marguerite House

Marguerite House Phase I and II are two phases of a seven phase project at Quilchena Park is located on the site of the former Arbutus Gardens apartment complex built in the 1960s.

Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre

Abbotsford, British Columbia
2003–2008

PWL’s design encompasses all areas exterior to the state-of-the-art 300-bed Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, which provides enhanced and specialized health services to the Abbotsford area and Fraser Valley. Included in the landscape design are healing gardens, rehabilitation areas, courtyards, and a rainwater retention pond. A complement to patient, staff, and visitor activities, the hospital landscape design helped the project achieve LEED Silver certification through elements such as stormwater management, native and adapted planting, and high performance irrigation utilizing non-potable water.

Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre

PWL’s design encompasses all areas exterior to the state-of-the-art 300-bed Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, which provides enhanced and specialized health services to the Abbotsford area and Fraser Valley.

BC Parkway

Vancouver, British Columbia
2007-2009

The BC Parkway is an existing 26 kilometre regional greenway following the Expo SkyTrain line through four municipalities. PWL led a multi-discipinary team and worked with multiple stakeholders to prepare a conceptual design for the redevelopment of this important linear greenspace. This design showcases the best practices in safety, accessibility, systainability, and innovative facility design in a manner that is direct, pleasant to use, and engaging for both novice users and daily commuters.

BC Parkway

The BC Parkway is an existing 26 kilometre regional greenway following the Expo SkyTrain line through four municipalities.

Southeast False Creek Waterfront

Vancouver, British Columbia
2005–2008

The Southeast False Creek (SEFC) Neighbourhood is one of Canada’s leading sustainable communities and Vancouver's first comprehensive sustainable neighbourhood development. At approximately 32 hectares it will, when fully developed, provide a mix of land uses, be home to 10,000 – 12,000 people in market and non-market housing, and demonstrate exemplary practices in energy and water conservation, innovative infrastructure practices and transit oriented development.

Waterfront Park represents the first phase of SEFC’s primary park and open space system and a 650 meter extension of Vancouver’s iconic seawall. Through walkways, bicycle paths, diverse seating and gathering areas the park provides a variety of vital green spaces that will reconnect SEFC residents and visitors alike with the heritage-rich waterfront, and offer unique and memorable experiences unlike any other in Vancouver.

Southeast False Creek Waterfront

The Southeast False Creek (SEFC) Neighbourhood is one of Canada’s leading sustainable communities and Vancouver's first comprehensive sustainable neighbourhood development.

Deer Lake Park

Burnaby, British Columbia
2008-2010

Deer Lake Park, a 206 hectare park located at the centre of the City of Burnaby, has a predominantly natural character complemented with cultural, recreational and heritage amenities. The Shadbolt Terrace and Festival Lawn project has involved the renovation of a five hectare site between the Shadbolt Centre and Deer Lake. PWL Partnership is the prime consultant leading a team of civil, electrical and geotechnical engineers, as well as a heritage consultant. The work has included an expanded public plaza adjoining the arts centre. The plaza design has been integrated with custom design furnishings and public art. Improved park entry points are defined by custom design pylon features and discrete permanent fencing to assist with crowd control during events. The park path system will be improved and expanded; festival lawn seating will be expanded to accommodate concerts and events. The overall construction cost is approximately $2.8 million, divided between two construction phases. The first phase will be completed in January 2010 and the second phase before the summer of 2010.

Deer Lake Park

Deer Lake Park, a 206 hectare park located at the centre of the City of Burnaby, has a predominantly natural character complemented with cultural, recreational and heritage amenities.

Central Valley Greenway

Vancouver, British Columbia
2005-2009

The Central Valley Greenway is a planned 22 kilometer long pathway system that will serve commuter and recreational cyclists, pedestrians and other non-motorized modes of transport. Once completed, it will be a world-class cycling and pedestrian facility, linking important regional destinations in Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster.

Lighting and public art will allow for night use, improve personal safety, and will provide stimulating cultural features. The development will incorporate sustainable materials and construction methods such as exposed surface drainage, recycled asphalt and reinforced earth slopes.

Central Valley Greenway

The Central Valley Greenway is a planned 22 kilometer long pathway system that will serve commuter and recreational cyclists, pedestrians and other non-motorized modes of transport.

UniverCity Public Realm

Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia
2005–2008

PWL has designed a vibrant and cohesive public realm for UniverCity, a model sustainable community at Simon Fraser University. In conjunction with SFU Community Trust and a team of civil engineers and stormwater management consultants, PWL oversaw the project from conceptual design to construction administration.

Differing characters were defined for residential and commercial streets that included paving treatments, stormwater management techniques, and native and adaptive planting. Crossing nodes were designed to include meeting spaces and social opportunities, while streets were designed to be useable by many modes of transportation, with connectivity, safety, and livability as guiding factors.

UniverCity Public Realm

PWL has designed a vibrant and cohesive public realm for UniverCity, a model sustainable community at Simon Fraser University.

Haihe Riverfront

Tianjin, China
2003–2004

The City of Tianjin is undertaking an ambitious upgrade of the infrastructure associated with the urban sections of the Haihe River, which runs through the center of the city. PWL Partnership has designed and detailed the open spaces and streetscapes along both sides of a 3 Kilometer section of the river, which will help set the scene for major urban redevelopment in the urban core.

Haihe Riverfront

The City of Tianjin is undertaking an ambitious upgrade of the infrastructure associated with the urban sections of the Haihe River, which runs through the center of the city.

The Concord

Vancouver, British Columbia
1995

PWL provided both neighbourhood planning and detailed site design for the majority of the residential projects in the Beach Neighbourhood on the North Shore of False Creek in downtown Vancouver. These developments include Azura II, The Waterford, The Concord, Icon, Silver Sea, and Aqua. This work involved the coordinaton of the design of each development with the larger public open space system, and included the seawall, community streestscape, David Lam Park, and George Wainborn Park.

Neighbourhood south of Pacific Boulevard between Seymour and Drake, Vancouver, BC

The Concord

PWL provided both neighbourhood planning and detailed site design for the majority of the residential projects in the Beach Neighbourhood on the North Shore of False Creek in downtown Vancouver.

Dockside Green Development Master Plan

Victoria, BC
2004-Present

PWL Partnership was part of a multi-disciplinary team for the winning submission of the Dockside competition, located in Victoria’s Gorge. This 12-acre brownfield site is poised to be an innovative mixed-use community rated as LEED Platinum. Sustainable initiatives include the innovative management of on-site energy and resources as part of a “triple bottom line” strategy of balancing economy, ecology and the social benefit of the greater community.

PWL Partnership’s scope of work presently includes the Master Plan, Rezoning for the entire project, and Development Permit, construction documentation, and construction implementation work for the first phase.

Dockside Green Development Master Plan

PWL Partnership was part of a multi-disciplinary team for the winning submission of the Dockside competition, located in Victoria’s Gorge.

Stanley Park Prospect Point

Vancouver, BC
2007

After a catastrophic windstorm in December, 2006 toppled or damaged nearly every tree at Prospect Point, the design team created a newly organized circulation design for this scenic and heavily visited location in Stanley Park. Relocating the vehicular circulation away from the cliff edge increased pedestrian safety and accessibility to the spectacular viewing sites against cliff edge while well thought out habitat planting recreated the look of a natural habitat before the influence of park development. Important features of the design are a viewing platform hanging over the cliff edge and a sharply pointed basalt planter, which focuses pedestrians’ eyes towards the views of the ocean and the spectacular North Shore mountains.

Stanley Park Prospect Point

After a catastrophic windstorm in December, 2006 toppled or damaged nearly every tree at Prospect Point, the design team created a newly organized circulation design for this scenic and heavily visited location in Stanley Park.

Porteau Cove

Howe Sound, British Columbia
2004-Present

As Lead Consultants, PWL Partnership worked with owners Concord Pacific Group, the Squamish Nation, and a comprehensive team of consultants to create an innovative development plan for this 1200 acre master planned community on the Sea to Sky corridor north of Vancouver, BC. When the site is fully developed, Porteau Cove will include a Village Centre with mixed residential, commercial, and community uses. These will include sensitively sited multi-family mid-rise buildings that take advantage of the topography, single family homes, and a range of amenities that will feature a school site, on-site sewage treatment, parks, viewpoints and trails.

Sensitive siting has resulted in the preservation of over 60% of the site in its natural state, including areas with old growth forest, creeks and wetlands. A comprehensive trail system preserves connections to the Howe Sound Crest Trail, Deeks Lake, and the waterfront, while providing a system of linkages within the development. Over 50 acres of parks and viewpoints will ensure that the public can easily access the spectacular views of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountains.

Porteau Cove

As Lead Consultants, PWL Partnership worked with owners Concord Pacific Group, the Squamish Nation, and a comprehensive team of consultants to create an innovative development plan for this 1200 acre master planned community on the Sea to Sky corridor north of Vancouver, BC.

Stanley Park Salmon Stream

Vancouver, British Columbia
1999

PWL led a multi-disciplinary team in the design of the Stanley Park Salmon Stream. Hard landscape park areas were reclaimed in order to construct a BC salmon educational habitat where none had previously existed. Project highlights included interpretive opportunities and the use of the Aquarium’s saltwater waste to charge a portion of the salmon stream. The park’s existing fresh water stream was upgraded by eliminating a water-to-waste system.

Stanley Park Salmon Stream

PWL led a multi-disciplinary team in the design of the Stanley Park Salmon Stream.

Stanley Park Lost Lagoon Wetland

Vancouver, British Columbia
2001

As part of the Lions Gate Bridge rehabilitation project, the Stanley Park Causeway drainage system has been upgraded to collect all pavement stormwater discharge and direct it to Lost Lagoon to be treated in an engineered wetland.

The primary function of the wetland is to allow soil and plant material to absorb fine particles, dissolved metals and nutrients in the stormwater before it flows into Lost Lagoon. The wetland has considerable side benefits in creation of terrestrial, aquatic and aviary habitats. Terraces, deep pools, and flow channels contribute to the diversity of plant and biotic life and increases the number of pollutants removed in the process.

The selection of plant material was restricted to native plants that are indigenous to riparian, high marsh and low marsh growing conditions. Every effort was made to recreate the natural character of a British Columbia marsh in this engineered urban wetland. A pedestrian walkway has been constructed around the wetland and features three timer boardwalk lookouts with interpretive signage that enhances the interpretive possibilities of the wetland and the stormwater treatment process.

Stanley Park Lost Lagoon Wetland

As part of the Lions Gate Bridge rehabilitation project, the Stanley Park Causeway drainage system has been upgraded to collect all pavement stormwater discharge and direct it to Lost Lagoon to be treated in an engineered wetland.

Southeast False Creek Official Development Plan

Vancouver, BC
2003-2006

The official development plan involved PWL working with multidisciplinary team on the 80 acre project area which includes 20 hectares (50 acres) of city owned brownfield land located on the last industrial site on False Creek in downtown Vancouver.

Southeast False Creek will be a showcase for sustainable development and will provide new housing for 12-16,000 people who will enjoy some 50 hectares (20 acres) of parkland and open space. Ecological initiatives include shoreline habitat creation and enhancement and a comprehensive strategy for managing storm water on site. The social benefits of the open space design include the a wide range of community oriented recreational uses, ranging from passive park space to active uses such as inline skating, bicycling, and field sports. Assessing the relationship between high density residential, institutional, commercial uses and parks space has been instrumental in creating definable public space as the community focus. Outdoor spaces will range in scale from intimate neighbourhood parks and mews, to large waterfront oriented recreation corridors that provide key linkages to the greater open space network throughout the City of Vancouver.

Southeast False Creek Official Development Plan

The official development plan involved PWL working with multidisciplinary team on the 80 acre project area which includes 20 hectares (50 acres) of city owned brownfield land located on the last industrial site on False Creek in downtown Vancouver.

CBC Plaza

Vancouver, British Columbia
2010

The major public focus of the redevelopment of the CBC Plaza is to provide an open relationship with Hamilton Street -- with the mid–block pedestrian arcade opening onto a semi-public space to provide internal site access for residents, the CBC, and the new community uses. A new publicly accessible court and water garden leads into the CBC arcade, and the new spaces suggest an “outdoor studio” to complement the visible production studios. Planting replaces much of the existing paving, as well as covering the majority of lower roof surfaces

CBC Plaza

The major public focus of the redevelopment of the CBC Plaza is to provide an open relationship with Hamilton Street -- with the mid–block pedestrian arcade opening onto a semi-public space to provide internal site access for residents, the CBC, and the new community uses.

Phyllis Bental Garden at Van Dusen

Vancouver, BC
2006

The Phyllis Bentall Garden represents the first phase of a major renovation to VanDusen Botanical Garden, expected to be completed over the next several years. This new garden space is focused on a formal rectangular pool that houses the garden’s collection of hardy and tropical water lilies. The dry laid paving, carefully detailed steps and handrails complete this lavish new outdoor room. From the patio, visitors enjoy views to the north over Livingstone Lake and beyond.

Phyllis Bental Garden at Van Dusen

The Phyllis Bentall Garden represents the first phase of a major renovation to VanDusen Botanical Garden, expected to be completed over the next several years.

Dongli Lake

Dongli, China
2002-2004

PWL played a lead role in the masterplanning of this 270 hectare mixed use community located outside of Tianjin, China. Through extensive studies of the site and its unique location, a plan was conceived that softly embraces the landscape, utilizing the special qualities of the existing to weave development through and around an extensive series of interconnected waterways and green belts. By doing so, the low-density man-made development imposes itself lightly on the landscape, sensitively combining natural elements to frame an existing dyke, whilst affording all visitors and residents continuous access to the waters of Dongli lake and beyond.

Dongli Lake

PWL played a lead role in the masterplanning of this 270 hectare mixed use community located outside of Tianjin, China.

Town+Gown Plaza

Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia
2005

Winner of 2007 National Merit Award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

Town & Gown Square has been instrumental in establishing the identity of the public realm framework and creating a distinct sense of place for SFU's UniverCity neighbourhood commercial area. The Square incorporates facilities for public gatherings, a performance space, several restaurant patios, and a prominent water feature set against the surrounding native coniferous forest. Plant materials include indigenous species as well as specimens salvaged from the previous site development.

Town+Gown Plaza

Town & Gown Square has been instrumental in establishing the identity of the public realm framework and creating a distinct sense of place for SFU's UniverCity neighbourhood commercial area.

Terra Nova Rural Park Plan

Richmond, British Columbia
2003

The Terra Nova Rural Park Plan encompasses 27 hectares of primarily agricultural land located at the northwest tip of Richmond Island. The site remained largely undeveloped since the original settlement in the late 1800s and presented the opportunity to create a unique public open space for exploration and learning. PWL Partnership was hired by the City of Richmond as the lead consultants to develop a master plan and to oversee phased implementation. The project included an extensive public consultation process and involved a diverse team of sub-consultants in the areas of public art and interpretation, environment, heritage, public consultation, cost estimation, archaeology and engineering.

Terra Nova Rural Park Plan

The Terra Nova Rural Park Plan encompasses 27 hectares of primarily agricultural land located at the northwest tip of Richmond Island.

Coal Harbour Community Centre

Vancouver, BC
1996

Working in concert with Henriquez Partners Architects, PWL Partnership developed the conceptual design and detailed landscape design for the Coal Harbour Community Park and Centre. The circle engenders a feeling of neighbourhood, creating a focal point for the surrounding residential community and future school. The Coal Harbour Community Park is now the heart of this new neighbourhood, and a point on Vancouver's waterfront that offers a memorable prospect over the harbour and a refuge from the city.

Coal Harbour Community Centre

Working in concert with Henriquez Partners Architects, PWL Partnership developed the conceptual design and detailed landscape design for the Coal Harbour Community Park and Centre.

Versatile Shipyards

North Vancouver, British Columbia
1999

Inspired by the legacy of the Wallace Shipyards, the rezoning plan for Versatile Shipyards paid reference to the past yet satisfied the needs for creating a sustainable, meaningful place for the future. New uses proposed for the site included a hotel, commercial and residential development. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, PWL Partnership was responsible for the open space design that focused on the heritage value of the site. Rich with characteristic shipyard structures, unique artifacts and details, PWL developed a concept plan that integrated both the old with the new. As part of the interpretive program, it was intended that Versatile Shipyards continue with the tradition as a work yard with a presence that could be felt throughout the community.

Versatile Shipyards

Inspired by the legacy of the Wallace Shipyards, the rezoning plan for Versatile Shipyards paid reference to the past yet satisfied the needs for creating a sustainable, meaningful place for the future.

Vancouver School Board

Vancouver, British Columbia
1998

The Vancouver School Board development covers a full city block of retail, commercial, residential, and office space at the corner of Broadway and Fir. PWL integrated the streetscape, pedestrian and transit node of the periphery with a generous park space in front of the School Board Building. The Mews between the buildings provides refuge for residents, employees, and those enjoying outdoor dining. Through unique detailing, the metaphor of and youth and learning are represented by both statues of cavorting children and giant sculptured concrete books.

Vancouver School Board

The Vancouver School Board development covers a full city block of retail, commercial, residential, and office space at the corner of Broadway and Fir. PWL integrated the streetscape, pedestrian and transit node of the periphery with a generous park space in front of the School Board Building.

Bental V

Vancouver, British Columbia
2002

This public plaza is part of a commercial high-rise development that includes the roof garden on 5th floor of the YWCA, providing much needed public space in the centre of the City, and allowing for the free flow of people through the site. The site furnishings have been temporarily removed to accommodate the second ‘vertical phase' of the tower construction. However, when the plaza is restored, it will include an expanded water feature and a new piece of public art.

Bental V

This public plaza is part of a commercial high-rise development that includes the roof garden on 5th floor of the YWCA, providing much needed public space in the centre of the City, and allowing for the free flow of people through the site.

Harbour Green Park

Vancouver, BC
2002

Harbour Green is a 6.5 acre park that presents both the natural and man-made history of the city of Vancouver. The illustrative elements range from a granite and concrete escarpment wall to mark the natural grade change between downtown core and English Bay, and a series of earth mounds which represent the ocean and the edge of harbour prior to development. Amenities include a parterre, plaza, café, and a recreational spray pool, all connected by a multi-purpose seawall.

Harbour Green Park

Harbour Green is a 6.5 acre park that presents both the natural and man-made history of the city of Vancouver.

George Wainborn Park

Vancouver, British Columbia
1996-2004

This prominent waterfront park honours the ideals and accomplishments of a long time Park Board Commissioner; and provides a prime example of how polluted industrial sites can be transformed into important new public spaces. George Wainborn Park is a key element in the community plan for one of the most densely populated communities in North America. Features include a plaza with views over False Creek, the dramatic water feature, and a distinctive play area featuring large boulders and sculpted landforms.

George Wainborn Park

This prominent waterfront park honours the ideals and accomplishments of a long time Park Board Commissioner; and provides a prime example of how polluted industrial sites can be transformed into important new public spaces

Coal Harbour

Vancouver, British Columbia
1989-2001

PWL Partnership contributed to each stage of the redevelopment of CP Rail yards and the surrounding industrial lands, a process that has produced a dramatic new waterfront community with a series of parks and a seawall connecting the area to both Stanley Park and the downtown core. This work included the Official Development Plan, the Avila and Bauhinia Residential Towers, the Coal Harbour Community Park, and Harbour Green Park - Phase 2.

Coal Harbour

PWL Partnership contributed to each stage of the redevelopment of CP Rail yards and the surrounding industrial lands.

Sapperton Landing Park

New Westminster, British Columbia
2001

Sapperton Landing is a 6.5-acre naturalized open space along the banks of the Fraser River in New Westminster. The theme of the park is to create a series of naturalized meadows, emerging forests and interpretive opportunities, which illustrate the natural regeneration of river marsh, riparian and upland habitat. The major achievement of the park was that the open space was created by filling into the river and rehabilitating the existing waters edge. Park visitors will be able to stop at the Coal House pier after they have bought fresh salmon from the newly rehabilitated fisherman’s docks. The meadows and rustic wood lookouts, which span the length of the park, are great places to stroll, relax and watch nature take hold and once again bring wildlife and native plants to this stretch of the Fraser River.

Sapperton Landing Park

Sapperton Landing is a 6.5-acre naturalized open space along the banks of the Fraser River in New Westminster.

David Lam Park Extension

Vancouver, BC
1996-2000

David Lam Park is located in the Concord Pacific Beach Neighbourhood and provides one of the area's major public open spaces. The park was constructed over three phases with each phase providing amenities for a different form of activity. Phase II provides spaces for passive recreation and reflection, with plantings of Chinese origin used to pay homage to the park's namesake, David Lam, form Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

David Lam Park Extension

David Lam Park is located in the Concord Pacific Beach Neighbourhood and provides one of the area's major public open spaces.

Creekside Park

Vancouver, British Columbia
1989-Present

PWL has been working with the Vancouver Parks Board, Science World and Concord Pacific on Creekside Park and Creekside Park Extension since 1989. The original Creekside Park was developed after Expo 86 to provide park space at the end of False Creek for new residents. The Creekside Park Extension Project went through a public workshop process with residents and park users to determine a program and park concept. The park will be built as part of the remaining lands become developed in Northeast False Creek.

Creekside Park

PWL has been working with the Vancouver Parks Board, Science World and Concord Pacific on Creekside Park and Creekside Park Extension since 1989.