North Vancouver School District’s environmental learning centre recognized at 2013 Architectural Awards
NORTH VANCOUVER, November 7, 2013–The BlueShore Financial Environmental Learning Centre (ELC) at the North Vancouver School District’s Cheakamus Centre in Brackendale, BC was one of 13 winning projects recognized by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia at the 2013 AIBC Architectural Awards on October 25, 2013.
The ELC, designed by McFarland Marceau Architects, was one of three projects that received the prestigious Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture – Merit Level distinction. Winners were revealed at the Presidents’ Dinner & Awards Gala, the culminating event of the annual AIBC Annual Conference at the Vancouver Conference Centre. Her Honour, The Honourable Judith Guichon Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia was in attendance to present the awards, bringing added significance to the occasion.
The AIBC described the ELC design as a “playful tree house…in keeping with the essence of a centre for environmental study and discovery”. The award jury made special note of the decision to raise the main floor, resulting in a vantage point within the forest canopy, and extensive covered outdoor teaching areas beneath the building that “bring the nature connection to life.”
The ELC opened its doors in June 2012 on the Cheakamus Centre campus, allowing for enhanced environmental educational programs and expanded conference and event space. John Lewis, Superintendent of the North Vancouver School District considers the ELC to be “a prized emblem of ‘the natural place to learn’” and a “world-class facility that brings together our values of environmental stewardship and sustainability to support an exceptional program of experiential outdoor education and hospitality.” The building’s award-winning design has targeted LEED Platinum sustainability status.
The ELC is the first phase in an ambitious master plan to revitalize the Cheakamus Centre, a 420-acre ecological reserve in Paradise Valley, which includes the North Vancouver School District’s renowned Outdoor School program. The vision for the Cheakamus Centre is to be a destination and centre of excellence in environmental education and sustainable hospitality.
To view the full AIBC media release and photos of the award winning projects visit www.aibc.ca
For more information about the Cheakamus Centre, please visit www.cheakamuscentre.ca
CONTACT: Cathy Jenkins, Project Manager