Client: Metro Vancouver
Location: North Vancouver, BC
The Boneyard Operations Centre is a field office and storage facility for Metro Vancouver’s Watershed Management Division. It aims to provide a comfortable office environment for field workers in close proximity to truck bays and service spaces while maintaining appropriate separation for occupant health. The project brief required a tough, durable space that also responded to the workers’ needs for connection to the outdoors with ample daylight and fresh air. The office is surrounded by an old growth forest within a protected regional watershed. This unique micro-climate receives significant solar gain during the day and cool breezes from the surrounding shaded forest. The clearing is exposed on its east side offering a dramatic view over Mount Seymour Valley below.
The Boneyard Operations Centre sits lightly on its site and responds intuitively to the forces at hand. The design is a direct response to the specific programmatic, environmental, and site conditions. The office space has a straightforward and efficient layout with a simple and durable material palette. Passive design strategies were implemented to provide each staff member with access to daylight, natural ventilation, and views without leaving their seats. Operable vents in the clerestory facilitate a stack effect, providing a natural path for the forest breezes to pass through the space. Visual connection and acoustic privacy are balanced through glass partitions. Glass doors from the open plan office area allow a connection to an outdoor space in the shade of the old growth forest where rainwater collected from the roof is used to irrigate rain gardens.
Team: Local Practice (Architect), Associated Engineering (Structural, Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering)
Project Completion: 2011