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Hotson Bakker Architects:

Burnaby Mountain Secondary School Burnaby, British Columbia

Project Summary

Hotson Bakker Architects were instrumental in establishing The Learning Consortium which was the successful proponent in a Public/Private Partnership initiative for a new 1,500 student school in Burnaby. The team includes The Dominion Company, VanCity Enterprises Ltd., Cornerstone Planning Group, Franklin Hill & Associates, IBM Canada Ltd. and B.C.Tel Discovery Learning.

The approximately 14,500 m2, three storey facility is sited within an existing highway right-of-way, adjacent to an environmentally sensitive watershed. Unique to the concept are:

  • an extended day model to reduce peak use demands;
  • post-secondary partnerships with Simon Fraser and the British Columbia Institute of Technology;
  • an integrated technology supporting the extended day, multi-site and distributed collaborative running aspects of educational delivery;
  • community, institutional and commercial components which contribute a positive financial return;
  • optimum value construction which includes the use of tilt-up concrete construction and a low unit construction cost while providing a sound low maintenance structure; and
  • life cycle and environmental cost benefits including the incorporation of geothermal heating and storm water retention in order to reduce operating costs.
The estimated construction value for the school is approximately $18 million with a sheduled opening of September 1999.

Company Profile

Hotson Bakker Architects maintains a diverse practice in both Vancouver and Toronto, encompassing architecture, planning and urban design. The firm has been in business for more than 25 years and maintains a staff of 20.

Successful mixed-use waterfronts, public markets, housing, educational buildings, recreational facilities, and major urban plans have been completed in many communities across Canada. International recognition has fostered work in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and England.

Major completed facilities and plans include:

  • Re-development of Granville Island in Vancouver, for which the firm has been coordinating architect for more than 23 years;
  • The Agora at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George
  • Riverside Colosseum in Kamloops, BC
  • Burnaby Arts Centre, Burnaby, BC
  • John Street Roundhouse Restoration, Toronto, ON
  • Oshawa Waterfront Plan, Oshawa, ON
  • Downtown Brampton Secondary Plan, Brampton, ON
  • Bayshore Gardens Re-zoning and Residential Towers, Vancouver, BC
  • 2211 West 4th Mixed-Use Development, Vancouver, BC
  • Restoration Manhattan Apartments, Vancouver, BC
  • Lonsdale Quay Market and Hotel, North Vancouver, BC
  • The Forks Market, Winnipeg, MN
  • Sanctuary Cove Resort, Queensland, Australia
  • Richmond City Hall, in association with Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects, Richmond, BC Our search for design excellence has been acknowledged through the receipt of more than 25 design awards and multiple publications. Outstanding design for people, informed by environmental concern, technical achievement and effective cost control provides the focus of our ongoing service to clients.


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