Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

Flack Block receives 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from Heritage BC

June 5th, 2010

Stonework on Facade of Flack Block
Image Credit: Stonework on Facade of Flack Block by Renewal Partners, on Flickr

The conservation and rehabilitation of the Flack Block has received a 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from Heritage BC.  For a complete description of the project, visit the awards page at Heritage BC.

The Economist: Vancouver most liveable city, again

June 10th, 2009

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in downtown Vancouver.

For the second consecutive year, Vancouver has been chosen as the “most liveable city in the world”, placing just ahead of Vienna. This is hot on the heels of Vancouver ranking amongst Fast Company’s list of “most innovative cities” last week.

From The Economists website:
“Vancouver is still the most liveable city in the world, according to a new ranking from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The Canadian city topped a “liveability survey” of 140 cities, as it did in 2008.

The ranking scores each city from 0-100 on 30 factors spread across five areas: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Vancouver’s average score was 98—0.8 less than last year—but the margins at the top are all tight, with the best ten cities scoring over 96.

Vienna came second (it was top in Mercer’s similar recent study) and Melbourne third. The top ten included three Canadian cities, three Australian ones and four from Europe. High-scoring cities tend to be mid-sized and located in developed countries with a low population density. This means they can benefit from the availability of both cultural and recreational attractions, but with lower crime levels and fewer infrastructure problems than are often found among large populations.

Pittsburgh, in 29th place, was judged the most liveable American city. London and New York were 51st and 56th respectively. Harare brings up the rear, scoring 37.5 points.”

You can read the original story on The Economist’s website, and can see some of the 2008 story here.

Recognition: Salient Group wins 4 City of Vancouver Heritage Honour Awards

May 26th, 2009


The City of Vancouver Heritage Commission has awarded four of the Salient Group’s developments for building rehabilitation as follows:

The Flack Block, 163 West Hastings Street, an Award of Honour for structural, seismic and building systems upgrading, sustainable interiors, locally crafted stone façade components, reinstated areaways, extensive exterior restoration, and a compatible contemporary rooftop addition.

The Bowman Block, 528 Beatty Street, as Award of Merit for the mindful, restrained exterior preservation, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse to commercial and residential, including a compatible contemporary loft addition.

The Paris Block, 53 West Hastings Street, an Award or Recognition for its rescue, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse, and for the social and economic benefit the project provides to the downtown neighbourhood.

The Lumbermen’s Building, 509 Richards Street, an Award of Recognition for its rehabilitation and structural upgrade, including exposing the original banking hall ceiling, and providing high quality ground floor use and office space.

>> See the complete list of our awards on the Awards page.

re:place Magazine: Flack Block celebrates its opening with City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Honour, and new innovative tenants

April 6th, 2009


Vancouver urban design magazine, re:place has published a story about the opening of the Flack Block. Below is their story. I encourage you to take a few moments to look at their website – lots of Vancouver history (in ‘5 minute’ segments) and green content as well.

After two years of restoration by The Salient Group, and an intensive period of tenant space renovation by Renewal Partners, the 1898 Flack Block recently celebrated its official re-opening. The Flack Block is the new home to theTides/Renewal Centre, a collection of socially progressive businesses including Renewal PartnersTides CanadaHollyhock Leadership InstituteForest EthicsRainforest Solutions ProjectPenner & Associates sustainable design, and Raised Eyebrow Communications, among others.

Under the leadership and commitment of Renewal Partners, the Tides/Renewal centre office renovation in the Flack Block will achieve a LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors certification from the Canada Green Building Council. This designation is among the first in Canada in a heritage building that will be made available to lease.

You can see the rest of the story here:

Flack Block: Acton Ostry – Restoration Project Receives Heritage Honour Award

March 18th, 2009


Architects Acton Ostry, were just awarded a Heritage Honour Award by the City of Vancouver’s Heritage Commission for their work on The Flack Block.


David Nicolay named Western Living Magazine’s Interior Designer of the Year

October 3rd, 2008

Evoke is Robert Edmonds, graphic artist (on left) and architect David Nicolay (right).

We’d like to express our congratulations to David Nicolay of Evoke International Design for being named Western Living Magazine’s Interior Designer of the year.

Evoke has worked on several of our latest projects including terminus, Garage on Water Street and The Paris Block and Paris Annex buildings on West Hastings Street.


David Nicolay talks about the terminus project from The Salient Group on Vimeo.


See the story below:

From award-winning homes to neighbourhood watering holes and hip T-shirts, this design firm redefines casual modern living.

By Jim Sutherland

Some interior design partnerships are headed by highly focused individuals possessing intimidating training and credentials along with a laser-like sense of purpose. Other partnerships consist of, well, an architect and a graphic artist who branched into interiors primarily to outfit the bars and restaurants they wanted to hang out in.

The latter partnership describes Vancouver’s Evoke International Design, headed by David Nicolay, the architect, and Robert Edmonds, the graphic artist. And while the duo’s route to running a seven-person interior design practice may have been circuitous, that doesn’t take anything away from their work, lauded by judge Kelly Deck for its “authentic flair” and “attention to materials and atmosphere.”


terminus kitchen

terminus kitchen


Today, residential work takes up a large chunk of Evoke’s design energy. As a double-threat architect and interior designer, Nicolay was responsible for a Vancouver home (seen here) that in 2006 was named a North American Home of the Year by Metropolitan Home magazine. Other residences are at various stages of design—in some cases, Nicolay notes, their progress hampered by local zoning regulations that penalize contemporary design Much of Evoke’s recent work has been on condominiums, particularly collaborations with Acton-Ostry Architects for Vancouver developers Townline and also the Salient Group, which specializes in converting warehouses and other heritage buildings. Judge Raymond Girard lauds what he calls “real” (as opposed to “soft”) lofts. “How clever to turn utilitarian spaces like kitchens and bathrooms into sculptural elements, spicing up smaller loft spaces without cramming them full of stuff, materials and textures.”

The seed of the Nicolay and Edmonds collaboration dates to the mid-1990s and a memorable Vancouver restaurant in the Kitsilano neighbourhood called Tangerine, which Nicolay and family members launched to fill what he describes as “a keenly felt void of cozy, stylish places to eat and drink.” That soon led to other restaurant work, both as designers and proprietors. Vancouver’s Figmint and Metro restaurants are recent projects, each displaying sophisticated takes on neo-modernism. Evoke and partners also designed Main Street haunts Habit and the Cascade Room, the latter a slightly off-key riff on post-war England. Both continue a tradition of rooms that, true to the company name, suggest rather than accurately describe a style or period. Paul Lavoie describes them as “fresh spaces with thoughtfulness for heritage and reality.”

The firm was recently hired for a condominium development in Victoria. A line of T-shirts featuring vivid graphic treatments by Edmonds is also ready to go. Not everyone can live in an Evoke product but at least we can all wear one.


See the original story here, and an article the Globe & Mail posted here.

Westcoast Homes: Are you living in an award winner?

October 13th, 2007
>> See the complete list of our awards on the Awards page.

The insertion of apartments into an Edwardian warehouse generated an honour for the Salient Group and its principal, Robert Fung.
The insertion of apartments into an Edwardian warehouse generated an honour for the Salient Group and its principal, Robert Fung.

Westcoast Homes – Are you living in an award winner?
Vancouver Sun
October 13, 2007

The UniverCity community atop Burnaby Mountain was among new home projects and communities taking the spotlight in an industry competition. 

Home to 2,000 people currently and 10,000 eventually, UniverCity was judged the best entry in the “innovations in creating a livable and sustainable region” category. 

Verdant, a new home project at UniverCity, was the recipient of two awards – in the “innovations … in more affordable housing” and the “innovations in more sustainable development” categories. 

UniverCity is a Simon Fraser University undertaking. 

Verdant is a Vancily Enterprises project. 

The judges were all members of the local development fraternity, industry and government. The organizer of the competition is the local chapter of the Urban Development Institute. 

The importance of the awards to local developers and builders was identified in a statement from Gordon Harris of SFU Community Trust: 

…”With the kind of exposure we receive from awards such as this, more and more people will consider UniverCity’s spectacular views, and innovative sustainahility features when they are looking for a quality home in a great community.” 

Another new community, Garrison Crossing in Chilliwack, was recognized as best “master-planned development.’ Randy Fasan of Canada Lands Co. thought the award a recognition of the “new urbanist and ‘Smart Growth’ principles” that have guided the company in its transformation of the formcr CFB Chilliwack into a residential neighbourhood. 


Other award-wilmers include: 
– The Melville, by Amaton, best ‘”mixed use.”
– Bowman Lofts, by the Salient Group, best “revitalization, renovation or heritage.”
– Pomaria, by the Qualex Landmark Group, best “residential highrise.” 
– 1168 Richards, by the Townline Group, best “mid-rise.”
– Folio, by Intracorp, best “low-rise.”
– Bedford landing – Cedarmill, by ParkLane Homes, best “ground-oriented” single family. 
– Somerset, by Leddingham McAllister, best “ground-oriented” multi-family, 
– Towne by Mosaic, best “urban infill”


>> See the complete list of our awards on the Awards page.