Posts Tagged ‘New West’

PechaKucha lights up New West

September 4th, 2013

“Think of this as a ‘real’ social network. Get out from behind your screen and get to a live event with real people, real communication, real beer and real creative fun,” said PechaKucha hosts Neal and Melinda Michael.

The Salient Group and Trapp + Holbrook were a lead sponsor for PechaKucha Volume 3 which took place at Westminster Pier Park, bringing in 10 presenters from a variety of fields – fashion, social development, television, design, et cetera – to share their passions and interests.

The only catch? Instead of a normal slideshow presentation, all the speakers took on a unique challenge at PechaKucha.

Photo via PechaKucha New West

They are only allowed to use 20 images for 20 seconds each. Each presentation will be 6 minutes and 40 seconds long. Fitting, as the term PechaKucha is Japanese for “chit chat”.

Volume 3 brought out 300 people to view listen and view the presentations, which were projected on an inflatable screen.

PechaKucha Volume 4 will take place on Friday, September 20 at River Market. There will be over 100 cities worldwide hosting a PechaKucha event the same day.

For more information, check out the New West’s page on the PechaKucha website.


Trapp + Holbrook Construction Update – August 2013

August 29th, 2013

The latest from the Trapp + Holbrook construction site – the crane is up and in action!

Completion of the Trapp + Holbrook project is expected to be in early 2015. Read more about the project in our interview with The Salient Group Founder, Robert Fung here.


Making a difference – Salient Group supports the Royal Columbian Hospital

August 27th, 2013

Just as much as the Salient Group is building a community, we recognize how important it is to support those who are already here.

Last year, Robert Fung and The Salient Group donated $5,000 toward the growing hospital. The Salient Group will be listed as a “Catalyst” Level Donor on RCHWall of Thanks at the Health Care Centre.

These funds will support and maintain the standard of patient care, as RCH directly serves one-third of British Columbia’s population.

RCH is the only hospital in British Columbia with trauma, neurosciences, cardiac care, high-risk maternity and a neonatal ICU on one site.


Q & A with Robert Fung, Founder and President of Salient Group

August 19th, 2013

With the completion of the Trapp + Holbrook development in New Westminster just over a year away, Salient Group’s Robert Fung is on cloud nine. We caught up with the man behind Trapp + Holbrook for an update on the project.

Salient Group Founder Robert Fung on location in Gastown

What is the construction status?

Robert Fung: Construction is moving along smoothly and we’re on schedule for our residents to move in early 2015. We have completed piling (post-like supports used for building support) for the building foundations, and and the crane was raised August 19. The restoration process for the original terra-cotta facade that will be on the front of the Trapp Block is being meticulously undertaken. Overall, things look amazing.

You’ve been active in connecting with the New Westminster and Columbia Street community – what are people saying about Trapp + Holbrook’s presence?

RF: We’ve had a great dialogue with the New Westminster community, and overall, locals have been very supportive. People are really taking to the notion of an “urban community” where they live, work and play in the same neighbourhood. That has led to a large portion of the building’s new owners making their home in the Trapp+Holbrook redevelopment..

Some have compared this development to the style of Vancouver’s Gastown. What do you think of this comparison?

RF: Like Gastown, downtown New Westminster is one of only two truly historic downtown areas in the Lower Mainland? Also like Gastown, downtown New Westminster is currently experiencing a rebirth for the downtown scene. However, we’re not trying to make Columbia Street into another Gastown, Columbia Street has its own character, strengths and vibe. The project was conceived in New West and on Columbia street – it’s New West, through and through.

I encourage people to come and see Columbia Street- there’s a great entrepreneurial energy here. People, and businesses, are coming to New West to become a part of this community.

What’s next?

RF: We want to support local business, and The River Market in New West is an established venue to do that. Karmavore, a local vegan cafe and bakery has set up a new venture at The River Market and Trapp+Holbrook is supporting their presence while they feel out this new evolution of their business.
On the construction side, with the crane up, watch for things to really start progressing as we start to pour concrete over the next three weeks.

Imagine construction is finished, and the first residents are living at Trapp + Holbrook…what are you most looking forward to?

RF: I can’t wait to be sitting on the street having a coffee in front of the building. I hope to see people enjoying the cafes, retail and engaging with the space. A vibrant urban neighbourhood is a great place to be. I truly hope there is a sense that the building has always been there.


Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival

August 13th, 2013

On August 10, the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival took over downtown New West, exciting local foodies throughout the area. Check out our coverage of the event through the Storify timeline below: