Posts Tagged ‘Flack Block’

Globe & Mail: Builders find their roots

October 8th, 2010

Globe & Mail
Globe Real Estate

Turning their backs on snazzy project names with instant cachet, housing developers have found value in connecting to local history

Read the full Article: Builders fin their roots


Vancouver Vagabond visits the Flack Block

October 1st, 2010

Vancouver Vagabond’s Karen Magill visits the Flack Block and talks about its history, with some very kind words about the restoration.  Thanks Karen!  Read the entire post here.


The Flack Block and p + a furniture in the Vancouver Sun

August 13th, 2010

p+a furniture - FLack Block

The Flack Block gets an update in the Vancouver Sun, marking the first anniversary of Shelley Penner’s tenancy in the building.  Penner helms design firm Penner And Associates and the attached retail store p + a furniture, which sells sustainable, Canadian made products with an emphasis on smart design.

The makeover of the Flack Block, which Salient completed in 2008, has been followed by improvements in the rest of the neighbourhood as well – read Penner’s thoughts on the area and its business potential here.


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.


Vancouver Sun: P+A Furniture: Breaking new ground in providing decision-making sales support

June 20th, 2009
Shelley Penner's new shop is located in the 110-year-old Flack Building kitty-corner to Vancouver's Victory Square, "Sustainable," or green, shoppers are her target market. In the Flack Building, of course, her customers will enter an exemplar of the green experience in the city, a building reclaimed and recycled recently by the Salient Group.

Shelley Penner's new shop is located in the 110-year-old Flack Building kitty-corner to Vancouver's Victory Square, "Sustainable," or green, shoppers are her target market. In the Flack Building, of course, her customers will enter an exemplar of the green experience in the city, a building reclaimed and recycled recently by the Salient Group.

Living Green – Breaking new ground in providing decision-making sales support
Shelley Penner says merchants need to provide more in-store information and she is practising what she preaches in her new shop

Vancouver Sun
by Kim Davis
June 13, 2009

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a “savvy shopper” smartphone application: an app that allowed a person considering a purchase to type in a product name and return all the details needed to make a decision reflecting that person’s budget and values – ingredients or materials, durability and longevity assessments, cost comparisons.

While eco-labelling and the Internet are helping to qualify product claims and make product information more readily available, Shelley Penner of Penner & Associates Interior Design feels that merchants need to do more to communicate at point-of-sale.

“Retailers need to respond to the changing expectations of consumers,” she says, “Consumers are not automatons with credit cards, they are much more savvy than a lot of retailers give them credit for, people are thirsty for knowledge.”

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Flack Block: Vancouver History and Business Collaboration tips come together at Octopus Strategies

June 18th, 2009

Mike Rowlands of Octopus Strategies, one of the tenants at the Flack Block, wrote an interesting piece for their e-newsletter, and it was brought to our attention. Mike shares a bit of Flack Block’s Vancouver’s history, and combines it with some interesting business tips about how collaboration might just be the answer in today’s economic times. A great piece worth taking a look at.

The Legacy of Tommy’s Gold

The climb was more than Tom had bargained for. One foot in front of the other. Again, again, again. Onward. Upward.

The infamous Chilkoot Pass seemed to tower unassailable, far above his head. Yet limbs screaming, he plodded on, and on, eventually cresting the peak, and moving down to stake his claim: Tom had joined the gold rush.

By 1897, Thomas Flack had found gold, and returned with his fortune to the young city of Vancouver on Canada’s pristine west coast. There, he set about to build a landmark building at the centre of the city.

The William Blackmore-designed masterpiece would open in 1898, serving as home to retailers, barristers, insurance agents and others. Its location and style made it a treasured part of Vancouver’s heritage.

Yet like the neighbourhood to its east, The Flack Block fell into disrepair. For much of the past 100 years, the building has gone unnoticed….

The story is continued, and those great tips on business collaboration can be found over on the Octopus Strategies website.


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

May 26th, 2009

salient2008heritagehonourawards

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.