After many months of detailed business modelling, feasibility studies and Studio 9’s large scale 4-plex development in Rossland begins to take shape. Highlighting our specialty to working with steeper terrain, these multi-unit residential condo units will have incredible views, an architectural form that compliments the surrounding environment, and while being comfortable, inspired spaces filled with light and quite living.
Studio 9’s Nelson office is reuniting with a dear friend and excellent Architecture Technologist Ryan Paisner to open a new office in Victoria, BC. Expanding on Ryan’s work with large scale, multi-unit residential, small office and commercial projects, schools and processing facilities, we are very excited to go coastal with our work! The Nelson and Victoria office will now have a 2-way major conduit for architectural design and construction administration services. The Victoria office will soon be staffed with a leading Architect from Montreal this summer.
Working closely with DJM Contracting, one of the most sophisticated contractors in the West Kootenays, and Rocky Point Engineering, Studio 9 has delved in the working execution of the new BC Building Code, Step 4 with BC Housing. Studio 9 is one of the leading design firms who understands the implications of these new code changes by which buildings are designed and constructed. Our recent learning experience at the LCAHS, BC Housing project in Trail has been a thorough process to implement a Step Code 4, and executing the new angle solving the challenges of delivering effective and compelling architecture that meets a high level of energy efficiency. The take-away learning curve is that it takes an excellent team working in a true ‘Integrated Design Process’ to bring these important projects to market!
Sourdough Row, a proposed 7-unit, mixed-use building in the heart of downtown Rossland may soon add six compact residential suites and one commercial space to downtown Rossland. The building will occupy a long standing vacant area along the historic alley known as Sourdough Row, located just off Spokane Street, half a block north of Columbia Avenue. This prime location will offer residents easy walking access to all of Rossland’s downtown services and views south towards the mountains.
Nelson’s Wildflower School asked Studio 9 to envision how they could transform blank, spacious hallways into active learning spaces for their students. A learning hub at the intersection of the hallways and a social stair with storage cabinets and slide were some of the ideas we came up with. The Parent Advisory Committee is currently seeking funding to complete the project. These permanent installations will dramatically improve the function of the over-sized hallways in this century old school and offer the students unique spaces for creative forms of learning and sharing.
Studio 9 is proud to announce the start of a great new relationship with Red Mountain Ventures. Studio 9 has been selected to assist the development team at Red Mountain Ventures to design several new additions for Red Mountain Ski Resort. After successfully raising $10M as part of their Fight the Man, Own the Mountain campaign, Red Mountain is ready to move into Phase 2 of their ski and recreation area development plan. Some of the additions include expansions to Paradise Lodge, High Performance Ski Rental Shop, and the Main Lodge. Much of this work is in anticipation of the completion of the Josie Hotel for the 2017-2018 ski season.
As part of Red Mountain’s ongoing base area development, Studio 9 is also working on preliminary designs for a new 50 bed hostel expected to be completed within the next two years. You can view this video of for a summary of Red’s Fight the Man, Own the Mountain crowdfunding campaign – a first of its kind in the ski resort industry.
We also really like this video about Red.
Studio 9 has been working alongside Architects of Record, Stantec, to improve the trades training facilities at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus in Nelson BC. Rounding out the team are project managers Colliers International, structural engineers Fast + Epp and Rocky Point Engineering for mechanical upgrades. Selkirk’s trades and training programs have been in existence for 50 years and many of its facilities are in need of upgrades. Plans are underway for a new administration and student building that will become the new face of the campus. Part of this massive campus facelift will include a brand new building for the carpentry program and extensive upgrades to the existing trades buildings. Construction of this multi-phased development is scheduled to begin this November with everything wrapping up in 2018.
Images courtesy of Stantec
More news on Selkirk’s $18.9M upgrade can be found here.
The shroud of scaffolding surrounding the Savoy Hotel has finally come down revealing a new look for the Savoy Hotel! This turn of the century building has long been a prominent corner piece on the south end of Nelson’s historic Baker Street. The new look features diamond patterned zinc cap over the original red brick walls. Wood elements will finish off the exterior detailing at the street level. As architects for this development, Studio 9 has orchestrated a diverse team of professional consultants, suppliers, and trades people to pull everything together.
From the beginning, Studio 9 has worked with owners Jimmy Bundshuh and Jenna Arpita who have poured a lot of love and attention to detail into this building that has experienced some neglect in the years leading up to their purchase of it. The new Savoy is rapidly becoming Baker Street’s most lively hub of entertainment, food, and accommodation. The Savoy now offers Bloom Nightclub, Falls Music Lounge, and Savoy Brewery, with Farm Fresh Cafe to open soon and the Savoy Hotel to follow soon after.
Nelson Commons, the mixed use development spearheaded by Kootenay Co-op natural foods store is nearing completion! The 54 residential units are finished and people have already started moving in. The Kootenay Co-op store is due to open late fall/early winter and will offer three times the floor space as their current location with a full sized commercial kitchen, deli, cheese shop, frozen fish section, and an in-store restaurant. Studio 9 has assisted the Kootenay Co-op development team since the beginning of this venture and is proud to have served what is sure to become one of Nelson’s most successful commercial and residential developments.
A Studio 9 project, the Yaqan Nukiy School, was recently featured in Kootenay Business Magazine. The school was completed in April of this year and is being happily used by students and faculty relieved to be out of temporary trailers and in a vibrant, new learning space.