VDZ has seen some wonderful growth in the past year. Our project diversity, complexity and scale have all seen significant 'jumps' in 2017. In order to meet this challenge head-on, VDZ has added several new staff members since Fall - Yuan Zhuang joins just from Toronto, where she completed her graduate studies in Landscape Architecture, Leighton Janis - joins us from the private sector in Winnipeg. Leighton brings wonderful field experience to the firm, as well as a knack for beautiful 'info-graphics'. Heather Pelz joins us from the landscape construction industry and has brought excellent modelling skills to our team, as well as a fundamental knowledge of landscape materials that is proving invaluable. Our most recent hire is Tim Sickinger - who joins VDZ directly from The Sydney, Australia office of Clouston Associates. Tim is new to Canada, but brings knowledge of athletic facility masterplanning, and community consultation.
Welcome to all - it is wonderful to see the office grow and to bolster our existing team of young professionals.
VDZ has been retained as the prime consultant for the feasibility study, and design for a new skate and youth space in the North East False Creek area. Due to the ongoing design and remediation plans for NE False Creek, and the removal of the viaducts, a new home is anticipated for the Vancouver Skateplaza. Building on the success of that project from 2002, VDZ is pleased to team with New Line Skateparks and renowned European Urban Skate designer - Daniel Yabar http://www.danielyabar.com/en/, FINN lighting, and Sustainability Solutions (engagement specialists) - to tackle this exciting project for the city of Vancouver.
David Jerke MBCSLA has been a valued member of the van der Zalm + associates inc. team (VDZ+A) for over 10 years. During this time, David has played an invaluable role in the growth of the company and its employees. We are excited to announce that his hard work and dedication to our staff, and clients will be rewarded with his promotion to Principal Landscape Architect – effective immediately.
Mark van der Zalm, founding Principal, has been the sole director at VDZ+A since 1999, and is excited about this move forward for the firm. “I have the utmost confidence in Dave, his heart is in VDZ+A and his efforts are without question. Dave has served as senior designer and project manager on some of our most significant recent work. He has garnered the confidence of our professional staff, and our diverse group of clients. This is a significant step in his own development and career as well as a huge step for the growth of our firm. In the Spring of 2018, we expect that Dave will direct activities at our new East Vancouver design studio.”
David has been involved as a Project Manager on numerous projects at VDZ including large scale residential developments across the Lower Mainland, in the USA, and Asia. He has a love of public space and truly enjoys working with municipal governments in the conceptualization and construction of public parks, plazas, and greenways. David is expected to continue in this role, mentoring younger staff, and providing grounded, experienced direction for a range of public and private projects. David is active in the community, currently serving on the Vancouver Urban Design Panel, and is a frequent guest speaker for municipal governments, discussing trends in Parks and Recreation.
Congratulations David, VDZ+A is lucky to have you as a senior member of our leadership team!
The Burquitlam neighbourhood of Coquitlam is undergoing dramatic changes. The evergreen skytrain line is now connecting the tri-cities area to the urban region and development along this corridor is following suit. The city of Coquitlam has retained VDZ assoc. to re-imagine Cottonwood park - a 4 acre urban park that is slated to grow to 9+ acres through land acquisition over the next 10 years.
VDZ is working through schematic concepts for council endorsement and will be going through an iterative design process this Summer and Fall. Phase one construction is lated for Spring 2018 with new park amenities building, water park, urban 'lounge' seating, youth play zone, picnic space, expanded parking, and new ball fields.
VDZ continues it's strong relationship with PCI developments of Vancouver with an iconic office low rise development along hwy 1. The project will be a new head office for First West Credit Union and will build upon PCI's success with other banking head office developments such as Coast Capital Savings Tower in city centre. Work begins now - with development permit submissions slated for this summer.