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.
VDZ has been retained by the City of Coquitlam to renovate and reconfigure the sportsfield complex at Mackin Park. VDZ was the prime consultant for the redesign and implementation of the Parc au Mackin in 2012 and is honoured to continue working with the city to complete the active recreation renovation for the park. Work has already begun and construction initiation is Summer 2018.
VDZ has been nominated by the Surrey Board of Trade for the Annual 'Innovation Awards'. VDZ's work on sustainable and alternative stormwater planning and design has been recognized as innovative and influential in shaping the direction of new site planning in city centre of Surrey. VDZ has worked with the engineering department to create a new stormwater calculator for evaluating new development proposals for alternatives to more traditional stormwater detention models.