The city of Vancouver Parks Board retained VDZ+A in 2008 to develop an overall masterplan for the Trillium lands in the Strathcona neighbourhood. The concept called for a large passive park to the north with two artificial sports fields to the south. The site is part of a contaminated land zone around False Creek that was in need of remediation. VDZ+A worked as the prime consultant, retaining key subconsultants (civil engineering, and electrical engineering) to deal with remediation of the contaminated site. The project was fully vetted through public process within the neighbourhood with strong support from active sports groups around the city.
The project took a year to pre-load to ensure the sustainability of two artificial turf fields. This preload protects the investment and helps guard against settlement of ground under the turf surfaces. The project is bordered by key roads: Malkin Street, National Avenue, and Thornton Avenue. VDZ+A developed perimeter trails and perimeter landscape to help integrate the sportsfield complex with the neighbourhood. VDZ+A’s role as prime consultant included full construction administration of the project and payment certification for all contractor works. The park continues to be the most heavily programmed sportsfield complex in the city of Vancouver. The project was received under the $3.5 million budget will full lighting, landscape, and spectator areas completed in a single contract.