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Interior Design and Master Planning

Leigh Square Community Arts Village

Port Coquitlam, BC
16,300 sq ft – 1,514 sq m

Boldwing Continuum was commissioned by the City of Port Coquitlam to provide master planning, architectural, interior design, building code and envelope services for the phased revitalization of the civic precinct in the downtown core of Port Coquitlam.

With numerous stakeholders and user groups, Boldwing Continuum developed the Leigh Square Community Arts Village Master Plan by engaging stakeholders through numerous charrettes and public meetings — to listen and respond to the community’s requirements, dreams and desires.

Phase 1 required the redevelopment of a city-owned parking lot (32,668 sq ft or 3,035 sq m) into an urban park, complete with a bandshell for art performances of 50–1,500 people, an events lawn, sculpture court, water features and seating areas while reconfiguring and enhancing the parking to a secondary position within the urban park. Phase 2 continued with the development of a new Parks & Recreation Facility — The Gathering Place — and the conversion of the 1958 heritage Canada Post Office — The Outlet. The newly converted facilities provided a community living room for art work display, catering kitchen, new Parks & Recreation Department office space, resident artist studios, commercial retail space, secondary performance space, including a production area, community archives and archival work area, storage areas, change rooms, public washrooms and outdoor sculpture work yard.

Whether inside or out, Leigh Square welcomes residents and visitor groups of all sizes, promoting community pride, culture and experience.

RAIC Certificate of Merit – Urban Design (2008)

I would be remiss if I did not make special note of the creativity which Boldwing Continuum has brought to the design of this outdoor space. Within the confines of the existing buildings and parking areas that surround it, Leigh Square has its own unique landscape character. It is regarded as a special place, both by representatives for the City and by the citizens, who come simply to sit and enjoy. This is truly what a square is meant to be.

Cheryl Zipper, Manager of Parks, City of Port Coquitlam
Architectural and Master Planning Services

Douglas Park Spirit Square

Langley, BC
Master Planning – 3.55 acres / Spirit Square – 0.75 acres

Boldwing Continuum was commissioned by the City of Langley to provide architectural and master planning services for the phased revitalization of the existing urban Douglas Park.

Adjacent to existing civic and recreational facilities, Douglas Park Spirit Square was planned in response to the City’s desire to provide an identifiable outdoor venue for Langley residents and visitors to gather year-round and celebrate the City’s unique history and charm.

Boldwing Continuum developed a master plan with five phases that included a new performance stage area, reconfiguration of the Douglas Crescent and Park Avenue entry plaza, a new marketplace plaza, a grassed crescent-shaped berm seating for up to 2,500 spectators and the reconfiguration of the 206th Street entrance.

Following the completion of the master plan, phase 1 was realized by designing a new covered performance area with great street prominence and provision of future connection to both the existing community centre and future crescent lawn seating. The bandshell features an oval elevated platform covered with a locally manufactured contemporary fabric saddle-shaped structure that pays homage to the community’s pioneer heritage while also offering the ability to be used for more intimate crowds on plaza side or larger audiences on grassed area.

Today, Spirit Square is a busy venue hosting a variety of free community outdoor performances and festivals, including live music and theatre.

Architectural Design

Starbucks Coffee Retail Outlet

Surrey, BC
1,600 sq ft – 149 sq m

Boldwing Continuum was approached by John Kaethler’s development company to work with Starbucks Corporation to provide architectural services for the design of the new Guildford coffee outlet.

This project included redevelopment of the commercial site, retaining the existing restaurant while incorporating a stand-alone coffee outlet with a drive-through service. The reconfigured site plan maintained the required onsite parking for both establishments but also provided a landscaped outdoor patio area, oriented to the southwest, to facilitate a communal gathering place for customers and a greater street presence.

The public areas of the outlet are denoted by the generous storefront and clerestory glazing, large overhangs and the use of Starbuck’s corporate colours. The private support spaces (washrooms, staff room, storage areas) are enclosed in the opaque portions of the facility clad with corrugated metal panels and screened with seasonal low maintenance, vertically oriented landscaping.

These finishes and colour schemes have stood the test of time, as the outlet still retains a fresh and elegant appearance as when constructed in 2001.

Architectural and Planning Services

Westgate Square

Surrey, BC
15,000 sq ft – 1,394 sq m

Boldwing Continuum was approached by Realco Holdings Ltd. to provide architectural and planning services for the design of a new single-storey multi-tenant retail mall within the existing Surrey West Supercenter.

This commercial development was designed in conjunction with the adjoining commercial property to ensure the site continuity. The challenges we faced included site restrictions imposed by the existing BC Hydro and Fortis BC ROWs, which diagonally divided the site, greatly restricting the building configurations. Our design solution resolved these restrictions by siting the adjoining development’s building and parking parallel to the ROWs, which in turn allowed the siting of Westgate Square to complement the existing commercial property to the west.

The final plan consisted of 12 single-level CRUs with front and rear access, along with generous ceiling heights. The unit widths are of similar proportions allowing for various configurations and greater current and future-tenant flexibility. The project also includes generous seasonal landscaped and patio areas and features 79 surface parking stalls.