Vote for RPK's Entry in the Missing Middle Competition
RPK and Primavera Development are proud to share our entry in the City of Edmonton’s Missing Middle Infill Design Competition. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is now open! Cast your vote between now and May 3rd!
Glenwood Housing Project Featured in the Journal
RPK’s supportive housing project for Redemptive Developments was recently featured in the Edmonton Journal. Situated in the Glenwood community, these 3 storey buildings consist of a shared kitchen and living room on the main floor, and 6 units on each upper floor. Currently, 3 such buildings are planned. The intention is to replicate the concept near transit and LRT throughout Edmonton.
- A modern and sustainably designed home in Old Strathcona is taking shape with exterior finishes about to get started
- Sakaw Terrace, a new seniors affordable housing project developed by GEF Seniors Housing is more than halfway through construction and due to be complete this fall
- RPK is working with two Edmonton based not-for-profit affordable housing organizations to develop design and facility standards for their upcoming projects
- Working drawings are in progress for a new affordable housing project in the Belvedere neighbourhood of Edmonton with construction due to start this summer
- Construction for three seniors’ supportive living projects in Lac La Biche, Wetaskiwin and Cochrane are nearing completion with residents moving in at various points over the remainder of 2018
- Schematic design is nearing completion for the redevelopment of the Coliseum LRT station
Two for the Quarters
RPK is excited to enter the Schematic Design phase for two buildings in the Quarters District of Edmonton. Together with select potential tenants and the City of Edmonton, scenarios are being developed to determine the best revitalization of two fairly low profile buildings. Prior to Schematic Design, RPK oversaw the review of existing condition reports, the creation of measured drawings, and the provision of preliminary costing for the base level of required work. We look forward to contributing to this historic Edmonton neighbourhood.
Virtual Reality As Design Tool
Since late 2017, RPK has been using Virtual Reality (VR) images and animations to assist clients with better understanding the look and feel of their projects. A major advantage of utilizing Building Information Modelling (BIM) to develop the design drawings is that we are able to translate the 3D technical model into a 3D virtual reality model through the use of Enscape software.
The VR model can be viewed on a computer or in true 3D using special VR goggles and a smartphone. It greatly enhances the ability for all stakeholders to better understand the functional and spatial layouts and the architecture of the building, leading to more meaningful and detailed feedback on the design.
Take a VR Tour Using Your Phone
Interior and exterior tours are available! After downloading a QR Code reader to your phone, you will be able to scan or snap a picture of the barcodes above. Your app will either automatically open a browser window and direct you to the tour; or offer you buttons to copy the link to a browser or open a browser window.
RPK Wins Quality Based Selection RFP
Last November, RPK was selected by Alberta Infrastructure for the Misericordia Emergency Department Redevelopment. What made this RFP notable was that it used a Quality Based Selection (QBS) model to choose a prime consultant. QBS is a procurement method that excludes fee as part of the selection process. A team is selected entirely based on their skills and expertise. QBS has demonstrated that owners get better outcomes and greater value by excluding price as an evaluation criterion. In other words, firms are selected based on pure qualifications to do a project, instead of their low bid.
RPK was honoured to be selected for this project and looks forward to completing the design work and seeing it through construction. Stay tuned for future updates on this exciting project!
Jan Pierzchajlo Interviewed on the Walterdale Bridge
“The High Level is maybe one of the most masculine structures you can find in Edmonton and the Walterdale might be one of the most feminine structures you can find in Edmonton — just its beautiful curve. I love this (new) bridge. I think it’s absolutely gorgeous.”
The Edmonton Journal interviewed Jan Pierzchajlo, one of the Principals at RPK, as part of their article on the new Walterdale Bridge. We just love this shot of Jan standing against the backdrop of the Walterdale!
Source: Edmonton Journal; Photography by Amber Bracken
Karen Interviewed by ShawContract for #TalkingwithArchitects
- RPK partnered with the UofA on an extensive dementia design study to be completed over the coming months
- RPK started design work on the interior and exterior overhaul of a 14 storey apartment building in Edmonton
- Tender documents are complete and construction has begun on numerous interior improvements to 10 Edmonton LRT stations, 2 tunnels and 13 bus stations
- A building condition report was recently completed as a pre-purchase condition for an affordable housing provider
- High resolution renderings of a new heritage bridge replacement near Wayne, Alberta are now done
- RPK was excited to tour the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing, around the construction of Sakaw Terrace
Checkout RPK's New Website
After much effort, we are proud to announce that our totally revamped website is up and running. The content is similar to our previous website; however, we now have a much improved graphic interface, enhanced written content, and the ability to view on smartphones and tablets.
Things Are Shaping Up in Wetaskiwin
A recent aerial photo does a great job showcasing the progress of the new Points West Living supportive living project in Wetaskiwin. This 75 unit assisted living project is well underway and set to open in January of 2018. The project is built of noncombustible construction using prefabricated load bearing steel studs providing a very quick erection time for the exterior walls, floors, and roof. We are very excited to see this project nearing completion as it is a much needed resource for the seniors of Wetaskiwin and surrounding areas.
100in1 Day: Bus Shelter Makeover
Building on last year’s YEG Beach success (our very own precursor to the now famous Accidental Beach), RPK together with Urban Systems undertook some tactical urbanism to celebrate Edmonton’s 100in1 Day. The “Bus Stop Beauty” intervention enlivened and re-envisioned a typical bus stop in our downtown core. Flowers, solar powered lights, and even sod complimented the existing infrastructure, while users and passersby were asked to join in the conversation and tell us what they love about Edmonton. Big thanks goes out to RPK’s Linda and Urban Systems’ Jing Jing for organizing.
RPK Has a New Associate
Jan, Jonathan and Jan are very pleased to announce that RPK has a new Associate. After more than 10 years at RPK, Jeff Nelson has been promoted to Associate as of August 1st. Jeff brings many skills to our firm, including heading up RPK’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) department, providing leadership with respect to LEED, supporting our IT needs, and spearheading the development of construction documents and construction administration.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba, which helps to provide him with an ability to marry together good design with smart technical solutions. We are excited to have Jeff join us as an Associate and look forward to many years of leadership and ongoing collaboration at RPK!
Jonathan Rockliff - Best of Edmonton
Jonathan received a first runner up as Vue Weekly’s “Best Local Architect,” in the issue published for September 21 to 27, 2017. This award is based on ballots submitted for their yearly best of Edmonton contest. Congratulations Jonathan!
RPK Commits Some Tactical Urbanism
“If you’re a public space aficionado or transportation maven, one only needs to sign on to one of the various social media feeds to see the daily movement that is sweeping across the world: groups of people are literally taking back their streets by implementing low-cost, temporary solutions to what they see as simple ways of making their streets safer or more livable.”
This year, RPK once again participated in some Tactical Urbanism with the 100in1 Day global festival. Partnered with Urban Systems, the team transformed a regular downtown Edmonton bus shelter as part of an effort to improve public space in the city. Our installation was included in a short film by Streetfilms on Tactical Urbanism (around the 3:50 mark).
IPD and CHP Sets a New Standard for Affordable Housing
With Sakaw Terrace, our client, GEF Seniors Housing, not only tried a new collaborative technique to building design called Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), they also welcomed the idea of Combined Heat and Power (CHP). With IPD, 10 partners and the owner entered into a single contract and shared in the risk and reward. Through collaboration, this model allowed for the sharing of expertise and encouraged everyone to optimize the design, reduce waste, and find efficiencies. CHP was one of the ideas that resulted from IPD. It enables the foundation to save money while providing electricity, heat, and domestic hot water to the suites. It also reduces carbon emissions by 530 tonnes annually. For more information on the innovations of CHP, refer to the full article on GEF’s website.
A Call for Creativity
“We got to thinking about how we might hide a garden suite in plain sight. So we thought ‘Okay, let’s stuff it under the carpet.’” – Jan Kroman, Principal, RPK
Edmonton’s inaugural infill-design competition last month inspired a variety of creative entries – and some could become a reality. RPK won Merit at the Edmonton Infill Design Competition for the design Backyard Pingo and Jan Kroman was interviewed for the Globe and Mail article, A Call for Creativity.
Mill Woods Affordable Seniors Housing Set to Open in 2018
Construction has started at Millwoods Road and 58 Street, site of a new affordable seniors housing complex. The building will have 150 suites, a commercial kitchen, two courtyards, a communal greenhouse, a salon, and a theatre room. Slav Kornik from Global News has more.
The Alberta Government Ponders the Annex Building's Future
To redevelop or demolish the Annex? That is the question. The Province hired RPK to complete a feasibility study on the building, and we will be delivering it later in the year. Further reporting coverage on the future of the Annex is provided by Emma Graney with the Edmonton Journal.
Source: Greg Southam for Postmedia
RPAP is Now RPK Architects
Exciting News! Jonathan Rockliff and Jan Pierzchajlo are pleased to announce that Jan Kroman has joined our partnership team.
After 47 years of successful business operations in Western Canada, we will be changing our name to Rockliff Pierzchajlo Kroman Architects Ltd. to reflect our new corporate structure. Jan Kroman brings with him a breadth of international experience, both in practice and academia. His addition to the firm strengthens our focus on delivering projects that best respond to our client’s needs, building vibrant neighbourhoods and creating great communities.
A Daycare Brings Joy and Laughter to Seniors at Ottewell Terrace
Ottewell Terrace is a different kind of seniors’ housing. The sound of children’s laughter drifts through the building, and the old people here are in a better mood. GEF and our firm are proud of what we have achieved: a home that brings the community together, and strengthens the neighborhood. More coverage on Ottewell Terrace is provided by Elise Stolte of the Edmonton Journal.