RPK Publishes 50 Year Compendium
Our office recently turned 50 and we decided to celebrate this half century of architecture and design by assembling a book with a collection of drawings, sketches, renderings and models.
Here’s a quick blast from the past! Now available for download (65.6 mb).
A big thanks to Rob, Jan K, and Linda for putting together a wonderful hard copy and electronic book!
RPK is Proud to Support the 2019 Edmonton Design Week
Unrealized is an exhibit by MADE (Media Architecture Design Edmonton) curating a selection of unbuilt architecture projects in Edmonton.
The exhibition is located in City Centre Mall (West) and runs until October 25th, during mall hours, except on Sundays, when it is closed. It is free to the public, and donations are welcome. Proceeds go to support MADE.
Kudos to Cody, Ankit, and Caitlyn from our office for helping to design and build the exhibit!
- The development permit has been approved for a 150 resident long-term and dementia care assisted living addition to the Points West Living building in Red Deer.
- Concept design work is underway for a large row housing project in the Lauderdale community of Edmonton
- Detailed design is nearing completion for a new emergency department at the Misericordia Hospital in west Edmonton
- Construction is nearing completion on a complex series of renovations to 6 different City of Edmonton bus barns
- Construction is nearing completion for two arts related renovation projects in the Quarters area of Edmonton
- Rezoning approval for the renewal of a mixed use project along Jasper Avenue was recently granted by the City
- RPK just went through its own renovation including new paint, carpet and workstations
Lendrum Affordable Housing Taking Shape
We have been working steadily over the last few months on the design of a new affordable housing project for Capital Region Housing in the Lendrum area of Edmonton.
The project will provide a wide range of much needed affordable housing, ranging from one bedroom apartments to four bedroom townhouses. A unique feature of the project is the central courtyard, which is not only a focal point of the project but also a public walkway for the community to use in order to get to and from the LRT station at Foote Field. We had a lot of fun working on the planning and design, and that playfulness comes through in the renderings.
RPK is very proud to share the news that this past spring, Jan Pierzchajlo took over as President of the Alberta Association of Architects. The AAA represents the interests of the profession by engaging with government, industry, and the public on topics such as construction safety, urban renewal, and the environment. Jan has held numerous volunteer positions with the AAA over the last three decades, culminating in this role of representing our profession in Alberta. Although his term is limited to one year, we are sure he will make a lasting mark.
Sakaw Terrace Grand Opening
RPK Video Launched
As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we put together a video capturing the history & spirit of our firm.
The video touches on our philosophy of design, our approach to creating architecture, and the legacy we want to leave. Jan, Jonathan, and Jan all make special appearances and do their best in front of the camera. The video also captures various RPK projects, both new and old. We hope you will check it out. Enjoy!
Celebrating 50 YRS: Working with Habitat for Humanities
As we reported in our spring newsletter, RPK turned 50 this year and we have marked this auspicious occasion with a number of activities and events throughout this busy year. A few highlights include an article on RPK in the June issue of the Edmonton Business magazine, creating a video, publishing a commemorative book (let us know if you would like a copy), and having our office spend a day working with Habitat for Humanity.
Celebrating 50 Years
- Creating a 50th year logo
- Sponsoring and serving a meal at Operation Friendship Seniors Society
- Celebrating Easter with custom made rabbit chocolates
- Producing a commemorative book on our body of work
- Sponsoring GEF Seniors Housing’s Building for Life Breakfast Fundraiser
- Capital Region Housing Hackers Fore Housing Event, including sponsoring a hole with our Chip City skill contest
- Covenant Health’s Everyone’s a Winner Golf Event, including sponsoring a hole with our Chip City skill contest
- Habitat for Housing Adopt-a-Day
- Updating our History Wall (you can check it out the next time you visit us)
- Edmonton Business Magazine feature article
- Creating a video to capture the spirit of RPK
- The design development phase is nearing completion for a 120-unit affordable apartment building in the community of Lendrum for Capital Region Housing
- Beginning schematic design work for a 150-unit long-term care and assisted living addition to the Points West Living building in Red Deer
- Design development work is nearing completion for a new emergency department at the Misericordia Hospital in west Edmonton
- Construction is progressing on a complex series of renovations to 6 different City of Edmonton bus barns
- Construction documents are almost done on an 84-unit seniors’ facility in Whitehorse, Yukon
- Construction is underway for two renovation projects in the Quarters area of Edmonton
- Construction is done and residents will soon be moving into the 122-unit Points West Living building in Cochrane
- Shortlisted for design-build health centre in Tulita, NWT
RPK Celebrates 50 YRS of Business in Edmonton
Have you seen the June publication of the Business in Edmonton magazine? There’s a 6 page spread on RPK! We turn 50 this year. Featured promptly in the article are our current partners, Jan Pierzchajlo, Jonathan Rockliff, and Jan Kroman. Curious about the origin of our company and where we’re headed? Find out more by grabbing a copy of the article.
S.A.M. in the Canadian Architect Magazine
The Canadian Architect picked up on the City of Edmonton’s announcement of the winners of the 2019 Missing Middle Infill Design Competition. RPK earned an Honourable Mention for Spruce Avenue Mews (S.A.M.) and our project was featured on the magazine’s website.
Updating Our Core Values
S.A.M. Awarded Honourable Mention
We are very proud to share that our submission to the City of Edmonton’s Missing Middle design competition was awarded an honourable mention! See page 19 and 20 of the Infill Design Award Booklet from the reception for our project.
For the submission, we partnered with Primavera Development Group Inc., McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd., and Synergy Projects Ltd. The City solicited proposals from multidisciplinary teams of architects and builders/ developers from across Canada and abroad to design a mid-density, multi-unit housing development on 5 city owned lots. This type of medium-scale housing, which falls between single family homes and highrises, is commonly referred to as the ‘missing middle’ because it has been largely absent from Edmonton’s urban streetscapes.
The challenge was to submit an innovative design that was not only thoughtful of neighbourhood context, but also economically feasible, responsive to local market conditions and advancing the level of design for infill in Edmonton. The jury commented that “this submission presents a rational plan with thoughtful consideration of outdoor amenity spaces which provides interactivity between the public and private realm.”
Shortlisted for Two Awards
We were so honoured to have been shortlisted for two different architectural awards in the last months.
The ROOPH Awards (Recognizing Outstanding Organizations and People in Housing) celebrates individuals, organizations, and businesses that work to address affordable housing and homelessness initiatives in our city, whether paid or in a volunteer role. Our Sakaw Terrace project, an affordable housing apartment building for seniors, was shortlisted for an excellence in architecture award.
Our other nomination was for the CISC (Canadian Institute of Steel Construction) Collaboration award. Again, we submitted the Sakaw Terrace project which utilized Integrated Project Delivery to deliver the project. This contractual format created a cohesive construction team that worked very closely and collaboratively to deliver the project under budget and ahead of schedule.
Yukon News Announces Seniors Development in Whitehorse
RPK is working with a development group on a new seniors complex in Whitehorse. The plan is for a mix of studios, one bedroom and two bedroom units, along with a gym and salon. Construction will begin this year. See Stephanie Waddell’s article in the Yukon News for more information on what’s coming!
Source: Google Maps screen grab
Ociciwan Appears in the Avenue Magazine
A recent article in the Avenue Magazine highlighted one of our projects and quoted RPK principal, Jan Kroman.
The Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre, being developed by the City of Edmonton, will be a permanent home for modern Indigenous art as well as a community and gathering place. The article highlights the efforts RPK put forward to meet the functional, cultural and artistic requirements of the project stakeholders.
A key component of the design is the outward expression of the building which was purposefully done to stand out and make a statement about the Ociciwan group. Variously shaped reflective panels create a dynamic and always changing façade, reflecting the light and movement in the up and coming Quarters neighbourhood.
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!
RPK's PWL Cochrane Featured in the Award Magazine
Have you seen the latest issue of the Award? RPK’s seniors’ housing project in Cochrane appears on page 75 of the April 2019 issue. We are delighted to see our latest project for Points West Living featured prominently in the industry-recognized magazine.
Celebrating 50 YRS: RPK + OFSS
- Schematic design is nearing completion on the new Misericordia Hospital Emergency Department
- Sakaw Terrace, a new seniors affordable housing project developed by GEF Seniors Housing in the Edmonton community of Millwoods, is now complete and accepting new residents
- Foundations are being poured for a new affordable housing project in the Belvedere neighbourhood of Edmonton
- Design development is complete for two City of Edmonton arts related renovation projects in the Quarters District
- A study for future improvements to Hawrelak Park is well underway
- Demolition and renovation work is gearing up for the Dr. Cooke Extended Care Centre in Lloydminster
- Design work is nearing completion on a twelve suite group home project for Jasper Place Wellness Centre in West Edmonton
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.
Grand Opening of Lac La Biche Project
While this brand new building began accepting residents back in June, it was time to celebrate and officially open the building with a grand opening on September 27th. RPK was on hand along with current residents, families, staff, and dignitaries to cut the ribbon and enjoy speeches, food, and tour the building.
The new building consists of 40 Designated Assisted Living and 9 Independent Supportive Living suites along with common areas and support spaces. The design of the building supports the Eden Alternative model of care which promotes maximum independence, choice and dignity for each resident and encourages the involvement of family, neighbours, and friends.
Congratulations, Points West Living, we are so proud of this project!
The White Rabbit Makes a Special Appearance
RPK Wins CAA Business Award
- 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!
RPK Associate on Safety Code Council
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).
- Construction has recently started for a new 49 resident supportive living project in Lac La Biche
- Construction work is well underway for a 158 unit affordable seniors housing project in the Millwoods community
- Design work is nearing completion for a new infill house and garage suite in Old Strathcona
- RPK will be assisting with two design studies, one for seniors housing in the Peace Country and the other for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Edmonton.
- Edmonton Design Committee approval was recently received for a seniors friendly condominium project near Kingsway Avenue
- RPK was recently shortlisted for various Fire Hall and LRT projects with the City of Edmonton.
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.
Jan Kroman Interviewed for G&M's "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
RPK Featured in the November Issue of Business in Edmonton
If you happened to get a copy of this month’s Business in Edmonton Magazine, on page 55 is an article called Edmonton’s Changing Face: Our Structures are Changing from the Inside Out. The article talks about local issues facing many Edmontonians, such as the changing needs of seniors housing, energy efficiency in our buildings and changes to how building projects are delivered.
It features many images of past, present and future projects designed by RPK in Edmonton and also quotes from Jan Kroman talking about project collaboration (Building Information Modelling and Integrated Project Delivery), sustainability, and community.
RPK Wins City Design Award
The City of Edmonton hosted an international design competition to generate debate, discussion, and design ideas around infill housing in the City. There were four categories: garage/ garden suites, attached housing, single detached house, and an open category. RPK decided to enter the garage suite category with a new take on a backyard development by raising the earth up to provide added separation between the suite and the adjacent home.
The competition was intended to provide the design community with an opportunity to address the issues of infill housing and showcase design innovation and best practices to improve the quality of infill developments city-wide. Our design, called Backyard Pingo after a mound of earth-covered ice found in the Arctic, received an Award of Merit.
New Name, New Logo
Our new company name is Rockliff Pierzchajlo Kroman Architects Ltd. (RPK for short). Along with a new name came the need for a new logo.
We were looking for something fresh and reflective of our principles and corporate philosophy. As you can imagine, with three architects, it took a little extra time to reach a design we were all happy with. After many iterations, we are more than pleased with the simplicity and sophistication of the logo we believe captures our approach to architecture and corporate culture. It was not intentional, but if you look closely, you might even be able to spot three Js.
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
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.