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Client: Urban Land Institute BC | District of  West Vancouver | 2013

The District of West Vancouver was host to the ULI BC Technical Assistance Panel (TAP). In an effort to enhance and re-invigorate its Ambleside Waterfront, the District identified the site of the Hollyburn Sailing Club - an integral part of the West Vancouver waterfront for fifty years; however, the facility was aging, blocking public access to the waterfront, and its boat storage area was not conducive to the image of the waterfront to which West Vancouver aspired. The District wanted to know how the 1,614 square meter site might accommodate a new clubhouse facility and incorporate other commercial or recreational uses while addressing community goals for public access along the waterfront.

ULI BC retained Uplift Co. to plan and execute the event as well as deliver a final report. Work included meeting with the District to understand and help develop a challenge statement, five key questions, advice on the creation of a Project Briefing Book, and identification and invitation for stakeholder participation.

We worked closely with the ULI BC TAP Committee to solicit professional volunteers for the event; in this case, eight professionals formed the Panel bringing expertise in architecture, Urban Planning, landscape architecture, Real Estate Strategy and development, and Transportation Planning. We coordinated the logistics of introductory presentations, a site tour, and a group dinner. Following this, we managed a one-day charette with the TAP volunteers, developed a presentation of the recommendations (on the fly), and completed the writing and production of the final report.

The work of this TAP provided the District with highly informative considerations and recommendations on how the waterfront could be re-envisioned.


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