New Aldergrove border crossing contract awarded
Ratio wrote this on Apr 17

RATIO is proud to be part of The Lark Group’s team as Architect and Coordinating Professional on the new $17.7M Aldergrove Port of Entry.

RATIO principal Mike Mammone said, “this project continues RATIO’s long standing relationship with both Public Works & Government Services Canada and the Canadian Border Services Agency.”

The announcement by the federal government on April 14, 2014 regarding the Aldergrove  border crossing described the planned improvements for cross border travelers including the construction of a full-processing facility and supporting infrastructure for commercial vehicles. The expanded facility will begin construction in the fall of 2014 and is projected for completion in early 2016. This project will improve efficiency for cross border travelers, business and the trucking industry by provide stability and capacity. The upgrades will include two new lanes for commercial truck traffic plus a new commercial inspection facility.

John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber said, “This investment is timely and much-needed, given the population and economic growth in the Fraser Valley, and continued growth of Asia-Pacific trade through Vancouver.”

“This project promotes B.C.’s cross-border trade and our province’s broader economic growth.”

RATIO is a design leader in some of our country’s most important public institutions and facilities with specific experience in highway border crossings.  RATIO was commissioned to design the Pacific Highway Border Crossing in time for the opening of EXPO 86 in Vancouver, BC. This is the busiest crossing Western Canada, and a cultural landmark that welcomes thousands as they cross the border for a visit or on their way home.  Then, more than 20 years after designing the original crossing, the PWGSC  and  CBSA engaged us again, to expand the facility to handle  a 60% increase in traffic volume. For this project  RATIO designed new structures that doubled the capacity of vehicles about to cross the border at peak times. For the Border Service Agency, this would serve as a pilot project, with the potential for expansion to other locations.


Architecture in BC: do you have a favorite building?
Ratio wrote this on Apr 07

Architecture should be inspiring, useful and sustainable delivering an ideal balance between site-specific goals and broader societal and environmental contexts. Are there buildings in British Columbia you feel a connection with and are  inspired by?

The Architectural Foundation of British Columbia is inviting all British Columbians to nominate their favorite building in BC regardless of the function, materials, or age. This is not a juried architectural competition; more of a people’s choice type of contest. All you need to do is be able to tell why you like the building and submit photos.

This contest is to celebrate 100 years of architecture in British Columbia. The AFBC has recently launched this 100 Best Buildings Contest to find buildings that people have an emotional connection to — perhaps where they may live, work or play.  Nominations can be any kind of structure or building in British Columbia that is best-loved , for whatever reason.

100 Best Buildings in BC  nomination form and more information:

Nominations will close in June and then the public will be invited to vote on the top 100.  The winning buildings will receive award plaques at an event in September 2014.

The Architecture Foundation of BC was conceived by a group of senior BC architects in 1999 to recognize and encourage excellence in architecture.  Its mission to promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of architecture in British Columbia.




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