Urban Design projects range from streetscape design and plazas, to integrated downtown development plans for commercial and mixed use developments. Successful projects recognize opportunities to integrate public and private initiatives through a framework for design and development that considers economic, political, and other complex concerns and factors.
We have substantial experience working with municipalities and community groups towards improved urban outcomes; to achieve aesthetic, social, and physical improvements that shape identity in neighbourhoods and improve investor confidence. Our multiple award winning projects are evidence of a commitment to design excellence.
Design Guidelines and Standards provide a framework for ongoing development to help ensure that a common vision for an area is designed and respected. They can address any given component of a site, and can be as specific as desired. Our experience includes many design guideline reports for a variety of project types, including: streetscape and downtown development projects; park and trail projects; and facility appearance projects Theme development is normally an important component of design guideline projects, and can be developed to relate to the history, culture, or natural environment of the project location.
We have provided numerous developers with design and construction management assistance in relation to commercial / retail facilities. We have worked in many of the region's jurisdictions with knowledge of the approval processes of each. This enables us to deliver exceptional designs and services, while shortening timelines for approvals and construction, and ultimately reducing costs. As we generally trend away from car-centric retail facilities such as malls, the interface between architecture and surrounding neighbourhoods including provisions for multi-modal connections become critical.