Terry Bergen from our Building Science and Restoration team was a key member on The Hudson project. He is a strong proponent of sustainable and integrated design and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council.
Heritage Restoration and Seismic Upgrade for Re-use
The Hudson, Victoria, BC
The Hudson is a six-storey adaptive re-use of the former Hudson’s Bay Store. RJC’s expertise in structural and seismic upgrade design, and materials and building science were combined to realize the dramatic heritage conservation of this Victoria landmark.
The objective of The Hudson project was to conserve a heritage resource and provide a catalyst for continued neighbourhood renewal and sustainable urban development.
RJC worked closely with Townline, Merrick Architecture and the entire design team to provide engineering solutions during the conceptual design, detailed design and construction phases of the project. Innovative thinking and flexibility, as well as effective communication and timely responses, allowed the team to navigate the challenges of adaptively redeveloping this heritage landmark.
Many advanced approaches to engineering were realized:
- Heavily reinforced concrete seismic resisting elements requiring the use of shotcrete and targeted vibration
- A Dynamic Buffer Zone manages the hygrothermal performance of the terra-cotta clad wall assemblies
- Restored original wood windows adapted to accommodate and support high efficiency insulated glass units
The result is a heritage building with modern functionality and landmark presence in the heart of Victoria, BC.