The ḴELOŦEN ȻE S,ISTEW̱ Fund Award for 2023 has been awarded to three recipients: Elijah Patrick, a second year Civil Engineering student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan; Connie Davis, a PhD student in Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia; and Stacie Coutlee, a PhD student in Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia.

Established in June 2021 by AME Group, Gwaii Engineering, Diamond Schmitt, Number TEN Architectural Group, AES Engineering, RJC Engineers, and the Victoria Native Friendship Centre; the ḴEL,ḴELOŦEN ȻE S,ISTEW̱ Fund aims to bring more Indigenous voices into architecture and building design, imbuing these industries with Indigenous values, perspectives and ways of knowing, being and doing.

A rigorous conservation process brings new life to a 1930s church built of local stone and adorned with decorative elements, allowing this landmark to maintain its civic and community presence beneath a soaring vaulted roof highlighted by French and Italian stained-glass windows.

Ryder Architecture, in collaboration with Prime Consultant RJC Engineers, is honoured to have been awarded a Vancouver Heritage Award for conserving the St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church. In consultation with heritage consultants Donald Luxton & Associates, the renewal of this landmark incorporates a complex process of improving the building's envelope performance, seismic resiliency, and accessibility. While the building successfully integrates numerous technical upgrades, it is a tremendous honour for the project team to be a part of preserving Vancouver’s architectural heritage.

The world’s tallest full-scale building ever tested on an earthquake simulator is expected to transform sustainable building design across Canada

RJC Engineers (RJC), a leading Canadian-based building structure and enclosure engineering firm, announced today its participation in the seismic testing of the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) TallWood project, currently underway in San Diego, California. The NHERI TallWood project is a National Science Foundation-funded research effort that aims to investigate mass timber buildings' earthquake resilience by simulating large earthquakes on a 10-story mass timber building, the tallest ever tested on a shake table. The building includes 3-stories of enclosure systems to assess their interaction with the structure to develop and validate seismic design methodology, while also researching the impact on building enclosure. This first-of-its-kind initiative is expected to transform sustainable building design, and reduce the carbon impact of the construction industry in Canada.