PROJECTS : DETAILED PROJECTS
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||Daye Lake Eco-City International Design Competition, Huangshi, China (2013)
MVH, in partnership with the Guangzhou Planning Institute, won the City of Huangshi, China Eco-City international design competition in July 2013. The extension to Huangshi, China – with a metro population of approximately 2.4 million residents, will house an additional 1.1 million residents over the next 20 years. The Master Plan covers 450 km2 including Daye Lake. The central business district will house 150,000 residents and provide 150,000 jobs. The new city leads in innovation in green space 50/50 conservation, air and water self-cleaning systems, and a complete central business district that balances jobs and housing. The central business district will integrate a 300km/hour high speed national train station linked to a local multi-modal mobility network.
||Calgary West High Street, Calgary, Alberta (2010-2014)
MVH coordinated the urban planning for this project that will include up to 70,000 m2 (750,000 square feet) of retail and office space as well as up to 1,000 residential units. The compact footprint at the base of the Paskapoo slopes allows for 60% of the site to be retained as environmental reserve, parks, or open space. Underground parking and slope-sensitive design allow a unique shopping experience in a pedestrian-oriented environment.
||Mission City Downtown Master Plan (2012-2013)
MVH worked with Golder Associates and a number of other consultants to develop an implementation-oriented plan based on 10 Big Ideas and a NOW plan.
||Cochrane Integrated Downtown Action Plan, Cochrane, BC (2012-2013)
MVH partnered with Urban Systems and other consultants to develop a comprehensive series of downtown wide actions and districts actions relating to development. A matrix was developed to measure progress over time.
||Penticton Downtown Plan, Penticton, BC (2012)
MVH facilitated the five day design Charrette that set the framework for the Downtown Plan. MVH helped coordinate a core team of city staff and other consultants which was further supported by up to 50 residents and business owners. The process was a smashing success and naturally flowed into a final document approved by Council.
||City of Leduc Downtown Master Plan, Leduc, Alberta (2012)
MVH directed a multidisciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, transportation engineers, planners, and economists to develop a downtown master plan for the City of Leduc south of Edmonton, Alberta. City Council realized that all parties had to recommit to their downtown as the centre of their community. MVH developed a comprehensive urban design framework that included policy, design guidelines, mobility analysis, economic strategies, and a focused implementation strategy tied to the City’s budget. The Downtown Master Plan not only included the main street but the surrounding neighbourhoods as part of a comprehensive planning and design strategy. An interactive series of workshops with the community, staff, the Downtown Progress Association, followed by a very successful open house, resulted in a plan enthusiastically supported by City Council and the community.
||Sunnyville, Vladivostok, Russia (2010 - 2012)
With the support of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), MVH worked with the Russian Federal Housing Development Foundation (FHDF) and local authorities to examine the potential of this 400-hectare (1,000-acre) site north of the City of Vladivostok in the far east of Russia. Following the development of a land use concept, MVH then worked with the subsequent developer, Vostok-1 Corporation, to develop a plan for the site. This plan included a comprehensive land use plan, streets, parks, and architectural character plans. A three dimensional model was also developed that illustrated the various land uses and densities on the site. The plan was approved by regional authorities in October 2011 and showcased at the international OPEC conference in September 2012.
||Cambrian Strathcona Joint Planning Initiative Preliminary Development Plan Concept, Strathcona County, Alberta (2009-2011)
MVH facilitated this unique joint initiative between the Cambrian Group of Companies and Strathcona County, Alberta. This cooperative initiative built support and resulted in approvals of the Area Structure Plan within one year for more than 295-hectares (745-acres)! Associated with these approvals, MVH also directed the development of the preliminary sustainable plan that will house over 7,000 residents in up to 3,500 units and will provide more than 1 local job per household. Preliminary plans include 2 elementary schools, 3 places of worship, a district energy centre, and an emergency services centre. A comprehensive central trail system will connect the natural asset of Old Man Creek with the reconstructed wetlands and stormwater facilities. The open space network will cover over 40% of the land with a priority for bicycling, walking, and transit as convenient alternative modes of transport. Local commercial facilities will provide for daily needs within a 5 to 10 minute walk from every door.
||Rocky View County Municipal Campus, Rocky View County, Alberta (2009)
MVH worked closely with staff and Council to develop a new municipal campus on 65-hectares (160-acres). Approved within two months of initiation, the Campus includes the Municipal Hall, Emergency Services Centre, Recreation Complex, Municipal Works Yard, Sports Fields, Civic Park, Recycling Centre, Enhanced Wetland, and other supporting uses.
Hat Downtown, Redevelopment Plan (2009)
MVH coordinated an interdisciplinary team including
engineers, economists, heritage architects, landscape architects,
planners, and urban designers to develop a comprehensive action redevelopment
plan for the Downtown.
Deer Downtown and Riverfront Plan (2008)
MVH worked in close cooperation with the community
and a local consulting group to develop a very innovative
far reaching plan that incorporates new uses and adaptive reuse
of existing buildings and open spaces.
Langley Downtown Master Plan, City of Langley, British Columbia (2008)
MVH directed a multi-disciplinary Team to develop an inspired physical
development plan for the Downtown complete with economic analysis
and an action plan. The Plan has helped generate new projects and
innovative leadership by the City of Langley. The Master Plan was recognized by two economic awards and one planning award.
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (2008)
The MVH consulting team completed a spectacular complete new community
for 25,000-30,000 new residents including planning, zoning, urban
design and preliminary engineering within six months with approval
in principle by senior government officials.
Business Park, Strathcona County, Alberta
This "Green" Business Park retains a significant portion
of the land as park, wetland, or open space, and uniquely blends a
rich building form and orientation with the rolling landscape. This
"Signature" business park will also provide retail and Hotel/Convention
facilities to support local businesses within a convenient walk of
Village, Strathcona County, Alberta (2007- 2009)
MVH facilitated the design, planning and approvals for a 40-hectare (100-acre)
sustainable urban village. The interdisciplinary consulting team created
an innovative Area Structure Plan that embraces cutting edge sustainability
principles, goals, policies and regulations.
Crossing, Red Deer, Alberta (CIP Award and APPI 2007)
Gasoline Alley Urban Design Plan creates a detailed framework for
nearly 400 hectares (1,000 acres) on the edge of the City of Red Deer. The Gasoline
Alley/Liberty Crossing area will be a complete community that will
house up to 8,000 people over 20 years. The Canadian Institute of
Planning recognized the outstanding neighbourhood concepts with a
national award in 2007. The Alberta Institute of the Canadian Institute
of Planners also recognized the innovations of the Plan with the "Award
of Excellence" in 2007.
of Chilliwack Downtown Community of Neighbourhoods Plan, Chilliwack,
British Columbia (2007)
The innovative concepts of downtown rejuvenation
were captured in a downtown neighbourhoods action plan that had economic,
social, and physical strategies.
Business Park Development Plan, Chilliwack, British Columbia (2007)
“Home of the Eagle” combines sensitive
cultural and ecological land development with economic strategies
for an innovative business park.
Crossing, Chilliwack, BC (2004) (2007
As part of the prime consultant team, MVH directed the development
of the Neighbourhood Plan and the new Comprehensive Development Zone
for the 60-hectare (153-acre) redevelopment of the former CFB Chilliwack, introducing
secondary suites, infill housing, existing housing refurbishment,
coach houses into the zoning bylaw and other customized development
standards. The project has received numerous awards, including "Master
Planned Community of the Year" Award by the Urban Development
Institute, Pacific Region and is a pilot project for the LEED "Neighbourhood"
Waterfront Concept Plan, District of Mission, British Columbia (2006)
This billion-dollar preliminary waterfront
development concept was developed by MVH and was very well received
by the Community, staff, and Council.
Comprehensive Development Plan, Ucluelet, British Columbia (2005)
(PIBC Award 2006)
After Council unanimously turned down development proposals in 2004,
MVH was hired by Weyerhaeuser to facilitate a compact process for
a new comprehensive plan for the 150 hectare (375-acre) waterfront parcel fronting
on the Pacific Ocean. The subsequent plan was approved by Council
unanimously six months later and received a Comprehensive Planning
Award from the Planning Institute of British Columbia in 2006.
of Calgary 100 Year Vision for Midtown, City of Calgary, Calgary,
This visionary plan builds on Calgary’s
rich history and recognizes the tremendous future possibilities. Ten
features form the foundation to the plan that covers 88 city blocks
and over 160-hectares (400-acres). MVH also provided assistance and strategic advice
for the Urban Structure Plan for Calgary’s Downtown.
Twelfth Street Area Plan, City of New Westminster, BC (2004)
(PIBC Award 2005)
MVH directed this innovative redevelopment strategy that combined
a community-based process with economic analysis, land use policy
development, and urban design visioning for the Lower Twelfth Street
Area, incorporating a Design Charrette as a centrepiece to the process.
Twelfth Street Summary for New West
Eco-Industrial Project, District of North Vancouver, BC (2004) (PIBC Award 2005)
As lead consultant, MVH directed the development
of a comprehensive Eco-Industrial Development Strategy and Sustainable
Community Planning Strategy for a 200-hectare (500-acre) community within the District
of North Vancouver. MVH created the strategy to raise over $200,000
for the project and created a 20 member partnership including BC Hydro,
the GVRD, Terasen, the Grseen Municipal Enabling Fund (GMEF) Federal,
the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. and numerous other businesses and
local community organizations. (PIBC 2005 Award of Excellence).
Park East Development Charrette, Greater Vancouver Regional District,
Burnaby, British Columbia (2004)
This process combined economics and sustainable
community design to explore the possible recreation intensive uses for
Tynehead East Regional Park in Surrey, British Columbia. The goal was
to balance revenue generation with environmental and social objectives.
Over 120-hectares (300-acres) were explored for championship golf, equestrian, RV,
and a number of other uses in cooperation with leading developers and
industry specialists. MVH developed Sustainable Development Guidelines
and Project Selection Criteria that explored a complete economic, environmental,
and social framework. The project was applauded for its focused results,
inclusive participation, and practical results.
- The Village at Hatzic
Ridge, District of Mission, BC (2004)
MVH coordinated the planning and development strategy submission for
this rural cluster proposal on 46-hectares (115-acres) in the District of Mission.
This innovative development proposed approximately 50% open space including
16% Agricultural Land Reserve and an overall density of 2.6 units/acre
- Taku River Tlingit
Physical Development Plan, Atlin, BC (2004)
MVH developed the 5-year sustainable development strategy for over 800-hectares (2,000-acres) with an emphasis on creative communication (talking rules, meeting
guidelines, and facilitation training), building local capacity, and
creating a 25-year Vision with a practical implementation strategy.
- Hope New Housing
Strategies - Creating Policy and Streamlining Bylaws. Hope, B.C. (2004)
MVH directed a process to find new housing opportunities that reduce
costs and increase housing choice. The housing strategy called “infield
housing” includes suites, coach houses, cluster housing, narrow
lots, wide lots, infill, and mixed use.
- Hope Residential
Cluster Planning and Design Guidelines: Design and Planning Performance
Guidelines for Sustainable Site Planning in Sensitive Areas, District
of Hope, BC (2003)
MVH worked with staff and the community to develop a new overlay cluster
zone for the District of Hope along with clear selection criteria and
- Fernie Action Plan:
Small Steps Lead to Big Solutions, City of Fernie, BC (2003)
MVH developed a sustainable development implementation strategy for
their Official Community Plan including principles, selection criteria,
report card, and organization structure.
- Imperial Landing
Waterfront, Richmond, BC (2003)
MVH facilitated a Design Charrette of 30 professional and staff to “Revision”
the Imperial Landing portion of the Steveston Waterfront. Coordinated
subsequent econonmic analysis, public review, and urban design to develop
an optimum solution for the site.
- Visual Enhancement
of the City of New Westminster Zoning Bylaw, New Westminster, BC (2002)
MVH developed an award-winning system to improve the communication of
7 different – most frequently used zones in the City. This work
includes reformatting the zoning bylaw by adding innovative 3D graphics
and introducing summary information sheets for each of the zones, (PIBC Award 2003).
- Austin Heights Urban
Design and Planning Visioning Workshop, Coquitlam, B.C. (2001)
MVH organized and facilitated this workshop on behalf of the City of
Coquitlam, in close liaison with City staff, to discuss the issues and
opportunities for this Coquitlam neighbourhood. This very successful
workshop involved over 50 participants and used a variety of survey,
discussion, and visual analysis techniques to engage the audience.
- Deer Valley Commerce
Centre Urban Design Study, Phoenix, Arizona (2001)
In association with Stantec, MVH directed the development of urban design
guidelines and character area guidelines for 1600-hectares (4,000-acres) in north Phoenix,
Arizona. MVH worked closely with the City of Phoenix, local businesses
and adjacent neighbourhoods to define priorities and implementation
- White Rock Town
Centre Urban Design Charrette, White Rock, B.C. (2001)
MVH acted as a team leader in this urban design charrette for a 37-acre
downtown site that included commercial, residential and institutional
potential uses. The preferred alternative combined infill and new development
with a green pedestrian network flowing through and connecting to the
- River Road East
Land Use Strategy, Delta, B.C. (2001)
As part of a multidisciplinary team member, MVH was responsible for
development and environmental design guidelines for a 400-hectare (1500-acre) industrial
area that employs 10,000 people in the Corporation of Delta. This area
contains 60% of the remaining vacant industrial land in Delta. The preferred
strategy combined an interlinked network of greenways and waterways
with a comprehensive set of guidelines that reinforced existing or emerging
Area Design Guidelines, Vancouver, BC (1999)
As part of the City of Vancouver urban design team, MVH developed a
unique set of Environmental Considerations (ecological design guidelines)
that were a first within the City of Vancouver. These guidelines covered
a 80-hectare (200-acre) area and included tree retention, soil restoration, water
conservation, air quality, energy efficiency, and solid waste management.
- Sacbe Eco-Community
Master Plan, Playa del Carmen, Mexico (1999- ongoing)
MVH developed an Eco-Community Ideas Work Book as the basis for a Master
Plan for 80-hectare (200-acres). MVH redirected
the international advisory group from a traditional road grid system
approach to three jungle village clusters (including a SkyWalk system
and Eco-Research Towers) that would minimize impact on the sensitive
jungle environment and save in development costs. The proposal established
development targets, principles and organization structure for the international
- Rupert and Renfrew
SkyTrain Station Precinct Plans, Vancouver, BC (2000)
MVH coordinated these two rapid transit Station designs in 1999 and
2000. Added street enhancements and development policies adjacent to
these unique stations. The proposals included a major city greenway,
adjoining commercial development and other transportation connections
that better linked the two stations with the adjacent neighbourhoods.
The plans aided in the negotiation of a $5,000,000 amenity package with
the Province of British Columbia that focused on non-car transportation
- Vancouver Greenways
Plan, Vancouver, BC (1995)
MVH helped direct the development of a City-wide and Neighbourhood Greenways
Plan for the City of Vancouver that covered over 160 km (100 miles)
of the City on streets and rights-of-ways. The greenways process and
strategy included an extensive public consultation process, a capital
funding strategy of $3,000,000 for the first three years (approved by
City Council) and a flexible approach that would allow further community
interaction to refine the locations and design of each greenway.
- Vancouver CityPlan,
Vancouver, BC (1992-93)
MVH helped direct the award-winning public program during the first phase of
CityPlan that developed future directions for the City of Vancouver.
The CityPlan program included 300 City Circle Groups, Youthview for
youth contribution, special multi-cultural outreach and special events
like the Ideas Fair that attracted over 10,000 people. International,
national, and provincial awards recognized CityPlan’s public program
for its outstanding innovations.
- Walker Property
Master Plan and Design Guidelines, Bozeman, Montana (1990)
MVH helped direct the environmental analysis, development plan and plan of
subdivision for this Planned Unit Development on 50-hectare (128-acres) of land.
This innovative proposal, currently under construction, included a 40%
open space dedication (mixed use in grazing, passive riverfront recreation
and floodplain area); a local commercial village; residential single
family and townhouses set in green pockets by the Gallatin River; and
office clusters set in farm building groups with convenient access and
- Keystone Resort
Expansion, Keystone, Colorado (1990)
MVH helped manage the 100-hectare (260-acre) expansion of the ski base facilities,
including 1,500 residential units and 80,000 square feet of commercial
space. The project included a rezoning submission and concept development
plans for the clustering of development, conservation areas along the
Snake River, roadways design, pedestrian and bike trail systems and
a central village area.
- Malvern Urban Design
Study, Toronto, Ontario (1989)
Initiated the planning and design study for 13-hectares (32-acres) adjacent
to the Malvern Town Centre for the Ontario Ministry of Housing. The
study examined a number of development options including 1836 housing
units (35% affordable) 7,400 m2 (80,000 sf) of commercial space; and
an assortment of institutional/community (school and community centre)
- Terrace Lynne Residential
and Commercial Village Development, Gatineau, Quebec (1989)
Directed the rezoning and plan of subdivision for this 8.9 hectare (22-acre) mixed-use development. The proposal included 36 single-family
lots, a creek realignment and restoration scheme, a park/detention pond
open space, a retail village and heritage style office buildings along
- City of Barrie
Height Review Study, Barrie, Ontario (1989)
Developed urban design guidelines for the City of Barrie Official Plan
as well as Zoning Bylaw amendments that coordinated heights in the downtown
as a result of a comprehensive case study analysis.
- Paracon Phase VII,
Kanata, Ontario (1988)
Coordinated the development of the innovative Concept Plan, Draft Plan
of Subdivision, Official Plan Amendment, and Zoning Bylaw Amendment
for a 44-hectare (108-acre) clustered mid-rise apartment development.
Expedited approvals and resolution of engineering matters.
- BC Place Neighbourhood
Plans and Open Space Design Guidelines, Vancouver, B.C. (1983)
Coordinated the development of five draft Neighbourhood Plans and comprehensive
open space design guidelines for one of the largest 91-hectares (225-acres) redevelopment projects in North America on the north shore of
False Creek in downtown Vancouver. The overall development plan included
a staggering 900,000 m2 (9,700,000 sf) of housing; 600,000 m2 (6,500.000
sf) of commercial; 900,000 m2 (9,700,000 sf) of office space; and 84,000
m2 (900,000 sf) of hotel space.