Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Brighouse in Bloom

The summer sun is having a positive effect on the living roof at Brighouse Elementary!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Brighouse Awarded Finalist in the BC Hydro PowerSmart ExcellenceAwards!

The Power Smart Excellence Awards recognize business customers and retail/industry partners who demonstrate best-in-class energy management and conservation.
Brighouse has been recognized as a Finalist in the New Construction category. The 2012 Power Smart Excellence Awards will be held Thursday October 18. 

For more information on the Finalists of the 2012 Power Smart Excellence Awards please click here. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

School's Out for Summer

Another year over and students and teachers are off on a well-earned summer break.
Best of luck to Mr Heeney as he begins his next adventure. It's been a pleasure working with you on your New School project.

Here's hoping for a safe, fun and sunny summer for all! See you in September!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Brighouse and Perkins+Will Recognized by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

On Friday May 11 the Architectural Institute of British Columbia recognized the province's top projects with Lieutenant Governor Awards at the Annual President's Dinner & Awards Gala dinner held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Prinicpal Adam Heeney, Eric Thorleifson, former Manager of Facilities, Julie Verville and Peter Busby of Perkins+Will accepted the award.

This award is an incredible honour and the team at Perkins+Will is so pleased that their work with Brighouse has been recognized.

For more information on the awards click here
To read the story in the Richmond Review click here

Adam, Julie and Eric were at the event to accept the award

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Stormwater Management creates a Home for the Ducks

Brighouse has a few new 'students' this spring that have come to check out the pond. The pond, is actually the result of stormwater management. Stormwater is rain, melted snow or any other form of precipitation that has come into contact with the ground or any other surface. This water either seeps into the ground, is absorbed by vegetation, evaporates or runs off the land into storm sewers, streams and lakes.

Stormwater management is achieved through the use of site grading that directs run off into a series of constructed wetlands. This helps to keep the playing fields dry in the winter and creates a natural habitat that attracts native wildlife, such as blackbirds and ducks. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spring Has Sprung

As the warm(ish) breeze slowly blows in, the students at Brighouse are flexing their green thumbs getting ready to plant some seeds to get their new Garden up and growing! Right now some of the seeds are just young, taking root before they're ready to be moved outside.
The Garden is a community asset and is intended to encourage sharing and community building between the school and the local community. For more information on Community Gardens in the City of Richmond please click here.
By the looks of the photos below there seems to be some veggies in there. But we'll have to wait until they pop! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Brighouse Wins!

Wood WORKS! BC has selected Brighouse Elementary as the winner of a 2012 Wood Design Award in the Engineering category. Structural Engineers Fast+Epp are to be congratulated for their brilliant work with the  wood in the new school.
"The jury chose this engineering firm, which went the extra mile to prove that it is possible to use wood for public buildings which meet the objectives of being cost effective, architecturally expressive and engaging, while adhering to a strict budget."

For information on other award winners click here.

Image courtesy of Fast+Epp