For over four decades, Broadway Architects (Rob Sieniuc + Associates) and predecessor firms have worked closely with communities to create building designs and green architecture and eco planning guidelines for environmentally responsive development.
We have created many sustainable based Eco Master Concept Plans (complete with architectural and environmental guidelines) and green buildings for resorts, communities and governments — to sensitively shape growth. Our current work with Yukon Hot Springs Resort (formerly Takhini Hot Springs Resort) is based on our "ECOlibrium" design philosphy which is deeply rooted in ecology and communty.
Our work with Seabird Island First Nation and for Manning Park Resort was acknowledged for its stewardship approach. The resort is recognized as a “model” for future development in Provincial Parks. The Manning Park Loon Lagoon Pool is one of BC's early geo thermally heated Recreation Centres. It is also one of the first commercial buildings in British Columbia to incorporate locally harvested “pine beetle” damaged wood.
The Seabird Island Sustainable Community Demonstration Project, sponsored by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and Natural Resources Canada was one of the first of its kind in Canada. It illustrates our continued dedication to improved housing. The film "In A Sacred Way We Build", produced by Omni Productions, documents the extraordinary community planning, integrated design and green building processes employed at Seabird Island.
Broadway Architects have worked on many innovative energy efficient projects in Canada’s North, where the effects of global warming and high energy prices are pronounced. Several of these projects including a Master Concept Plan for an Eco-Village Hot Spring Resort, a Government House administration facility, a Cultural Heritage Centre, a Healing Centre, a Daycare Centre and an ecologically based Community Plan for the expansion of an existing community, employ district energy & utility sharing systems including geo-exchange, passive solar and other sustainable based design strategies. The Yukon Hot Springs Resort (formerly Takhini Hot Springs ) is targeted to become one of Canada’s first fossil fuel free zones.
Broadway Architects are early practitioners in the growing field of environmental design. Since the seventies, we have been at the forefront in several research and ecological based design areas.
Some of our past achievements include:
- Alternate Energy Research Center - with Jack Long + New Street Group (1978-1983)
(green roof, wind generator, passive and active solar, greenhouse, geodesic dome) Calgary, Alberta
- Wind Generator Demonstrations: Solar Shelter (1978-1983), Seabird Island (2003-2004)
- One of Western Canada's first energy efficient, sustainable concept plans
(Olds College Homestead - 1979-81) Olds, Alberta
- 1st & 2nd Place Winner, Innovative Land Development Competition: an energy efficient, land efficient community eco plan for Edgemont, Calgary, Alberta (Long, Sieniuc, de Ridder, Sordi - 1982 )
- 1st Place Winner (4 categories), Winter Cities Competition: energy efficient sustainable community plan for Cloverdale/Rosedale , Edmonton, Alberta (Long, Sieniuc, Moriarty - 1985)
- Energy Efficient Plan for Cypress Hills Resort , Saskatchewan (with J. Long + New Street Group - 1982)
- Early green roof application in Vancouver - Parkview Terrace Townhouses (1987)
- Designers of rigid insulated panel systems (1979) Styrotherm (1986)
- First multi family application Nascor Insulated Wall System in Vancouver (1986-87)
- First CMHC demonstration vinyl frame energy efficient windows for multifamily in BC (1991)
- Numerous passive solar homes & community facilities (1979 - present)
- "Living Air Floor"- heating slabs, with Tang Lee (1988 - present)
- Designers of an Integrated Metal Solar Roof (Seabird Island 2003-2004, McKernan Community Center with Lee DeRidder 2013-2014)
- First Canadian application of recycled plastic sill plates /rainscreen strapping as an alternative to treated wood (Altwood 2002-2004)
- First North America application low off gassing Supro Roofing membrane (2003-04)
- First Canadian application mould-resistant drywall for multi family housing
(Georgia Pacific - 2002-2004)
- Early advocates formaldehyde free building products
John Manville formaldehyde free batt insulation demonstration (2003)
- Early advocates low VOC paints and sealers
- Designers of the Seabird Island Sustainable Community Demonstration Project (2003-04)
(sponsored by Canada Housing & Mortgage Corp, INAC, National Resources Canada)
- Net metering Demonstration (Seabird Island Sustainable Community Project 2002- 2003)
(First small scale wind generators allowed to be tied to the grid in BC)
- Designers Takhini Hot Springs Conceptual Plan For An Eco Village Resort (2005)
- Low-tec geo thermal (Earthtubes) for preheating & cooling ventilation air (1988 - present ) includihg Seabird Island BC, single and multi family housing, Government House Admin Centre in Mayo, Social Health Building and Daycare Centre in Carmacks, Yukon
- Various applications of geothermal/geo-exchange systems (1999 - present)
- Yukon's first small scale district geo-exchange central services (2007- 2015)
First Nation Na Cho Nyak Dun (Government House/Central Services) and Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation (Utility Shared Services including Earthtubes)
- Sustainable Eco Community/Government House, FNNND, Mayo, Yukon (2004-2009)
- Micro Unit Apartments Raven's Nest Micro Apartment (2020-2021)
- Eco Resorts TakhiniHot Springs Redevelopment/ Yukon Hot Springs Resort, Whithehorse, Yukon (2004-2021) - one of Canada's greenest, most energy efficient resorts
We are advocates for community self construction: to maximize the use of local resources, materials and labour; to feed local economies, save energy, minimize waste and pollution, and to promote self reliance.
Our completed self built projects include:
- Hal'aw (Golden Eagle) multi unit housing (1991-1992)
- Beatrice Street Strata Homes (1994)
- Kitsilano (1996)
- Cayoose Creek Community Services Centre: S7istken Earth House (1992-1998)
- Seabird Island Multi Unit Townhousing (2002-2004)
- Seabird Island Single Family, Duplex Housing (2002 -2004)
- Government House, FNNND, Mayo, Yukon (2004-2009)
- Central Services Building (2007-2009)
- Community Family Housing - 8 Single Family Homes, (2008-2009)
- Numerous Single Family Homes (1979 to 2021)
(including Wave, Creek, Rainforest, Treetop, Woodlands residences)
Eco Community Planning
We are actively teaching communities about ecologically responsible development and the benefits of community self construction. We have participated as keynote speakers and workshop leaders at the Globe Environmental Conference, several Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC) seminars, university and other government sponsored workshops.
Broadway Architects are available to assist your community. Contact us for details about retaining our interdisciplinary team to lead or participate in a community eco planning workshop in your area.