40+ Years of Environmental Design, Green Architecture, Eco Community & Resort Planning

For over four decades, Broadway Architects (Rob Sieniuc + Associates) and predecessor firms have worked closely with communities, resorts and governments to create  green architecture and regenerative eco master planning guidelines for environmentally responsive development.

Environmental Design, Green Architecture, Eco Community & Resort Planning

Rob Sieniuc and his interdisciplinary team have created many sustainable based Eco Community and Resort 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 community.

Our work for Seabird Island and Manning Park Resort was acknowledged for its stewardship approach. The resort is recognized as a “model” for future development in Provincial Parks. Manning Park Resort's Loon Lagoon Centre 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” impacted wood.

For Yukon Hot Springs Resort (the former Takhini Hot Springs) we d
eveloped a sustainable concept plan that embraces architecture, energy conservation and the natural environment to transform an existing hot spring facility into a vibrant destination eco village green community resort and wellness centre. The Yukon Hot Springs Resort recognizes (in both design and services) that human health is interconnected with environmental health. The project is Canada's most energy-efficient, sustainable green resort.  Its design is based on ECOlibirum principals. It employs true geo-thermal heating and other energy efficient and renewable design strategies including PVC collectors, grey water separation, water conservation, heat recovery, recyling and supergreen envelopes with R100 roof insulation, R50-60 double walls, R40 slab and perimeter insulation and triple and quadruple high performance windows.
 
The Seabird Island Sustainable Community Demonstration Project, sponsored by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and Natural Resources Canada was 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 (Yukon Hot Springs 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.

Innovations

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 -
    Urban Homestead 1979, Saskatchewan

    Olds College Homestead - 1979-81)  Olds, Alberta
  • Presentation of  research papers and partipation @ several renewable energy self reliance/conservation conferences including:
    SESCI 79 (Solar Energy Society of Canada) : Vancouver, Canada, August 1979
    - Self Reliant Communities
    SESCI 81 (Solar Energy Society of Canada) : Montreal, Canada - Urban Homestead An Energy Conserving Multi Use Centre, August 1981
    ENERGEX ‘82: A Forum on Energy Self-reliance: Conservation, Production and Consumption, Conference Proceedings, August 1982
  • 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 System (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 British Columbia)
  • Designers Takhini Hot Springs Conceptual Plan For An Eco Village Resort (2004-05)
  • 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- 2014)
    First Nation Na Cho Nyak Dun (Government House/Central Services 2007-09) 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 - Yukon Hot Springs Resort (former Takhini HS redevelopment), Whithehorse, Yukon (2004-2021) - Canada's greenest, most energy efficient resort

Self Construction

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.

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