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An Illuminating Winning Streak for WSP’s Projects in B.C.

We are proud to announce that two of our projects in British Columbia have won awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The Nadleh Whut’en Administration and Cultural Buildings in Fort Fraser received the IES Illumination Award of Merit; while the Creekside Paddling Centre in Vancouver won the IES B.C. Section’s Vision Award for Overall Top Design, and Award of Merit for Outdoor Lighting.


The Nadleh Whut’en Administration and Cultural Building (Fort Fraser, BC)

The new First Nation Administration and Cultural Building is a one-storey wood structure consisting of a lobby/gallery, administration spaces, clinic and council chamber. The architecture is inspired by the values and traditions of the Nadleh Whut’en.

 Nadleh Whut’en Administration and Cultural Building

The layers of light transform the lobby from an intimate spiritual sanctuary to a gallery. High CRI adjustable LED luminaires in the skylight and perimeter bulkhead elevate the cone-shaped roof and connect the symbolic sky to fire/earth. Creating human-focused work spaces without compromising or understating these values was the lighting design objective. Chief of the Nadleh Whut’en, Larry Nooski, is now proud to call it his “home.”

 Nadleh Whut’en Administration and Cultural Building

Creekside Paddling Centre (Vancouver, BC)

The Creekside Paddling Centre realized its objective of creating a Chinese paper lantern effect from the cube-shaped storage buildings–a concept aligned with the rich cultural heritage of dragon boat racing as well as the city’s proud connection to its significant Asian population. Due to the facility’s proximity to Vancouver’s Science World and B.C. Place, precise and careful lighting design was required to preserve and enhance Vancouver’s scenic harbourfront. As a result, the approach was to design lighting that is subtle and in harmony with the landscape surrounding it while achieving the desired illumination at night.

 Creekside Paddling Centre

The team used blue-toned translucent polycarbonate wall panels to create the transparent skin of the illuminated lanterns at night. WSP’s lighting studio incorporated one set of innovative energy efficient LED luminaires to highlight the inside face of the wood finish ceiling in each storage shed, which creates the desired warm glow lantern effect in the dark. WSP consultants designed an attractive lighting effect while ensuring low budget, low energy consumption and vandalism protection. The lighting added another decorative element to the beautiful and unique image of the False Creek harbourfront without competing with Vancouver’s other evening attractions.

 Creekside Paddling Centre

Congratulations to everyone involved!

About IES

The Illuminating Engineering Society’s mission is to seek to improve the lighted environment by a creating a community dedicated to promote the art and science of quality lighting to its members, allied professional organizations, and the public.