HCMA Architecture + Design is an architecture and design practising firm in Canada based in Vancouver, Edmonton and Victoria, British Columbia. The firm usually deals with urban scale schemes and solutions, public community centres and recreational centres, educational projects. They aim at having their design sustainable and most of their projects are LEED Certified. 

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The firm started with its founder Roger Hughes Architects in 1976 and has been in existence for four decades. The firm performs a lot of services apart from architectural design such as urban design, site analysis, community engagement, interior design, green building certification, project management and construction management.

HCMA Architecture + Design- 15 Iconic Projects
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1. Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre 

Location: Red Deer, AB, Canada
Use: Sports Centre
Status: Completed 2018
Size: 17,000 sq. meters
Sustainability: LEED Silver Certification

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The Red Deer College took upon the opportunity when given a chance to build an innovative and inclusive recreational facility. The college came up with a facility that not only links it with the existing structures but also encourages the social and recreational activities of the students. The common junctions at spaces were identified and are tried to integrate with the outdoor environment and allow natural light as much as possible.

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2. Clayton Community Centre 

Location: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Use: Community Centre
Status: Completed 2021

The centre is a combination of recreation, library, arts and parks bringing them all together for the city of Surrey in an integrated approach. Its location closer to secondary schools and its approach to connecting all generations forms the social fabric of the city. The roof and envelope mimic the tree canopy to unify the civic services underneath, with a leaf-heavy timber structure spanning over large spaces.

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3. R.E. Mountain Secondary School 

Location: Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Use: Education
Status: Completed 2019
Size: 15,000 sq. meters

The design focused on creating space for academic life at school not just for an environment to study but to socialize as well. The school has been designed to accommodate different activities and use of rooms with the outdoor environment connected at places such as the library and canteen.

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4. təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre 

Location: New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Use: Community Centre
Status: Anticipated 2023
Size: 10,684 sq. meters

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The center has a very fine integration of outdoor view and natural light with well-designed facades and glass glazing in the roof at angles giving the rooms inside the volume they require along with a functional form to the structure.

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5. South Burnaby Ice Arena 

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Use: Community Arena
Status: Completed 2020
Size: 8,600 sq. meters

The ice arena center has an approach to traditional arena design, focusing on natural light and visual connection with the outside environment with glazed windows in the roof facing north. The facility has two NHL-sized rinks wherein each arena can host 200 to 300 spectators. The design has a mixed steel and concrete base with a beautifully exposed mass timber roof and features trusses in both the rinks. 

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6. Prince George Fire Hall #1 

Location: Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Use: Public Safety
Status: Completed 2020
Size: 2,500 sq. meters

The public safety building is primarily designed to replace the aged fire headquarters of Prince George to meet the increasing demand of the growing city. The design brought in the varied programs and the specific technical requirements with a limited budget for the project. The form of the design is in response to the need for configuration of the areas and space used within the structure.

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7. Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre 

Location: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Use: Community Centre
Status: Completed 2016
Size: 9,240 sq. meters

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The center is designed as a multi-functional facility and a venue for local, national, and international competitions and as an attraction for the community. The design is done with keeping in mind the inclusiveness and universal access to help grow the diverse culture. The center has a capacity of 900 seats to make it a destination for all kinds of competitions or water sports.

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8. Royal Bay Secondary School 

Location: Colwood, British Columbia, Canada
Use: Education
Status: Completed 2015
Size: 13,000 sq. meters

The compact and highly functional design allows for an extremely efficient net to gross ratio, which allowed the design team to save the floor area that was used to create multiple breakout and project spaces.

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9. University Childcare Centre

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Use: Education
Status: Completed 2012
Size: 530 sq. meters

The Childcare Centre is designed at the core of the densely populated community of UniverCity. The school provides education to 50 students of age group 3-5 years old. The design happens to be one of a kind, where it is 1st to integrate Living Building Challenge (LBC), a most rigorous performance standard.

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10. Jasper Place Library 

Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Use: Education
Status: Completed 2012
Size: 1400 sq. meters

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The Jasper Place Library is HCMA’s 10th project to have achieved LEED Gold certification.

The design reflects the idea of an open and memorable presence in the community for the city of Edmonton. The design was a response to the new changing technology that makes print materials obsolete. 

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11. UBC Ponderosa Commons 

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Use: Mix-Use Residential
Status: Completed 2016 (Phase II),  2013 (Phase I)
Size: 54,000 sq. meters

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The design supports a full range of uses like study, work, live and play basically fulfilling its mix-use function as a vibrant, diverse campus of the University of British Columbia. The design also supports UBC’s commitment to innovative designs that have achieved energy efficiency with LEED Gold Certification.

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12. Hillcrest Centre 

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Use: Community Centre
Status: Completed 2009
Capacity: 6,000

The facility is a balance of local and broader city community needs, having hosted the 2009 World Junior Curling Championships and also hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. The design was built to qualify for the Leadership in Energy and Environment Scale (LEED) Gold Certification. 

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13. Duchess Park Secondary School 

Location: Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Use: Education
Status: Completed 2010
Area: 11,040 sq. meters

The structure is designed specifically to keep the northern climate in mind and sustains the needs of 1000 students and individuals at the campus. It is the first LEED Gold Certified School in British Columbia.

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14. Minoru Centre for Active Living 

Location: Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Use: Aquatic and Fitness Centre
Status: Completed 2018
Area: 10,220 sq. meters

The center has three main focus areas – 6410 sq. meters of the aquatic center, a community center, and a sports field. The facility has a goal of mirroring the city’s own vibrant, active community and promoting lifelong learning, health, and social connection. The center is a hub for diverse and intergenerational communities that can mix and correlate and support each other.

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15. Mozilla Vancouver Office

Location: Vancouver, BC
Use: Interior Office Space
Status: 2012
Area: 6250 sq.ft

The client had different expectations from their office space requiring a rethinking of how office space should be perceived. The rooms and support areas are internalized and open plan workstations are kept at the exterior of the plan so as to provide proper sufficient access to daylight, air, and views. The culture of having a collaborative environment is maintained by having chalkboard walls, pin-up spaces, and formal and informal meeting spaces.

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