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UDI Seminar: Project Amenity Space - The Do's and Don'ts

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Name: UDI Seminar: Project Amenity Space - The Do's and Don'ts
Date: June 6, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM PDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:


Why are Project Amenity Spaces needed at all?  

In our competitive market, developments need to stand out and provide value to purchasers to ensure solid sales and leasing.  Amenity spaces such as party rooms, child-play areas, communal barbecues, and bicycle repair spaces can set a project apart.  However, it can be tricky to decide which amenity to include.
Our diverse panel will discuss the following:
  • How can we ensure that amenity spaces address the needs of the modern-day occupant?
  • Will better amenity space make up for smaller units?
  • What are the trends in building amenities?
  • How can we ensure that amenity spaces add value?
  • Report findings on amenity space and cycling 

Moderated by Kathy Wardle, Director of Research & Associate Principal of Perkins + Will.

You'll hear their insights on:​
  • Ways to create amenities that facilitate social well-being to combat the growing epidemic of social isolation in multi-unit housing
  • Results of an industry review on end-of-trip cycling facilities and why we should be providing more than just bike racks  
  • Examples of projects and best practices in buildings that contribute to occupant health and wellness


Erin O'Melinn – Executive Director, HUB Cycling

Metro Vancouver's cycling education, action and events non-profit organization. HUB Cycling works with stakeholders and decision makers to improve cycling conditions and directly reaches over 24,000 participants annually, to get more people cycling more often. Erin's background is in community engagement and urban planning, with a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University. She has also worked for local government and crown corporations in their sustainability and outreach initiatives. Erin has been on the Board of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, and the Vancouver Public Space Network. She has presented about active transportation at over 25 local and international events and loves to explore wherever she is on two wheels.

Mark Kopinya – Senior Development Manager, Bosa Properties

Mark has over 10 years of experience in the real estate development industry with involvement in projects throughout Metro Vancouver, Whistler, and Hawaii. This varied background has seen Mark design, manage and deliver projects across all asset classes. In his current role at Bosa and BlueSky Properties, Mark is currently managing projects that make up over 1,500 homes.

Paty Rios – Project Lead, Happy City

Paty is a project lead in Happy City, and focuses on promoting sociability and social well-being in the built environment. She has an interdisciplinary background in architecture, urban design, ethnography and participatory design. She collaborated with world-renowned architecture studio Teodoro González de Leon, Gensler & Peschard, co-founded In.Situ and the non-profit organization Identidad y Ciudad in Mexico. Paty promotes a human-centered design approach that engages a great spectrum of stakeholders to analyze and work with the nuances of social complexities.  During her PhD, she developed a participatory and interdisciplinary methodology to design urban parks hat promote social cohesion. Her international experience has helped her understand the different perspectives as well as cultural values that link urban design with human patterns. She is a sessional lecturer UBC and has experience teaching urban theory, project and urban methodologies.

Kathy Wardle – Director of Research, Perkins + Will 

As Associate Principal and Director of Research, Kathy plays an instrumental role in the development of high-performance green building projects, such as Dockside Green, UBC Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) and VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre. She has recently completed a Whole Systems Infrastructure Study for the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus that examines opportunities for achieving campus carbon neutrality by 2050. In addition to her involvement in project work, Kathy manages a team of eight sustainable building design and energy advisors. Her team of qualified engineers provide early upfront whole building design simulation, working to identify energy conservation measures, appropriate daylighting and solar control design approaches, and feasibility of renewable energy technologies. Under Kathy’s direction, her advisory team supports the sustainable design process of Perkins+Will projects. On a firmwide level, Kathy helped author, implement and direct Perkins+Will’s Sustainable Design Initiative, which examines the firm’s internal operations across its 23 offices and offers strategic planning to position the firm as the leading green high design firm in North America. During Kathy’s tenure at Perkins+Will, she has overseen the delivery and completion of 15 LEED Platinum projects and 15 Gold projects. She has unsurpassed experience in applying the LEED Green Building Rating System to a diversity of project types, including transit oriented projects. Kathy is a member of the City of Vancouver’s Green Building Advisory Committee, Co-Chair of the International Living Future Institute Cascadia Congress, and is a past-chair of the Cascadia Green Building Council. 

Event Sponsors:
  • Vancity Community Investment Bank

Oceanview Suite
Pan Pacific 
300 - 999 Canada Place,
Vancouver, BC V6C 3B5
Date/Time Information:

Tuesday, June 6th 

7:30 AM    Registration and hot breakfast buffet
8:00 AM    Presentations and Q+A
9:30 AM    Conclusion

Member Price: $75.00    
Non-Member Price: $125.00    
Corporate tables of 10 seats.     
72 hours' notice required for cancellations.    
Substitutions are allowed.    
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