Completed in 2003, this project was designed by Frank D’ambrosio and his firm. Mike Bell, a genius consultant/ engineer was approached to help develop a white terrazzo concrete that would be durable and look fantastic. These were the early days of concrete polishing, at this point Stone Design only had an Omega grinder and what we call flat bastards, which have then gone on to be the Werkmaster and Rhino products. Mike Bell consulted with Stone Design to help develop a process and sample for the client. This relationship resulted in a long term friendship, Bell has become a mentor and key person in the inspiration for new mix design technology.
The project involved a custom mix design, specialized pour technique which integrated zinc strips for aesthetics and crack control, a slurry process which filled all the holes created from the grinding. At the time this was a very progressive idea, there were no guild lines or projects to refer to. The mix needed to do multiple things, and was created with white portland concrete, special limestone from Butler Brothers yard, and state of the art admixtures from BASF and the Wilde group.
VREB Commercial Building Award Best New Commercial Office
Garbally Landing is a four storey class A office building located on the water’s edge at the south end of the Selkirk Waterfront Community. The building features modern architecture, large flexible floor plates and expansive windows that showcase stunning views of the Gorge Waterway and downtown Victoria. Building amenities include shower and change rooms, extensive on-site parking and secure bicycle storage. The building also benefits from the abundance of amenities at Selkirk including restaurants, cafes, a health club, a rowing and paddling centre, a hair salon, a spa and a Montessori School as well as its convenient location along the Galloping Goose Trail. Garbally Landing has been certified BOMA BESt Level 2 for its demonstrated excellence in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.