VANCOUVER, B.C. — For its conservation efforts on one of the oldest churches in the City of Vancouver, Ryder Architecture has received the city’s Heritage Conservation Award.
Ryder, along with RJC Engineers, won a Vancouver Heritage Award for conserving St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, originally opened in 1933.
Ryder used a “21st-century skill set to analyze and facilitate remediation and upgrades that retain the building’s heritage value for the next hundred years,” said Adam James, principal with Ryder, in a news release.
Along with conservation work, the project incorporated improvements to the building’s envelope performance, seismic resiliency and accessibility.
Work included removing plaster from the walls and vaults, making fiberglass moulds of existing elements to replicate the original joint lines and form, repairs to terracotta elements, and retaining and rejuvenating the original woodwork, among many other elements.
“The entire team understood the importance of maintaining the building’s historic character while providing a revitalized structure that meets the church’s vision for a modern-day gathering place,” said Michael MacLean, project lead and associate with RJC.