On a recent visit to the Okanagan Valley, we got the opportunity to see the newly constructed burial expansion areas at Lakeview Cemetery in Penticton.
LEES+Associates was retained to develop construction documents for the expansion areas two years ago.
The burial expansion areas include:
A green burial area in a native Okanagan grassland
The ‘stream of memories’ river rock wall
Muslim burial area
Premium burial area overlooking the lake with a full range of interment and memorialization options including family estate lots and family cremation gardens
LEES+Associates was delighted to work with Vancouver-based monument builder and sculptor, Dan Bellan, on the latest expansion area at Royal Oak Burial Park, in Victoria B.C.
The design team collaborated with Dan on the design, placement and refinement of monumental slabs of Vancouver Island white marble that are the key features at the cemetery’s new “BIRCH” and “MAGNOLIA” Sections.
“We’re running out of room because, as I characterize cemeteries, they’re the forgotten landscape, they’re the forgotten land use,” he said. “We’ve managed to, on the whole, build healthy cities with good infrastructure and downtown cores and housing…but we’ve really neglected the importance of remembrance and places of grief and mourning.”
Erik Lees was a guest on CTV News last month to discuss the issue of cemeteries running out of space.
In 2011, Lees+Associates was commissioned to design customizable family columbaria for installation at the redeveloped Masonic Area at Mountain View Cemetery. The design had to be consistent with the existing improvements to the Masonic Area.
The first two custom family columbaria are now in place at the cemetery, and these photos (link to Flickr) show just how the installation was accomplished.
Known under many names, including “natural burial,” “eco-burial,” “woodland burial,” and “country burial,” green burial is rooted in minimising the impact of human burial on the environment. While the level of “greenness” varies, in practice, a green burial is considered to have at least two of the following pillars:
LEES+Associates has undertaken a range of “Needs Assessments” for communities across Canada. The examined criteria for social need varies significantly in breadth and depth. Generally, our needs assessments have included a comprehensive review of a municipality or region’s expected demand for cemetery and crematorium services over 25 to 50 years and compared it to the available supply and quality of service in the community.
We’re very excited to welcome Adam Rogerson to the LEES+Associates team!
With remarkable experience working in the cemetery industry and a keen interest in sustainable design, Adam is committed to the effective integration of sustainable practices in cemetery planning and design. He also spent time abroad as an intern studying the impact of tourism on sensitive coastal ecosystems in the Caribbean.
The December edition of Ground, the periodical published by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), included an article exploring green burial and the concept of sustainability within the bereavement sector.
“Green Burial and Sustainability” by Katie Strang, includes perspectives on this topic from Catriona Hearn,