The power of the place is extraordinary, and the decision to keep it simple and subdued is brilliant. The place honors the community’s ancestors. There are certain times when you’re working with a landscape that’s so beautiful, the best thing to do is as little as possible — 2018 Awards Jury
We were thrilled to attend the Pioneer Cemetery grand re-opening ceremony this week hosted by the City of Whitehorse.
The cemetery has been revitalized with the re-leveling and cleaning of more than 200 headstones, recognition of unmarked graves, a new perimeter loop path, and a new main entrance plaza including interpretive panels, ornamental fencing and entry arch, designed by LEES+Associates and our partners at Inukshuk Planning.
It is gratifying to see community members using the walking paths, and reconnecting with the stories and heritage embedded in the site. The cemetery has been transformed into a welcoming place of remembrance and important community open space for downtown residents and visitors. If you visit the site, be sure to check out the interpretive panels and look out for the graves of many Yukon pioneers, including Martha Louise Black, the second woman to serve as MP in Canada.
Congrats to the City of Whitehorse and everyone involved in the project! Here are some photos from the ceremony.
In spite of last week’s cold and rain, crews at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery installed a long-awaited new monument in the Abray South Veterans Section.
Designed as a two piece gateway feature for a future pedestrian precinct, the new monument includes interpretive signage in both official languages. They tell the story of the Last Post Fund, and recognize the role of this organization in ensuring that all Canadian veterans receive a proper and dignified burial.
LEES+Associates worked with Mountain View and the LPF on this project. The monument features Dibond panels installed on custom precast concrete elements, pinned into locally quarried and fabricated granite bases.
We couldn’t resist sharing these sunny snowy day shots of the Legacy Gardens at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.
In 2016, LEES+Associates undertook the preparation of construction documents for this new precinct of the cemetery.
The Legacy Gardens design provides additional cremation niche and mausolea crypt inventory by transforming an existing service road around the Bennett Memorial into a premium cremation garden.
Photo Credit: David Gatzke, Cemetery manager, Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery
Implementation of site improvements are now underway at the Village of Cumberland’s historic cemetery!
In 2013, LEES+Associates in collaboration with Outlook Land Design completed the Village’s Cemeteries Master Plan. Since then, the Village has been gradually undertaking projects to restore and enhance its three cemeteries.
New soil, trees, shrubs and irrigation are now in place, and as of last week, work has begun on realigning and resurfacing the site’s roadways. The longer term plan for the Village Cemetery includes creating community gathering area and establishing a green burial section.
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.
The natural character of the white marble slabs, including the contours of where they split from the quarry face, were factors in how they would be finished. Section names were deeply sandblasted and V-chiseled in a modified Trajan font—chosen for its legibility and its timeless, “classic” quality. No paint was used, and finishing was kept to a minimum to retain and respect the natural beauty of the stone.
Edges of the seating blocks were profiled and honed; selected surfaces were point-chiseled for a solid offset contrast. A quote by Mahatma Gandhi was etched onto on the back of the lower slab where it can be seen from the seating area, inspiring contemplation and hope.
The new area is slated to open at Royal Oak later this month.
The Iqaluit cemetery was purposefully designed to transform the community’s perception of what a cemetery can and should be. Drawing on local and traditional knowledge, the thoughtful combinations of natural materials and indigenous cultural elements create a dynamic community space where the arctic landscape and its peoples are remembered and celebrated.
According to the CSLA:
These award-winning projects are preeminent examples of Canadian landscape architecture. They illustrate the range of what landscape architects do and how landscape architects are helping to reshape our communities – defining the places we want to live, work and play
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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.
Also included in that set of photos are some amazing photos of the columbaria section at Mountain View.
Construction is underway to complete the final phase of the new Section T area at Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria, BC.
With LEES+Associates acting as lead consultant, this project includes landscape architectural, civil engineering, tender and contract administration, and required site services through construction.