Monument Slabs at Royal Oak Burial Park

Royal Oak Burial Park Stone

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.

Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery wins National Award!

Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery

LEES+Associates is pleased to announce that our Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery project is a recipient of the 2017 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects’ (CSLA) National Awards of Excellence.

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.

Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery

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

Click here for more on the 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients.

Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery
Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery

Family Columbaria at Mountain View Cemetery

Family Columbaria at Mountain View Cemetery
Family Columbaria Installation at Mountain View Cemetery | Photo by Wayne Worden

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.

Family Columbaria Design

Construction at Royal Oak Burial Park

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.

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Site before construction

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Marble sculptural piece


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Wall construction


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Panoramic view from bluff

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