Southeast False Creek and Olympic Village

Southeast False Creek (SEFC) is a model sustainable community built on the last remaining large tract of undeveloped waterfront land near downtown Vancouver.

Historically, the Southeast False Creek site was used for industrial and commercial purposes. While maintaining heritage ties to the past, SEFC was planned as a model sustainable development based on environmental, social and economic principles where people  live, work, play, and learn. SEFC is a mixed-use community, with a focus on residential housing for families. This complete community ensures goods and services within walking distance and housing that is linked by transit and in proximity to local jobs.
Our team contributed to the infrastructure and servicing design in 2005/06 mainly in the areas of stormwater management, shoreline restoration and ecology. In 2006/07 we were part of the Millennium/Merrick Architecture team, where our role was advising on rainwater capture and reuse, stormwater management and ecology. This project was completed in the summer of 2009 and is only the second project in the world to receive a LEED-ND (neighbourhood development) Platinum rating.

2016 update: We are pleased to say that the beavers approve!

  • We design and build projects that are efficient, effective and affordable both for the owner and for the community. Smart development can provide both economic and ecological benefits and can enhance the communities in which we live and work. Our solid understanding of the science of freshwater ecology ensures that our projects go beyond looking green, and function properly in both the short and long-term. We believe in an integrated team approach to sustainable planning and design.
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    - Cori L. Barraclough
    Freshwater Ecologist at Aqua-Tex