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  • 1. Hugh Bitz is a Kelowna based architect, a professional civil engineer and a LEED Applied Professional. Hugh established his practice, hugh j bitz, architect (hjba) in 2007 with the aim of providing technical excellence and thoughtful, sustainable design based on core principles of care, commitment, quality and sustainability. hjba’s goal is to carefully integrate the environmental & technical systems involved in forming space so that it responds to the site and the users’ unique needs. The result is a sustainable environment that belongs to its place and the people who use it.hugh j bitz architect
  • 2. CARE I offer a process that is inclusive and thoughtful. Through careful attention to design and careful attention to the execution of construction a building has the potential to reflect a more meaningful experience and enhance the users enjoyment and sense of place. COMMITMENT My intention is to build a practice one project at a time. This means taking on only those projects that I can fully commit to and then committing fully to the successful completion of those projects. QUALITY I am fully engaged in all phases of the problem solving process from the conceptual through to the detailed and technical. This engagement leads to the careful integration of building systems and consistency in the design intentions and detailing throughout the projectSUSTAINABILITY I believe that sustainable design should embody sustainable principles first, followed by the inclusion of sustainable features. hugh j bitz architect PHILOSOPHY
  • 3. East Hill Infill I: This residential infill replaces a derelict 1100ft2 single family home with a 5400ft2 duplex that allows for the potential of 4 dwellings. This project achieved a LEED for Homes Platinum rating - the first for the Okanagan and the second in BC to achieve this status- and was awarded a Tommie (Thompson Okanagan Housing Award ) Gold for excellence in the semi- detached/town home development category . HJBA collaborated closely with the builder to maximize energy performance and building efficiency, while minimizing construction waste. Exceptional reductions in material, energy, and water demands were achieve.hugh j bitz architect RESIDENTIAL
  • 4. Township of Langley Civic Facility I assumed the role of design team leader for renovations and additions of an existing office building. The objective was to create the new civic facility for the Township of Langley. Program includes office space for over 200 staff, branch library, fitness centre and community theatre/council chamber. This conversion was carried out under LEED® guidelines through the Commercial interiors program, achieving a silver rating. Raised access flooring and demountable partition walls make the relocation of the Civic Facility’s workstations possible, and the flexible work space design will ensure adaptability for years to come. More than 75% of the Civic Facility’s workstations have access to natural daylight and outdoor views. *w/HCMArchitectshugh j bitz architect COMMERCIAL
  • 5. Cieneguilla Casa Located on a sloping valley site near Lima, Peru the design of this single family home reflects the Peruvian and Canadian nationalities of the clients. The stone/adobe wall and terrace elements reflect traditional Peruvian construction techniques, while the post and beam roof element reflect a more traditional Canadian technique. The butterfly roof responds to distant valley view on the north exposure and frames a nearby mountain view on the south exposure. The glazing of the double storey north façade is designed to open completely to allow rising valley breezes to cool the house. The pool is situated close to the ground floor opening to assist in this cooling.hugh j bitz architect RESIDENTIAL
  • 6. Twin Pad Arena I acted as the design team leader for new 70,000sf twin pad arena that includes lobby, restaurant, office spaces, and meeting rooms at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The volume of office/restaurant/foyer are articulated and skewed in contrast to the adjoining ice pads. This form and generous glazing of the foyer are in response to the campus requirement to create gateways to the campus, and allows for the future provision of a swimming pool. The primary rink allows for stadium seating for up to 500 people. Glazing between common area and ice pads allow for more casual viewing of ice events. Separated public and player circulation allows the facility to serve as both an effective athletic facility and community meeting space. *w/HCMAhugh j bitz architect COMMERCIAL
  • 7. SPCA Shelter I acted as designer and project architect for the new 5500 ft2 SPCA shelter in Penticton. The unique challenge was to deliver a building that is humane and inviting while being limited by the need for robust materials and a tight budget. A very dense plan is relieved by a clear-storey that invites natural light into the public ambulatory, and the service spaces at the interior of the building. Approximate Value 1.0 million. *w/ M+M Architectshugh j bitz architect COMMERCIAL
  • 8. TRU Distribution Centre I was the designer and project architect for new 18,000 sq.ft. distribution Centre on the Thompson Rivers University campus. The design was the successfully entry in a limited design competition. The design brief required 11,000 sq. ft. of state of the art warehouse space and 7,000 sq. ft. of office space to accommodate the purchasing staff. These two entities – one of pre-engineered construction and one of custom construction are merged seamlessly in a linear form is made dynamic by changes in roof plane. *w/ M+M Architects.hugh j bitz architect COMMERCIAL
  • 9. Newton Wave Pool I was the designer and project architect for additions and renovations to an existing wave pool/recreation facility. The improvement focused on increasing program space by infilling an existing breezeway and opening up an existing viewing area to create a 4500 ft2 fitness room c/w change rooms. To increase visibility and interconnections, the lobby was revamped and reoriented to the dominant point of arrival. The wall separating the fitness room from the wave pool is completely glazed allowing views into the wave pool. The revamped layout of the central admin and reception area allows the staff to fully monitor and control access to the various components (swim/ fitness / community) of the facility. Colorful patterns inlaid in the flooring and suspended ceiling panels help orient users and animate the formerly derelict space. *w/HCMArchitectshugh j bitz architect COMMERCIAL
  • 10. NVIT Student Residences I acted as design architect for two new residence buildings at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology allowing for a combined total of 24,000 sq. ft. and accommodation for 80 students. An integrated design process was followed with project delivery by construction management. The very tight project timeline (schematic design- including building sitting - began a year before the project was slatted to be occupied) required building siting, systems and character & form to be considered simultaneously. A limited budget required a simple plan and an efficient form. Dorm style living is accommodated on the upper two floors with self contained accessible suites on the main floor. *w/ M+M Architects.hugh j bitz architect RESIDENTIAL
  • 11. Hopkinson House: This 2500ft2 house was designed to satisfy the owners desire to have an efficient plan distinguished by natural materials and clear views to the lake. Open common space is organized under a vaulted ceiling supported by a ridge beam. The dinning room at the centre of this space serves as a link between an at grade patio at the front of the house and a suspended deck at the back. The effect of this organization is to open interior to exterior space and allow for a spatial flow counter to the dominant axis.hugh j bitz architect RESIDENTIAL
  • 12. East Hill Infill II: This proposed duplex in Vernon’s East Hill neighborhood will replace a single family residence with two and compliment the nearby East Hill Infill I by achieving at minimum a LEED silver rating. The design acknowledges its’ corner site by addressing the two flanking streets. The roof pitch on the southern exposure was set to ensure optimum exposure for active solar collection. Material will be selected for their durability and to maintain continuity with the neighborhood.hugh j bitz architect RESIDENTIAL
  • 13. Cawston Carriage : This carriage house is designed as a contemporary response to the need for detached ground oriented housing in the urban core of Kelowna . In this zone, the floor area for accessory buildings are restricted to less than 92m2. and the maximum height is restricted to 4.5m. Furthermore the setback requirements constrain the potential footprint of the building to a basic box. The formal response to these constraints is to render the basic box form as an interplay of smaller articulated boxes. By partially digging the building into the site two floors with 2.3m ceilings can be accommodated. Windows are placed to maximize privacy from the street and adjacent homes and to restrict the incidence of direct summer sun.hugh j bitz architect RESIDENTIAL
  • 14. • Project Architect for LEED Platinum Project- East Hill Infill; • Preliminary Design and siting for new Visitor Centre using sustainable principles and techniques; • Site Planning for Proposed Eco Village/ Co-housing development • Schematic design 1 for retrofit of multipurpose civic facility into existing office building- LEED CI; • Design and Engineering 2 of rainwater harvesting, septic system and energy systems ( propane genset + photovoltaic)for an off the grid residence. 1 With HCMA 2 With Iredale Group 3 With M+M architectshugh j bitz architect SUSTAINABLE
  • 15. •Project Architect/ Engineer– for below grade envelope improvements to Central Elementary School; •Architect for Acoustic Improvements to H2O Centre; •Project Architect for Northgate Plaza reconstruction; •Building Envelope Upgrade- Holland House- Salmon Arm •Project Architect for Restoration of Apple Bowl; •Building envelope detailing for remediation of existing condominium project;hugh j bitz architect REMEDIATION