Holcim Foundation

Project Summary

Minimal-impact North Vancouver Outdoor School

Damaged by frequent, serious flooding, an environmental learning center that has fallen into disrepair over the years will be rebuilt.

The Minimal impact North Vancouver Outdoor School is completely self-reliant and CO2-neutral. Elevated on a structural platform offering spectacular views and access to nature, the building’s placement also offers protection against future flood concerns.

Project Timeline

Expand allCollapse all
North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre (ELC) now completed and officially opened
Acknowledgement prize for Vancouver
“Comprehensive planning approach for rebuilding an environmental learning center” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2008 for North America
Project Details
Vancouver, Canada
Ron Kato
Main Author
Ron Kato
McFarland Marceau Architects, Canada
Larry McFarland
Further Author
Larry McFarland
McFarland Marceau Architects , Canada
Acknowledgement prize 2008
North America
Related topics
Related Information
Holcim Foundation

Search Help

Our website search engine covers the web pages including project descriptions and expert profiles, PDFs, images and videos on the Holcim Foundation website. To improve your search results, here are some tips:

Basic search

Our search defaults to term-pairing AND. If you search sustainable construction - then the search engine will look for any items containing sustainable AND construction


photovoltaic OR solar

Looks for either word


(clay OR mud) AND (school OR university)

Combine alternative terms for more specific searching


geothermal -heating

Excludes a term from results, automatically ANDs other terms listed


"zero carbon"

Use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase or combination

Wildcards (one or more characters)


Asterisk (*) matches any word or phrase - so archit* will find architect, architecture, architectural as well as architrave