The Shipyards has been recognized with an Excellence on the Waterfront Award in the Top Honour category by The Waterfront Center, and an Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Award in the Transformative Project category by the National Trust for Canada.  

DIALOG's team proudly provided architectural, and mechanical and structural engineering services for this mixed-use project that saw the redevelopment of a waterfront site in North Vancouver who's history dated back to World War II. Once a thriving industrial space used for shipbuilding, the space sat dormant for decades before a final concept was agreed upon with construction starting in 2017. These awards give recognition to the project's respect to both the natural environment it inhabits, and the historical significance it embodies.  

Since opening in 2019, The Shipyards has breathed new life into the Lower Lonsdale area, and acts as a hub for the community to gather, play, and connect. A reimagined machine shop, known as “Shipyard Commons,” is at the center of the design, featuring a public skating plaza in the winter and a splash park in the summer. The retractable roof on the west side emulates the character of structures familiar within the vernacular of the Shipyards area. The second structure – housing a boutique hotel and restaurant – adopts a contemporary form and act as a foil to the heritage character of the machine shop. 

Congratulations to the entire project team, Quay Property Management Corp., and our collaborators, including: Bunt & Associates, Core Group Consultants, Darwin Construction, Evolution Building Science, Geopacific Consultants, HAPA Collaborative, PGL Environmental Consultants, BKL Consultants Ltd., and WSP.

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The Waterfront Center

Excellence on the Waterfront Award, Top Honour

The Waterfront Center's Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Program recognizes planning, design, and development work from around the world that makes an impact. Entries include comprehensive plans, built projects, and student work. An interdisciplinary jury of professional planners, designers, city officials, and community, business and development representatives determines the award winners, evaluating a number of criteria ranging from civic contribution, and sensitivity of the design to water, to overarching quality and harmony of design. 

About The Waterfront Center
The Waterfront Center, a non-profit educational organization, was formed in 1981 in the belief that waterfronts — where the land meets the ocean, bay, lake, river or canal — are unique, finite resources. The vital characteristic that separates waterfronts from other areas in a community is the relationship to water. The chief goal of the Center is to assist communities and the professions in making the wisest and best long-term uses of waterfront resources for maximum public benefit.  

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National Trust for Canada

Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Award, Transformative Project

The Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Awards bring national attention to exemplary projects and places that contribute to quality of life and sense of place, and illustrate the viability of heritage buildings and sites for traditional or new uses. With these awards, the National Trust also recognizes the people who have contributed to the successful regeneration of historic buildings and sites across Canada.

About The National Trust for Canada
The National Trust for Canada is a national registered charity in Canada with the mandate to inspire and lead action to save historic places, and promote the care and wise use of our historic environment.