Japanese Benevolent Society Building

Project Details

The building, a former office for the Japanese hospital and school dating from the 1890's, was already relocated to just north of the Steveston Museum when our firm became involved with the project. We were asked by the City of Richmond to prepare drawings for a heritage alteration permit for the exterior and building permit drawings for the interior. The process involved providing the building committee with era appropriate options for their careful selection, and ensuring that attention to detail was maintained throughout the construction process. The result was a uniquely re-purposed building with exhibits on the role of the Japanese community in the development of Steveston. Together with Connie Baxter from Richmond Museum, we insured that memories of years past were still evident in the reno: ink stains from mishaps during the schoolhouse years are still noticable on the original fir floors.

Project Team

Exhibit Designers: David Jensen, D. Jensen & Associates

Architects: Greg Andrews and Wendy Andrews, The Andrews Architects Inc.

Structural Engineers: John Peddle, CWMM Consulting Engineers Ltd.

Mechanincal Engineers: Mark Yeung, Rocky Point Engineering Ltd.

Electrical Engineers: Darren Neuman, Nemetz (S/A) & Associates Ltd.

Civil Engineers: Jose Perez, CoreConcept Consulting Ltd.

Contractor: Patrick Mullen, Penta Builders Group Inc.