BENCH specializes in the practice of contemporary landscape architecture and the design of green infrastructure across a spectrum of site types and scales, from site planning to trail design, civic spaces to private residences, streetscapes to green roofs. We offer a full range of services, from concept design through to construction administration, and provide timely, site responsive, sustainable solutions to the clients with whom we collaborate. Our small size and single-discipline focus allow for agility and flexibility, enabling us to provide a fresh perspective on the practice of landscape architecture in the Interior of British Columbia.
SITE DESIGN occurs primarily at the lot or parcel scale, and is the facet of landscape architecture that is concerned with the finest grain of physical detail, often concluding with a design resolution that includes detailed construction drawings and specifications, as well as supervision of the construction process.
- Residential design
- Agritourism planning and design
- Multi-family residential
- Schools and playgrounds
- Commercial and industrial
- Health care
- Landscape restoration
- Riparian design
- Stormwater management
URBAN DESIGN is the design of the arrangement and function of civic spaces and the broader built environment used by the public. Urban design work is often transdisciplinary, bridging the fields of landscape architecture, planning, architecture and civil engineering.
- Plazas and courtyards
- Public art
SITE PLANNING happens at the neighbourhood, watershed or regional scale, and deals specifically with broader organizing forces and considerations such as landform and aspect, zoning, existing vegetation patterns, circulation, drainage, population growth projections, transportation demand and weather patterns.
- Neighbourhood planning
- Agricultural planning
- Development design guidelines
Within these three areas of practice, we offer the following services:
- Project management
- Conceptual design
- Presentation drawings and models
- Public consultation
- Development permit applications
- Regulatory review
- Construction documents, including grading & drainage design, planting design, construction detailing and specification writing
- LEED coordination
- Tender coordination
- Contract administration