Building QMUNITY 2021: Comments and Priorities

The comments below are in relation to the Floor Plan Option 1, dated Feb. 2020. The compiled list contains feedback and a set of priorities identified so far, as of March 2021, from a number of community group dialogues and online surveys.

Functional Planning:

  • GOAL 1: maintain the programming intent as outlined in draft plans and documents developed through past stakeholder input via Dialog Architects.
  • GOAL 2: update the functional planning where possible to accommodate accessibility input, stakeholder group and staff input, 5-year team size projections, the post-covid world, and potential partnership with Rainbow Refugee within the space.

Functional layout adjustments for discussion:

  1. Indigenous design and programming input. Q has been unsuccessfully searching for a paid consultant to assist us with this. Serving the BIPOC community is a significant component of our Provincial mandate and we don’t know what we don’t know when it comes to ensuring the functional programming adequately welcomes and accommodates BIPOC requirements. Will be contacting the City of Vancouver for suggestions and referrals.
  2. Locate senior’s space as close to building access (elevator) as possible.
  3. Confirm access pathing (specific concern for seniors) from guest parking or street drop-off to Q reception. CPTED principles (noted by seniors group in particular) is absolutely critical, particularly in the parkade (minimum design items such as lighting, white painted walls and white ceilings and call boxes encouraged in the parkade.
    • Confirmed 6 Q parking stalls, 2 visitor stalls, 330 bike salls (racks & lockers).
  4. Internalize the main stair such that we have usable (occupiable) space along the Burrard Street windows . This results in losing the ground floor anonymous space. Area makes sense to convert to lounge (CV noted book shelves, TV and possibly computer workstations to be considered). 
    • Quiet room desired on ground floor.
    • Confirm if two W/C required given move of anonymous space.
    • Noted full time reception will be required.
  5. Ensure the larger meeting/multi-function spaces are easily demisable to accommodate multiple group sizes and functions. Our peer groups tend to max out at 30 people. 
    • Would like catering ability at large meeting room space. 
    • Would like at least one large space to serve as activity/mud-room space (painting, crafts, etc) – with durable finishes and utility sink.  
  6. To general office area, add: 2 offices and 4 work spaces with future growth area identified for 1 office and 4 additional work spaces.  We would like the additional space as a workgroup/pod (i.e. workspaces adjacent to the added offices).  Please confirm modular vs. stick-built office and modular spaces. Workspaces shown are not workable (way too tight).
  7. Office/kitchen connection is too open (presents noise and odour concerns to active working spaces).  Make sense to move the kitchen area adjacent to the large mtg room and have it serve dual function as both staff and catering kitchen.
  8.  Locate open office area adjacent to windows (vs. back office – perceived as dungeon/least desirable).
  9. Change the long corridor space along Davie Street to “occupied and active space” – e.g. – internalize the circulation and afford working spaces (offices, multi-function space), the exterior exposure.
  10. Quiet and anonymous waiting space at main entry lobby desired (additional).
  11. Corporate sponsorship:  donor lobby/wall, room naming, exterior signage to be considered.
  12. A wall between seniors and youth should be operable (if they remain adjacent, which is preferred.)
  13. These areas could be compromised to accommodate the above:
    • Board Room (seen as low-use area). Demised larger meeting room could serve this function.
    • Counsellor rooms could move to back corner if required (and sould shrink a bit)
    • ED (largest) office can shrink
  14. Designer (Portico) questions: 
    • does the ground floor layout make sense from your office experience (active flow, street presence, security)?
    • has the industry pivoted to a flexible office (e.g. shared office spaces) that should be considered here (and what does that translate to in design?)
    • not explicitly considered in the original intake process was the likelihood that Q could move to significantly longer hours of operation, given potential for both programming and cross-agency use of multi-function spaces (Q playing an increasingly significant community hub role).   CPTED and after-hours operations/security need to be considered.
  15. Accessibility review: Stan Leyenhorst of Universal Access Design has been engaged and the intent would be for him to review the next floor layout. He has been on hold pending a plan incorporating the updated base building. 
    • Audible accessibility has been identified as a significant concern from the seniors stakeholder group.
  16. HVAC: what is the proposed system?
  17. Lighting: what is proposed? Confirm lighting design basics and controls low lighting (just meeting code) and fluorescent noted as significant accessibility concerns but pretty sure code will require all LED.
  18. Security system review required.
  19. Soundproofing: some areas (counselling waiting and offices, meetings rooms and general offices require soundproofing consideration) – while accommodating open and engaged (boisterous) programming in multi-function spaces.
  20. Utility sink required adjacent to seniors/youth space (art projects, etc).
  21. Current main W/C is very large (required?).


  • Is final glazing plan available?
  • Will COV consider View Glass? (deletes blinds, saves on op costs).  Note – assumed that blinds are part of the base building provided by landlord per typical office lease.
  • Public Art program pre-construction and during construction.  Q would like to participate and can engage with local queer artists.
  • Review of previously identified missing appendices to the lease.
  • Signage plan is in the works with ZGV.
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