The Hulbert Group of Companies is an
internationally recognized organization of planners, architects, and
related professionals with its head office in West Vancouver, Canada.
The original firm was established in 1974 by Richard E. Hulbert to
provide professional services to private and public sector clients.
Our services are grouped into three major disciplines:
We are better planners because, as architects, we
are able to anticipate the realization of our planning efforts.
The Hulbert Group of Companies has planned developments ranging from
compact plans for small groupings of homes to the master planning
stage of the total re-development of Vancouver's Expo '86 site,
including 12 million square feet of residential and commercial space
in 42 towers, a $2.5 billion undertaking. The development was
awarded the grand award as the Pacific Rim's finest new community
development at an international property and building conference held
in San Francisco.
We were also the chief architects and urban
designers during the comprehensive rezoning phase for all three phases
of the Coal Harbour waterfront development for Marathon Developments
Inc. This 2500-unit, mixed-use urban residential neighbourhood
in Downtown Vancouver includes 2 million square feet of commercial
development. The first phase of this development was named the
Best Master Planned Community at the Urban development Institute's
Awards for Excellence in Urban Development.
The Vancouver Port Corporation commissioned us to
master plan 3 million square feet of central waterfront, including a
cruise ship terminal, hotel and office tower as well as a water-based
transportation terminal and public-use heliport.
Offshore work includes the $600 million
internationally acclaimed resort community of Sanctuary Cove in
Australia, complete with homes, hotel, marinas, commercial and
Urban design experience includes rehabilitating the
city center of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and developing design
guidelines for the City of Parksville on Vancouver Island.
As seasoned architects with worldwide expertise in
accommodation, planning and design, our experience includes
residential, low and high-rise mixed use architecture as well as
hotel, recreational, timeshare, casinos, commercial, and institutional
architecture. We have been the executive architects and planners
for a number of integrated mixed-use resort developments throughout
the Asia-Pacific region. Examples of our work in Canada include
landmark low-rise and high-rise housing developments, a three-storey
retail restaurant complex at Robson and Thurlow Streets in Vancouver
and the Forintek research facility at the University of British
Communication is the cornerstone of our services.
Our technical and personal skills expedite our projects' communication
tasks. We write widely about our clients' projects, and both
private and public sector clients have engaged us to prepare and
present information to obtain funding or assist in the marketing of
The key to successful planning is implementation.
The key to successful implementation is communication. Our
resume will attest to the fact that we have extensive experience in
environmental and community planning analysis and programming, land
use and subdivision planning, planning and design guidelines, amenity
packaging and experience with a variety of markets. In addition,
you will note that we have earned much recognition of our work.
So, what sets us apart from our competition?
It is our ability to recognize the ultimate objective, which is to see
individual homes/facilities to the consumer, or individual land
parcels to developers. Before the consumer or developer is
"sold", there are a number of other people and approving authorities
that must be "sold" along the way. We see our task as one of
orchestrating the process of implementation leading from acceptance by
the owner through approval by the various regulatory agencies,
construction by the building and ultimately to occupancy the consumer.
As architects and planners, we have the ability to
anticipate the effects of our site planning and guidelines writing on
the final product. Our approach combines sound planning with an
understanding of the basic design requirements of the marketplace and
an ability to anticipate the effect of the built environment on them.
Our approach to problem solving involves optimizing
planning requirements, i.e., developing individual optimal solutions.
These ideal solutions would be overlaid, together
with a site constraints analysis. We then develop two or three
alternatives for the overall plan. This would then be discussed
with the overall development team and a final solution would be chosen
with their input.
Our approach would necessarily involve the local planning authority
at the beginning of the process and throughout, as appropriate.
We see our role as one of providing viable
alternatives that can be reviewed and modified. Successful
planning is a team effort.