The 312 Main Project

Vancouver, BC

2015 - Current

Client: Vancity Community Foundation

The Problem Vancity Community Foundation and the 312 Main Community Coop have conspired to renovate the former downtown Eastside police station and create a social mission coworking space. As a 1950's era police station, the space was designed to intimidate its users in an era before technology, which is clearly not an ideal design for a coworking community.

The Solution The organization requires not only direction in bringing the space into the current century in terms of technology, but the 312 Main project needs a leader who understands the technological needs of a coworking community.

Our Role Jacob Sayles is acting as the Director of Technology, consulting on the complicated renovation to provide up-to-date network access, customized door lock systems and a software called Nadine, and open source software for coworking spaces.


The 312 Main Project - Environmental Graphics Consultation

Vancouver, BC

2015 - Current

Client: Vancity Community Foundation

The Problem The 312 Main Project is located in a 100,000 square foot building, initially used as the Vancouver police headquarters and has beenvacant for almost a decade.   The building is undergoing substantial renovations to “reframe” the program with an atmosphere of inclusion, social productivity and democratic values. Due to the immense shift in purpose for the building, the environmental and experiential graphic design requires both an intuitive sensitivity to the diverse community and a rigorous logic to untie the complicated existing circulation.

The Solution The environmental and experiential graphic design must be true to brand, true to intention and true to the internal and external communities.   The wayfinding and signage systems must be thoughtful, intuitive and exactly designed to support the complexity of the building and the living program.

Our Role Katie Davis-Sayles is working with the 312 Main Project leadership to create a comprehensive Request for Proposal to the environmental graphic design community, which will outline the needs of the building, the communities involved and act as a working agreement between the community designers and the organization.