Blackwell Dairy near Kamloops, suffered a devastating fire in 2017. BlueGreen Architecure was asked to be part of the rebuilding effort and I was honoured to design a new dairy for this iconic local and independent dairy while working at BGA. The construction started after I left BGA last March and just re-opened this spring.
The Blackwell's are amazing people and it was wonderful to work with them. They love their new dairy facility and that makes me really happy. This is why I love doing Architecture, to make owners and the community happy.
The old building was a boxy, grey industrial construction. It seemed obvious to me that the design of the re-build should somehow fit in better and follow the form and character of the traditional farm buildings it was adjacent to. Even within the constraints of time and budget I was able to design the building to blend and fit into the existing farm campus.
Ted Blackwell asked at every meeting to not forget the cupolas. We didn't forget them! They still have the same purpose for roof venting as traditional barn cupolas.