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Founded in 1989 by Lotte and John Davis in Vancouver, British Columbia, AG Hair, a sustainable hair care product company, started filling bottles by hand and gradually moved their operation to a full-scale manufacturing facility. In 2016, AG Hair approached Beedie with the need for a larger space to accommodate their flourishing business and growing team. Construction commenced upon receipt of the building permit in July, 2017. Ten months later, AG Hair ceased its daily operations in the old facility and resumed business on August 10, 2018, in their new manufacturing facility with little to no disruptions to their overall operations. Despite the severe winter conditions, and the roadwork and surfacing upgrades that were required around the site, AG Hair’s new head office was constructed on budget and on time, within a one-year period.
This distinguished facility is strategically located at 14 King Edward Street, Coquitlam at the corner of King Edward Street and United Boulevard, in the developing community of Fraser Mills. AG Hair is a first-class, industrial building located at the entrance of Fraser Mills to welcome people to a community where they can live, work, shop, and play in a riverfront setting. This neighborhood will be the second largest mixed-use master-planned community in Metro Vancouver and is a part of the Waterfront Village Neighbourhood Plan situated along Coquitlam’s river’s edge. This redevelopment integrates residential, light industrial, commercial office and recreational uses to create a compact and complete neighborhood. The striking architectural design and visual impact of AG Hair’s head office and manufacturing facility is a benchmark for the type of product that Beedie will deliver throughout Fraser Mills.
The 32’ tilt-up concrete building, was constructed to meet AG Hair’s manufacturing specifications outlined by D Squared Projects Ltd. and office specifications outlined by SSDG Interiors Inc. The new facility is 68,595 sq.ft. including a 14,600 sq.ft. two-story office for their 80+ employees. AG Hair’s architecture includes innovative use of material including a soaring curtain wall glazing system with a carefully considered pattern of translucent ceramic frit. The application and proportion of the ceramic frit pattern set up a rhythm of solid and void, transparent and opaque, that is replicated in the concrete walls of the warehouse providing a high percentage of glazing and perceived depth to the northeast and west façades. The cooler glass and concrete façades are complemented with a warm wood-look cladding to the soffits and walls that cradle the offices. High-level glazing in the warehouse and production areas assist with the injection of natural light and provide an animated façade treat to the streets and neighboring properties. As the building turns the corner to address the new southern extension of King Edward Street, it steps and gracefully folds with prominent overhangs and expressed structure. With these design objectives in place, AG Hair is a landmark development that raises the bar for industrial projects.
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