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SFUVancouver Jun 13, 2007 7:37 PM

Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion | Completed
The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre is expanding through the construction of an adjacent 1.1 million square foot building with 350,000 square feet of exhibition space. Built to high environmental standards it will feature a multi-hectare intensive green roof, energy efficient lighting and electrical systems, an on-site desalinization system, low-flow water systems with grey-water treatment that will provide irrigation for the green roof. The footings for the load-bearing piles have been designed to support marine life. The building will also house the Coal Harbour marine aerodrome, a seaplane airport with more than 400 daily flights. During the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics the building will serve as the international broadcast centre.

Rendering of the completed Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion project:

A photo from before construction. The white-sailed building on the left is the current convention centre, hotel, world trade centre, and cruise ship terminal.

Render of the Vancouver Coal Habour waterfront with the completed Convention Centre Expansion from a similar perspective as the last photo.

Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion construction, June 12, 2007.

DanJ Jun 14, 2007 12:44 PM

Wow, that is pretty big.

Its a shame that they made it self contained though. If they had made it so people could go up there and hang around it would basically add an entire park to the city on that roof.

great pics btw:tup:

PuyoPiyo Jun 15, 2007 4:03 AM

Largest green roof just in Canada or possible in the world?!

mr.x Jun 15, 2007 6:53 AM

^ in Canada. i don't think it's bigger than the one in America, the Ford Dearborn Plant. Completed a few years ago, it's 10.4 acres. Vancouver's would probably be the biggest in the world in any urban centre, and it'll be a great showcase when it's used for the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre during the 2010 Olympics.

bgwah Jun 16, 2007 9:25 PM


SFUVancouver Jul 1, 2007 4:51 AM

Convention Centre constuction update June 29th, 2007
Harbour Green Park and an in-progress Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion Project (VCCEP)

VCCEP construction from Western approach.

VCCEP construction from Eastern approach.

VCCEP construction taken from Canada Place.

VCCEP construction behind glazing test box for the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel and Residences. (Vancouver must keep the blue glass and opaque spandrel manufacturers in business)

mr.x Jul 1, 2007 5:03 AM

^ wow, it's huge////thx for the updates.

natelox Jul 1, 2007 5:49 AM

SFUVancouver, that comment about the glazing is incorrect. VCCEP will utilize the clearest glass available on the planet imported from Europe. The green tint seen in almost all glass is a result of iron and this glazing will be iron free. Very expensive. I have spoken with engineers and project managers on the project through a school site visit.

excel Jul 1, 2007 10:04 AM

Great shots.

jlousa Jul 1, 2007 10:43 PM

That is correct, that glazing you see if for the Fairmont pacific rim building as I posted in another thread. The VCEC glazing is still sitting in crates and not clearly visisble at this time. Great pics though.

SFUVancouver Jul 2, 2007 9:20 AM

Corrected. Thanks for the feedback.

mr.x Jul 12, 2007 2:08 AM

Final convention centre cost estimates reach $883-million

Canadian Press

July 11, 2007 at 8:09 PM EDT

VICTORIA — B.C. Finance Minister Carole Taylor says the price tag for Vancouver's downtown convention centre is expected to hit almost $900-million, almost $400-million more than it was originally estimated to cost.

Ms. Taylor said Wednesday the $883-million estimate will be the final number in a project she says has been a concern to government. The convention centre was originally pegged to cost about $495-million.

“It has been a concern for all of us to know what the final number would be on the convention centre,” she said. “The positive side is it's going to be a spectacular project.”

Ms. Taylor said her ministry had estimated in last February's budget the project would come in at the $800-million range, and in recent weeks it was pegged at about $780-million, but costs still continued to rise.

Tourism Minister Stan Hagen downplayed the $883-million cost estimate, saying the project is destined to be a showcase for Vancouver and British Columbia, and it will be a money maker.

Vancouver has already lost $1-billion in potential convention revenues, he said.

“The cost of not building the project would be far greater,” said Mr. Hagen. “It's exciting to contemplate what we're building here for all British Columbians.”

The convention centre will triple the capacity of Vancouver's existing convention centre. It will create 7,500 jobs and start to pay for itself within 11 years.

Mr. Hagen said the building will include an environmentally friendly design, complete with a living roof with growing B.C. trees and plants. It is slated to open in 2009.

Opposition critic Harry Bains said he's not convinced the project won't cost more than $883-million.

“It's hard to trust when the same people have told us four times these were the final numbers,” he said.

Project spokesman David Podmore said B.C.'s booming economy has resulted in labour shortages that have placed pressures on the project.

Ms. Taylor said the convention centre is one of the few government projects that has gone over budget.

Dozens of public-private projects across the province are all on budget, but the convention centre, which is not a public-private project, is over budget, she said.

The Canadian Taxpayers' Federation said the project is a victim of mismanagement of taxpayer dollars.

“The cost overrun is approaching the fast ferry fiasco in magnitude,” said a statement by director Maureen Bader.

The former NDP government's plans to build three aluminum-hulled passenger ferries during the 1990s was originally estimated to cost about $210-million, but ended up costing more than $450-million.

The three vessels were plagued with mechanical problems and were pulled from use and auctioned off for about $15-million.

mr.x Jul 29, 2007 9:53 PM

A few pictures I took yesterday:

LouisianaRush Jul 30, 2007 4:13 AM

Very cool. The Olympics in Vancouver is going to be awesome. I was in Canada this month and I was in awe how it is much more forward thinking it was to the U.S when it comes to the enviorment.

DanJ Jul 30, 2007 2:01 PM

haha, you got to love it when construction cost nearly double from original proposals.

It is quite amazing how big a deal convention centers can be for a city's economy though. It will definitely be worth the cost.

SFUVancouver Aug 9, 2007 10:03 AM

August 8th, 2007 update
VCCEP construction – August 8th

SFUVancouver Sep 14, 2007 12:59 AM

September 12th, 2007 update
Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project (VCCEP)

VCCEP construction progress (Eastern elevation)

VCCEP construction progress (South-Eastern elevation)

VCCEP construction progress (Western elevation)

VCCEP construction progress (from the public dock at Harbour Green Park)

VCCEP construction progress from Harbour Green Park

VCCEP glazing going up.

excel Sep 14, 2007 8:41 PM

The eastern elevation is pretty much finished structurally, looks like they just have to install the glass. Great update pictures!

SFUVancouver Sep 19, 2007 3:45 AM

Missed a photo in the last batch.

Zoom of the construction side of VCCEP.
(My photo)

mr.x Nov 22, 2007 4:02 AM

Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre Expansion - November 2007

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