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Old Posted Oct 2, 2007, 4:06 AM
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If anybody has more info on this proposal, like city reports and the height, that would be great!































New office tower to adjoin GM Place
Businesses hope location will help lure the best employees with Canucks perks

Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun
Published: Saturday, August 18, 2007

GM Place owners plan to build a 22-storey office tower that will connect to the arena's northwest corner, Vancouver Arena Limited Partnership announced Friday.

A formal application has been submitted to the City of Vancouver for permission to build a 312,000-square-foot building designed by architect Peter Busby.

Busby said the building will become a signature Vancouver office tower because of its design and plans to make it among the most energy-efficient commercial buildings in North America.

Sustainable features will include using "energy synergies" between GM Place and the connecting office tower. Heating and cooling systems between the two buildings will work together so waste heat from one building will be used to heat the other.

Part of GM Place's underground parking, which is used mostly at night, will be used for the new office tower.

Vancouver Canucks chief executive officer Chris Zimmerman, who was uncertain about the project's cost and potential opening date, said the new building will enhance the fan experience by providing new amenities like restaurants and retail shops.

He noted office tower tenants will be able to walk from their lobby straight onto the concourse level of GM Place for hockey games or concerts.

"We always want to have more concourse space because it gives us the opportunity to create more food and beverage options," Zimmerman said in an interview. "It will allow for better flow throughout the arena."

He expects the new tower will attract a lot of potential new tenants who will enjoy the unique opportunity to be directly linked with an NHL venue.

"In a highly competitive job market, I think it gives the primary tenants some wonderful recruiting tools," Zimmerman said. "We'll be able to provide some unique benefits around utilization of the building, the ice surface and probably some inside access to certain team events. It will be a great way for companies to differentiate themselves."

He said the current high demand for Vancouver office space makes it an ideal time to build the new tower. The downtown Vancouver office space vacancy rate is currently at an all-time low of 3.5 per cent, according to CB Richard Ellis Ltd.

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It'll be interesting to see how it'll fit in with the arena.




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Zimmerman: Tower won't harm 2010 hockey plans
By BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS

Even if Vancouver city hall approves the proposed General Motors Place office tower, it won't be finished before the 2010 Winter Olympics.

But the president of arena operator Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment says the 22-storey building's construction won't harm plans for the men's Olympic hockey tournament.

"The ultimate goal and the current timing would be that the exterior of the building would be completed before the Olympics begin, with actual full occupancy of the building in late 2010," Chris Zimmerman said.

"All of the design is being done to make sure that there are no negative impacts on the operations of the arena."

Aquilini Investment Group, which owns GM Place and the Vancouver Canucks, wants to build the tower at the corner of Griffiths Way and Expo Boulevard over the ground level broadcast and service bays. Zimmerman said the tower's design would not impede access. "That's obviously the lifeblood of the arena," he said.

The proposal is on the Oct. 9 city hall development permit board agenda, but the meeting may be postponed by the ongoing civic workers' strike.

Zimmerman said some lower floors could be ready in time for the Games.

"There may be a benefit to VANOC in terms of providing the exclusive operating space necessary to meet some of our internal office space requirements," said Guy Lodge, Vancouver 2010's vice-president of services and overlay.

VANOC paid $18.9 million for GM Place improvements and is paying almost $4 million more in rent for 36 days in 2010. The organizing committee expects to gain $70 million in ticketing revenues from the venue.
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I want to see what that place will look like after the construciton. I mean the area looks so busy with the GM Place, BC Place, viaducts, TV Towers... and then now one more office tower. It's quite amazing what they can do with that small amount of space.
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I beleive I posted all the details on the tower in the old Vancouver construction thread, it would've been a few months back, it would've had sqftage, probably height, and amount of floors.
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Strikers...they're delaying everything.

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To honour him when he retires, they should build a giant statue of Trevor Linden that doubles as an office tower. They could add Luongo later as well.
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Ahem... it would appear that the rendering of the office tower has for some reason been replaced by a rendering of a 10 storey condo tower... the one that is going up in Pitt Meadows I believe.
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Ahem... it would appear that the rendering of the office tower has for some reason been replaced by a rendering of a 10 storey condo tower... the one that is going up in Pitt Meadows I believe.
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I liked the old design better.
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what is this?

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^raggedy is right that is half of a project that is going up in pitt meadows. that is definitely not a new rendering for this project.
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I walk through the parking lot every day where the proposed tower would be and it's in none of those pics. It's the tiny one across from Costco and I have a lot of trouble imagining anything fitting there. It's like 20x40 feet, has like 10 parking spots max. But then again I couldn't believe they fit GM Place between the viaducts.
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Your numbers are off, although it looks tiny, it is actually 9900sqft at ground level, could easily be over 10000sqft once it clears the concourse level. While not large by office tower standards it will be quite a sizable addition even with only 23 floors.
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here's the rendering that was in the paper. doesn't look like 22 storeys though.. i count 17


i did this really quick to show what 22 storeys looks like
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That rendering shows 17 stories above the concourse level. The address is 800 Griffiths Way, meaning you'd need to start counting from the bottom level, probably 5 stories below.
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Here's a different rendering of the tower:
http://www.westerninvestor.com/articles/articlesBC.html
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This tower is a stub.
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Not bad - it'll definitely improve the view at that corner of GM Place when driving over the viaduct.
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I came across this older pic of mine (from March?) that shows a bit of the site. Anybody know if there are plans for any retail at the base that could potentially compliment the Costco?

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