Jarring progress has been made on the redevelopment of the former Canada Post building in downtown Vancouver.
The city block-sized building – once a long-time industrial facility for regional mail and package delivery and more recently a make-shift film production studio – has been gutted and its core for its conversion and expansion complex.
Construction only began last fall, and the project is now speeding away with the peace of progress fairly evident.
March 26, 2019 construction progress:
June 10, 2019 construction progress:
It is an impressive feat of engineering, with industrial-strength rigid steel and support columns now completely exposed. Later stages of construction will be added to the existing structure.
As early as this week, floor plates have been hollowed out of both the building and the footprint of the cores of the new towers.
By retaining and reincorporating much of the existing structure for new uses, the redevelopment has eliminated the need for demolition, which would have resulted in thousands of truck trips and emissions
The heritage podium will be largely retained and restored to its fullest. Canada coasts of arms perched up on the building's West Georgia Street facade.
But the windows of ground level along with Georgia. Street has been completely knocked out for a new restaurant space design.
When fully complete in 2023, the redevelopment will entail 1.13 million sq. ft. of office space, with at least 416,000 sq. ft. dedicated to Amazon for its expansion into the city.
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Below the upper office levels will be 185,000 sq. ft. of retail space, including a mall-like retail concourse and a 50,000-sq-ft Loblaws City Market flagship grocery store. Artistic renderings of the design show structural steel beams will be fully exposed and painted in this retail space section of the redevelopment.
The entire complex will employ over 7,000 people, including at least 3,000 jobs from Amazon. It is the single largest office building in the city.
Parking levels in the upper podium levels – the floors between the retail levels and the office towers.
QuadReal Property Group is the developer behind the project, and Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership is the architect.