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MEC moves into new green headquarters in East Vancouver

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DH Vancouver Staff Oct 23, 2014 8:39 am

Canada’s leading outdoor retailer, Mountain Equipment Co-op, has relocated their Vancouver headquarters into a next generation green building in the False Creek Flats in East Vancouver.

Designed by Vancouver firm Proscenium Architecture & Interior, it features displays of glass, wood and steel that showcases the beautiful natural surroundings, making this 112,000 square foot ‘base camp’ one of a kind.  Built with high-tech lighting and air-control systems, it makes the space an estimated 70 per cent more energy efficient than conventional Canadian office buildings.

It has a stunning roof top garden that will be kept lush using a rainwater capture system that handles up to 80 per cent of their non-drinking water needs, while the garden featuring fruit trees and planter boxes for growing vegetables in season.

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The new head office is located at 1077 Great Northern Way (near transit, along a greenway, across from a park) and was specifically chosen for the opportunities it provides employees to bike or bus to and from work, and to exercise in the nearby green space.

The bike storage room (in the basement) holds some 128 bikes, or approximately one bicycle storage space for every three employees.

The multi-purpose room on the main floor will be used for large gatherings (including future AGMs) as well fitness and yoga classes. There is also a custom bouldering cave.

The building is designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, exceeding the city’s requirement of LEED Gold for commercial rezoning projects.

 

Images: Geoffrey Tomlin-Hood

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