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New Burrard Place office tower in downtown Vancouver to open in 2020

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Kenneth Chan Feb 14, 2018 11:01 pm 2,034

Construction is well underway on Burrard Place, a $500-million, three-tower, mixed-used development on the northeast corner of Burrard Street and Drake Street in downtown Vancouver.

This includes today’s groundbreaking of  the project’s next phase – ‘The Offices’ at 1280 Burrard Street – a 13-storey, 184-ft-tall building with 150,000 sq. ft. of AAA office space.

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Artistic rendering of the Burrard Place office tower. (Burrard Place)

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According to local developer Reliance Properties, with a scheduled completion date of early-2020, the LEED Gold office development will be the first major office building scheduled to be complete in the next cycle of office development.

The office building is the last commercial development designed by late architect Bing Thom and geared specifically for tech companies.

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Artistic rendering of the Burrard Place office tower. (Burrard Place)

Vancouver’s rapidly expanding tech industry has led to a shortage in office space in the city as office vacancy rates in the downtown area now stand at 5.2%, making it the second lowest in the continent, according to Colliers International.

Due to high demand and low supply, rents are also rapidly rising, with rents going up by as much as 20% in the past year.

“Space to meet the growth projections of large companies currently doesn’t exist in Vancouver,” said Jon Stovell, president and CEO of Reliance Properties, which is working on the project in partnership with The Jim Pattison Group.

“This is an era when developers like Reliance can build offices without any pre-lease agreements.”

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Artistic rendering of the Burrard Place office and residential towers. (Burrard Place)

Overall, with a floor area of one million sq. ft., the three-tower project is currently the largest development being built in downtown.

The other two towers are residential – a 54-storey, 550-ft-tall tower and a 36-storey, 367-ft-tall tower – and contain a combined total of 810 units. The tallest of the three towers will be Vancouver’s new third tallest building.

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Artistic rendering of the Burrard Place residential tower. (Burrard Place)

There will be ground-floor restaurant and retail space, including a three-storey Downtown Toyota dealership – replacing the dealership’s former location on the site – and a new Meinhardt Fine Foods grocery store.

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Artistic rendering of the Burrard Place residential tower. (Burrard Place)

Both residents and office workers of the complex will have access to a 30,000-sq-ft amenity floor in the tallest tower, with amenities consisting of indoor and outdoor yoga space, a fitness gym, private spa, lap pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, children’s play spaces, outdoor dining and lounge areas, and private dining facilities.

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Artistic rendering of the Burrard Place residential tower. (Burrard Place)

Burrard Place

Artistic rendering of the Burrard Place residential tower. (Burrard Place)

Burrard Place

Artistic rendering of the Burrard Place residential tower. (Burrard Place)

Burrard Place

Artistic rendering of the Burrard Place residential tower. (Burrard Place)

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com
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