Vancouver's new tallest office tower to reach completion in 2022

Jun 20 2019, 7:55 pm

What was once the site of a multi-level parkade building with a few office levels on the top floors of the structure is now a large, deep pit in the ground.

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Construction is well underway on the redevelopment of 1133 Melville Street in downtown Vancouver into The Stack — a 530-ft-tall, 36-storey office tower with 540,000-sq-ft of AAA-class office space.

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Construction site of The Stack office tower at 1133 Melville Street, Vancouver on June 20, 2019. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Toronto-based developer Oxford Properties held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony today for the project, which is set to be the tallest office building in the city and one of the largest office developments currently being built in the latest office building boom.

Previous condition before demolition in 2017:

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Existing site of 1133 Melville Street, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

Current condition on June 20, 2019:

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Construction site of The Stack office tower at 1133 Melville Street, Vancouver on June 20, 2019. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Future condition:

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Artistic rendering of The Stack at 1133 Melville Street, Vancouver. (James Cheng Architects / Oxford Properties)

“We are incredibly proud of this project and its contribution to the Vancouver skyline,” said Eric Plesman, the executive vice-president of the North America division of Oxford, during the groundbreaking.

“Breaking ground here reinforces Oxford’s committment to Vancouver, one that is demonstrated by its longstanding ownership and many of its greatest properties… We are excited to be a part of Vancouver’s story, one of the best markets in Canada and a core market for Oxford globally.”

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Artistic rendering of The Stack at 1133 Melville Street, Vancouver. (James Cheng Architects / Oxford Properties)

The Stack 1133 Melville Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of The Stack at 1133 Melville Street, Vancouver. (James Cheng Architects / Oxford Properties)

The tower’s large open floor plates are designed in mind for large corporate firms, particularly tech, digital media, and creative companies.

Confirmed anchor tenants include Erns & Young (E&Y) taking up 60,000-sq-ft, law firm Blakes taking up 80,000-sq-ft, and law firm DLA Piper taking up 67,000-sq-ft within the top two boxes of the building. All three companies already have a major presence in downtown Vancouver: E&Y has an existing office at TD Tower, Blakes is at Three Bentall Centre, and DLA Piper is at Park Place.

These companies have leased the entirety of the top two boxes of the new building – between floors 19 and 36.

Restaurant and retail spaces are situated on the ground level.

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Artistic rendering of The Stack at 1133 Melville Street, Vancouver. (James Cheng Architects / Oxford Properties)

Vancouver-based architect James Cheng explained that his design of a twisting stack of varying sized boxes is inspired by the context of the surrounding buildings, providing different heights and form and creating unique amenity spaces for the tenants.

The tower has a total of six outdoor decks and a large rooftop patio with views of the city, harbour, and mountains.

“By rotating the stack, we’re actually creating outdoor spaces so more people inside the building can enjoy it. They have more outdoor and social spaces,” said Cheng.

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Artistic rendering of The Stack at 1133 Melville Street, Vancouver. (James Cheng Architects / Oxford Properties)

The Stack 1133 Melville Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of The Stack at 1133 Melville Street, Vancouver. (James Cheng Architects / Oxford Properties)

The tower is aiming for a LEED Platinum green standard target, and it will be one of two towers in Canada to be a part of the Net Zero Carbon pilot.

Construction is scheduled of a completion during the first quarter of 2022.

In exchange for the City of Vancouver’s approval of the project, Oxford is also providing $50 million to the municipal government for its community amenity contribution.

Oxford’s other properties in downtown Vancouver include the recently-completed MNP Tower and the under-construction Amazon office building at 402 Dunsmuir Street. The company is also developing 1.1 million sq. ft. of industrial space at its Riverbend Business Park in Burnaby.

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