Downtown Vancouver plaza being renovated just in time for Amazon tenancy

Apr 25 2019, 5:39 am

The privately-owned public plaza space at the northwest corner of the intersection of West Georgia Street and Homer Street in downtown Vancouver is currently undergoing a renovation.

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The plaza is a part of Oxford Properties’ nine-storey office building at 401 West Georgia Street, which spans 260,000-sq-ft of floor area.

This 1984-constructed building occupies over half of the southernmost section of the city block, while the northernmost section of the property is currently being redeveloped into a new nine-storey office building addition with 150,000-sq-ft of office space.

Existing condition:

401 West Georgia Street Vancouver

Existing condition of the plaza at 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

Future condition:

401 West Georgia Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the upgraded plaza at 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Oxford Properties)

In 2017, Amazon was announced as the sole tenant of this new office building, which will employ 1,000 people upon its completion in early 2020.

Ahead of the completion of Oxford Properties’ newest office building in the city and the immediate area’s transformation with QuadReal Property Group’s Canada Post redevelopment (Vancouver’s largest Amazon corporate office) and Westbank’s 400 West Georgia Street office tower (tenants include Apple, Deloitte, and Space co-working), the plaza and the existing tower’s facade at the intersection is being provided with a much-needed uplift to enhance its presence.

401 West Georgia Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the upgraded plaza at 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Oxford Properties)

401 West Georgia Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the upgraded plaza at 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Oxford Properties)

Additionally, the BMO Bank pavilion that fronts the plaza’s western edge is being transformed into a restaurant space, and the lobby of the existing tower is undergoing a renovation to provide the older office space with the ability to better compete against new developments for tenants.

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Artistic rendering of the upgraded lobby at 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Oxford Properties)

Furthermore, the public realm improvements to the property’s northern end will bring the space up to the same standard as the new additions on the southern end. It will also align with the new plaza space planned for the former West Georgia Street ground-level parking lot, directly across from the 401 West Georgia Street plaza.

The Post Canada Post Vancouver

Artistic rendering of The Post redevelopment in downtown Vancouver. (MCM Partnership Architects / QuadReal)

The Post Canada Post redevelopment Vancouver

January 2019 artistic rendering of The Post redevelopment in downtown Vancouver. (QuadReal Property Group)

The Post Canada Post redevelopment Vancouver

January 2019 artistic rendering of The Post redevelopment in downtown Vancouver. (QuadReal Property Group)

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Artistic rendering of the office tower at 400 West Georgia in downtown Vancouver. (OSO / Merrick Architecture / Westbank)

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