As the saying goes: what goes down must come up, and this is now very apparent for the redevelopment of the old Canada Post building in downtown Vancouver.
Construction crews are now building the new office tower floor plates of the south tower on top of the podium of the 1958-built heritage structure, marking a major milestone for the project.
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The interior of the podium has also been rebuilt with both the new floor plates and the supporting structures required for both the new north and south towers. At ground level along the southern edge facing West Georgia Street, the building’s first glass walls have been installed.
And over on the eastern edge facing Hamilton Street, the new concrete circling ramp structure for parkade access within the underground levels and core of the podium is now complete.
The redevelopment, named The Post, is being built by QuadReal Property Group, and it will be the single largest office building in downtown Vancouver upon full completion in 2023.
There will be about 1.3 million sq. ft. of total floor area, including 1.13 million sq. ft. of office space for Amazon and 185,000 sq. ft. of retail, food hall, and restaurant space. A 50,000-sq-ft Loblaws City Market flagship grocery store will be one of the redevelopment’s retail anchors.
This building will provide employment for over 7,000 people.
During the first 18 months of construction beginning in Fall 2018, work mainly related to gutting the industrial building, and excavating for the two new office towers that will rise up from either end of the complex.
Amazon’s major presence within The Post will be one of its offices within downtown. Other locations include TELUS Garden, The Exchange, and the newly completed 402 Dunsmuir Street immediately across the street.
402 Dunsmuir’s 150,000 sq. ft. of office space within nine storeys will provide work space for about 1,000 Amazon employees.
The company is also temporarily leasing Spaces co-working’s 120,000 sq. ft. location at Deloitte Summit, kitty corner from The Post.
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